Late Summer Oat Milk Smoothie and a Glass Straw Giveaway

August 20th, 2012

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More often than not, a new post on Golubka is born out of a food crush that I acquire during the week. When it comes to food, I crush often and hard. This week, my heart was stolen by homemade oat milk. Something about its mild taste and grainy texture really does it for me and brings me back to those childhood breakfasts that would frequently consist of a steaming bowl of oatmeal. Food related nostalgia is one of the things that drives me the most as a home cook, is it that way for everyone?
Making oat milk is just as simple, if not easier, as making nut milk. Just soak and blend, no straining required, and you are all set.

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I really like the idea of adding oat milk to a breakfast smoothie, it contributes a nice, comforting feel to any sort of fruit shake and makes it a bit more hearty. Here, we combined it with a fig and grape smoothie. I’ve talked about my strong love for figs before – there are few things I look forward to more during late summer. And their taste combines so effortlessly and well with all the beautiful varieties of grapes that become available during this time of year.

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Today we have a giveaway for you that we’re excited about. Product reviews were never our goal here, but today’s product is something we like a whole lot, want to talk about, and want to give one of you a chance to win.
We drink a lot of smoothies, shakes, and juices daily. We are also guilty of using straws when drinking those. Plastic straws, the ones that you throw away after a use…you know exactly where I’m going with this – landfills and oceans. Glass Dharma is a company that makes reusable glass straws that can be utilized for cold and hot drinks, are dishwasher safe and child-friendly. They come in a variety of diameters and styles, as well as with a lifetime guarantee. Have a look at their website for all the info. After trying out the glass straws, we can honestly say that there will be no more plastic for us. It makes so much sense to have a beautiful, utilitarian object that serves a specific purpose and can accompany you throughout the years. Our society definitely needs more of these kinds of products.
Glass Dharma is giving away a $25 gift code that can be used to shop on their website. To enter, just leave a comment here until Monday 8/27/12, 12pm EST.

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Late Summer Oat Milk Smoothie
Oat milk
1 cup oat groats – preferably raw
3 cups purified water, plus some water for soaking the groats

Cover oat groats with purified water and leave to soak overnight. Drain and rinse. In a high-speed blender, combine the groats with 3 cups of water until very smooth. You should end up with a drinkable yogurt kind of consistency. Keep refrigerated. Add to smoothies or top with fruit for breakfast.

Oat Milk Smoothie Layer
1 cup oat milk
1/2 cup ice cubes
1 tablespoon raw honey
dash of cinnamon

Combine all the ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.

Fig and Grape Smoothie
1 cup oat milk
2 cups ice cubes
4 cups grapes – your favourite kind
1 cup ripe figs
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 vanilla bean – optional
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Pour to fill 2/3 of a glass. Top with the oat milk layer, pouring carefully. Enjoy through a glass straw.

Tags: breakfast, drink, figs, grapes, oat milk, raw, recipe, smoothie, vegan

  • I would love to win a glass straw!

  • Aparna V. says:

    This is so wonderful–I’ve never tried a glass straw before! The fig + grape combination used here intrigues me, as does oat milk–will have to try everything :-)

  • This is absolutely beautiful!
    It’s been a while since I had oat milk but definitely whipping some up soon!
    Figs are also something I look forward to :D And I love that you combined them with grapes.
    And those glass straw are just so COOL!

  • CarolynH says:

    I love the Glass Dharma straws. I only have two & need more for my family. Thanks for the chance to win. I would like to win this giveaway.

  • Ashley says:

    That smoothie looks so good! I would love to drink it out of a glass straw!

  • These straws have been on my Amazon wishlist for quite some time!

  • angela emore says:

    WOW! A glass straw is a wonderful idea! I would absolutely love to win one! Thanks for the opportunity and the great blog :)

  • Laura says:

    I love making oat milk. Such a warm, comforting flavour when fall sets in. And with figs?! That sounds just right.

  • Figs are my all time favorite food on the planet, especially fresh figs. Looking forward to making homemade oat milk, blended with fresh figs. A glass straw to enjoy the figgy oat smoothie would be a real treat!

