Hi everyone, we’re so happy to be partnering with Blendtec for this post. Our friends at Blendtec sent us the Designer 675 blender. Can you say powerhouse??? Uh…yup! These blenders are so powerful that Blendtec started a YouTube channel with a series called “Will it Blend?”. The folks at Blendtec have a fantastic sense of humour! They’ll throw in smart phones, smart watches, even Pokémon… and guess what? It blends it all! We received the blender on Friday and were super excited to put it to the test.
What should we make first?
Since it’s been so hot lately, the first thought was ice cream. Ice cream normally uses cream and needs to be churned at a slow speed at a very cold temperature to reach the usual ice cream consistency. We wanted to enjoy ice cream made at home but we don’t own an ice cream maker…enter Blendtec…now we can!
I was trying to decide what the base of this new recipe would be and coconut came to mind. The beauty of coconut is that you can use coconut milk (and banana) to help make it creamy, and then use sweetened shredded coconut to sweeten the ice cream. Only two of us in the family love coconut, so this means I’ll have to come up with another frozen dessert recipe very soon to stay in everyone’s good books.
It was easy to make!
It’s incredible how easy it was to make this ice cream. Just a few simple ingredients and voilà. I already had bananas in the freezer because use them all the time to thicken smoothies. I froze half the coconut milk in an ice cube tray and left the other half as liquid to add to the blender under the frozen ingredients.
Once I was ready to start, I grabbed my handy dandy Blendtec WildSide+ jar, threw all the ingredients in and pressed the ice cream setting to begin. About 60 seconds later, I had my ice cream mix. I poured the mix into a baking pan (same one used for banana bread) and placed it in the freezer. 1 1/2 hours later it was ready to be served. Note, if you leave it longer than that, make sure to take it out at least 15-20 minutes before serving to let it soften up a bit.
I’ll start with the verdict on the blender… mind blown! This 3 HP bit of kitchen tech can blend almost anything! It’s a serious power-house.
Now the verdict on the ice cream…yum! I’m so happy with the results. It’s not as smooth as regular ice cream, but it’s definitely a winner for me. The ice cream was creamy and delicious, a very good combination for a dessert.
Stay tuned for more crazy-hot-summer-in-the-city-perfect-chilled-frozen-treats made in our new wicked Blendtec blender. I can hardly wait to blend up some new good eats and frozen treats.
It’s a hot, hot summer–stay cool, and always eat well, friends!
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- 2½ cups coconut milk
- 3 Tbsp pure honey (or maple syrup for a vegan version)
- 1 frozen banana broken in half
- 4 Tbsp shredded sweetened coconut
- ⅛ tsp salt
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Freeze half the coconut milk in an ice cube tray.
- In your power blender, add the non frozen coconut milk first.
- Then add the honey, shredded coconut, salt and vanilla.
- Add the frozen coconut milk cubes and banana.
- Set the blender to your ice cream setting (on high if you don't have this setting) for about 60 seconds.
- Pour the ice cream mix into baking pan (the size you would use to bake banana bread)
- Place the pan in the freezer and let it freeze for about 90 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the freezer and scoop out some deliciousness!
- Add a few sprinkles of shredded coconut over-top to make it even better.
- Enjoy this ice cream in a cone, bowl or mug.