Blendtec Blender Review & Free Blendtec Giveaway

Blendtec Review

The Blendtec Blender – the queen of blenders or is it just a bunch of hype?  Being one of the biggest fans of Dr Oz, I am forever testing out his healthy smoothie recipes.  From Dr Oz’s Green Drink to Dr Oz’s Red Drink, and everything in between… I have tried them all!  However, a lot of these smoothies are very hard on blenders because of the ice crushing that is involved.  Plus, since a lot of the drinks contain whole vegetables, quite a few of the blenders I have previously owned produced vegetable smoothies with a less than appealing texture.  So, I set out on a mission… to find the most powerful and versatile blender that is truly worth the counter space that it requires.  I had read amazing things about the Blendtec Blender and when they offered to let me test out their product, I was ecstatic!  I will give a complete review of the Blendtec below, but the bottom line is that I love the blender (and all of you!) so much that I bought another Blendtec to giveaway to one of my readers (details on how to win are below)!

Blendtec Review

Blendtec Blender Smoothie Review

Ever since I got my Blendtec, I have started every morning with a healthy smoothie.  I either try one of Dr Oz’s recipes or I create my own based on what I have in the house.  One of my family’s favorite smoothies consists of plain organic yogurt (here is my Cuisipro Donvier Yogurt Maker Review in case you missed it!), ice, frozen strawberries, bananas and flax seed (shhhh, nobody even notices when I slip in this healthy ingredient that is full of omega 3’s because the Blendtec grinds it up so finely).  With previous blenders that I have tested out, I would end up with large bits of frozen strawberries or big ice chunks in my smoothies.  But the Blendtec creates completely smooth, thick smoothies…even better than the ones that you get at the mall.  And you do not even have to watch the blender.  You literally push a button and it stops on its own when your smoothie is done.  Perhaps this is why Panera and Starbucks both use Blendtec Blenders to create their yummy smoothies and frappucinos!  Here is a video that I took one morning while making my daily smoothie:

Blendtec Blender’s Many Uses

The Blendtec Blender passed my smoothie test with flying colors.  No matter which ingredients you put in…even if you add something with tons of fiber (like spinach) to your smoothie, it comes out smooth and delicious.  I finally actually enjoy Dr Oz’s Green Drink Recipe, whereas before I had to try and force it down because of its texture.  Frankly, even if the Blendtec could only be used to make smoothies, it would be worth the counter space!  But I tested out quite a few other uses for the Blendtec.  Next stop, Hummus!  My family loves to snack on fresh veggies dipped in hummus, but after tasting homemade hummus, I promise that you won’t be able to go back to the store bought variety.  Usually, hummus is made out of chickpeas and tahini (which is a sesame paste).  However, the Blendtec is so powerful that it can actually puree the sesame seeds into tahini on its own.  I placed into the blender 1 TB water, 3 TB olive oil, 4 TB lemon juice, 6 tsp sesame seeds, 1 cup garbanzo beans, 3 cloves garlic, a small piece of raw onion, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp cumin and 1 TB dried parsley.  You can use canned garbanzo beans, but I decided to go with the garbanzo beans that you buy in the bulk section and soaked them overnight in water.  After a minute or so on speed 5 in the Blendtec, you will have the most creamy and delicious hummus that will totally wow everyone who tries it!

My house goes through almond butter and walnut butter like its water!  So, I tried making my own nut butters.  Much to my delight, nuts are not a challenge for the Blendtec.  It could not be easier, you just place raw almonds or walnuts into the blender, and let it go for around 10 minutes.  With other blenders, you have to let the nuts run for a couple of minutes and then let the machine cool down for a few minutes, and continue repeating this process until you get a nut butter consistency.  Otherwise, the blender overheats.  However, I do not have to do this with the Blendtec.  I can just let it run for 10 minutes and it produces the perfect nut butter.  Also, if you stop the blender sooner, you can make your own almond flour (which can be used in quite a few recipes as a healthy substitute for white flour).

