Blendtec Giveaway + Recipe Feature: Wonder Spread

Blendtec Giveaway, Plant-Powered Kitchen

 

UPDATE: Giveaway now complete.

When I first starting using a Blendtec several years ago, I didn’t realize how much my cooking and food preparation would evolve with just one appliance. Immediately I had a new love for green smoothies. While I had made them in a standard blender for a year or two beforehand, those potent green elixirs reached a new level of smooth with the Blendtec. I was giddy to pulverize collards, cucumber, frozen fruits, and chia seeds in my new rambo blender! Yet, I had no idea that I would use this appliance in so many of my daily recipe and meal preparations (more on that soon)! I use my Blendtec every day, and love it.

So, I am thrilled that Blendtec has partnered with me to give away one of their blenders, plus their signature Twister blending jar!

What better way to ring in 2014 than with this appliance that can help you prepare some of the healthiest, delicious, and most nutrient-dense foods?! 

Blendtec Designer Series Giveaway, via Plant-Powered Kitchen

One of you will win a Blendtec Designer Series Wildside (black), as well as the Twister jar! Total retail value over $570!*

Blendtec Twister Jar - giveaway via Dreena Burton, Plant-Powered Kitchen

The more I’ve evolved working with whole foods in cooking and baking, the more I use my Blendtec. Their Wildside Jar is absolutely the best for green smoothies and large purees. I have come quite attached to the Twister Jar as well, and so I’m delighted that both these jars are part of this prize package.

Here are some of the ways I use my Blendtec daily:

Green Smoothies

Apple-A-Day Green Smoothie

I don’t go a day without them. I pack in the greens, including kale and parsley, and also cucumber. Usually I add a peeled lemon and some frozen mango, and add a scoop of Vega tropical smoothie infusion. After whizzing up my intense-green smoothie, I reserve a little and then add extra fruit for the girls – frozen (or room temp) ripe banana, frozen pineapple, and/or peeled orange. They would not drink it as green as I make it for myself and hubby! Some days I switch it up, but this is my fave combo. For more green smoothie tips, check out my tutorial here.

Pureed Pasta Sauces

Mac-nificent and Mac-Oh Geez!

I make the base sauce for my mac-oh-geez (above right) in my Blendtec Wildside, and also the sauce for my new fave pasta casserole, Mac-nificent (above left – yes, I now love it more than mac-oh-geez, if that’s possible). I make these sauces so often I don’t even measure anymore, just eyeball and VROOOM!

Salad Dressings, Sauces, and Dips

saucesCollage

The Twister Jar has transformed how I make salad dressings. I used to make dressings in a large jar using an immersion blender. That works well, but once I started blitzing dressings in the Twister Jar, I haven’t gone back. Not only quick, it emulsifies dressing ingredients extremely well, and can pulverize nuts and also chia seeds for creamy nut-based sauces and oil-free dressings. Here are some examples of salad dressings/sauces that work famously using the Twister Jar. Since I make so many purees with my blender, I’m often asked “do you still use a food processor”? Quick answer: Yes! There are some dips, like hummus, that I still prefer to make in my food processor. I can make larger batches with those and have more control over the consistency with keeping some texture. But for very smooth sauces and dips, and nut-based blends, my Blendtec gets the job.

Pureed Soups

Tomato Lentil Soup with Cumin and Fresh Dill

You can make soups literally in an instant in the Blendtec. Take some of your favorite ingredients and puree until smooth. You can then enjoy raw or just lightly warmed, or transfer to a saucepan to simmer and let the flavors infuse. I often pre-roast veggies and then puree into soups (or pasta sauces!) adding water, veg stock, or non-dairy milk (depending on the ingredient mix).

My Blendtec is also put to great use for ice cream mixes (see ice cream chapter in LTEV), healthy puddings and especially chia puddings, and other types of purees, smoothies, sauces, and mixes that I might make every week or two, just not every day. But my machine is in use every-single-day!

In addition to that Macnificent sauce I make weekly, another PP15 recipe I make frequently is my Wonder Spread. For that recipe I use the Twister Jar. It whips up small batches of thick purees exceptionally well. My family loves this spread – on crusty breads with soup, to top baked potatoes and sweet potatoes, spread on sandwiches and wraps and more! Even though I make it often, I still hear “this is reaaallly good” when the girls dig in!

To get you ready to whirl with the Blendtec blender and that Twister Jar, I am sharing the recipe for that PP15 Wonder Spread! It has incredible umami flavor, so you may want to double the batch and freeze a little for later (yes, it freezes well).

This dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free spread truly is a wonder! Full of umami flavor, you'll want to use it on just about everything! www.plantpoweredkitchen.com

Wonder Spread gluten-free, oil-free, soy-free option

Recipe from Plant-Powered 15ReciPage link to print/share recipe

This recipe has such simple ingredients, that you might think it doesn’t taste particularly special. But it does! Be forewarned, this spread (or dip, sauce, mayo!) is addictive!

1 cup soaked cashews (soak in advance, see note)

1 1/2 tbsp chickpea miso (see note)

1 1/2 – 2 tbsp nutritional yeast (adjust to taste)

1 1/2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/4 – 1/2 tsp pure maple syrup

1/3 – 1/2 cup water (see note)

Salt and pepper if desired, to taste

In a blender, puree all ingredients on high speed until very smooth. Season to taste with additional salt if desired. Spread on breads, use for sandwiches, wraps, baked potatoes, veggie burgers, or to mix into grains or vegetable dishes. Many serving options with this recipe, it is delicious! Transfer to airtight containers to refrigerate. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

Cashew Note: Raw cashews take about 3-4 hours to soak, so I find it helpful to soak in batches and then freeze in portions until ready to use. To soak, place nuts in a bowl of water and cover for several hours. The nuts will become larger after soaking, as they swell from absorbing some of the water. Drain the soaking water, and rinse the nuts. Then store in the fridge for a couple of days until ready to use, or in the freezer for a few months.

Miso Note: Chickpea miso is something I discovered this past year. It has such a mild, mellow flavor and a very fermented, umami essence. If you cannot find it, use a very mild miso like a brown rice – and start with just 1 tbsp as it tastes stronger than chickpea miso.

