Why I bought a Blendtec... plus 3 yummy recipes!

I recently broke down and bought myself a brand new "big girl" blender - a Blendtec! Now there are different high speed blenders I could have picked but this is about why I chose this one over a Vitamix or Ninja Blender. 

The Blendtec and Vitamix both have tons of power, blend beautifully and make one heck of a smoothie or nut butter. I also looked at getting a Ninja as an alternative but everything I read told me that it just wasn't going to do what I wanted so I turned to the "big girl" contenders. I know that the Ninja does work great for a lot of people, but it just wasn't  going to cut it for the jobs I was planning on putting a high speed blender though.

So since the Blendtec and Vitamix did what I wanted equally why did I choose one over the other? Well first of all the Blendtec has a great warranty for their refurbished models (which is what I initially was looking to purchase.) They have the same great 7 year warranty as their other blenders (Vitamix has a 5 year warranty for their refurbished models.) Refurbished models go through high standard inspections for both companies, so if you're looking for a great deal on a high speed blender but you don't just HAVE to have a brand new one I suggest looking at refurbished! (You can buy a refurbished Blendtec for $279.95 with free shipping here!) 

Another reason I ended up choosing a Blendtec is that it is super easy to clean on the base. I am kind of picky when it comes to buying new small appliances because my food processor has a ton of nooks and crannies that get food stuck in them. I don't have time to deal with that! I'm a busy mom and I don't want to have to clean my stuff with a tooth brush every time I use it. The Blendtec has a flat surface with no places for food or smoothies to get stuck in. The model I ended up buying (The Designer Series with Wildside Jar) has a totally solid touch screen surface that I can clean with a quick swipe of a rag. 

Blendtec Blades. 

Blendtec Blades. 

Here is the Vitamix Blades for comparison. Sharp and harder to clean everything out of the bottom because of the design. 

Here is the Vitamix Blades for comparison. Sharp and harder to clean everything out of the bottom because of the design. 

The biggest perk for me though is the blade design. It is a super strong blunt blade that is ultra easy to clean around. I can get every last drop of nut butter or smoothie out without a hassle. (No tearing up your favorite rubber spatulas because of sharp blades and tiny spaces!) Food just doesn't get stuck under it like the competitors blade. Also, if I want to stick my hand in there (with the jar completely off the base and SAFE of course....) to you know.. get the last drop of brownie batter smoothie and lick it off my fingers? Well guess what - I won't get cut at all! That's good for a clumsy woman like me! Especially when cleaning it! 

Won't cut yourself while cleaning it! Woop!

Won't cut yourself while cleaning it! Woop!

Speaking of cleaning - the jar and lids can go in the dishwasher. A Vitamix cannot. A perk every now and then! I usually just clean the jar and lids right after I use them but there has been a time or two that I left it and was happy to be able to throw it in with the rest of my dishes for a quick wash. 

It also fits under my counter! Awesome!

It has a pulse button which is handy! 

And they also have a nifty 3 Payment Plan for blenders over $350 with no finance charges (just a small convenience fee) if you want to spread your payments out over 3 months!

So yeah, that's why I chose the Blendtec. I'm so happy I finally made the decision so I could make even more fun recipes for you guys! 

Here are a few recipes I wanted to share with you that I've made so far with my Blendtec Blender!

Creamy Dreamy Horchata

Creamy Dreamy Vegan Horchata

I can hardly think of a more refreshing drink than horchata! The almonds make it ultra creamy and extra yummy!!

  • 1 cup white rice (you can also use brown rice if you want)
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds
  • 1  6" stick cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar (or sweetener of your choice)
  • 8 cups water  

Blend the rice, almonds, cinnamon, sweetener and 4 cups of water together in your blender until chopped up pretty fine (I used the Whole Juice program for this.) Add the remaining 4 cups of water and soak the mixture for 3-4 hours in the refrigerator (alternately you could soak everything together first and then blend. It works both ways!) Strain through a fine mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth or a nut milk bag. Serve over ice. It's especially great with Mexican food (or by the pool. Throw in a shot of vodka and you're good to go!) 

