If you somehow haven’t heard of Larabars, they are tasty snack bars made from dried fruit/dates and nuts. They usually have 2–6 simple ingredients, depending on the flavor. As with many things, if you make them yourself, you can customize, save money, and get the satisfaction of making something. They are easy, and there are tons of copycat recipes online. However, most recipes call for a food processor, so I was curious how they would come out with just a Vitamix; perfectly well, it turns out. I have a few Vitamix-specific tips at the end of the post, as well as a homemade vs. packaged Larabar price comparison. Continue Reading →
The result is light and refreshing on a hot summer day. It’s also the sort of thing that could be served between courses of a fancy meal to cleanse the palate. Continue Reading →
Take advantage of peach season! Fruit ice creams are super easy to make in a Vitamix—no ice cream maker required. Just blend frozen fruit and milk or cream. If you serve it right away, it will be a soft-serve consistency. If you prefer hard scoops, you can cool it in the freezer for a few hours. Continue Reading →
I came up with this blend because I wanted a snack, but was out of fresh fruit. In the freezer I had frozen mango and figs. I wouldn’t have guessed that they would go together, but, combined with vanilla, the result is surprisingly delicious.
I’ve previously written about how you can use vanilla pods in smoothies, but this time I just used extract. For most things, I think extract is the way to go, because it is cheaper/easier, and you don’t sacrifice too much flavor.
Both mango and figs have plenty of fiber, so the smoothie comes out relatively thick, but still fully drinkable. Continue Reading →
People have been asking me how to make Frappuccinos at home. They tried, but got disappointingly separated ice and liquid, even using a Vitamix. I looked up the Starbucks list of ingredients, and found the secret ingredient: xanthan gum. In this post I will cover how to use xanthan, and also give a whole-food alternative for making satisfying Frappuccinos.
If you are a frequent drinker of Frappuccinos, you can save a lot of money by making them at home, plus you can customize them to be exactly how you like. They’re super easy too: a Vitamix will blend one in about 20 seconds. Continue Reading →
Vitamix blenders are famous for their high power, but what does that power actually mean, and do they deliver the horsepower that Vitamix claims? Continue Reading →
¼ cup water
1 orange, peeled
⅓ pineapple, peeled (~1.5 cups pieces)
fresh ginger (piece ~¾ inch on a side)
turmeric (fresh piece ~¾ inch on a side, or ¼ tsp powder)
1 cup frozen mango
Blend on high until smooth. Makes 2 medium servings.
Depending on how much of a kick you want, you can increase the ginger and turmeric. Continue Reading →
I came across this recipe on ChefSteps. You can use it as you might use cream, as a garnish on soups, or to add a little boost to a pasta or bean dish. Don’t expect it to taste like cream, but it is satisfying. The flavor is savory and has an unexpected depth, despite such simple ingredients. Continue Reading →
This carrot soup is a bit more work than my usual recipes, but the result is rich and delicious. I was inspired by an amazing soup I had at Chez Nico in Innsbruck, Austria a few years ago. The idea is to make it all about the carrots, and it has a simple premise: cook carrots in carrot juice, then blend. Besides making a silky smooth blend, a Vitamix works great for juicing carrots as well (with the help of a filtration bag). Continue Reading →