Water Note: Using just 1/3 cup of water will give you a thicker spread. However, if you don’t have a high-speed blender, you may find it difficult to get a smooth puree. If so, use the full 1/2 cup of water. The mixture will thicken slightly with refrigeration.

If you are vegan, plant-strong, or experimenting with more whole-foods plant-based eating, you will truly love using a Blendtec. In fact, you might wonder how you ever managed without one!

Enter through Rafflecopter below. Tell me what foods and recipes you’d make in 2014 with the Blendtec! Good luck and Happy New Year!

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*Contest open to U.S. residents. Prize of a Black Designer Series Blendtec (factory recertified) plus Twister Jar will be shipped together directly to winner in the U.S. See rafflectopter for additional contest details and rules.

Comments

  1. Jo-Ellen says

    This is 2015. What I would make this year in a Blendtec… something every day. Hummus, corn butter, tofu mayonnaise, etc. My current blender is shot.

  2. Carrie Kennedy says

    That wonder spread looks amazing! I want to make that…as well as smoothies, mac-oh-geez. Oh the artichoke dip is something I bring to every party! One party I went to I brought your artichoke dip and so did another person (the bad processed kind), my bowl was empty and the other was still left…ha!

  3. Marianne says

    What would I make with this blender? Hmmmmmm….nut milks, spreads, sauces, vegan cheese and smoothies. Yummy!!!!! Thanks for sharing your recipes in this post :0).

  4. Janeene says

    I would love to have this Blendtec blender. My current blender is weak and never blends what I’m making well.

  5. Georgina Collins says

    Dreena, I love making many of your sauces, like your house dressing. Woul love to try them in a Blendtec!

  6. Julia says

    I love making green smoothies. I use my blender now, but; I know they would be even better with a Blendtec. Thanks for having this giveaway!

  7. stephanie dilley says

    I have all your cookbooks and my kitchen aid blender has subbed for the blend tec – would love to try the real thing!

  8. Samara says

    I would be most excited about making really smooth smoothies! I can never get mine velvety, there are always chunky bits… but I am sure the Blendtec would blast those. I also love to make salad dressings, for instance Dreena’s Citrus Tahini dressing, which I make using an immersion blender in a jar. Of course the Wildside or Twister jars would be amazing for that! And now that it is winter in Canada I am making lots of saucy plant-powered casseroles to warm our bodies on these chilly nights. So really, I would be using the Blendtec every day more than once a day. Thanks for all the great recipes, Dreena.

  9. Vince Munoz says

    There are so many vegan recipes that require the use of a high-powered blender that my regular blender can’t make. I’d use a Blendtec for my protein shakes, making salsa, nut milks, and lots of other stuff that I am unable to make now. Thanks.

  10. Jeff says

    My wife would be bummed if I didn’t leave a comment!!! And since she’s the one who makes me smoothies…I hope one of us wins this modern wonder! Thanks so much!

  11. Marilyn says

    Oh, Dreena, I love your recipes! You are so generous to share them. I would make sauces!! Yes, delicious sauces to put on veggies, grains, beans – once in a while – bread!!! Oh, please, pick me! :)

  12. Kamla L. says

    I would have such a blast with the Blendtec that I would be in the kitchen practically 24/7! Smoothies, shakes, sauces, soups, dips and spreads, and probably go scouting for more recipes and invent a few new ones. Your recipes sound like great ones to start out with.

  13. jennay green says

    I would make soups, smoothies and cocktails with this wonderful blender! my blender just died on me and it wasn’t all that great. I would love to own a powerful, high quality blender

  14. Laura H. says

    They say it can crush ice no problem so that’s the first thing I would do – just try it out with plain ice! Then I’d get to the soups and sauces. Thanks Dreena!

  15. Amy Melton says

    I would love to make gluten free flours by grinding my own grains. Also, I love to make “Mac n cheese” with roasted butternut squash!

  16. Vera K says

    I would make my super power morning smoothie which has 10 different ingredients – apple juice, an orange, lime juice, ginger root, turmeric. ground flax seed, a banana, ground red pepper, and frozen strawberries and blueberries.

  17. Tess S. says

    If I had a blendtec it would be smoothies frequently, no more forgetting to soak cashews over night and creamy soups all the time.

  18. Mandy says

    What foods -wouldn’t- I make with a Blendtec?! Smoothies, sauces, spreads, dips, soups, milks…I could keep going! This would be a dream come true!

  19. Amy Pantaleo says

    All of these recipes look amazing! If I had a blendtec I would use it to make cashew recipes, I can never get them smooth enough!

  20. Ando says

    A Blendtec will make food creationing so easy. It will enable me to get rid of all my other kitchen-space-clogging appliances and just have the Blendtec on the bench (heaven) – as it covers the lot! I will use it in some way shape or form for pretty much all my food creating for every meal and snack, dessert or treat – from green smoothies for breakfast, to dips and dressings and soups and sauces and nut pastes, to sweet treats and ice creams, and so much more. It makes everything so quick and so simple.

  21. Bron says

    With a Blendtec in my kitchen….I can magically, effortlessly, and speedily blendtec all the lovely living energies of raw foods of the Earth into tantalising delights to nourish, enrich, energise and uplift all my loved ones, making the world a vibrant, healthy, happy place! With a Blendtec I can do SO many varied and wonderful things…I can be the ultimate green smoothie goddess, icecream issuer, saucy soupier, dip delighter, jam jiggler, fresh flour-er, dough doffer, coffee bean cruncher, cacao creator, dessert diviner, salsa sashayer, guacamole geni, rainbow juice jivin’ creator….and all that with one Blendtec! ♥

  22. says

    I would make green smoothies and raw kefir smoothies every day along with just about everything else I make!
    I’m desperately missing having a blender as I keep burning the motors of cheap appliances out but can’t afford a more expensive one! A friend was going to give me a bar mix, but I’ve been waiting over a month and it’s still not forthcoming so I can’t wait to have my kitchen fully functioning once again!! My husband has been wanting a strong blender for making raw soups. We tasted some at a health store and he was impressed. He finds it hard to eat healthy as you can’t just grab a muffin out of the pantry – it requires a bit of effort.