  • Amanda says:

    Okay, I really need to try oat milk. That sounds really good! I’ve seen those glass straws pop up on a few blogs and they are definitely on my wish list.

  • This sounds delicious and I would love to win!

  • So beautiful, and such an interesting flavor combination. I can’t wait to try it!

  • Caitlin says:

    i’ve seen oat milk in whole foods, but never gave it much thought. now, i feel like i really need to try it. especially with your beautiful fig and grape smoothie!

    i’ve always wanted one of those beautiful glass straws!

  • Sonja says:

    Glass Straw! never tried one.but the Recipe sounds Scrumptiously Healthy.
    oats such a great fiber and Very good for the skin.Thank you for such a Wonderful drink.

  • Sweet Faery says:

    I love the lightand colours of your first picture. Beautiful.

  • abd111 says:

    I love oatmeal in all my baked goods. Will have to try it in my smoothies now too. Like the glass straw idea too.

  • Elenore (E) says:

    Brilliant post (as ever <3). Your photos has always been stunning but something about the pics in this post makes my heart sing! I have never tried a glass straw though (Sweden is a bit behind in some ways) and I´d love to win one of course!

    Hugs and well wishes!

  • Kelly says:

    I’ve wanted to try a glass straw for a while now! :D

  • lace says:

    I adore the photos of your smoothies. They look beautiful and extremely delicious. I’ve never tried a glass straw and would love to. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • I love glass straws! I would love to add another so my one has a friend :)

  • The straws sound interesting; I would love the opportunity to try them. The smoothie too. Gonna have to look into the oat milk idea. Thanks

  • kitty says:

    how wonderful! they look great! thank you for the opportunity! i might just have to get one, if i don’t win! :D

  • malilies says:

    I love glass straws…I got a few a couple of years ago and love them. My friends were looking for some so this would be a great present for them :)

  • Your post is beautiful as always! Thanks so much for sharing the glass straw info (I’ve been looking for something like this!) – I’ve sent the link to all my colleagues :)

  • Shannon says:

    I was just researching reusable straws! This is perfect.

  • i’ve seen those glass straws all over the blogs, and I’m always so intrigued by them! great giveaway and yummy smoothies!

  • erica says:

    wow, the combination of ingredients for these smoothies sounds so new and delightful! i’ve been making fresh juices with my blender all summer (just fruit, a little ice, and water) and have been loving it. so i totally am excited about a new twist like this. i’ve never had/made oatmilk, but it sounds dreamy!

  • I’d love to add a couple Glass Dharma straws to my kitchen!

  • Cadry says:

    I’m so intrigued with the idea of making my own oat milk! I’ve made soy, almond, and cashew milk, but oat would be a new one for me. I agree that having a piece of art for everyday use brings beauty to the simple pleasures in life. I’d love to win a straw from Glass Dharma!

  • Unique flavor combination, thanks for posting.

  • Bibbi green says:

    Oat milk smoothie, awesome! Love the pix and your endorsement of healthy food related utensils, the straws look soooo cool. Sometimes the simplest of ideas can have a huge impact..if only the entire population would jump on board. Great post!

  • Rebecca says:

    I would LOVE glass straws! I’ve always wanted them :)

  • Holly says:

    I will have to try this smoothie. I have never made oat milk before or combined figs with grapes. I’m soaking the oat groats right now!

  • Joyce ferrer says:

    ……mmmmm……slurpslurpslurp (through a glass straw of course)

  • Grapes in a smoothie sound delicious! I can’t believe I’ve never tried that before. Luckily I have tried a glass straw although my only one sadly broke a few days ago. :O

  • Grapes in a smoothie sound delicious! I can’t believe I’ve never tried it before. I have tried a glass straw although sadly my only one broke a few days ago. :O

  • Danielle says:

    Glass straws…great idea! I’d love to try one!

  • Melissa says:

    What perfect timing. I’ve been wanting a glass straw for a while now and this recipe is fabulous since I just purchased fresh figs and five (yes, five) different types of grapes including the adorable little champagne grapes like the ones pictured. Thanks for the inspiration and beauty you share with the world!

