Anyone who knows me knows that I cannot handle raisins in my baked goods. I don’t mind raisins on their own, but biting into a sweet treat and hitting a raisin gives me the heebie jeebies! It feels like you are biting into part of a worm body or a bug! Something about it is un-natural to me! I just can’t do it!
When I first attempted to make “clean” recipes I noticed that many of the recipes called for dates as the sweetening agent. “Great.” I thought. “A big giant raisin”.
Almost all of the recipes required you to blend the dates in a blender to make them into a paste or a date butter. The first time I did this the result was just as I had feared! As I was eating my freshly baked dessert I hit tiny chunks of dates! I instantly felt discouraged! “If this is what clean eating is going to be like, I don’t know if I can do it!”
A few days later I was shopping around Costco and I passed a demonstration for the Vitamix blender. I had my 3 year old son with me and the smart salesman asked me if he could make some ice cream for my son in his blender. Oh course my son looked happily at me and asked “please Mommy?!” As the man had the ice cream going in one blender, he was mesmerizing me with his demonstration in the other!
Do you know that he made up a smoothie and dropped an ENTIRE apple in it!! Core, seeds and all! Then he put a whole orange in there- with the peel still on! Within seconds he turned off the blender, poured me a glass and held it out to me. I was leary to take a sip from this drink that I knew had apple core, stem and seeds in it! I was pleasantly surprised as the drink was smooth, delicious and completely chunk free! How was this possible? As I was finishing my smoothie, the man handed my son an amazingly delicious looking cup of strawberry ice cream. This one simple blender blended things better than anything I had ever seen before; it even made ice cream and made soup (like hot- ready to eat- soup!)
This was it!!! This was the blender I needed to solve my chunky date problems!
I thanked the man for his demonstration and left the store. There was only one thing standing in the way of my purchasing the Vitamix on the spot that day- the price tag!
The blender was REALLY pricey! This was not something to buy on a whim! I needed to go home and think this through and decide if this machine was worth the golden price tag or not. After talking it over with my husband we decided that if we were really going to be serious about this “clean eating” thing, then we needed to have the proper tools to do it right! We went back to Costco the next day and purchased the blender! Even after our careful consideration, I was still a little nervous about the purchase. “Would we actually use it enough to make it worth it?” “Would this blender end up in the back of my cupboard in a few months once the novelty wore off?”
I cannot emphasize enough how AWESOME this blender has been! It’s over a year later and I still use my blender nearly every day! I make smoothies in the morning for breakfast, and blend down ingredients for all of my baked goods! The best part- it liquifies my dates when I throw them in! No more chunky baked goods! 🙂 It really is incredible what this little machine is capable of!
If you are in the market for a blender that “does it all”, check out these blenders:
This is the blender I have and I love it!
You can purchase the vitamix here:
This blender has all of the bells and whistles that the vitamix has. I do not personally use this blender but many of my friends have this blender and they love it!
You can purchase the Blendtec here:
If you are looking to take your kitchen skills to the next level- you may want to try one of these blenders! You won’t regret it! 🙂
I would love to know what your favourite blender is! Leave your comments below! 🙂