  23. Geneviève Taylor says

    Wow….I would make smoothies, hummus, dips, sauces, soups, raw desserts, cashew cheese and I’m sure I could find other uses too!!! More specifically, I’m thinking of your creamy carrot moroccan dip or your sweet potato hummus….Thank you so much for organizing this. Winning this blender would be my dream come true!!!!

  24. Geneviève Taylor says

    Wow….I would make smoothies, hummus, dips, sauces, soups, raw desserts, cashew cheese and I’m sure I could find other uses too!!! Winning this blender would be my dream come true!!!!

  25. Callie says

    I could never afford something like this, but would LOVE to be able to make healthy food more easily. Ill keep my fingers crossed!

  26. Rachel Davis says

    I would make smooth cashew creams and pretty much liquefy all my meals because heck, why not, it’s a blendtec blender. Those things can blend a magnet and cause the Earth to reverse it’s rotation.

  27. Sam says

    Smooooooth smoothies! Bryanna Clark Grogan’s waffles made with soaked chickpeas. Just chuck everything in the blender. Easy peasy and great protein snacks for the kidlets.

  28. MissyT says

    My kids are older now and they’re on board for healthy eating. I want to make comfort food that’s good to and for them. Starting with the spread.

  29. Shannon C says

    Geez I was just thinking this morning about how I wanted a Blendtec. I used one at my aunt and uncle’s last Spring and it’s amazing. I’m even signed up to receive weekly Blendtec e-mails even thought I don’t own one! The recipes I would mostly make would be vegan cheeze sauces using cashews. Well anything using soaked cashews. I have an ice cream base chilling in my fridge made of soaked cashews and coconut milk, but despite lots of whirring from my Ninja, there are still plenty of cashew bits. I’m not convinced it’s going to turn out very creaming.

  30. Diane W says

    I would like to make my smoothies smooth. They are kind of lumpy with my current blender. It would be nice to make my own nut butters and hummus.

  31. Stephanie Gossett says

    I would use this all the time to make healthy things for my family. I would make frozen smoothies and applesauce for my four little sweethearts! Thank you so much for this chance!

    ninigossett at gmail dot com

  32. jennifer bryant says

    I would make everything under the sun in this!!!! Smoothies would be hugely important but would love to experiment with all sorts of combinations to makes sauces and butters,dressings and soups.

  33. Liz says

    Nut butter and hummus!! Not to mention green smoothies, sorbet, soups, and almond milk. :)

    How freakin awesome are YOU for having set this giveaway up?? Free stuff REALLY brings everyone out, huh? I mean, yikes! When I saw the number of comments, I did a double take and blinked to make sure I was reading it correctly. LOL

  34. Mercedi says

    I’ve been wanting to eat more soups, plus I loooove Mac n cheese and nachos so the Vegveeta is right up my alley!!

  35. Lynne says

    I just began a plant based lifestyle of eating due to my Dr. placing 7 stents in my arteries 2 weeks ago. Sooo, I’d be using it for just about everything !

  36. says

    I would love to have a Blendtec. I think I would love to share it with some of my family who can’t afford a high powered blender. Then we would all be on a road to better health.

  37. RR says

    I’d make veggie smoothies, raw Cafe Gratitude-style smoothies (I love “I Am Awake!”), veggie/bean soups, and bean-based pasta sauces!

  38. Heatherton says

    It’s more like what wouldn’t I make with a new Blendtec. I love making sauces and soups and this would definitely be an awesome tool for daily use and for creating recipes.

  39. melissa k. says

    I would be happy making yummy smoothies and oil-free dressings in the blendtec. AAlso want to try your 2 “cheezy” sauces!

  40. Martha says

    I wouldn’t actually make any recipes since I’d give the blender to my daughter if I win. She needs one so that she could blend whole foods for her 7 yr. old daughter who has been on a feed tube since birth. All these years she’s been on processed formula but my daughter would LOVE to get her eating whole plant foods instead. The doctors have finally given my daughter the go ahead to do so. That’s why winning the blender would be a HUGE blessing and would be perfect timing. :-) Thanks for the opportunity to enter this contest.

  41. Karen W says

    The thing I’d make the most with the blendtec would be smoothies, but I would also give making my own butters and nut milks a try along with soups.

  42. says

    I’d use this to make nut mylks, drinks, dips, hummus for my preschooler, salsa
    in the summer, fancy coffee shakes, fondues, soups, pesto, nut butters & sauces.
    We’d use the heck out of this Blendtec! Happy New Year =)

  43. Rebecca says

    I can see myself using this every day, but definitely for making green smoothies smoother so my kids will like them even better!

  44. ellen says

    Definitely smoothies.. but i am anxious to try making pecan butter. I had some at my brother-in-law’s over the holidays and it was delicious!

  45. says

    I’ve always wanted a blendtec but could never afford it! I would love to make fruit & green smoothies, homemade soups, nut butters, ice cream, yogurt, almond milk, hummus, etc. I hope I win! This is a wonderful giveaway to a very lucky person

  46. Linda F. says

    I eat low carb and grain free. This would be great for smoothies et al, but wouldn’t it work on prep for making Almond meal, Mashed Cauliflower, oat flour and all that neat low carb sauces etc that I enjoy? OH, and my kids love smoothies! Yeah! Sounds great!

  47. Lori Tempestini says

    I would love to try the soups idea-sounds so simple and nourishing. I love green smoothies too-as do my kids (with mango, at least!)

  48. Vanessa says

    I would use it to make smoothies with greens and nuts. Of course, your post gave me tons more ideas on how to use one.

  49. Jennifer Williams says

    I would continue making smoothies, but I would revisit nut butters and sauces that my blender seems unable to perfect. :)

  50. Anna says

    YUM! What a fantastic give-away prize!!! So many wonderful ideas are coming to my mind – whoever wins won’t want to leave their kitchen! It’s summer time in Australia at the moment so here are some idea’s I’ve just had:

    – yummy frozen acai bowls
    – real fruit ice-creams/ice-blocks
    – chilled soups (tomato, pumpkin)
    – almond/peanut/ANY nut butter
    – spinach & walnut pesto
    – creamy salad dressings
    – Banana NICE-cream
    – ice-cream toppings (raspberry, blueberry, mango)

    ahh my mouth is watering just thinking about it!!!