  • Anonymous says:

    I have extremely sensitive teeth, and am always looking for long lasting straws, so I think you have found my dream! This looks fantatic. I would love a chance to make my teeth happy and no longer be scared from cold drinks! I would love a chance to try this out! elaine

  • A. Chenkov says:

    I have to say: I am a milk-drinker. And I only drink my milk after it has sat in the freezer for 10 minutes and it is ice-cold. I have to drink this with a straw so that the cold liquid just slides down my throat. When I first read this post, I was thinking to myself, “A glass straw? I wonder what milk will taste like with that!”. I’ve never heard of glass straws before and I am intrigued because the plastic ones usually add their own flavour to the milk. So yeah, I’d love to try the glass ones out, please!

  • Michele Seal says:

    I would love to win one of those beautiful straws, I’ve never used a glass one before!

  • Christina Alexander says:

    Great idea for inspiring my teens to be more green! I had one actually ask for a fresh juice before school this morning…am sure he’d be diggin this smoothie combo. ♥

  • celia says:

    Wonderful recipe Golubka. I adore these photos, so beautiful !

  • Rebecca says:

    Definitely going to try making some oat milk. Looks delicious. I’d also love to have a few of those straws… I’m guilty of using plastic ones too.10

  • Amy says:

    This smoothie sounds wonderful! I eat oats anyway in the morning, but in an oatmilk smoothie would be extra delicious! I would love to win those straws, they are beautiful!

  • I have been wanting a glass straw for some time now! Fantastic!

  • I’ve been eyeing those glass straws for a while. I sure would love to win them.


  • Oh good! I was looking for a good recipe to use my figs in! Thanks! I have never heard of a glass straw before! How neat!

  • Anonymous says:

    What a great alternative to harmful plastic! I didn’t even know these existed before right now. Pretty and functional, I’d love to win one!

  • Noelle says:

    Beautiful smoothies. I actually just add oats to my smoothies and coconut milk and it is so creamy. Lovely pictures!

  • Anonymous says:

    thanks for the tip on the oat milk I make my own almond milk but this sounds much simpler and I’ll bet my kids will love it!! Thanks for the chance to win a glass straw, I have been wanting to get one!!!

  • Stephanie K. says:

    What a great alternative to harmful plastic! I didn’t even know these existed before right now. Pretty and functional, I’d love to win one! opps forgot to leave my name incase I actually win :)

  • sonja says:

    The smoothie looks so beautiful. Love the flavours in it. I already use a re-usable straw, but a plastic one. Owning a glass one, would definitely enhance the smoothie experience I’ll bet.

  • Laurie Lombardo says:

    I’d love to be considered for the straw giveaway. Thank you & God Bless!

  • i have a <3weird thing<3 for straws.

  • Kibby says:

    Your smoothie combinations look great and I will try (love fig and grape combo). I love the oat milk recipe too. I have oat groats and will later today. Excited about it! I’ve heard about the glass straws and would love to try one.

  • Susan : ) says:

    Glass straws ROCK!!!

  • Brenda says:

    Wow! Great idea. I use straws everyday Never heard if this company. Going to make this milk tomorrow. My dad had a heart attack last week, he’s home now, I will deliver some fresh oat milk to him. Thanks. I would love to win straws for us. Have a wonderful day everyone. Live each day as your last.

  • kim devens says:

    I would love to win the glass straw certificate, but mostly I can’t wait to try some of the recipes for your oat smoothies.

  • L Taylor says:

    The oat milk is so easy to make and I never heard of doing making it before! I too use a lot of straws, there is something elegant about drinking ice tea or smoothies through one. Thanks for sharing your creative food ideas and best wishes!

  • EMC says:

    I’m a little hesitant on oat milk as I tried it once and ended up with such a goopey slimey like texture… But perhaps I soaked the oats too long. I also used steel cut and not groats, so maybe another attempt is in order with other ingredients.

