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?