Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of 300 Best Blender Recipes Using Your Vitamix to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.
Everyone loves to eat healthy and it is a really great thing, however often eating healthy comes with a cost. This usually involves expensive equipment or even ingredients that would cost more then a person would normally want to pay for their food. One of the prime items of importance that many people look at when they are looking at some of these expensive machines is the versatility they offer. This recipe book shows people who to step beyond the obvious and create a larger selection of food with their Vitamix.
Your Vitamix can do so much more than make smoothies.
If you are looking for a way to eat real, whole foods but find yourself short on time, a Vitamix is the answer. It’s a convenient and nearly instant way to get those servings of fruits and vegetables that many of us skip, with minimal manual chopping. And grinding your own flour is incredibly easy in the Vitamix, allowing you to mix up bread, pancakes or muffins with flour that’s at its peak of freshness, for maximum flavor and nutrition, instead of buying flours that were ground months ago.
Robin has created an extensive collection of tantalizing and innovative recipes that will help you get the most out of this exceptional appliance. You can create a wide range of delicious dishes, from nutritious breakfasts and sumptuous soups to fresh sauces, dips, spreads and the increasingly popular nut butters, not to mention desserts that will have you reaching for seconds. And no Vitamix cookbook would be complete without a chapter on nutritious baby foods. There is even a bonus chapter on skin treatments, scrubs, masks and lotions.
Pear and Lemon Cupcakes (makes 12 )
These little cakes are studded with chunks of sweet pear and balanced with a touch of tangy lemon. They are so tender and delicious that you may not even need a topping, but go ahead and try the lemon glaze for an extra burst of lemony goodness.
Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C)
12-cup muffin pan, greased or lined with silicone or paper liners
- 1 cup cake flour(250ml)
- 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour (125ml)
- 2 tsp grated lemon zest (10ml)
- 1/2 tsp salt (2ml)
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt (125ml)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (125ml)
- 2 tsp baking powder (10ml)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (2ml)
- 1 cup granulated sugar (250ml)
- 1 large pear, peeled and chopped
- 1 cup powdered sugar (250ml)
- 2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice (30ml approx.)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (2ml)
- In a large bowl, whisk together cake flour, unbleached flour, lemon zest, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- Place the eggs, yogurt, butter, vanilla and sugar in the Vitamix container and secure the lid.
- With the switch on Variable, select speed 1 and turn the machine on.
- Gradually increase the speed to 7 and blend for about 30 seconds or until smooth.
- Pour the egg mixture over the flour mixture and stir until almost moistened.
- Gently fold in pear just until incorporated.
- Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups, dividing equally.
- Bake in preheated oven for 27 to 30 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
- Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then carefully transfer cupcakes to the rack to cool completely.
- Place powdered sugar in a medium bowl and whisk in lemon juice and vanilla.
- If the mixture is too stiff to pour, stir in more lemon juice, 1 tsp (5 mL) at a time, to make a thick glaze.
- When the cupcakes are completely cooled, drizzle glaze on top and let dry.
For the most accurate measurements when making baked goods, weigh your dry ingredients. For this recipe, you’ll need 137g cake flour, 57g unbleached flour, 200g granulated sugar and 120g powdered sugar.
Cake flour gives cakes and pastries a delicate, tender texture because it is very low in gluten.
Robin also includes useful information about your appliance, from the differences among the different series to tips and techniques that demonstrate how you can turn your Vitamix into an invaluable workhorse in your home kitchen.
ROBIN ASBELL is a bestselling author, educator and chef whose lifelong passion for whole, natural foods has fueled a successful career creating delicious dishes and recipes that both please the palate and nourish the body. This is her eighth cookbook. Robin resides in Minneapolis.