  51. Jennifer says

    What wouldn’t I use this for?! Smoothies, sauces, mashed cauliflower, soups, pesto….the list goes on and on…..

  52. Tracy says

    I use a wide variety of herbs for health in my family and livestock, I would love using this Blendtec to powder the herbs for use!

  53. V Morton says

    I think having such a powerful blender would improve my plant-based cooking, allowing smoother sauces, “cheeses,” and green smoothies (which I avoid now since my blender doesn’t make the green all that smooth!

  54. Chelsea Mersereau says

    I love blendtec! I got to use one at my coffeshop job and I lvoe making green smoothies at home with my kids, its especially useful to have a good blender when my Autistic son is a very picky eater, putting a ton of nutrition into a smoothie has saved my butt many times.

  55. says

    I’ve been looking for a blender that can do EVERYTHING and this is it!! I will try so many things but with winter here…some warm creamy soup sounds delicious!!

  56. Melody says

    As a relatively new vegan, I’ve been learning quite a lot about using a blender in creating some very yummy sauces. I’ve also gotten into smoothies, as well.

  57. Christa says

    Vegan for over 7 years now and I still don’t own a high-power blender! Can’t wait to try the wonder spread as well.

  58. Julie L says

    I would LOVE a Blendtec! I would not only make the wonder spread (looks yummy), but also smoothies, sauces, soups, etc. I’m a fairly new to the “plant-based” way of eating (diagnosed with type 1.5 diabetes 5 years ago), and am always looking for new recipes. Appreciate so much your help in that! 😉 I currently own a very, very cheap original ninja something (not really a blender), that takes forever to make a simple smoothie, and is just about on its last blade.

  59. Darla says

    I am trying to eat a more plant-based diet to help alleviate some of my symptoms of RA, so this would be wonderful for smoothies!! I would also make nut butters for protein.

  60. Tracy Pullman says

    With a new Blendtec, I would make lots and lots of hummus as well as pesto, veggie burgers and of course smoothies!

  61. Melanie says

    I found your blog recently and have been loving your recipes! I’d love to try a Blendtec–I’ve been looking for a more powerful blender for cashew creams and green smoothies.

  62. Sarah S. says

    I would be able to make better cashew and almond milks, smoothies, hummus, baby food! I’m excited just thinking about it! Endless possibilities!

  63. Carla S says

    I would make pina colada smoothies,protein shakes,green smoothies,strawberry smoothies,and ice cream floats if I won.

  64. Sarah Swearengin says

    I’d be able to make better cashew and almond milk, salsas, hummus, soups, BABY food! Excited just thinking about the endless possibilities!!

  65. Teresa says

    I would LOVE a blendtec. I made Dreena’s Great Pumpkin Pie for Xmas and my poor little blender could not cream the cashews. We had little nut chunks in our pie – tasty, but not what the recipe calls for! I would use the blendtec for more recipes such as this where nuts need to be creamed (e.g. Dreena’s Creamy House Dressing, Artichoke Dip, etc.). Thanks!

  66. karen says

    What would I NOT make with this Blendtec and the twister jar is the QuEsTiOn!!! I would use this for smoothies…and wait…hummus..and oh…sheesh….SOUPS….and of course, GREEN smoothies…and fruit healthy IceCream…and then I’d be sure to make my SAUCES with this….and then I’d use it for my salad DRESSINGS….I would be constantly using it!! That way my 2014 would be HEALTHY HEALTHY HEALTHY! Yay!

  67. says

    With the blendtec I will make so many of the dipping sauces you’ve posted to your blog, as well as creamy soups & smoothies. Yum! And easy!

  68. Kellen says

    A friend posted about this giveaway (which I am unbelievably excited about) but I can’t believe I’ve never stumbled across your site before! I’m hungry just scrolling past your smoothie (let alone the pasta sauce, geez!) so I am definitely a follower now! Thanks for putting this out there =)

  69. Andrea says

    Smoothies, smoothies, smoothies!!! Would love this machine to make breakfast smoothies for my kids. I want to sneak in some spinach :)

    Andrea

  70. Kim says

    Dreena, I have been searching and researching blenders to use to make smoothies, soups, and nut butters, etc… I have started this health journey to eat plant based off and on for over a year. This month I became sick again after going off the healthy eating. Ikeep going on and off because I haven’t planned ahead or set up my kitchen for success. I work long days and need to have things prepared ahead of time most days so I can take them on the road with me. Anyway, I begun again two weeks ago, but this time with planning and equiping my kitchen as much as I could. It is kinda sparse yet. :)

    I just want to get healthy, to be able to enjoy my family, friends, children, and grandchildren. I do have an old hamilton beach blender I can use, just thinking something more powerful would be helpful to make the morning smoothie and many other things I have recipes for now.

    Thank you for offering this contest. Kim

  71. Brandie says

    As always, you have the best recipes and most exciting news. And you do it all with such flair! I love reading your stuff, and trying your foods… 😉 Thanks!

  72. Cindy says

    I would make so many things! I have just a regular blender, which has served me well, but its hard to make really smooth dressings and nut butters. I would definitely make more of those. Thanks for the opportunity!

  73. says

    Blendtec,

    It was love at first sight. The wonderful smoothies you and I could make together—ahh, I can see it now. We would have a long healthy life together.

    Casi

  74. says

    Thanks so much Dreena for allowing us the

    opportunity to win an amazing Blendtec Blender. Asti know, I am a huge supporter of you and I love all your recipes. Happy New Year to all!

  75. Deanne O'Donnell says

    If I win the Blentec blender I’m going to use mine to smooth out cashews and nuts to make homemade vegan cheeses.

  76. Deborah says

    I would use the blentec for everything!! Sauces, dips, soups, smoothies!! I bet it would make life so easy!!!! Thank you for the opportunity!!! Love your recipes, your site and all you do!!!!!

  77. Jane says

    I have always wanted a blendtec!!!! The things I could do with it! But I cannot afford one, so would LOVE to win one! THANK YOU. I love your recipes, and featured many of them at my first vegan Christmas dinner. My thirty guests loved them all (none are vegan)

  78. Jules says

    I love your site!! I have made several recipes and all turned out wonderfully. My family thinks I am a rockstar :) Now all I need is a BlendTec!

