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Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream made only with 3 ingredients: coconut milk, dates and cacao powder, with no added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

Light, creamy and full of chocolate, this 3 ingredient Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream is our family’s favourite I have been making all winter long. Just been waiting for hot weather to hit our neck of the woods to share it with you. I find this ice cream easier to make than a traditional dairy one, and I believe it is tastier and healthier. My kids absolutely LOVE ice cream and do not object a slight coconuty flavour. Because this sugar free chocolate ice cream is sweetened with meaty Medjool dates, it doesn’t freeze into a solid ice rock. And it takes 15 minutes to defrost any leftovers (if you have any).

Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream made only with 3 ingredients: coconut milk, dates and cacao powder, with no added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

Last month, I got my hands on a Blendtec Designer 725 Blender and a Twister jar…Deep breath…I have seen Blendtec online and in Costco for years, and finally I was holding one – that cracking me up with messages base and a lightweight BPA-free jug was sitting on my counter waiting for me to push its buttons. Now I understand why they call it “Blender with a brain”! Trust me, you will see why in a bit.

Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream made only with 3 ingredients: coconut milk, dates and cacao powder, with no added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

Honestly, I have never touched or seen one in action, nor I ever realized how sleek this appliance looks.You can make anything you want with Blendtec 725 – that 3.8 peak horsepower motor chops up apple watches, iPads and iPhones into fine dust. Have you seen that?! I mean it is so powerful you will never buy ice cream, ground coffee or almond butter again! I always say any functional Clean Eating kitchen needs a good powerful blender and a food processor. But if I had to choose between two, it would be a high speed blender for sure.

Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream made only with 3 ingredients: coconut milk, dates and cacao powder, with no added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

Main “control panel” has illuminated capacitive touch display and is thought out for you to a tiny detail. It has preset modes for Soup, Salsa, Juicing, Frozen Treats, Smoothie and Cleaning. Time and speed are preset, so all you have to do is press the button and Blendtec speeds up, slows down and stops all on its own. At any time you can add 10 seconds of blend time with just a single tap of the blend cycle icon.

Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream made only with 3 ingredients: coconut milk, dates and cacao powder, with no added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

100 Speed Capacitive Touch Slider let’s you pick a custom speed with just a slide of a finger. It even tells you what is happening at what speed or what speed to use to reach desired consistency – stirring, chopping, mixing, blending, or pureeing. You can also use multi-speed pulse for extra burst of power at any speed. And a nice thing is that with 8 years of warranty, you don’t have to worry how long digital display will last. Because let’s be honest, every second of us thought of that. Blendtec really stands behind its products therefore you can own them with a piece of mind. It is a gift that keeps on giving. And I understand it is not cheap but you get what you pay for.

Also Blendtec blenders are equipped with exclusive SmartBlend technology senses that can identify potential malfunctions like overheating (so common in kitchen appliances) and tell you how to fix them. True “Blender with a brain”.:)

To clean the blender, the easiest way is to fill it up with lukewarm water, a drop of dish soap (if the contents were greasy, otherwise plain water is good enough), and push “Clean” button. Dump, rinse again and voila.

Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream made only with 3 ingredients: coconut milk, dates and cacao powder, with no added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

And Blendtec begs you to push its buttons, literally. What any other sane creature would?! These messages still crack me up.:)

The base itself is very heavy and solid. There is also a rubber padding on the bottom to make blender steady on your countertop. Like I mentioned above, Blendtec offers 8 years warranty and is one of very few products still made in USA. It is family owned and operated business based in Utah, founded 45 years ago by an engineer inventor, Tom Dickson.

Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream made only with 3 ingredients: coconut milk, dates and cacao powder, with no added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

So, healthy chocolate ice cream. I love using dates in this recipe because I love to think I’m eating a fruit while going for another spoonful of ice cream. Dates are so sweet (from fructose), you don’t need to add honey or maple syrup (sugar is sugar). Naturally occurring fructose has lower Glycemic Index than coconut palm sugar, honey or maple syrup.

Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream made only with 3 ingredients: coconut milk, dates and cacao powder, with no added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

Plus dates don’t ruin the colour of the yummy end result. Look how chocolatey and pretty this healthy chocolate ice cream is?! It is darker in real life than in pictures.

Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream made only with 3 ingredients: coconut milk, dates and cacao powder, with no added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

Ta-Da! See, what I’m taking about?! These messages crack me up.:) My chocolate ice cream mixture was blended into pretty smooth texture by using “Frozen Treats” mode. Did I mention Blendtec 725 also tells you how much blending time left?! I don’t know why but I found it pretty neat to know, not to mention freeing me of thinking what speed to make it now. Mommy’s brain.

In fact, these preset modes make blender easy to use for kids. My 8 year old blends everything himself now and always used to ask “At what speed, mom?!”.

Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream made only with 3 ingredients: coconut milk, dates and cacao powder, with no added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

Then there is this genius, long squeegee like spatula, Spectacula™, meant to reach those deep far away corners and under the blade. I have to say it doesn’t come with a blender but rather with a Twister Jar. However, it is available for purchase separately. The best spatula I ever had in my life! Very flexible too. Cleans out jug’s walls, bottom and under the blade like a squeegee.

Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream made only with 3 ingredients: coconut milk, dates and cacao powder, with no added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

Then you turn on your ice cream machine, pour mixture into it and it takes about 45 – 60 minutes, depending on your machine and room temperature. And do not forget to freeze your ice cream machine bowl. I always keep mine in a deep freezer in case we decide to have ice cream spontaneously. My ice cream machine (similar to this one) cost $25 and I’m totally happy with it because unlike blender I don’t use it every day. It is noisy, so I stick it on a porch while it’s churning but it works. $50 machine might be faster and quieter but I don’t know. I would rather spend those money on a blender because $40 blender just won’t do the job like, for example, Blendtec does.

Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream made only with 3 ingredients: coconut milk, dates and cacao powder, with no added sugar. | ifoodreal.com vegan chocolate ice cream

I also received this Twister Jar – add dry ingredients to it and twist the lid with 2 long arms counterclockwise while it’s blending. This twisting motion scrapes everything off the sides back into the blender, so no need to pause, open and help get things going.

My almond butter was ready in 90 seconds with a single push of a button. Maybe a bit longer but not the 20 minutes it takes in a food processor that might kill it?! Twister Jar is genius! It is meant just for that – blending any kind of food without much liquid to it. Also great for single serve smoothies, hummus, baby food and breadcrumbs. It fits onto the main base and comes with a regular lid as well, Spectacula™ and 3 year warranty.

Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream made only with 3 ingredients: coconut milk, dates and cacao powder, with no added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

I also had to make my green smoothie and see what happens. Very good! I mean I’m sure you have no doubts there was no problems making a smoothie smooth in a Blendtec blender. After all, it turns Apple watch into black dust, for goodness sake.

Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream made only with 3 ingredients: coconut milk, dates and cacao powder, with no added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

There is also this vent in the lid for an easy addition of handful of chia seeds, for example, without opening the entire lid. The splashing is from me not securing lid tightly in a first place. You won’t have that.

Overall, what can I say?! Blendtec 725 is an AMAZING blender! It makes Clean Eating lifestyle so much easier and tastier. And to reward you even further, Blendtec 725 tracks all your blends and offers discount codes at certain milestones which you can redeem online.

Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream with 3 Ingredients

Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream with 3 Ingredients

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Place ice cream machine bowl in the freezer for 18 - 24 hours.
  2. In a high speed blender, combine all ingredients, except chocolate chips, and process until smooth. Turn on ice cream machine and pour mixture into it. Let ice cream churn until soft serve like consistency (my machine takes about 45 - 60 minutes). Add chocolate chips if desired, let machine incorporate them into the ice cream and serve immediately. Ice cream will be soft serve consistency (my favourite) but you can place it in a freezer for a bit to firm up.
  3. Storage Instructions: Freeze leftovers in a glass airtight container. I also tried freezing blended mixture without churning it in an ice cream machine. It was good just not as fluffy. You could freeze it in individual ramekins or popsicle molds. Because of dates ice cream doesn't solidify into a block of ice (yay). Once, I also defrosted blended mixture and added it to an ice cream machine then.

