You know that moment when you are scrolling through your Pinterest feed and you see the most amazing recipe on earth and you need to make it RIGHT NOW? Or maybe you open your email and find the weekly newsletter from your favorite blogger and it has THE recipe you have been hoping someone would create staring up at you from the screen. The thrill, the excitement…
The letdown. The letdown because you realize that your little $19.99 blender won’t be able to tackle the job at hand. Sure, it can wiz up a smoothie and maybe it can puree a few foods for you but asking it to turn nuts into butter, turn any vegetable into juice, well, that is simply beyond its basic capabilities. After all, it’s not a Blendtec or anything like that.
I’ve been there too many times to count. In fact, I have an entire section in my recipe binder and in a Pinterest folder labeled “save for when you have the boss of all blenders.” Seriously. I really do.
You have all figured out by now that blogging has its perks. But I’m not really a “food blogger” per say. Sure, I post recipes and have a cookbook but my site is much more diverse than creating recipes. Therefore, I have never had success in landing a review of an awesome kitchen gadget. Everything in my kitchen is something I worked and saved to purchase. The final kitchen essential that I really needed was a high powered blender. But alas, they were a bit out of my price range.
But then something amazing happened! Blendtec approach The Green Sisterhood Network (of which I am a member) and offered one blogger the opportunity to review their Designer Series Blender plus the Twister Jar. I am thrilled to announce that I was the blogger Blendtec trusted to review their newest blender.
Stating the obvious here but this post is sponsored by Green Sisterhood and the good folks at Blendtec. I received a Designer Series blender and Twister Jar to review but did not receive any compensation for my opinion. Everything I share in this post is my unbiased opinion. The one you all have come to trust. Carrying on….
Back to when I found out I was getting a Blendtec. I about passed out. I really did. You see, I have been eyeballing the Blendtec line for a loooong time. I researched the heck out of all the brands but kept coming back to Blendtec again and again. There were a lot of pluses about their blenders and from my research, they were the best match for my needs.
Blendtec certainly didn’t disappoint. In fact, when my new blender arrived it exceeded all of my expectations.
Stay with me here for a moment and then I will share a pretty fabulous recipe for gluten/grain free waffles.
Why I Love The Blendtec
Using the word love in conjunction with a kitchen appliance may seem odd but once you use a Blendtec I assure you, you too with be in love. How about I share my passion for my Blendtec in a Top Five List style? Sound good? Ok – let’s have some fun here.
This space saving blender was actually a wee bit taller than my old blender but it fit nicely under my cabinets. Being able to keep it on the countertop is a huge plus. I have an aversion to lugging things out of cabinets.
It only took me about 15 minutes to learn how to use the blender in its entirety.
For those of you who know me, you know I hate reading instructions. I prefer to learn through trial and error. But for the sake of this review (and because I didn’t want to mess up my new baby) I sat down and read the manual from start to finish. I was shocked at how simple this bad baby is to use. I was more shocked at all of the options and speeds and preprogrammed settings it has available. There isn’t much thinking required on my part. Just press the right button and go!
The Blendtec is a breeze to clean.
My old blender drove me batty come cleaning time. I always ended up throwing it into the dishwasher which shortened the lifespan. I just didn’t have the patience to clean it. The Blendtec is a breeze to clean! All you do is put a couple of drops of dish soap in the blender jar and fill it with water. You place it on the motor base and give it a few pulses. Bam! Gunk stripped from inside the jar. No scrubbing needed. Just rinse and air dry. How’s that for easy cleanup? Plus the motor base wipes clean in seconds. No trying to get in between buttons. Just wipe and go.
The Blendtec is powerful.
Scratch that. It makes powerful look weak and lazy. This blender does the work of at least 7 of my kitchen appliances and quite frankly, does it faster, better, and with less mess. Nut butter? No problem. Ice cream? Takes less than five minutes. Super thick milkshakes? Perfection! Grinding flours? It has that covered! Doing the work of a food processor? With ease and agility! Since I have been using my Blendtec I haven’t pulled out any of my other kitchen appliances.
Last but definitely not least – Blendtec cares about your health! They want to help you simplify your lifestyle as well as giving you the tools you need to get healthier or make already healthy habits easier.
I was really impressed with the recipe book that comes with the Blendtec. 98% of the ingredients in these recipes are ones that I classify as ‘real food.’ (The only ingredients I personally took exception too were agave nectar and some soy based ingredients). All the other ingredients meet my criteria for healthful, nourishing, whole foods. There wasn’t a single mention of pre-made “nutritional” pouches, pre-made protein powders, or meal replacements. I am pretty sure that it is rare to find a product specific recipe book that is overflowing with real nutrition like this one is.
Blendtec definitely cares about the health of their customers. The blender itself was designed to make REAL food and healthy drinks with real ingredients. Their recipes definitely encourage you to make nutritious recipes by using local, seasonal, fresh ingredients. Best of all – the recipes really do look and sound tasty! I was literally salivating over about half of the recipes. There are pretty good odds that you will find lots of inspiration in their recipe book. No need to worry about what you are going to make!
