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I have a bit of an obsession when it comes to all things kitchen. I wish I was one of those people who could just get by with the minimum. But I have to have 10 different spatulas. I have to have both a stand mixer and a hand mixer. (And at least 2 whisks.) A waffle maker, a panini press, different sizes of cast iron skillets and 3 or 4 pie plates. I tell ya – it’s an obsession!

Awhile back, I got a new food processor (to replace a cheap food processor – believe me people, you get what you pay for!!) I was in love. I still am in love. I don’t know how I lived without this thing. And then I moved. I lived with my parents for a little while, and while we were packing up, I was trying to decide what to take and what to send to storage. I didn’t want to lug a bunch of stuff around, so I was being choosy. I had planned on bringing my food processor, because my mom doesn’t have one, but she said that I didn’t need to, because I could just use her blender. Her blender? But I needed to make baby food. How was I going to do that in a blender?

Little did I know that a blender could really do so much. And during those weeks at my mom’s house, I learned that I needed a new kitchen appliance – and I had my eyes set on a Blendtec.

 

 
You would not believe the surprise and excitement I experienced when the folks at Blendtec wanted to know if I’d like to review one of their blenders. It came at the perfect time – we had just moved out of my parent’s house, so I no longer had access to my mom’s blender. And it seemed like all I would see all over Pinterest was green smoothie after green smoothie. I had a blender, but I know it had been months and months since I had used it, and like I said before – you get what you pay for. That blender I had was cheap, didn’t blend worth anything, and ended up just taking up space because I didn’t trust it to do the job.

I’ve had my Blendtec for a few weeks now, and I’m not lying when I say I’ve used it almost every single day. I make a smoothie most mornings. Both of my kids beg for them. (I guess Easton doesn’t technically beg, since he can’t even talk yet, but if he sees me with one, he will reach and cry until you give him some!) I have made everything from baby food to pesto to ice cream. And I have a ton more recipes waiting to be used.

Let me just tell you, this thing is amazing. The most powerful appliance that I have ever seen. I’ll admit that it is pretty loud, but for the work it does, I guess it has to be!! I’m not going to say that I’ll never use my beloved food processor again, but this thing works just as well (if not better) and is 10 times easier to clean. And as much as I hate having stuff all over the tops of my counters, my Blendtec has earned a permanent spot right on top!

And this ice cream?  Simply delicious.  If you’ve ever had snow ice cream, the taste and texture of this ice cream reminded me of snow ice cream.  You don’t taste the spinach at all, but it’s a great way to get those extra vitamins and nutrients in.  I’d say it’s probably the healthiest ice cream I’ve ever eaten!!  And it’s also great for those ice cream cravings when you don’t have any frozen treats in the house.  This comes together in no time flat – craving satisfied!
 
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Spinach Ice Cream

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Spinach Ice Cream

Get 20% of your daily vitamin A from dessert! This ice cream may sound strange, but you'll never even guess that it's made from spinach.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar syrup
  • 2/3 cup fat-free powdered milk
  • 2 cups spinach, lightly packed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Add the ingredients to the jar in the order listed. Select the "ice cream" button, then serve.
  2. --------------
  3. recipe from Blendtec
http://www.tasteandtellblog.com/spinach-ice-cream/

 

**Disclosure – I was sent a Blendtec blender for this review, but was not compensated for the review.  All opinions are my own – and even if I wouldn’t have been sent the blender, I’d be saving up for it right now!**

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34 Responses to Spinach Ice Cream

  1. Rosa says:

    This ice cream is really original! I wonder how it tastes…

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. branny says:

    Wow. Have you ever tried freezing it completely?

  3. I made avocado ice cream, love the green ‘cream!

  4. Kim says:

    I invested in a really nice Breville blender awhile back and it has been great. Lots of power and really gets the job done. Sadly the pitcher/container is made of glass and I’ve broken it twice now, leaving me without a blender at the moment. I need to start looking for another blender that is made of heavy duty plastic or some other non-breakable material. G

  5. Katrina says:

    Weird! I like spinach in my smoothies…why not ice cream!?

