You know those big ticket items you’ve always wanted but can’t seem to rationalize purchasing yourself? Or the pricy kitchen toys you figured will be a wedding registry item one day? For me, it was a high speed blender. I had always wanted one to make soups, smoothies, but especially homemade nut butters.
About a month ago, I got a realllllly lucky surprise. No, it wasn’t a marriage proposal, but it in my mind, almost as good. 🙂 I teamed up with Fitfluential for a Blendtec review! This baby came at the perfect time too — my Cuisinart food processor was on its last leg and I was contemplating buying another. But then my culinary prayers were answered with the Blendtec Designer 725.
From the branding to the packaging, this baby is gorgeous. It’s got a really sleek design with a multi-speed pulse, and a 100-speed touch slider. One of my favorite feature is the illuminated touch screen interface that greets you when you turn it on, and says goodbye when you’ve finished.
There are six programmed cycles: Smoothie, Salsa, Ice Cream, Whole Juice, Hot Soup, and Clean. These one-touch options make it super easy to achieve the right consistency of what you’re creating. It even tells you which speed to use for stirring, chopping, mixing, blending, or pureeing. Another fun thing? Blendtec rewards you for using your blender. It tracks your blends, then displays reward codes at certain milestones that can be redeemed online for for recipe books, gift cards, kitchen utensils, jar discounts, and more.
I knew the first thing I wanted to make was homemade almond butter. I often purchase the fresh ground almond and peanut butters at Whole Foods so I was excited to finally make mine at home. It was so easy with the Blendtec. I just tossed in the ingredients, turned up the speed and let it go.Here’s the recipe I made:
Chia Almond Butter
- 2 cups roasted almonds
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup. chia seeds
Add almonds to the Twister jar and cover with lid. Turn up speed to 7. While blending, turn lid counterclockwise to mix up nuts. Run for 60 seconds. With a spatula, stir in chia seeds.
Best served warm with an apple!
The second thing I wanted to make was a smoothie. And of course I wanted my homemade almond butter to be an ingredient in my next recipe. So I made a smoothie!
Almond Butter & Banana Smoothie
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 scoop protein powder
- 1 tbsp. almond butter
- dash of cinnamon
Add ingredients to jar and secure lid. Select “Smoothie” or blend on medium speed until smooth.
I’ve since used the Blendtec for green smoothies, honey cinnamon walnut butter, and salad dressings. I also like using it to chop up garlic, ginger, nuts, and seeds. It’s amazing how much use I’ve already gotten out of it. It came with a recipe book and there are also a bunch of recipes online.
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