Impressive Top 5 List, yes? Ok, ok, twist my arm!!! Just for fun, let’s add one more bonus reason!
One look at the Blendtec and your “other” blender will commit blendercide.
No joke. My old blender was sitting next to the Blendtec for a couple of days. I was using the old blender because we were sick and I wasn’t in the mood to learn how to operate the new one just yet. On the third day, my old blender sighed and gave up on life. It knew it was destined for the landfill so instead of wallowing in self-pity, it blew up. I will give it some credit. It put on a mighty good show of squealing and stinky smoke. Anyhoo – the Blendtec definitely makes your other kitchen appliances cower in their corners. I’m impressed.
What Did Hybrid Rasta Mama Make In Her Blendtec?
Well, the list of what I haven’t made might be shorter but for the sake of this post, let me briefly chat about three recipes I purposely choose to test out.
First up – a recipe from Blendtec’s recipe book.
I was anxious to try one of the recipes from the Blendtec recipe book not only because it was designed with the blender in mind but because they all look amazing.
I decided to test out their Raw Cinnamon Bun Bites. I gathered all the ingredients and then asked my tiny sous chef to help me get them into the blender. Once that was completed, we turned on the blender and watched in awe as it jumped across the counter. Important lesson learned…make sure you use the correct jar size and that you actually attach it snugly to the motor base. Ahem… I blame the sous chef.
Take two and the ingredients are now in the correct jar and the jar is tucked in tightly to the base. We push a few buttons and watch in awe as the blender obliterates nuts and seeds in a matter of seconds. I’d never seen anything like it before.
We followed the recipe to a T and created some really scrumptious raw cinnamon bun bites. I can’t remember how long they lasted but we had them polished off in a matter of hours. I was blown away by the blender’s power and its ease of use. My old blender could never have pulled off this feat.
The second recipe I tackled was a summer soup.
I have been dying to make a cold berry soup but knew that my blender would not get it to the right consistency. I figured I would have to do a wee bit of experimenting with the Blendtec but had confidence that it could handle the task of creating the perfect summer berry cold soup.
Do you hear that? It’s me drooling and pining away for more soup. Obviously the Blendtec had nothing to do with the individual flavors that came together to form this soup but it took almost no effort to get the soup to a flawless consistency. Cold berry soup can become a mess if you aren’t careful. In about 3 minutes, the Blendtec created perfection. I sort of had a Top Chef moment there. I was beyond thrilled with the Blendtec’s performance with this soup. I cannot wait to tackle some hot soups. But first, we need to have a conversation with these 110 degree temperatures. I can’t even think of hot soup in this heat.
Last but not least I used the Blendtec to whip up a batch of grain/gluten free chocolate chip waffles.
I never make waffles because well, I don’t really know why. But I knew that it would be a breeze to make the batter in the Blendtec so I went for it. The result? Magnificent. The Blendtec handled the coconut flour nicely and it kept the batter together in a nice thick consistency. My other blender would over-mix, even on the lowest speed. The Blendtec has a lot more options when it comes to speed and power so I had total control of the end-texture of the batter.
These are super nourishing and healthy waffles that even the junkiest of junk food lovers will enjoy! They are just-crunchy-enough on the outside and not-too-soft on the inside. Truly a nice balance.
How about I share that recipe? Would you like to surprise your loved ones with some “can I have thirds” goodness? Here you go! And don’t panic if you don’t have a Blendtec yet. You can use a hand mixer if you need to.
Grain Free/Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Waffle Recipe
- • 12 organic eggs
- • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- • 3/4 cup butter, ghee, or coconut oil - melted
- • 3/4 cup coconut flour - sifted
- • 1 teaspoon baking soda
- • 1/3 cup milk of choice
- • Dash of sea salt
- • 1/2 – 3/4 cup fair trade chocolate chips (less is more in my book but some people love their chocolate)
- 1. Add the eggs (crack them first please) to the Blendtec Wildside Jar along with the vanilla bean paste/vanilla extract.
- 2. Pulse on low until the eggs of just slightly frothy. This took about 6 seconds.
- 3. Add the melted butter/oil and pulse for 5 seconds.
- 4. Add the coconut flour and baking soda and blend on the lowest speed for about 15-20 seconds.
- 5. Add 1/3 cup of milk and salt if using and blend on the lowest speed for 10 seconds.
- 6. Allow batter to sit for two minutes. After two minutes, check the consistency. It should be thick but still able to drip off a spoon. If it is too thick, add a splash of milk and pulse again. Continue until you have the right consistency.
- 7. Add the chocolate chips and pulse for 5 seconds. You want them to mix in but not get pulverized.
- 8. Follow your waffle iron’s instructions from that point forward.
- This recipe makes about 5 “regular” size waffles. They are VERY filling and I can only eat two quarters of a waffle. For this post, I topped mine with bananas so you could see the chocolate chips but usually, I load mine with berries and freshly whipped cream.