Notes

*I recommend using Thai Kitchen, Trader Joe's Coconut Cream or Compliments canned coconut milk with creamy consistency. I wouldn't use Asian brands, it is grainy and does not freeze well.

http://ifoodreal.com/healthy-chocolate-ice-cream/

Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 6

Amount Per Serving = 1/6 recipe (1 large scoop):
Calories: 240.5
Total Fat: 11.7 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 20.0 mg
Total Carbs: 33 g
Sugars: 25.2 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.7 g
Protein: 2.5 g
WW Points+: 6

And now drumroll, please…Blendtec people were kind enough to give one of you an opportunity to win exactly the same Blendtec 725 and a Twister Jar as you see here. Good luck and blend away!

The Last Blender You Will Ever Own.

 

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Blendtec (THANK YOU!). I received product for review and was not compensated otherwise for this post. I recommend only products I love, tried myself and that fit Clean Eating lifestyle.

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220 Comments

  1. Donna Cress

    The first thing I would try in this blender would be a green smoothie! LOVE green smoothies!!!

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  2. Rene Keller-Green

    I am hoping to win this great blender! I would make the vegan ice cream using the recipe listed above, then use it every morning for my smoothies (they would be much smoother using a machine that can chop an iWatch to bits!).

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  3. Nancy A.

    I would absolutely love one of these!!! First I would make almond milk! Love my almond milk. This would be a dream come true!!

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  4. Karla Pena

    I love this post, I’m totally identified with it because I have an old blentec model and to me it the best thing ever, I do everything with my blender, although I confess that if I had the new model would be of much use. After reading this recipe I will definitely do; I have never made ice cream before, also you made my think about buying the Twister Jar (it could make my life easier and save me a few dollars. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • Olena

      Twister jar is worth every penny!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE it – nut butters, hummus, small smoothie. And that spatula is the best one I ever owned!

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  5. Becky

    oooooooh! I would blend so many things! My old mixer is a Ninja & the lid has completely fallen apart 🙁

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    • Olena

      They have 2 year warranty, if that helps. Or you can buy parts separately too if your warranty expired.

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  6. Pauline Battaglia

    First blend – tahini. Then Spicy Three Pepper Hummus. Then almond butter. Then Gaspacho. Gosh, I have really wanted a Blendtec for a long time. Would love to win this one! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  7. Nina Baxter

    What to blend first?? Clean eating creamy hummus! Or a summer gazpacho! Or, a gingery, fruity green smoothie…The possibilities are literally endless. 🙂

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  8. Jessica

    I would definitely blend my soaked almonds to make almond butter. I have tried before with no success. Thank you for a chance to win this great tool!

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    • Olena

      I made almond butter in a twister jar with great success, no soaking of nuts is necessary. You are welcome!

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  9. Isela

    I would blend up some nut milk and nut butters, coconut milk an butter too. 😛

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  10. Amy

    My blender has just blew-up. I would blend a lot of smoothies, ice cream, soups and brownie black bean mixture also cake batter. I would use this Blendtec everyday for my family. Thank you for offering this Blendtec as a giveaway .

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  11. Kit

    Oh baby! First thing I’m going to blen up is your ice cream recipe! I am so tired of making hard as rock ice cream and thank-so-much for sharing the secret of madjool dates to solve the problem! Not to mention all the yummy nutrition!

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    • Olena

      You are welcome, Kit! The texture is out of this world and it takes only 10-15 minutes to thaw this ice cream.

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  12. Katie M.

    I would blend frozen strawberries and blueberries, plus a little homemade lemonade, for frozen treats!

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  13. Samantha

    The frist thing i would blend would be a smoothie… We love smoothies our house!

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  14. Gudie

    I think I would have to make the chocolate ice cream, and cashew butter. Would love to win this blender, I just heard about it not to long ago. Great giveaway. Thanks.

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  15. Yana D

    I would blend a good healthy smoothie. I just would like to win this, so need it.