    I actually have a glass straw that I carry around in my purse for when eating out, but I’d love to get a nice set for the house! Appreciate the giveaway. :-)

  • Just saw this on FB. I like oatmeal and have never tried oat milk. Going to give it a try. :)

  • Love that oat milk is so easy, and perfect for a morning smoothie. I LOVE fresh figs also!
    The glass straws are a way cool idea – I’d love to try them.

  • That smoothie looks divine..the glass straw really takes it over the top! :)

  • Shannon says:

    Those straws look really nice! I’ve been making oat milk smoothies too :)

  • Carrie says:

    What a great idea! Beautiful and sustainable : )

  • Unknown says:

    Yum Yum sounds so good! Can’t wait to try. I would LOVE these straws. Good luck to all.

  • Courtney says:

    Oat milk is also a good source of fiber, thiamin, magnesium, phosphorus, and manganese…I’m not sure which excites me more…the nutritional value of the milk or your deliciously yummy looking photos!! (^_^)

  • Sunflower says:

    Oh my goodness, those are exactly what my family needs! >.< Haha the recipe looks great!

  • lucymp says:

    I love the idea of glass straws. I imagine there must be a way of cleaning them, like with a thin bottle-type brush. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win some!

  • jmaret says:

    I’ve been shopping around for a good glass straw, glass straw = less waste!!

  • Nicole says:

    This smoothie sounds great, Its so creative! I think I’ll have to try it today :)

  • Deb says:

    The oat smoothie has my attention! What a great grab and go breakfast! Paper straws seem to fold into themselves in a wet soggy mess, while plastic straws leave a unnatural taste. Glass straws are certainly better!

  • Julie Lynn says:

    Definitely need to try making oat milk. Love glass straws! :-)

  • Loretta E. says:

    I love the fact that they’re child-friendly. It would be so awesome to not have to buy plastic straws anymore!

  • sn says:

    I would be thrilled with a glass straw! WOOHOO :) Stacy N. :)

  • Rachael says:

    Wow that smoothie looks so good! I would love to win a glass straw!!

  • I almost bought those glass straws yesterday afternoon!

  • Larissa says:

    I am a firm believer that everything tastes better with a straw. And I also adore the idea of keeping the earth a bit cleaner by having re-usable straws! That smoothie idea looks particularly delicious.
    <3 Lari

  • MsEllen says:

    I’ve never had oat milk, but will need to try it now, your recipe looks delicious. Love the glass straws.

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  • Boden River says:

    Glass straws make me wanna sing and dance. My kids think they’re the best too! LOVE, love, love this smoothie idea. I will try.

  • What a beautiful smoothie! Trying that today. Would love one of the glass straws, too!

  • Ana says:

    Glass straws are awesome!
    And your smoothie is beautiful! I would love to try that with a glass straw :-)

  • Mély says:

    So great idea these glass straws :-)
    Thanks for the sharing, and, as always, for your beautiful, simple, tasty, and healthy recipe ♡

  • t says:

    that smoothie looks so good! i would love to win a glass straw.

  • DeNise says:

    What a beautiful touch to an awesome drink! I would love to win this. I know the smoothie would taste even better drank out of a glass straw!

  • Sharanya says:

    Who wouldn’t love a glass straw esp glass dharmas..the smoothie looks delish and what a gorgeous color.did u use the skin and all in both fruits

  • Cat says:

    The smoothie looks absolutely delicious, and the layered presentation is delightful.

    I would love to win a glass straw, it would look so lovely with my green smoothies and is such a better alternative to disposable plastic straws!

  • Sassanada says:

    I didn’t know glass straws were a thing…so pretty! And fresh figs are so hard to find around here, but now you set off my cravings…yummmmm!

  • Shaun says:

    I love the idea of a glass straw!

  • Beautiful drink, and glass straws are definitely long awaited product to come on the market.

    • Gabriel says:

      I was just trying to think up aehnotr egg-free breakfast food for my family. These look like they will be perfect. I have tried a few of your other recipes, and they were wonderful. So I am sure these will be great.Thank you so much for taking the time to post your tasty, healthy recipes!