 

Green Hippie Smoothie

Green Hippie Smoothie

Kale smoothies are amazingly delicious and it blows my mind how the blender totally obliterates all traces of the kale in smoothies! Really, there's not a single speck of leaves to get stuck in your teeth - just all totally smooth and delicious. 

  • 1 large orange
  • 2 cups kale
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • juice 1 lime
  • 1 cup ice
  • 3 Tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or water)
  • 1 cup water

Blend using the Whole Juice program button on your Blendtec (or until totally smooth on whatever blender you are using!) 

 

 

Brownie Batter Smoothie

Brownie Batter Smoothie

This makes an ultra smooth delicious chocolate smoothie that you MIGHT just get addicted to. Just had to warn you!

Blend using the Smoothie program button on your Blendtec (or until totally smooth on whatever blender you are using!) 


note: After deciding which blender I ultimately wanted, I chose to become an affiliate for Blendtec. They did not pay me for this review or opinion. I do make a small commission if you buy through any of the affiliate links on this page. Doing so helps support forealslife.com so that I can continue posting recipes for you! I really appreciate your support! Much love, Morgan! 

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Beet Happy Morning Smoothie

Beet Morning Smoothie (Beet, Orange, Strawberry & Spinach)

Here's the post about Why I Bought a Blendtec Blender but first I really wanted to share this with you before I did that because it was crazy delicious! 

It's a super yummy blend of beets, orange, strawberries and spinach. I was so shocked at how much I loved it and I drank it with a smile on my face the whole time. That's saying a lot this morning (ever just wake up feeling yucky, old and sore?! Even vegans wake up feeling like crud sometimes! Ha!) 

I'm not going to start claiming any health benefits here. It's really yummy, sweet and whole fruit smoothies are crazy filling! And it's gorgeous, isn't it?!

Drink it and watch this music video. I swear you'll have an awesome happy morning! 

Beet Happy Morning Smoothie

makes 1-2 servings (about 3 & 1/2 - 4 cups) 

  • 1 small/medium raw beet, cut into chunks
  • 6-7 strawberries
  • 1/2 orange
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup ice cubes

You need a high speed blender for this recipe to blend everything up smooth (I'm using a Blendtec and LOVING it!) 

Put everything into your blender and blend until smooth. If you're using a Blendtec you can use the Whole Juice blend cycle! Easy peasy. 

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Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

Alright this is the second (and last for now!) fancy drink you can throw together for a special occasion (Valentine's Day! This will be my birthday drink too!) It's really just a simple mix of pomegranates and Champagne but since pomegranates have such a great complex flavor it's really all you need! 

Read through all of the directions before you start and you should have this ready in no time. You will really be looking special if you bring this with the vegan Chocolate Waffles to your sweetie for breakfast! Trust me, I would be smitten! 

Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

  • 2 fresh pomegranates 
  • 1 bottle chilled Champagne or sparkling white wine

First you need to open up those pomegrantes and get the arils (seeds) out! There are a million methods to do this. You can whack it (makes a huge mess for me!), this is a bit better or in water. So far I have had success just sticking my knife into the bottom of the pomegranate, twisting it to open the whole thing up and then tearing it into sections to remove the seeds. 

Next you are going to take 3/4 of the seeds you got out and make some pomegranate juice (set the rest aside for adding to the drinks whole.) It's not as hard as it sounds though - just follow along with the tutorial I'm linking to and it should be fine! Here is a WONDERFUL tutorial on juicing a pomegranate - it really is delicious and worth it! If you're totally strapped for time, or just don't want to bother you can buy pomegranate juice in the grocery store. It doesn't taste very much like fresh juice though so you owe it to yourself to try it at least once!

For every Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail you make you are going to follow this easy formula - 1 part pomegranate juice to 5 parts champagne. So 1 oz juice to 5 oz champagne. Then toss in a tablespoon or more of whole pomegranate arils. I pour the juice into the bottom of the glass and top with the champagne for a layered effect. My favorite thing about the drink (other than it's good taste and looks!) is that the pomegranate arils dance all around because of the Champagne. It's just beautiful! 