Next up, hot soup?  Really?  A blender can make fresh, hot soup?  Yes!  Minestrone is a family favorite, but ever since we have been moving away from canned foods, soup has made an appearance at our dinner table less and less.  What is great about soup in the Blendtec is that it is quick and easy, plus it is a great way to hide certain veggies that your kids say that they hate.  The tomato base that I start with is 1 cup of hot vegetable broth, 5 tomatoes halved, 1 cup purple cabbage, 1/2 onion, 3 cloves garlic, and a handful of basil leaves.  But you can add any other vegetables that you want to use up as well!  Run the Blendtec on speed 5 until you reach your desired consistency.  Then I add to the soup leftover plain pasta from the night before (any shape!) and some frozen vegetables that I have warmed up.  I love that I know exactly what is in my soup and can control the sodium, plus it only takes a few minutes – including clean-up!

I could go on and on, but I have to share just one more treat that I recently discovered – Dr Oz’s Banana Ice Cream.  You can make ice cream with only one ingredient – bananas!  No sugar, no cream, and nothing unhealthy.  Sounds like a dieters heaven, but would it actually work and taste good?  I have heard complaints from people who say that it does not come out creamy like ice cream.  And you know what I tell them?  That must be because of your blender or food processor, because when I make Banana Ice Cream, it comes out tasting like a bite of heaven.  All you have to do is freeze chunks of bananas, throw them into the Blendtec for a minute, and you will have a tasty frozen dessert that even the pickiest eater will love.  I have been experimenting with the concept by adding chocolate syrup, caramel or even peanut butter for an even more special (and slightly less healthy) treat… and every “experiment” has been devoured by my family with absolutely no leftovers!

Best Way To Clean A Blendtec Blender

The final requirement for any kitchen appliance in my house is that it must clean-up quickly and easily.  All I have to do with my Blendtec is to fill it up with some hot water, add a few squirts of dish soap, and let it soak for a couple of minutes.  Then run the blender for a minute or less, pour the soapy water back into the sink (on top of my other dirty dishes to give me a head-start!), and rinse out the blender jar and lid.  Only a few times have I even had to go over the blender jar with a sponge.  Even my husband, who hates doing the dishes, volunteers to clean the Blendtec because it is so simple.  Here is a video that shows just how well the Blendtec cleans itself:

How to Enter the Blendtec Blender Giveaway:

You can buy one here: Blendtec Blender

How to Win: Each of the following will give you a certain number of entries into the Blendtec Blender Giveaway, so do as many of the following as you would like to increase your chances of winning!  Good luck everyone!

1.  Leave a comment below and share your favorite blender recipe! (1 entry)

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9.  Leave a comment on a non-giveaway product review post on my site and leave a comment below to let me know what you commented on. (1 entry)

The winner will be selected on June 6, 2011 through a random number generator and contacted via e-mail.  If there is no response from the winner within 3 days, another winner will be selected.  Only US Residents are eligible for this giveaway.

UPDATE: Due to the technology problems we have been experiencing over Memorial Day Weekend, we will be extending the opportunity to enter the Blendtec Giveaway for an extra week (through June 6th).  Sorry again for the inconvenience!

Congratulations to Sarah on winning our Blendtec Blender Giveaway!!!

Comments

  1. Lori Lemieux says

    I have had my eye on one of these babies for two years now. But, with the economy the way that it is I just can’t afford it at this time. So my best chance is to try to win one.

  2. Janice says

    no formal recipe, but honeydew, strawberries, bananas, cantaloupe, some honey, milk… blend into a smoothie, THEN add ice cream 🙂

  3. Joyce Mlinek says

    I like to make chocolate malts. Combine 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream, 3/4 c. milk, and 3 Tablespoons Malted Milk Powder. Blend and serve.

  4. Debbie Welchert says

    Mine is a good old-fashioned malt. Ice cream, milk and malt mix and blend all together. However, my blender leaks and never did crush ice. I wonder what it would be like to crush ice?

  5. says

    My favorite blender recipe is for a chocolate malt. 4 scoops of chocolate ice cream, some milk, and about 4 tablespoons of malt and blend it together. I don’t know how much milk; I just add it in.

  6. says

    The Blentec Blender is the best to own for your smoothest smoothies….Wellness begins with good choices of what you do for your body Mind and Spirit. This Blender is a Great CHOICE!