  79. Cindy Johnson says

    I use and would use a blendtec everyday. I make smoothies most every morning for my husband and I. I usually make a sauce or dressing every other day. Last night we had your yummy sweet potato bisque. I also would use it to make spinach/artichoke dip. It has been my standard this holiday season for all the parties I have been too and needed to bring an appetizer.

  80. Heather M says

    I would make smoothies ALL THE TIME! Plus anything and everything else I could think of to make in the Blendtec! It would be a fantastic addition to my kitchen.

  81. Kathleen Berman says

    I would love to win this! I would use it for myself and my youngest son who is a gluten free vegan and pretty often a raw food fan. For Thanksgiving and Christmas I made different loaves for him to bring along and the chopping/blending thing I used for some processing of ingredients overheated and quit on me. I would really love to try some pureed soup for me. Sounds yummy!

  82. Bren says

    What an awesome giveaway, thank you! I love green smoothies so I would def use it for that, dressings, soups, just about everything!!

  83. Lakshmi says

    I would start with green smoothies and then the list is endless. Soups, nut butters, salad dressing, and sandwich spreads. Thank you so much for this chance to win.

  84. says

    Great giveaway! Would love love love to win this! Husband and I are going to go back to healthy eating on Jan 2 post holiday binge and I am looking for a juicer and really good blender. I already do a soy/almond milk banana shake for breakfast and want to add some awesome green drinks to the daily menu. Thanks for the opportunity!
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  85. Lisa says

    My goal for the new year is to stop buying hummus at the store. I would use the Blendtec to make hummus… also soups, because I love soups!

  86. Melissa Ferguson says

    It’s so cold where we live right now, I would start with soups! My husband has been wanting a good blender and would be thrilled if we won!

  87. Chris says

    I would make large batches of vegan mayonnaise! So good for added zing in a recipe or for a “creamy” bar for a dip. Plus I could make enough soup and sauces to cook for my aging parents as well!

  88. Kirsten Taylor says

    The Blendtec is my dream blender and I would make lots of things in it, including; vegan ice cream, smoothies, soups, dressings and the list goes on and on. It would be a dream come true!

  89. Kirsten Taylor says

    I would make lot’s of things with a Blendtec including, smoothies, vegan ice cream, soups, dressings, etc. It is my dream blender!

  90. Mary Jenkins says

    Well, I was going to say soups because I am a bit of a soup nut, but that cashew spread is going to haunt me until I make it! I am just going to eat it with a spoon!

  91. Shannon Gould says

    I would love to eat healthier and the blendtec would definitely help me do that! I could make a lot more foods myself to avoid processed foods and could make healthy smoothies. I also would love to make food for my daughter who just started solids!

  92. Malissa W says

    I would start making smoothies! It is something I have always wanted to incorporate into my weekly menu but don’t have the right equipment. Thanks for the giveaway!

  93. amber h says

    hummus would be the first thing!!! then green smoothies, tons of soups (been kicking around a ginger pumpkin soup recipe since fall), and avocado pesto!

  94. Margaret J says

    I’ve been making smoothies a lot lately. Frozen fruit makes them thick and really cold without diluting the other ingredients. Thank you for the giveaway!

  95. Kim says

    What an awesome giveaway! I would use the Blendtec to make green smoothies and to try all your awesome recipes that use the soaked cashews. It would be so exciting to win, a great appliance to start a Healthy New Year!

  96. Alexa Krueger says

    I’d love to make refinements to all of my current recipes, along with trying some new plant based spreads and creamy soups!

  97. Sacha says

    This would be such a blessing for my family!!! I would use my shiny new Blendtec to make morning smoothies for my husband & I. Thanks for all the fantastic recipes!!! Be blessed!

  98. says

    giving away a blendtec appears to be a great way to get all the comments ever in the world! I love a good blender for soups and salad dressings and anything with soaked cashews. There’s nothing like being able to acheive super smooth texture, when that’s what you’re looking for!
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  99. marilyn says

    I would make nut milks and green smoothies with the blender. Let’s not forget it would be great for making hummus and veggie patte!

  100. Lisa says

    Hi Dreena! I would definitely make my daily green smoothies in my new Blendtec blender, and I’m looking to venture into using it for more recipes. I’ve tried using my small blender but it doesn’t work so well:( Thank you for your wonderful blog and cookbooks!

  101. Kim Mathis says

    One of my most favorite things to make pureed is butternut squash & carrot soup. The velvety texture & warmth of that soup is so comforting. Hummus is my next go to favorite to blend.

  102. Deanna Dotson says

    I would find a reason to use this everyday. From wonder spread to hummus and smoothies. The possibilities are endless.

  103. says

    I’ve been making a lot of homemade vegan butter and cashew cream lately and my current blender is definitely challenged. The twister jar would be great for mixing up small quantities of Vegg!

  104. says

    I would make smoothies daily if not twice a day. Pureed soups. Pulverize nuts, seeds, and oats. The list is endless. I would LOVE to have a blendtec…it would get an infinite amount of use in my household! Thank you for the opportunity to possibly win one! 😀

  105. Kylene Babski Figle says

    Smoothies and sauces! I’m a long time vegan that has only just begun to experiment with using soaked nuts in sauces (I know, shame on me), and it would be great to have a blender that would stand up to the job. =)

  106. Angela says

    I would make a whole bunch of green smoothies for myself and my boyfriend :) We are striving to be healthier everyday and made a pact to be our healthiest by our one year anniversary in March!

  107. Linda says

    I would make half a dozen sauces and a ton of soups using the blendtec. Thanks for a wonderful site and hosting this giveaway!

  108. Kristy says

    I became a vegan this year after being a vegetarian for over 20 years. I would love to take my health to the next level and make vegan soups and raw plant smoothies! :)

  109. says

    There are so many options with the blendtec. I would definitely use this a lot. Soups, Smoothies and so much more. I currently have a cheap blender & a Nutribullet. The NB works great, but is just to small. I would Soo Love to win this blender.