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  16. Maggie Coons-Abbott

    I’d for sure make banana ice cream first!! Probably with strawberries and coconut milk! 🙂

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  17. Diana

    I would make healthy ice cream like this for the first time ever! To have a good blender to make healthy foods would be a dream come true!

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  18. Chelsea

    First things first, almond butter. Then green smoothies, hummus, and much much more!

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  19. Becca

    the first thing I would make would be a nice refreshing perfect acai bowl for summer! this blender would be perfect for one and for so many other foods!

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  20. Marsha

    Nuts for sauces. I’ve been dying to try so many sauce recipes, but my little 1950’s patent blender just doesn’t make them smooth enough. Time for me to enter the 21st century.

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  21. Jeffrey

    I would love to make my own nut butters, starting off with almond and maybe even trying cashew!

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  22. Marla

    I would blend Sunbutter! So hard to find natural, organic, unsweetened and I would love to make my own.

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  23. alexandra robertson

    I would make cashew butter!! yummmm I am craving it now!!

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  24. Katie Ann

    Definitely a smoothie with lots of frozen blackberries, I’d love to see what this blender can do with those seeds!

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  25. Mercedes

    First would be a smoothy as I eat them so often but I would look forward to trying a nut butter and hummus

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  26. Steph

    Would love to make some triple berry or chocolate ice cream for summer with this blender!

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  27. Nicole Dziedzic

    The first thing i would blend is some dips and i would also blend some marinades for cookouts.

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  28. gabriela

    Your ice-cream recipe looks actually really great and I hadn’t used my ice-cream maker since I bought it. 🙂

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  29. Shohreh

    Blendtecs are so strong you can make your own peanut butter in them! I would make that first followed by “ice cream” from frozen bananas.

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  30. joy russell

    I have just heard about blendic recently, i would LOVE this. I would make the ice cream that you posted. I have been looking for a non-sugar recipe and this looks great.

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  31. Sara

    I’m obsessed with soups again, so the first thing I’d blend would be a nice creamy soup.

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  32. Dee @ The Kitchen Snob

    First priority – I would blend a strawberry daiquiri! I haven’t had one in awhile and this humid weather is making me thirsty :-). We had a cheap blender and the motor burned out after a few uses. Haven’t bought another one. This Blendtec sounds incredible!

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  33. Brigitte

    I would definitely use it for almond butter first! A close second is hummus. Love making soups too but that’s more of a winter thing for me.

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  34. valerie sobus

    awesome review — probably the best i’ve read on a blendtec 😀 i would make chocolate almond butter first! I’ve always wanted to make my own nut butters but i don’t have a food processor & my current blender is too weak!

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  35. Suzanne

    The first blend in my new Blendtec blender would be a green smoothie for my friend.

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  36. YoB

    Always wanted to make nut milks, cashew, almond. Definitely would be my first recipe.

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  37. Kayte CookWatts

    I would do my favorite smoothie- spinach, banana, blackberries, and coconut oil.

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  38. carm

    I’d blend the instruction manual for my 10 year old crappy blender…haha. kidding. Peanut butter!!

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  39. Stphanie

    I would use it for almond butter first! I have a small food processor and it takes so long to make almond butter in it that I stopped making it 🙁 I would love to use it to make some homemade tomato sauces once our garden starts producing! Once the fall comes I would use it to make big batches of my roasted butternut squash soup!

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  40. Ron

    I make my daily green smoothies with my Nutri-bullet, but I’ve been reading about the superior results people get with the Blendtec. It looks like a beautiful machine. That chocolate ice cream looks great also!

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  41. Erica

    The first thing I would blend is a smoothie for my kids. My blender jar broke weeks ago and me and my kids love smoothies.

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  42. Courtney S

    I would blend a green smoothie (: or some hummus, I can never get mine smooth enough!

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  43. Joanna

    I think I’d have to try your ice cream recipe first thing! It looks delicious!!!

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  44. Natalie

    If I won the first thing that I would blend is a strawberry milkshake!!!

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  45. Kayla

    I would make all kinds of smoothies and nut butters. I am trying to eat better food despite my family not wanting to change and this blender would certainly help me on my journey! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  46. Parween

    As a university student this blender would work wonders for me! First thing would definitely be banana ice cream! Thanks for the opportunity Olena!