  7. christy says

    Soy milk, frozen strawberries, frozen blueberries, frozen bananas, juice = yummy smoothie

  8. Kevin Nagg says

    Hollandaise Sauce:

    Ingredients

    3 egg yolks
    1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    1 dash hot pepper sauce (e.g. Tabasco™)
    1/2 cup butter

    Directions

    In the container of a blender, combine the egg yolks, mustard, lemon juice and hot pepper sauce. Cover, and blend for about 5 seconds.
    Place the butter in a glass measuring cup. Heat butter in the microwave for about 1 minute, or until completely melted and hot. Set the blender on high speed, and pour the butter into the egg yolk mixture in a thin stream. It should thicken almost immediately. Keep the sauce warm until serving by placing the blender container in a pan of hot tap water.

  9. Cathy W says

    We like this recipe(?) because it’s so versatile. and yummy!
    1 banana
    1/2 c. plain low fat yogurt
    12 oz. orange juice
    Blend until fruit is smooth.
    May substitute any fresh or canned fruit (without sugar). May use frozen fruit for a frosty drink. Alternatively, after fruit is pureed, it can be frozen in ice cube trays, then processed in a blender to make slushies.

  10. Angela says

    Since I have seen this I thought wow to make my sause, it would be great, better than using my old blender and to make a good smoothie WOW, but being on disability I can’t afford one so my best chance to would be to try and win one.
    One of my best smoothies is: 1/2 c blueberries, 1/2 c raspberries, icecubes, 1/4 c nonfat milk, 6 oz non fat yogurt
    blend until smooth

  11. Kathy Davis says

    Breakfast Smoothie (good for keeping the blood pressure down): 1 cup milk; 1six-eight ounce plain yogurt( I like using flavored); 1/4 cup pineapple juice; 1 banana and 1 tsp(or more honey). Blend all ingreds. You will have two good servings. HINT: The colder the ingredients, the better the smoothie. So, in addition to the yogurt and milk already being chilled, I also put the banana in the fridge (the peel may turn brown but the banana is just fine). And, because I have these quite regularly but do not want to risk the pineapple juice going bad, I -measure individual servings of the juice in little baggies and keep in the freezer. The result: One very cold and refreshing smoothie without the neet to add ice.

  12. Karyn H says

    I Love smoothies and I LOVE Blentec. I love a smoothie made from coconut milk, frozen bananas, berries, flax seed and mango’s.

  13. Veronica Kavas says

    I have subscribed to your email updates and look forward to the deals. Thanks

  14. KellyDew says

    Fresh spinach (from our garden), an apple, greek yogurt, frozen berries, and a little water tastes delicious.

  15. says

    my fave smoothie recipe is:
    1/2 cup of frozen fruit
    1/4 cup of frozen berries
    1/4 cup of vanilla yogurt
    3/4 cup of juice

    🙂

  16. says

    CHILLED GAZPACHO SOUP – BLENDER
    1 (14 oz.) can peeled Italian tomatoes
    1 med. cucumber, peeled and cut up
    1 med. green pepper, cut up
    1 tbsp. olive oil
    1 tbsp. wine vinegar or dry red wine
    1 tsp. salt
    1/2 tsp. pepper
    1 tbsp. sugar
    Chicken broth, a little
    4 slices French bread soaked in water
    1 c. half and half or light cream
    Croutons, optional
    In a blender, puree all ingredients except bread, cream and croutons. Add a little broth to make puree smoother. Crumble bread and mix with its soaking liquid until smooth. Stir this mixture with puree until smooth. Then add cream and mix until smooth. Chill and add more seasonings to taste. Serve with croutons.

    MMmmm!! Great Summer recipe.

  17. Lisa says

    My favorite blender recipe is simple. It’s Lemon Strawberry Freeze with 2 cups cold lemonade and
    1 cup whole frozen strawberries. Place lemonade into blender jar, and process on high speed.
    With blender running, remove filler-cap and drop in berries one at a time. From an old Hamilton Beach blender recipe booklet.

  18. Donna Crenshaw says

    My favorite recipe for my grandchildren: bananas, strawberries, pineapple, orange juice, a few drops of chocolate, and ice……great smoothie!

