Vitamix are mixing it up this Friday


vitamix-todays-special-valueWe hate to be the bearers of bad news, but if fuss, mess, and limited time are your go-to reasons to keep you out of the kitchen, you might need to come up with some new excuses…

This Friday 21st October our Today’s Special Value is a fantastic multi-functioning blender from Vitamix – creating perfect (and previously tricky) meals at the flick of a switch.

The quick and easy-to-use appliance can make hot soup or ice cream, grind nut butter, crush ice, knead dough, blend smoothies and offers more handy techniques you can use everyday.

To help you get started, here are some delicious, warming recipes to see you into the freezing crisp season with a tummy full of goodness.

Plus, scroll to the bottom to see presenter Simon Biagi whip up a three course meal, featuring homemade soup and ice cream, using the Vitamix.

Cranberry Nut Bread

cranberry-nut-breadA delicious whole-wheat recipe perfect for vegetarians or low cholesterol diets. Top tip: leave a strip of peel on the orange before placing it in the Vitamix container for an extra burst of citrus flavor. 

Prep time: 1 hour 16 mins

Processing: 30 secs

1 loaf, into 10 slices


  • 100g fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 orange, peeled, seeded, quartered
  • 2.5cm – 5cm (1 ” – 2″) strip orange peel or lemon peel
  • 60ml light olive oil
  • 200g granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 240g whole wheat flour
  • 46g chopped walnuts


1. Preheat oven to 180C. Lightly coat an 22cm x 11cm (8.5″ x 4.5″) loaf pan with vegetable cooking spray or shortening

2. Place Vitamix Container on blender base and select ‘Variable 1′

3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to ‘Variable 3′. Remove the lid plug and drop cranberries through lid plug opening just until chopped. Stop; scrape sides and remove chopped cranberries

4. Place orange quarters, peel, olive oil, sugar, egg, and vanilla into the Vitamix Container and secure lid

5. Select ‘Variable 1′. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to ‘Variable 10′, then to ‘High’

6. Blend for 30 seconds, using the tamper as necessary to press the ingredients into the blades

7. In a large mixing bowl, combine the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and whole wheat flour; stir well

8. Pour orange mixture into bowl containing dry ingredients. Mix by hand just until dry ingredients are moistened

9. Stir chopped nuts into the batter; do not over mix

10. Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean

11. Cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes, then carefully remove from loaf pan and allow to cool completely before slicing


To make whole wheat flour with whole kernel wheat:

  1. Place 270g whole kernel wheat into the Vitamix Dry Grains Container and secure lid


Hot chocolatehot-chocolate

Just in time for the colder weather, you can use your Vitamix to blend and heat the perfect cup of hot chocolate. Make it your way by adding cinnamon, chilli flakes, vanilla, or a festive tipple.

Prep time: 5 mins

Processing: 5 mins 30 secs

3 servings


  • 480ml milk
  • 90g semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 25g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Whipped cream for topping (no judgement here, we promise)


1. Place milk, chocolate chips, and cocoa powder (in that order) into the Vitamix container and secure the lid

2. Select ‘Variable 1′

3. Start machine and slowly increase to its highest speed

4. Blend for 5 1/2 minutes, or until steam escapes through the vented lid

5. Pour into coffee mugs and garnish with whipped cream

6. The most important step of all? Serve immediately. Yum.

After all, it isn’t ‘Cold Chocolate’ – although… that’s just a milkshake or a smoothie, which your Vitamix can also help you create. Which leads us to…


Pumpkin Pie Smoothiepumpkin-pie-smoothie

The ultimate hug-in-a-mug, this delicious smoothie is packed with warming autumnal flavours and sounds like an extremely impressive feat to your guests (just don’t share how long it takes to make…).

Prep time: 5 mins

Processing: 45 secs

Makes 2 1/2 cups (660ml)


  • 75g pumpkin, fresh or canned
    • If you use fresh pumpkin:
      • Remove the seeds and place a whole pumpkin into the oven
      • Bake at 160C (325F) for one hour, or until a knife can be inserted through the peel
      • Do not under-bake, or the pumpkin will be watery
      • Discard peel and refrigerate or freeze excess pumpkin
  • 240ml milk
  • 80ml sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla yoghurt
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice – recipe below
  • Whipped cream and cinnamon for topping (we’ve said it once we’ll say it again, go whipped cream-mad, we all do)


1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container (in the order listed) and secure the lid

2. Select ‘Variable 1′

3. Start machine and slowly increase to its highest speed

4. Blend for 45 seconds, or until desired consistency is reached. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon


For pumpkin pie spice

A quick whiz of spices we all know of (and might be sometimes scared of) and, hey presto! You’ve got that ‘je ne sais quoi’ flavour perfect for this time of year.


  • 8 cinnamon sticks
  • 20g crystallised ginger
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp whole allspice
  • 2 tbsp whole cloves


1. Place ingredients into Vitamix container (in the order listed) and secure the lid

2. Select ‘Variable 2′

3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to ‘Variable 10′, then to ‘High’

4. Blend for 15 seconds


Dutch Apple Baby

This delicious tart-like dish has a fluffy pancake base and sliced, cinnamon apples as a topping. By using low-fat alternatives like sour cream and skimmed milk, you can feel better about going for that second slice… and third.

Prep time: 10 mins plus roasting

Processing: 30 secs

8 servings


  • 2 tbsp heart-healthy butter spread
  • 3 large apples, cored and sliced
  • 50g granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3 large eggs (or 180ml egg substitute)
  • 60g all-purpose flour
  • 120ml low-fat milk or soy milk
  • 1 tbsp reduced-fat sour cream or low-fat plain yoghurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 200C (400F). Spray a 23cm (9″) pie dish with cooking spray

2. Saute sliced apples in butter with sugar and cinnamon until slightly soft

3. To make batter, place remaining ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid

4. Select ‘ Variable 1′, starting the machine slowly and increasing to its highest speed. Blend for 30 seconds

5. Pour over apples. Bake for 20 minutes. Garnish with icing sugar


It’s not just sweet treats and drinks, this fantastic appliance can even whip up an entire three course meal! Here’s Simon Biagi to show us just how easy it is:


Make sure you join us throughout Friday 21st October to see loads of recipes and handy tips on how to get the most out of our Vitamix.

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