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  47. Anne Perez

    Ooh! I would love to start with smoothies! It’s the one sure way to get greens in my four year old. Now my husband wants to get healthy too so I could make a huge family green smoothie in this instead of making individual ones in my NutriBullet. I’m sure it’s gonna burn out soon. It smelled a little like it was burning the other day. I could really use this!!

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  48. Lauren

    I would make almond butter and almond milk! This blender looks incredible.

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  49. Sarah

    I would start with this vegan ice cream and then do smoothies every day! I need this!!

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  50. Crystal R

    Cashew Butter!!!! Never had it but I miss pb&js due to a peanut allergy :o(

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  51. Vickie

    I would make ice cream…my family loves ice cream and I love chocolate so what better way to make it than with this amazing sounding Blendtec blender and your Chocolate Ice Cream recipe which sounds delish!

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  52. Olena Gerasymchuk

    I will blend smoothie and soups, and also would like to try making almond butter.

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  53. Brenda Haines

    I would make a yummy greek yogurt smoothie with fruits and veggies from my garden this year. Thanks 🙂

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  54. katie T

    The first thing I would blend would be a nice Green smoothie. Or is try to do an imitation of the new frozen lemonade at chick fil a.

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  55. Manon Dube

    VEGGIE SOUP…ALMOND BUTTER…GREEN SMOOTIE…and a lots of recipe that i’m waiting for a BLENDEC!!

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  56. ikkinlala

    I’d blend a smoothie first because I always have the ingredients on hand.

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  57. Kelly

    I’d blend a smoothie or ice cream, and then I’d use it to blend many many more things. 🙂 Mmmm.

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  58. Salima

    a Majoon smoothie – almond milk, banana, dates, almonds, pistachio and coconut flakes!

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  59. Alicia Boarts

    A smoothie with bananas and strawberries, and maybe some chocolate

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  60. darren

    I would blend ice into snow, being did not see mych of ot this last winter

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  61. Arleen

    Ooh, I would try this Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream first, then a virgin strawberry daiquiri, then a green smoothie!

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  62. Jayne Boykin

    I would make almond butter first, followed by ice cream. I’m moving into a brand-new house next week with my daughter and her family. A Blendtec would sure make a nice house gift!

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  63. Sarah

    Definitely one of my smoothies! The food processor I’ve been using does a really marginal job of it.

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  64. Jenn

    I would mix up some breakfast smoothies for me and my kiddos! Then maybe try that ice cream!

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  65. L Norris

    I would blend a healthy green fruit smoothie using Kale and Spinach to get my daily dark greens.

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  66. Vikki

    Homemade spaghetti sauce! It takes me HOURS to blend up whole stewed tomatoes in the old, cheap blender I have now!

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  67. Leah

    Soup! I’ve been wanting to make creamy vegetable based soups for a while.

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  68. Sonja

    I love smoothies, so definitely a creamy yogurt smoothie with tons of fresh or frozen fruit!

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  69. Colleen

    Definitely a green smoothie! Though almond butter might come a close second 😉

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  70. Emily D

    I would blend green smoothies and almond butter! Maybe try almond milk too?

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  71. Kimmerlee

    If I had a blender this awesome I would first try making some coconut butter!

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  72. Lisa @ Birth Eat Love

    Definitely a green smoothie with avocado, baby kale, orange, mango, chia and hemp seeds. Then probably this ice cream recipe. It sounds delicious. I never thought to add dates as sweetener in ice cream. Thanks for the tip!

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  73. Kari

    OMG! Where would I begin?!? I think I would start with nut butters, because when I try to make them with other blenders they smoke & smell like they are on fire. Then after that I would definitely have to make the ice cream recipe.

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  74. Starla B

    That looks delicious! The first thing I would make would definitely be a green juice! I have wanted a Blentec for ages and I love green juice! It would be awesome to finally get a blender that blends everything and actually being able to drink the whole fruit and vegetable instead of a juicer which leaves out important fiber!

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