  19. Donna Crenshaw says

    My grandchildren love my recipe for smoothies: bananas, strawberries, pineapple, orange juice, a few drops of chocolate, and ice…….sweet!

  20. Karyn H says

    I love starting the day with Green smothies. Spinach, Kale, cabbage, banana, orange, a little pineapple and a quarter slice of lime.

  21. Carren Panico says

    My favorite blender recipe is:

    Romaine, cucumbers, kale, celery, mango & pineapple.

  22. Lori says

    I want to start drinking green smoothies but dont have a blender. period. I could really use one of these suckers!!!

  23. kolpin says

    hummus! with garbanzo beans, cumin, lemon juice, tahini, 3 cloves garlic

    kolpin4680 at gmail dot com

  24. Anne says

    My favorite recipe is 1 c. pomegranate juice, 1 c. frozen strawberries and 1/2 c. vanilla yogurt – blend and drink.

  25. Donna B. says

    My fav blender recipe is smoothies – 1 cup yogurt, couple of handfuls handful of frozen berries, half a banana, orange juice and ice. I sometimes add protein powder to bump up the nutrition. I’d love to experiment with different blender recipes.

  26. Karyn H says

    Spinach, cabbage, celery, lime, fresh pineapple spear, water and ice. Great ‘green smoothie”

  27. Tena says

    2 scoops any flavor big train mix, 1/4 cup peanut butter, 2 cups ice (milk optional) 2 shots any flavor coffee mmmmmmm mmmmmm mmmmmm

  28. Sarah says

    I love to make a smoothie with strawberries, kiwi, banana – any my favorite “secret ingredient” is acai juice! I am totally sold on the Blendtec now. I have been trying to decide between the Blendtec and the Vitamix, but you have sold me!

  29. martha says

    blender recipe…. well, not really a recipe, but we love icees at my house.
    we use ice, alittle sugar, pack of kool-aid and water…. and off we go. and sounds like this would be the perfect blender for the icee. (mavans@gmail.com)

  30. Janet says

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. I need to win this ! !!

    I really really really do!

    I tweeted this for you too!

  31. Cathy Lenahan says

    The orange julius recipe I have is a frozen treat. The one at the local store is a whipped treat.How about orange juice, vanilla and ice. Blend and it is perfect!

  32. Kim says

    I love a good smoothie – – one cup frozen fruit, 1/2 cup orange juice, add Splenda to taste and blend away! Thanks!

  33. KARYN says

    I mix bananas, any other fruit, a little concentrated jc and blend it. My kides love it.

  34. Kisha says

    I subscribed to email. Would love to have this so I can retire my old Cusinart that I have to manually swish around just to get things moving.

  35. says

    i have loved making my families version of an orange julius. its lovely. 1c milk, 1/4 c oj concentrate, 1/4 c sugar, 1/2tsp vanilla, 1c ice, yummy, i also tweeted you.

    • says

      The winner is Sarah. I was just waiting to receive a reply from her with her mailing address. Congratulations Sarah! And thank you to everyone else who entered. I will be posting a few more reviews and giveaways shortly, so stay tuned!

  36. says

    Simple and easy! strawberry banana smoothie w 6 strawberries, one banana (frozen works best!) a 1/4 cup milk, and a cup of any flavor yogurt plus a cup of ice! 🙂

  37. Maria Malaveci says

    1 can (15 Ounce) Pumpkin Pie Filling
    3 cups Whole Milk (more If Needed)
    1/2 cup Vanilla Yogurt (up To 1 Cup)
    A Few Dashes Of Cinnamon
    Cinnamon Graham Crackers, Crushed

    mmalavec@med.umich.edu

  38. Marison Miller says

    I am just finish my Chemo treatment and I loke this machine but I could not afford to buy one. I need it to make my smoothies at home.

    thanks,
    marison

  39. jane martin says

    Mango Coconut Whip

    1 frozen banana
    several frozen mango slices
    2Tbsp. coconut cream
    1Tbsp. honey

  40. Jacquelinekay says

    this little blender that I bought at Kohls and it does what it can do and if this blender does a 1/3 of what mine can do then you need to give me that machine, and now that my sister and I have started Dr. Ozs 10lbs 7 day weight loss plan we sure could used that blender.