  6. What a great idea! I already add it to smoothies!

  7. Great idea to get some extra greens in! I need a new blender and will think about getting one of these.

  8. Cassie says:

    This is amazing, Deborah. I love it and can’t wiat to try it! And I want a Blentec so badly. Everyone is just raving about them!

  9. Bev Weidner says:

    You’re kidding me! You’re not and glad actually.

  10. jennifurla says:

    I am intrigued…and wish I too had a good blender. I have to slap mine around.

  11. i’ve never had an ice cream that i didn’t love so i want to try this…easy way to get some extra greens right?! :)

  12. Asiya says:

    I’ve never heard of making ice cream in a blender before! I never use mine b/c it is so loud and it is pretty old too. This ice cream is so unusual with the spinach…definitely a must try!

  13. i want a blendtec SOOO BADDD!!! i’m jealous, i want this guiltless ice cream right now.

  14. Jennifer | Mother Thyme says:

    Yum! Love this! I invested a similar blender about a year ago when my twins were just starting out on solids and I was pureeing their food. I absolutely love having a good quality blender. I use it everyday, mostly now for making smoothies but I have made ice cream in it and I look forward to whipping this one up!

  15. This looks delicious, Deborah! What a creative flavor, too.

  16. Joanne says:

    I’ve lived without a blender for a while now but you’ve convinced me that I need to rethink my no-blender resolve! I love how green that ice cream is. Makes me so happy.

  17. My mom recently got me a magic bullet blender and I am hooked! I don’t know how I lived without it. I will have to add this recipe to my list of things to try with my new “toy” haha.

  18. Marie says:

    Any ideas on how to make this vegan?

  19. Memoria says:

    I love my relatively cheap blender; it is super strong and fast. However, I would still be happy to receive a more expensive one for free haha. You can never have enough blenders.

    Anyway, I bet this ice cream tastes like a vanilla ice cream, since the spinach has a muted taste. Looks great!

  20. Cara says:

    A blender with an “ice cream” button? I need!

  21. Chels R. says:

    I’ve heard such great things about the blendtec blender. My cousin in law just got a vitamix and she swears by that one too! I need an ice cream machine so I can make some of this ice cream though since I kind like my blender/food processer duo. :)

  22. Elizabeth says:

    I tasted this ice cream yesterday and it was super yummy!!! The only difference was that the powdered milk was replaced with vanilla whey powder. I’m making some for my kids’ after school snack today (in the Blendtec, of course! I’ve wanted one for years and finally justified it yesterday.)
    (As an added note, if you are debating between VitaMix and Blendtec, go with Blendtec. My husband is a patent attorney and VitaMix just paid Blendtec a very large legal fine for copying their technology…don’t know how much longer VitaMix can support what they have been selling as it was copied from Blendtec.)

    • Deborah says:

      @Elizabeth, love the substitution of vanilla whey – I’m going to have to try that! And I’ve used both the Vitamix and Blendtec – I’d choose the Blendtec every time. I LOVE mine!!

  23. RB says:

    I just got a blendtec a few weeks ago and I’m totally jazzed about it too! I have a TINY kitchen and so counterspace is prime realestate (think 2x2ft). The juicer lost it’s place to the blendtec and is totally worth it. Use it at least once a day – usually 2-3 times. Ladies who have been waiting- I finally bit the bullet because QVC has it right now for $375 and thats with the Wildside jar and an 8 yr warrantee – which is a little longer than blendtec even offers on their site. I don’t work for them – but am still feeling the buzz from the bargain I feel like I got.

  24. Mallely says:

    this was amazing!– we are vegan so I switched to french vanilla silk creamer, did not use the agave as it was sweet already, and powder soymilk. it was delish!! my kiddos have enjoyed this treat two days in a row. Thanks for the post!

  25. Finn says:

    Mulching freshly wilted spinach leaves in the blender should yield a much better flavour than using frozen readymade spinach.

    I had a more savory variant of spinach ice cream in Berlin once:
    Lightly smoked sturgeon with strip sliced apples, creamy, lightly salt spinach ice cream, and sturgeon roe.

    I could tell the spinach in the flavour, and it was yummy.

  26. Audrey Ledbetter says:

    Sadly, my family does not own a Blentec blender and probably won’t be getting one, is there any way I can make this with a Vitamix????

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