  110. Miranda says

    I am very excited about this Blendtec Giveaway, it will catalyze my new year’s resolutions to eat a greater range of local seasonal vegetables and make fresh vegan home-made sauces and nut butters. Thank you for this opportunity! :) Miranda

  111. Alejandra says

    I would love to win a Blendtex as I have been making our morning smoothies with a handheld blender and a mason jars for years now 😉
    I would use it for smoothies (obviously), ice creams, pie filling, nut butters, hummus, nut pates etc!

  112. Dana says

    Oh my gosh! I would make everything with this lol, I always wanted to make nut butters and nut based sauces but really can’t with what I have, oh and smoothies of course and soups well lot’s and lot’s of things.

  113. Nora says

    Vegan cheeses! I have seen so many wonderful recipes for cashew cheeses, but my current blender isn’t capable of achieving the texture I need to make a good nut-based cheese. I need this Blendtec so badly!!!

  114. Evelyn B says

    I love making hummus with cilantro! But also I make a lot of smoothies and juices and this could sure come in handy! Oh and salad dressings! Wow this will make life a lot easier :)

  115. Susan says

    I stand in Costco at the demonstrations and drool over the Blendtec – it all looks so easy to use and clean. Would love to win this. Thank you!

  116. Kristin B says

    I love all the many things you can make with this blender! Thank you for sharing all these great ideas and the giveaway!

  117. Sophia says

    Tahina, hummus, cashew cream, smoothies (freeze fruit first!) (protein: blueberries/bananas/almond butter/hemp powder/dash of coconut milk/nondairy milk/drop of vanilla) (strawberry shake: strawberries/dates/nondairy milk/drop of vanilla) (papaya enzyme: papaya/pineapple/coconut milk/oj) (p.s.: I’m not a fan of papaya but this recipe tastes good!)

  118. Bea says

    Weird that the blog post is requiring a website to post a comment. I put one in even though it don’t have one just to get the comment to post.

    Soups, dressings, nut butters, and Wonder Spread, of course!
    Thanks for doing this give-away, Dreena!

  119. Mary Murray says

    I would love to use the Blendtec for as many plant strong recipes I can incorporate into my diet. Sauces, smoothies, vegan, raw I want to do it all.

  120. Mandy says

    The very first thing I would make would be raw cashew ice cream. I tried it with my blender (very old) and it didn’t work well at all!

  121. Colleen says

    Gazpacho my favorite. Smoothies. Other soups. Ice cream. We use it almost every morning and often 1-2 more times throughout the day.

  122. Mary says

    I really want to start whole food juicing. My daughter has a Blendtec and loves it! I would be a green smoothie junkie.

  123. Nichole W. says

    I’d make nut milks, smooth sauces to flavor my kale chips, frozen desserts, puréed baby food, chocolate avocado chia pudding, protein-packed dips for veggies and fruit for my toddler, and (of course) green smoothies.

  124. Arlene says

    I would definitely try to make smoother nut cheeses – my blender just doesn’t quite cut it! And I’d love to try more smoothies.

  125. Nettie says

    I recently purchased your Plant Powered 15 recipe ebook. Naturally, I went right to the desserts. The first one I looked at was Peanut Butter Munchy Squares. It appealed to me because it looked easy and contained all natural ingredients that I already had on hand. A Blendtec would certainly make my life easier when making desserts! I have an old, creaky Osterizer, but it’s the best I can do for now.

  126. Mary Jo Geiger says

    Love your blog and recipe ideas. I would love this blender to help me reach my goal of eating more whole foods and getting back to cooking/preparing meals for my family.

  127. Shelah says

    Where to begin?! Green smoothies and creamy frozen desserts would be great. I’d love to try my hand at homemade nut/seed butters, too!
    Thanks so much for this opportunity!!!

  128. Karen says

    First I want you to know that I just recently discovered all of the wonderful recipes and information that you share here. Thank you so much! This is now my first “go to” when looking for a healthful recipe. I know I would be making sauces and spreads a lot but also smoothies. Happy New Year!

  129. Marquesa says

    I would make a lot of green smoothies to start off and then I would continue with ice creams from whole fruit, salad dressings, purees, basically whatever I could find or imagine.

  130. Marlee says

    Who wouldn’t LOVE to win this!? I want to learn to make fresh salad dressings without oil this year. Here’s to better health in 2014!

  131. Tom H. says

    I would love to win this Blendtec and have some fun blending up all sorts of smoothies and incorporating even more fruits and vegetables into my nutrition in creative new ways.

  132. Kersten says

    It would be so hard to say – I’ve wanted one of these for so long to make smoothies, sauces and dips. It would be a dream come true. Thanks for the opportunity!

  133. angelica says

    Ih my gosh, I’ve been yearning for a high-powered blender for only over six months since I’ve gone vegan. I’m discovering so many “better” recipes for old ones and I love it! My favorite way to get eat healthier is by making super nutritious smoothies. That would be what I would use use the blender most for. Fingers crossed!

  134. Tam says

    hummus, pudding, nut ‘cheeze’/ spreads, dressing, smoothies… maybe soups?

    (love your recipes here)

    thank you for a chance!

  135. Michelle Lewis says

    I’ve wanted a Blendtec for years! I’ve been making nut cheeses, but can’t get them smooth enough with a regular blender. Also, green smoothies & pureed soups.

  136. Mallory says

    I would make everything! My cheap blender makes really chunky green smoothies, so I could definitely go for a good green smooth smoothie!

  137. Lynn Huber says

    I would definitely start with smoothies and then try going with lots of other things, nut butters etc. Love your recipes, trying to make sure we eat healthier and this would certainly help! Hope you had a wonderful holiday!!

  138. Ashley says

    I would start making green smoothies with kale! My blender does not blend kale and I can’t stand chewing my smoothies!

  139. says

    I am so glad to have found your page. So many people are wanting more vegetarian foods. This is all pure delight, I can’t wait to try some of your recipes. The chickpea tart, done in phyllo sounds delish!

  140. Naomi says

    If I won, I’d probably start with making smoothies, but it would be oh-so-nice to be able to make soups and sauces without little chunks of nuts!

  141. Joanne M says

    I just burned up a blender motor on Christmas Day–yes, I could smell the smoke! Would love to make the fresh nut butters in the twister jars. Smoothies are a given. Nut milks would be a staple as well.