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Strawberry Champagne Shake

Strawberry Champagne Shake (vegan!)

I saw this fabulous sounding shake on a menu somewhere while I was browsing around on the internet (yes, I browse menus from time to time! hah!) and I knew that I just HAD to make it right THEN. Of course I had to make stuff up as I went to make this vegan and Plant Strong but that wouldn't be a problem. I ran out and got my supplies to get testing. 

These are beautifully simple and DELICIOUS! Perfect for Valentine's Day or just any day really. Serve it up with some Vegan Burgers and Heart Shaped Fries for a perfect lovely meal! 

Oh and of course I had to make some without alcohol for my 3 year old and she loved the creamy strawberry shake with just a bit of grape juice instead of the champagne. Also she loved how I balanced the strawberry on the rim of the glass. So wonderful what kids appreciate, isn't it?

Strawberry Champagne Shake (vegan!)

Strawberry Champagne Shake

makes 2-4 servings (depending on how big you like your shakes!)

  • 12oz  (about 1 cup) silken tofu (such as Mori-nu Soft Silken Tofu)
  • 1 lb frozen strawberries (I like to buy my own fresh, chop and freeze them so I know they are good quality when they go in!) 
  • 1.5 cups champagne or sparkling white wine or sparkling grape juice for a non-alcoholic version! 
  • sweetener of your choice to taste (I used a few drops of Stevia because my strawberries weren't terribly sweet) 

Blend everything together in your blender until it's smooth! Serve up enjoy. 

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Thick and Creamy Vegan Chocolate Malt (or shake!)

Thick and Creamy Vegan Chocolate Malt (or shake!)

I haven't had a Wendy's Frosty in FOREVER. SO LONG. But I LOVED them when I went there and always had to get one. And when I made this malt for the first time? VEGAN HEAVEN! It was totally like a Frosty - except vegan and healthy! WHAT!!! So now I'm obsessed with THESE. Another chocolate thing (like the pudding or chocolate overnight oat parfait!) to eat every day. Okay, maybe not every day but as much as possible. 

Now let's talk malts. You may or may not have had malts growing up. I loved chocolate malts. LOVED! Finding vegan malt powder? Figured it was not going to happen. Then I went to Bob's Red Mill store in Portland and just happened to see this. 

Barley Malt Extract

This is Barley Malt Extract (you can buy it here!) It's 100% vegan so get ready to party with it! The stuff you find in most grocery stores for malted milk is full of .. well.. milk. Yuck! Not only is it good in this, I think it will come in handy for many other recipes I've got ideas about. Now let's just hope I don't turn it all in to Chocolate Malts before using it in other things!

Thick and Creamy Vegan Chocolate Malt (or shake!)

I know. It's winter for a lot of folks. Polar Vortex season even! Who wants a shake or a malt?! YOU DO. Really! Imagine this with a Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Slider and a side of Chili Cheese Fries. TALK ABOUT HEAVEN. That's on the menu for us. Put it on yours. You won't regret it! 

This recipe is for ONE HUGE serving though (or I guess two medium!) so you'll have to make more if you want your family to have any. Of course you can just keep it to yourself... 

Thick and Creamy Vegan Chocolate Malt (or shake!)

And here's one happy camper that's getting to have a malt and it's not even DESSERT time!! Yeah, mama!!

Thick and Creamy Vegan Chocolate Malt (or shake!)

Thick and Creamy Vegan Chocolate Malt (that totally tastes like a Frosty!)

makes 2 smaller servings or one HUGE serving!

Blend everything together until very very smooth! I like to use my immersion blender for this part but a food processor also works. 

Pour into clean ice cube trays and freeze until solid (at least a couple of hours.)

When you're ready for a malt blend up the chocolate ice cubes with about 2/3 cup of your favorite non-dairy milk. I used a food processor for this but if I had a high speed blender (like this one!) I would totally use that. You may be able to do it in a regular blender too - just let the ice cubes thaw for about 5-10 minutes to help your blender out a bit! 

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