  • Amanda W. says:

    I have never heard of glass straws before! What a wonderful idea, so glad we can replace another disposable product :)

  • H.C>. says:

    Never tried making oat milk! Sounds delicious and have to try it. I use a spoon for my smoothies but using a glass straw would be awesome!

  • Gorgeous pictures! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  • Zita says:

    This glass straws are amazing! I would love to win!

  • Ryo says:

    Those glass straws are AWESOME!

  • Earth Mother says:

    Such a nice change from nut-based milks. I happen to have some fresh-picked figs on hand. Yummers!

  • Your smoothie looks delicious! I love how you layered it. I would love to have reusable glass straws :)

  • annaanna926 says:

    Wow! A great creative and colorful recipe as always. I must admit I not a big fan of eating oat groats in their sold form (in a cereal); however, maybe through this smoothie I can still get my daily dose of oats through oat milk =) Unfortunately I cannot find any fresh figs in the farmer markets these days, nevertheless, I got myself an extra load of raspberries and blackberries, so I shall use those as a substitute for the time being. And, it would be great to drink the smoothie out of a glass straw, as to avoid bluish purple teeth =)Thanks for the recipe and the chance to enter in this giveaway!

  • Kris says:

    These straws are such a great way to keep life more green–and they’re beautiful.

  • waterlili424 says:

    Wow! Those glass straws are really beautiful. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Unknown says:

    My aunt had glass straws when I was little. I still remember how much better it feels to drink with those instead of plastic ones.
    + I love the oat milk recipe, never thought of it before – I am so tempted right now :D

  • I love Dharma’s glass straws. They are such a wonderful way to reduce on waste. I prefer them to the plastic ones now. I think they make my smoothies taste better … if that’s possible. :)

  • The photos are so very lovely, the recipe is so lovely, and the straws are pretty freakin’ cool.

  • Hannah says:

    I love the recipe for oat milk! Can’t wait to try it. I also have made a fig and grape smoothie using ground star anise and it is simply divine

  • Sounds delicious. I would love to own one of those lovely glass straws!

  • Looks delicious. And I would love to own one of those glass straws! :)

  • I would love a glass straw!!! Thanks for the recipe, it’s lovely. I’m going to start soaking some oat groats right now.

    PS: Your security thing is soo hard. I keep typing in a new try and it keeps failing.

  • Lauren says:

    That smoothie looks incredible!

  • noreen says:

    Cool straw and yummy smoothies

  • kimsch says:

    Winning a glass straw would be cool.

  • Robyn says:

    Nice recipe. Delicious!

    I’ve seen glass straws, but never tried one. Looks like fun.

  • Looks INCREDIBLE!! I want to try it! And win a straw. :)

  • t does wool says:

    beautiful photography and delicious drink!

  • Anthony says:

    That smoothie looks AMAZING! I might have to try that this weekend. Thanks!

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  • Gorgeous photos! Amazing straws! I would definitely love to win one. Thanks very much for the giveaway!

  • KristaJanae says:

    Very few recipes have ever I read that have got me up and into the kitchen right away to make it! What a delicious GFDF treat! Think I’ll enjoy a tall glass with a tile flatbread. So happy I stumbled upon this blog!

  • Sue says:

    A glass straw sounds even more enchanting than a glass slipper! Great idea!

  • kalamazoo says:

    Can’t wait to try this recipe. I have lots of figs in my back yard. So many that I have trouble using them all and give away lots.

  • kelseycliche says:

    That recipe looks so yum! I’ve been wanting glass straws for a long time! I have green smoothies every day. :]

  • Mo Rains says:

    This sounds like a delicious use of the figs growing on m tree.

  • verucsalts says:

    This is a smoothie loving household. Glass straws would be a boon. xo

  • Maris says:

    Glass straws for my lovely cold press free trade locally roasted coffee? Yes please- help me reach a plastic-free life!

  • Brooke Meifert says:

    I’ve never had oat milk but it sounds interesting enough to try! Always down for new ideas to help out mother nature a gift card for some glass straws would be awesome n original!

  • eve sinclair says:

    first time i’ve come across glass straws – thank for introducing me! would love to throw my hat in, too!