  142. Emily C. says

    Green smoothies and nut butter for sure. When I last tried making Oh She Glow’s maple chia hemp almond butter in something else it took more than an hour with frequent stops, stirs, and restarts. This would make it so easy–thanks!

  143. says

    I would love a Blendtec! I would use it for everything, in place of my processor. From cashew/nut cream sauce to hummus, dips, soups and sauces. What a great giveaway!

  144. Kim M. says

    I would make sauces, soups, green drinks, nut and seed butters and the list goes on! Thank you for this generous opportunity!

  145. JoAnne Hoffman says

    the first thing I would make if I had this Blendtec would be your mac oh geez! it looks soooo good in the picture and the recipe seems very healthy. after that, from what I understand, the possibilities are endless!

  146. Vivian says

    The very first thing I would make with a new blender is the MACnificent sauce cause I love mac and cheese and the pic in your Plant Powered 15 ebook looks great. I also want to make more smoothies and try soup in it too.

  147. Cindy N says

    I would make salad dressings, sauces, soups, smoothies, nut and seed butters and the list goes on and on! Thank you for this generous opportunity!

  148. Christine says

    I would make green smoothies and super sauces, soups, hummus.. and the list goes on and on.
    Thank you for the giveaway Dreena and Blendtec, this will make a very happy new year for someone.

  149. Heather Jacoby says

    If i had a blendtec I would make nut and seed butters, smoothies, hummus and grind oats for flour. So many uses.

  150. Shonna says

    I’m a huge fan of smoothies, so definitely those! But I’d also love to make some roasted tomato soup and vegan “cheeses” my attempts so far haven’t been great.

  151. Cat says

    I would definitely make tons of smoothies, soups and would love to try some salad dressings in the twister jar! Would be the best start to the New Year ever!

  152. Elizabeth says

    I’d love to be able to make smoothies, try my hand at making fresh nut butters, maybe try a new level of creamy dessert using cashews. Thanks for the opportunity!

  153. Dan Pitman says

    I’d mostly make smoothies!
    I love smoothies, my favourite is a Peanut Butter Cup (Choc Almond Milk, Peanut Butter, A frozen banana, lots of greens, flax seed and nutritional Yeast).

  154. lindsay says

    IF I Had A Blendtec I Would Make Smoothies Daily For My Four Kids, Make Soups And pasta Sauces For Dinner, And Make banana Ice Cream For Dessert! Yum!

  155. Bethany Davis says

    I would make our super Kitchen Sink Pudding (and smoothies, of course!) Recipe we use:

    * Any combo of sweet potato, cauliflower, kabocha, oatmeal, quinoa, or brown rice
    * Avocado or nut butter
    * Silken tofu or any beans
    * Cocoa powder
    * Sweetener: dates, banana, and/ or xylitol or stevia (or date sugar, coconut sugar, etc.)
    * Non-dairy milk (soy, almond, etc.)
    * We like to add PB2 to thicken, too!
    * Dash of vanilla
    * Dash of salt
    * pinch of xanthan gum

    Optional: espresso powder, cinnamon, ginger, any other flavoring or fruit

    Blend all ingredients ‘to preferred taste and texture.’ Will thicken in fridge.

    It’s our all-time favorite go-to, everyday dessert!

  156. Walt says

    Been eating vegan for 20 months now and am always looking for new recipes to try and new ways to make existing favorites even better. I would love something like this for making my hummus recipes turn out even smoother and also for trying my hand at making some truly smooth smoothies. I love to cook, and this looks like a truly awesome tool to have in the kitchen. Pick me . . . . Please!!!!

  157. Courtney says

    I’m just starting my plant powered life but I would totally use it for green smoothies, salad dressings, hummus, but butters and probably a whole lot more!!! This would be an awesome addition to my new healthy life!!

  158. Deb E says

    I love the gluten-free Wonder Spread recipe. In the new year I want to eat more beans and seem to hide them better when they’re blended and mushed up in recipes! I would make a bean brownie recipe with the Blendtec.

  159. Kristine Elliott says

    Oh gosh, the first thing I would make, though simple, is a green smoothie for my toddler. he is OBSESSED!

    Thanks!

    xox

  160. Leah says

    I also do Green Smoothies everyday but in a crappy old blender…It would be amazing if I won! Good luck to everybody! :-)

  161. Jessica says

    I use my blender everyday, so we’re talking soups, smoothies, dressing, dips…anything that will fit in it! 😉

  162. Marsha Schauer says

    I want to start making green smoothies, plus I’d use it to make plant-strong sauces. Thanks for this great giveaway!

  163. Georgina Collins says

    Here’s to a great 2014 with more recipes from your Plant Powered Kitchen. Thank you for sharing with us!

  164. A. Corcoran says

    Wow…I’d make so many new dishes…chia puddings, sauces and pureed soups. Love the spread recipe above…I’d definitely make that! I’d also love to try ice creams! Thank you.

  165. Lisa says

    I would start with nut butters! I would definitely make green smoothies and soups. I know I would use it at least once a day! Thank you for this contest.

  166. Julie says

    I’d make macnificent, b/c that’s on my list of “must tries” for the new year! I’d also make so many types of hummus, nut-based frostings, and soups! Mmmm!

  167. Nancy A says

    What would I want to make most often with a new Blendtec? Non-dairy ice cream for my husband. He’s a BIG ice cream fan and I worry about all that GMO-dairy and dietary fat.

  168. says

    Without a doubt I would use it daily for green smoothies. My weekly CSA basket is brimming over with beautiful hearty greens. Green juice is already a family staple and I’d love to be able to expand my repertoire with a powerful blending machine.

  169. Tracy says

    I would make smoothies, soups, dressings, everything! I have been wanting one of these forever but they are way beyond my budget.

  170. Larry says

    I would like to use a Blendtec to make greens and fruit smoothies. Dr. Greger has been talking about the importance of getting anti-oxidants with every meal. That would be a great way.

  171. Kathy D says

    Nut butters, sauces, soups, and of course, smoothies. Unoriginal, I know!

