Pear, Oat, Cinnamon, and Ginger Shakes

Nuvita Biscuits

Adding raw oats to this shake produces a pleasantly chewy texture while providing fiber, which helps keep cholesterol levels in check.


  • 2 1/2 medium to large pears peeled, and chopped (2 2/3 cups)
  • 1 3/4 cups skim milk
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 2/3 cup rolled or quick-cooking oats
  • 1/3 cup ice cubes
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for garnish
  • Coarse salt


  1. Freeze pears in a single layer on a baking sheet overnight.
  2. Combine pears, milk, buttermilk, oats, ice, maple syrup, almond butter, ginger, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt in a blender. Blend on low speed, then gradually increase speed to high. Blend until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour into chilled glasses, and garnish with ground cinnamon. Serve immediately.

Cook’s Note

Freezing the pears overnight reduces the amount of ice needed for blending the next day and results in a thick and creamy texture.



Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Muzahid on Mar 16, 2013

    m = 170 and s = 30. Levels above 200 warrant attention. If 95 teenage boys are
    examined, how many would you expect to have cholesterol levels greater than 225?

  2. posted by toysruslover on Mar 18, 2013

    For years, I have had unusually low cholesterol readings – as low as 99 total cholesterol. For the same period of time I have been dealing with anxiety issues and depression. I recently found studies that linked the two. I have one child and notices that all my anxiety/depression issues resolved during pregnancy (a time when the body naturally raises the cholesterol levels) As such, I would like to raise my cholesterol levels in order to see if this is contributing to the anxiety – is their a safe way to do so?

  3. posted by evil chevy on Mar 19, 2013

    Can anyone suggest me how to control cholesterol level as my HDL cholesterol 49 mg/dl, LDL is 208 mg/dl and overall cholesterol is 295 mg/dl.

  4. posted by NC Baller on Mar 24, 2013

    I recently found out that my cholesterol level is borderline being unhealthy. Could anyone please give me some advice on how I could lower it?

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