Tuesday, February 17, 2009

More from the Vita-Mix: Peach Soy Ice Cream & Hazelnut Chocolate Smoothie

A couple months ago a brand new Vita-Mix came into my life, and things have never been......................................smoother.  My comical Magic Bullet definitely still comes in handy when it comes to pureeing small portions and chopping a lot of garlic, but the Vita-Mix blends and purees and grinds more quickly and smoother than I anticipated.  Clearly I didn't have enough faith in this holy appliance.  I've been pureeing soups, puddings and making marinara without a bit of graininess to it.  
Peach Soy Ice Cream

During my recent bout with the classic cold, I reached for the last of the chopped frozen peaches I'd picked on my birthday in September, and made the recipe for Peach Soy Ice Cream from the Vita-Mix website.  I used plain soy milk, Madagascar Vanilla Powder (I got this from Julie Hasson and it's fantastic, no surprise) and a bit less (organic) sugar.  My awful sore throat and tired-self was thrilled with this!  As recommended, spoon some into your mouth pronto.
Once frozen again, it does lose the creamy texture, but you can blend it with more liquid and ice for a smoothie.
Ready to blend-

And you have something like soy ice cream.

I also made homemade hazelnut butter this past weekend in the Vita-Mix, with the help of a little peanut oil.  Hazelnuts are my favorite nut and happen to be the state nut of Oregon.


Roasted & Ready to Butterize.

No picture of the finished product, but I will share that I had the brilliant/lazy idea to make a smoothie in the blender instead of just cleaning it, after making the hazelnut butter.  I blended bittersweet chocolate (without melting! behold the power!), soymilk, a dab of hazelnut liquor, vanilla powder and a pinch of brown sugar.

Vegan Nutella-ish smoothie in a Pabst glass, anyone?


22 comments:

shelby said...

Wow! I like the looks of that nutella smoothie, yummy!

Gina said...

Mmm, that ice cream looks like yum. I want a Vita Mix :(

VeggieGirl said...

HOLY YUM!!

VeganView said...

I am not gonna lie, the numbers from LOST made it for me ;)

Nicole (anotheronebitesthecrust.wordpress.com) said...

So good! A nice cup of that would be perfect right now :D

Veganissexy said...

Oh my that smoothie looks really yummy. I make peach "ice cream" like that all the time!

DJ Karma (VegSpinz) said...

Yet more reasons to get a VitaMix! Hope you feel better soon!

Melody Polakow said...

Love love love the vitamix! Unfortunately, mine is still not quite up to par since I had to get a replacement part..

I always do something with the leftovers in the mix too.. like a dressing or broth or whatever.

I'll bet your nutella smoothie was to die for

Vegan On Stage said...

ive been so obsessed with smoothies lately... yummmmm

Warrior Two said...

That's it...I'm getting one.

Amey said...

hoorah! I just got a vitamixy this weekend! I haven't had a chance to use it yet... but you can seriously bet that hazelnut butter will be on my list. what a great freaking idea. i think I will enjoy my new friend!

HeyitsBeth said...

The numbers! They're CURSED!!

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

Peach soy ice cream.........mmmmmmm.

Hope you're feeling better. Colds suck.

kimmykokonut said...

Mmm ice cream for colds. I'm very jealous of your Vita-Mix possession. I can't seem to justify purchasing it, so I will vicariously live through your enjoyment of it :)

veggievixen said...

oh yum. i love nutella.

Bianca said...

I have got to get me one of those! I'm putting in on my birthday wish list...unfortunately, that won't until October!

swellvegan said...

Isn't the Vita-Mix creamy and dreamy? I still can't get over the fluffiness of my smoothies every morning! Peach ice cream sounds divine.

julie hasson said...

Yum! I'm glad you like the vanilla powder Jess.

I hope you feel better soon!

DJ said...

That peach ice-cream looks and sounds beyond words!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

I want that ice cream! Mmm, hazelnuts- I made hazelnut chocolate chip cookies yesterday!

Katie said...

I never thought to make hazelnut butter! What a great idea for the bag of hazelnuts hanging out in my fridge. Did you buy the dry container for making flour or do you plan to? I am torn.

Vanessa said...

This looks to die for! Oh my gosh. iWant. Great post! ^_^