It’s a new year and most of us want to reset our metabolism and improve our eating habits. I usually start the year off with either a juice or smoothie cleanse. It’s to make up for the nutrient-depleted foods eaten over the holiday season and because my body is craving real whole foods. Some whine that eating healthy involves way too much work, but really, if you have a good blender, you’re set.
A blender is one of the handiest kitchen appliances you can own. You can whip up just about any recipe or solution in a matter of minutes, especially if you have a quality blender. To kick the year off, I’m sharing 300 Best Blender Recipes Using Your Vitamix to inspire us to make healthier food choices. Although this book calls you a Vitamix, you can use any powerful blender. Think of all the arm power it saves you by using your blender to make every day recipes and formulas.
300 Best Blender Recipes starts off with some Vitamix education. My first Vitamix lasted less than two years, so I wasn’t happy with the brand. Then I received one as a gift and it’s been working great for over five years. I also have two other blenders that work hard for me and handle any ingredients I fill them with. So you can use whatever blender you have at home to make any of these recipes.
I think another misconception some people have is that blenders are only for making smoothies. But, these little workhorses will surprise you with their abilities. They can blend anything from nut butters to skin care treatments as shown in this book.
300 Best Blender Recipes is divided into seventeen different chapters which include Nut Butters and Cheeses, Sauces, Dressing – Marinades and Spice Blends, Dips and Dressings, Soups, Burgers and Loaves, Fresh Flour and Baked Goods, Desserts, Ice Cream – Sorbets – Milkshakes and Ice Pops, Truffles and Energy Balls, Baby Food, Nondairy Milks, Smoothies, Smoothie Bowls and Parfaits, Whole Juices and Blends, Blender Cocktails, and lastly Skin Treatments, Scrubs, Masks and Lotions. Each chapter starts off with Tips for Success and has a variety of tantalizing and innovative recipes that are a breeze to blend.
Desserts are popular in most household and you’ll find a delectable variety in this chapter. How about some Peanut Butter Pie, Vegan Chocolate Cashew Pie, Raspberry Chocolate Tofu Pudding or some Pear and Lemon Cupcakes.
Pear and Lemon Cupcakes
Pear and Lemon Cupcakes
- 1 cup cake flour 250 mL
- 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 125 mL
- 2 tsp grated lemon zest 10 mL
- 2 tsp baking powder 10 mL
- 1/2 tsp salt 2 mL
- 2 large eggs at room temperature
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt 125 mL
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened 125 mL
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 2 mL
- 1 cup granulated sugar 250 mL
- 1 large pear, peeled and chopped
- 1 cup powdered sugar 250 mL
- 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice 30 mL
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 2 mL
- • Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C)• 12-cup muffin pan, greased or lined with silicone or paper liners
- In a large bowl, whisk together cake flour, unbleached flour, lemon zest, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- Place the eggs, yogurt, butter, vanilla and sugar in the Vitamix container and secure the lid. With the switch on Variable, select speed 1 and turn the machine on. Gradually increase the speed to 7 and blend for about 30 seconds or until smooth.
- Pour the egg mixture over the flour mixture and stir until almost moistened. Gently fold in pear just until incorporated.
- Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups, dividing equally.
- Bake in preheated oven for 27 to 30 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then carefully transfer cupcakes to the rack to cool completely.
- Glaze: Place powdered sugar in a medium bowl and whisk in lemon juice and vanilla. If the mixture is too stiff to pour, stir in more lemon juice, 1 tsp (5 mL) at a time, to make a thick glaze.
- When the cupcakes are completely cooled, drizzle glaze on top and let dry.
- For the most accurate measurements when making baked goods, weigh your dry ingredients. For this recipe, you’ll need 137 g cake flour, 57 g unbleached flour, 200 g granulated sugar and 120 g powdered sugar.
- Cake flour gives cakes and pastries a delicate, tender texture because it is very low in gluten.
I did not know you could make flour in your blender. A guide is provided that explains how much wheat berries you’ll need to produce a certain amount of flour. This includes some grains and beans as well. The handy Tips for Success share the exact steps need to make your own flour. After grinding your flour you can make the bread, pancakes and muffin recipes included in this cookbook. Secret code: millet.
There are also gluten-free and vegan recipes for people with diet restrictions. Making your own baby food is big and there are several recipes for veggies, greens, fruit combos and hearty dinners.
If you’re interested in making your own skincare products, there is a diverse selection of mask, scrub and lotion recipes. Get a spa treatment by making the Cucumber, Avocado and Turmeric Face Healer or the Parsley and Oasts Body Scrub. Most of the ingredients are available at your local grocers or health food store.
300 Best Blender Recipes is a well-rounded recipe book that covers all your basic needs plus more. It’s a handy book in have in my cookbook collection.
Disclosure: I received product to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.