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The Little Pink Vitamix

 

Tracy Macheta runs The Little Pink Kitchen, a company based in Surrey that provides handmade, hand-crafted cupcakes for events, parties and also runs classes.  She has visited our Banstead store in the past to showcase and sell her delectable cupcakes - take our word for it, they are amazing!  She is also an Art of Living customer and a Vitamix owner.  We are big fans of this brilliant blender and were pleased to hear that Tracy is too so we asked her if she would kindly share her Vitamix love with all of you!  Here's what she had to say:

 

"I've had my Vitamix for over 5 years and I use it several times a week, so it has a special place on the worktop for easy access.  

I bought it originally because I wanted to get more fruit and 'greens' in my diet. I like the fact that smoothies made in the Vitamix use the whole fruit and are more substantial than juices. After I'd mastered fruit & green smoothies (the greens usually being spinach or kale) I moved onto making other healthy foods, such as dairy free ice cream that tastes better than many luxury dairy ice cream brands - and it doesn't have any nasty E numbers or other additives. Base ingredients for these frozen dairy free goodies include cashew nuts and bananas. I've made vegetable soup in the Vitamix by simply throwing in a selection of vegetables (no need to peel in most cases), adding water or stock, and then running the machine until the lovely smooth soup is hot. A favourite dessert recipe is a rich and creamy but dairy free chocolate mousse with a secret ingredient in it that gives the mousse the smooth, rich texture. 

There are many other things that can be made with a Vitamix and I really recommend it to anyone who wants to have the hard work taken out of being healthy. It's very easy to use and simple to clean. It's one multi purpose kitchen gadget that is well worth the price."

Tracy shared some of her favourite Vitamix recipes with us.  She said "It was quite hard having to think about quantities - I chuck things in randomly and hope for the best!"  But that's one of the brilliant things about Vitamix, you can just be creative and try out different ingredients and combinations...relax and have fun!

 

Green smoothie

1/2 a fresh mango, peeled and sliced

1/2 a lemon, pips removed but not peeled
(you can peel it if you prefer)

I rounded tsp fresh ginger

1/2 a bag of pre-washed spinach (2 good
handfuls)

2 tsp agave nectar or other sweetener
(adjust according to personal taste)

200 - 300 mls water

Place all the ingredients in the Vitamix with 100 mls of the water. Start on low speed, use tamper to push ingredients down then increase speed until well blended. Add more of the water and blend again until you have your preferred thickness for the smoothie. The smoothie will be bright green due to the spinach (which is very good for you!) but you only taste the fruit and the ginger. It's preferable to drink the smoothie within 15 minutes although it can be refrigerated and drunk later. Be aware that the colour of the smoothie may change after a while but the taste isn't affected. You can of course leave out the spinach if you prefer and you will have a lovely golden smoothie instead of a green one.

 

Banana ice 'cream' - actually non dairy

The day before you plan to make this, take 2 or 3 ripe bananas, peel them and chop them into 1/4 inch slices. Put them in a freezer bag in the freezer and leave overnight.

To make the ice cream, place 100 mls of water or soya or almond milk into the Vitamix. Take the bag of chopped bananas from the freezer, loosen the pieces with your fingers then tip all of the banana into the Vitamix.

Start by pulsing the bananas in the machine to break them up then increase the speed from low to high. The mixture will be quite thick but smooth and in a semi frozen state. If it is too thick, add a little more water/soya milk/almond milk but don't let it get runny.

The ice 'cream' can be eaten as it is (soft serve), or placed in a container in the freezer for a couple of hours.

You can make different flavours of ice cream using this recipe as a base - add raw cacao or standard cocoa powder with the frozen banana slices at the beginning for a smooth chocolate flavour. A little agave syrup can be added to taste. You can add chopped nuts or berries (and mix with a spoon) to the ice cream at the 'soft serve' stage.

 

 

Chocolate mousse - dairy free with surprise ingredient
1 large ripe avocado, sliced
1/4 cup raw cacao/chocolate powder (can use standard cocoa powder)
1/4 cup coconut milk or almond milk
2 tsp agave nectar or other sweetener (adjust to suit own taste)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt (optional)

 

 

Place all of the ingredients in the Vitamix (including the salt if using) and start blending on low, using the tamper if necessary. Increase speed of Vitamix until ingredients are combined and the mousse has a smooth, glossy finish. Taste the mixture and add further sweetener if necessary. Transfer the mousse into a large bowl, cover with cling film and place in the fridge until needed. Feeds two greedy people or four with more restrained appetites.

 

We are definitely going to try the chocolate mousse recipe!  If you are interested in finding out more about Vitamix blenders and what they are capable of we are holding demonstrations in each of our shops.  The first is on March 21st in our Cobham shop, between 10am and 12pm.  Dates in our other two shops are TBC but we will let you know ASAP.

And if you want to know more about Tracy's cupcakes visit her website www.thelittlepinkkitchen.co.uk

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