  • Tabetha says:

    GLass straws?! That is AWESOME!

  • Debbi Capaldi says:

    Glass Dharma, thanks for what you are doing to protect the environment from non renewable plastics. I know many beach communities have banned plastic straws.
    We need your product now. : ) all the best.

  • Anonymous says:

    I didn’t know they had glass straws… I hate plastic straws!! I would love to try this new drink with a glass straw, thanks!!

  • LJM says:

    I didn’t know they made glass straws… I hate plastic straws. I would love to try this new drink with a new glass straw! Thanks

  • I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog. I’m looking forward to trying a variation on this recipe. The glass straw sounds nice too.

    Thank you,

  • A. says:

    I love these glass straw! And now I’m also craving a smoothie.

  • Anonymous says:

    I love those glass straws!

  • I need to win one of those straws, gorgeous and eco-friendly!

  • I am new to smoothies and love them. I would love some glass straws to drink them with.

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  • Emily says:

    Wonderful post! I’ve made almond milk, but never would’ve thought I could do oat at home. I’d love a new glass straw to drink it from :)

  • sunshine666 says:

    What a good idea for a smoothie gotta try this, and i would love to win a glass straw pick me lol

  • Danielle says:

    This is ironic because I was just thinking about buying a glass straw,in an effort to be more eco- friendly.

  • Xiomara says:

    A glass straw to drink this would be wonderful. :)

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  • Gina Topley says:

    This looks delicious! Also, I have been coveting the Glass Dharma straws for while now.

  • janita says:

    the pictures in this post are so beautiful! I want a smoothie now and of course a glass straw. :)

  • Emily Hupf says:

    What a smart variation on oatmeal! Healthy food and an earth friendly straw make this the perfect start to a day!

  • Allen says:

    I would love a glass straw for my daily green smoothies – thanks Golubka!

  • Getting a comment in before its too late! What a fun little prize for the end of summer.

  • NE says:

    I have seen metal straws but never a glass one!

  • Anonymous says:

    I want!

  • oOShiny says:

    Glass straws?! Oh my! I would love one!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    hmm.guess im to late for a chanse to get a glass straw…i hate the plastic and never use them..

  • How do I love the glass straw and smoothie….yummmm!

  • Richard H says:

    Glass straws from Glass Dharma are awesome. This smoothie sounds sooooo good. Getting me some oat groats.

  • Liska Cole says:

    beautiful straws! i must have.

    will try the oat milk! sounds delicious.

  • Tracey C. says:

    Missed the giveaway, but so glad to find this recipe!! So, you blend all ingredients, except the milk, right? Then you add that to the top? Just making sure, probably works out either way. Great post!!

  • Sophia says:

    this looks fabulous! I must try it with the glass straw!

  • Anonymous says:

    figs are fabulous! and so are the Darma glass straws! Thanks for the opportunity!! Keep up the fabulous posts :-)

  • Veggie kids says:

    Kids love these drinks. Presentation makes all the difference especially at the hands of nursery kids who only tell the truth, and these look beautiful

  • OmGoddess says:

    Due to a health reason, I juice most of my meals. Needles to say, I go through a lot of straws. A glass straw is a great idea!

  • Bella says:

    I love the addition of fig!

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  • Echonologist says:

    This is amazing, I have never tried fig/ grape smoothie… sounds great!!! :)

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  • Shalini says:

    I tried the oat milk today but found it surprisingly bitter. It had a glue like consistency. I used the same groats i use for making cooked oat porridge (i coarsely grind and soak before cooking). Not sure if the bitterness is something to do with the variety of groats. I wouldn’t make the milk again but i would add a table spoon of soaked groats to any smoothie. I love this site, thank you for sharing.

    • Anya says:

      Shalini, sorry to hear that. I’m not sure what kind of oats you used, it sounds like it’s a completely different type of product. The one I use is raw oat groats and not for porridge as far as I know.

      • Shalini says:

        Hi Anya. Oat groats make a good porridge because it’s unprocessed and whole. I used Mumm’s organic raw sprouting oats which i assume is the same as oat groat?


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