    By the way, I’m slowly cooking my way through all of the recipes in your cookbooks Dreena. I’ve been working on it for the past three years. My only trouble is that I keep returning to tried-and-true favourites (tamari roasted chickpeas and banana oat bundles).

    I didn’t think I could be vegan until I found your recipes. They are consistently delicious!

  172. Bronwyn says

    Fabulous prize!!!! First up if I had this, I’d experiment with some smoothies for my little one – sounds like this blender will do a number on the seeds in your Hempanana Smoothie recipe!

  173. Erin says

    I have dreamed of owning one of these for a long time. The possibilities are endless from pureed toddler foods to smoothies, soups, dressings, condiments, stuff for my freezer, etc.

  174. Melissa says

    Winning this could be life changing and life prolonging, for my family! What a blessing it would be to start the new year winning this!

  175. Penny says

    Oh, the things I would prepare, as my plant based life does repair, my body ,life and soul? The soups, sauces, spreads and smoothies. Nut butters, flours and date powered sweet things. Hemp milk and cashew cheese. The BlendTec would make it all a breeze! Nearly a year now that I have been plant based. My old blender does not have the power to make this journey with me. You may have an idea how truly appreciated such a gift as a BlendTec would be! Thank you : )

  176. Sheila says

    Would love Blendtec for many reasons, but at top of list: Nut and seed milks, cashew cream, grinding my own flours (millet, quinoa, almond, etc.), and coconut butter.

  177. Emily says

    Wow! What a fantastic giveaway! I would love to whip up smoothies, nut butters, dips & spreads, healthy sauces packed with extras for my littles, soups, and maybe even some vegan ice cream!

  178. Jennifer says

    I’ve been vegan for years and am now wheat free. I would love to incorporate more raw and grain free dishes like soups and spreads using the Blendtec. I would also love to come up with a raw fig jam recipe in August when our trees are producing and I think Blendtec’s seed pulverizing power will be just what I need.

  179. Beth says

    I would love a Blendtec for smoothies and soups. Winning would be awesome as it’s been a year of continual emergencies and big unplanned expenses.

  180. Greg Allbee says

    I’d probably make salad dressing most often, but I’d like to try making my own soy or nut milks and nut butters.

  181. Emory R. says

    I stole my moms blendtec over the summer to make green smoothies. It was very very hard to part with it so I would love to win one for myself!

  182. Reyanna says

    I would love to win the blendtec! I have just started making smoothies to help with a more vegan and gluten free lifestyle. I currently use a Walmart purchased 10 yr old blender that gets the job done but takes double the time. I would love to use it to try my hand at homemade almond milk and date milk!

  183. Michelle Keown says

    Baby food, green smoothies, homemade soups, smooth marinara. This would super share our plant strong eating for this family of six!

  184. says

    I am pretty fond of making smoothies, soups, and cashew creams, so that is what I would do with a Blendtec. Oh! And I would definitely make a chocolate cream filling for chocolate cream pie!

  185. Leslie says

    We make a lot of smoothies… So much so I tend to burn through my blenders. :( I’d also really like to explore dip recipes as well as cold soups in the summer. Recipes look great, Dreena! Thank you for sharing!

  186. Clay Schermerhorn says

    I’d use the blender primarily for my daily green smoothie, but I’d also use to make my own energy gels for my long runs.

  187. Amy says

    That wonder spread looks delicious! I’d use a better blender to make green smoothies with kale (mine can only handle baby spinach), and to try out some cashew cheese recipes. :)

  188. Daisy says

    If I won the blendtec I would use it for green smoothies, homemade nut milk, and homemade nut butters. This blender would save me so much time! As a broke college student this blender would be a blessing!

  189. says

    I would use it to make smoothies and pretty much any recipes in your cookbooks that call for a blender. Your recipes are simply amazing… I have loved everything I’ve made so far! So many more to try! :)

  190. Brandy says

    If I were the lucky winner of a Blendtec Blender I would enjoy experimenting daily, trying a full range of recipes for soups, smoothies, ice creams, vege dishes etc. A Blendtec has been on my wish list! thank you

  191. Tracy Voels says

    When the Oster blender my mom gave me as a “Congrats on your first apt” gift died last year after two decades (I only used it occasionally) I hadn’t started my plant powered journey yet so I replaced it with a $35 model. Now that I make green smoothies for breakfast every workday I realize how nice it would be to have a blender that wouldn’t need restraining so it won’t walk across the counter. It would also be nice to not have to stop, after loading ingredients, and go dry my hair in order to let the frozen banana pieces partially thaw before I can make my morning smoothie. Yes, that is part of my daily routine now, lol. As a new plant powered cook, I don’t think I even realize how much of a difference owning a Blendtec would make to my culinary life. Here’s hoping I find out!

  192. Heather says

    I would use a Blendtec everyday to make my smoothie, my soup blended with cashews, and my salad dressings/sauces. Thanks for the give away!

  193. Sharon Engel says

    There would be so many uses for this Blentec and Twister jar. I would use it constantly for Cashew Cheese and I’d really like to try your Wonder Spread.

    Thanks so much, Dreena, for making vegan food so yummy and appealing to EVERYBODY!

  194. Sylvia says

    I would love to win this blender. My at least 10 years old regular blender is on it’s last leg, makes “horrible” smoothies, but I’m happy that my 5 year old isn’t complaining about chewy drinks.

  195. Kelly says

    I have a serious daily smoothie addiction. I’d also use it for soups, butters, milks, and an occasional margarita! 😉

  196. Nichole says

    Smoothies, soups, nut butters…and for sneaking extra nutrients into sauces and pesto for my picky littles. What wouldn’t I use it for?

  197. LisaB says

    I would really like to try out your sauces for casseroles and the spreads. The Mac-o-geez and Magnificent sound wonderful. I would love to find an alternative to mac and cheese as that is my weakness and favorite comfort food.

  198. Ileana Wade says

    I’d love to have this giveaway to jump start my plant-strong lifestyle. I was doing pretty well and was really sidetracked by the holidays. I would like to get into the habit of making green smoothies for myself and my family!

  199. Kelly Bayley says

    I love blended soups in the winter and homemade salad dressings for fresh salads in summer. And of course, green smoothies for the whole family daily!