Now that you have a Vitamix blender or even if you’re considering one and want to know what you can do with it, these Vitamix blender ideas should help.
Some of these ideas may even surprise you or maybe just remind you about the many things that you can make with a Vitamix.
Here Are Some Liquid-Based Foods That You Can Make In Your Vitamix:
- Soup – You can make hot soup from a cold start with some broth and your choice of soup ingredients. It takes about six minutes to make from start to finish. The soup heats up over that time from the friction of the blender blades with your food ingredients and that heat gets transferred into whatever soup broth you’ve put into the blender.
- Milkshakes – One of the first things you might think of to make with your Vitamix is a milkshake. The difference is the creaminess that comes with the “Vitamix Vortex”. Many loyal Vitamix users swear by the quality of the shakes they make with Vitamix machines. Just add milk, ice cream, ice, and almost any other ingredient to your blender and blend to your desired level of thickness.
- Ice Cream – You can make a simple version of ice cream by adding milk to milk to some sugar, ice cubes, and vanilla extract. Experiment with additional ingredients like fruit, peanut butter, and nuts (for real ice cream making options, you can check out our review of Cuisinart ice cream makers here).
- Smoothies – Many people just make smoothies with their Explorian blenders because they love the creaminess of the blend that the Vitamix blender blades give to their favorite smoothie recipe. The possibilities are almost endless starting with ice cubes and some kind of juice followed by frozen fruit. You can stop there or keep going with herbs, liquid or powdered vitamins, supplements, etc. Many people also opt for leafy greens and other vegetables instead of fruit, and with or without fruit as the base of their smoothie.
- Sorbets – You also have a lot of different sorbet options that you can make with your Vitamix E310. The options are almost unlimited and based on whichever fruit options that you want to use. Just start with frozen fruit and blend until you reach your preferred sorbet thickness
- Juice – Whole food juicing is one of the first things that Vitamix did with its blenders starting in the 1930s. Basically, blend your chosen fruit or even some vegetables and blend until it’s been “juiced”. There will be residual pulp, but it’s good fiber. If you really want to get rid of the pulp you can always manually strain it.
- Sauce – All kinds of savory sauces are available for you to make with your Vitamix. One favorite is Tomato sauce. Another favorite is Hollandaise sauce (see our Hollandaise recipe here). Sauces, savory or sweet, are something that professional chefs usually use their blenders for, and chefs really like Vitamix
- Dips – A great dill dip starts in a Vitamix. Add some mayonnaise, parsley, onion, sour cream, dill weed, and salt. Blend it all together until the consistency is right for you. Avacado dips are really fun to make in a Vitamix blender also, especially since you can use the Pulse button to control how coarse or smooth you want your dip to be. Play around with your blender to find your favorite thickness.
- Salad Dressing – Oil and vinegar are the usual starters to start a salad dressing, followed by almost anything, eggs, mustard, anchovies, lemon juice, strawberries, blueberries. apples, etc, etc. Mix and match to even invent a new one. Keep experimenting.
- Baby Food – Your Vitamix blender is a great way to make your own baby food. The best thing about making your own baby food is that you get to choose the ingredients that you give to your baby to eat. The next best thing about it is that you can choose how thick or thin to make it based on how long you blend your baby food and how much liquid (water) you add to start. Use the Pulse button (see below) to give you the most control in making the baby food that you know your baby will enjoy.
- Food Prep – You can also use your Explorian blender for chopping and other food preparation if you just don’t feel like using your cutting board to do it manually.
These dry goods blending ideas will work with your standard Vitamix blender container, but if you’re going to be doing a lot of dry goods blending you should consider buying the dedicated Vitamix dry goods container (you can see them in our review of the Vitamix 750 here or in the E320 here). The dry goods container is designed to more efficiently blend dry goods, and also keeps any stains from coffee, nuts, and other dry goods in a dedicated dry container rather than your “main” or standard wet Vitamix container.
Here Are Dry Ingredient Foods You Can Make With Your Vitamix Blender:
- Nut Butter – Blend a creamy nut butter out of whichever nut you choose with your Vitamix. Just add some oil to your choice of nuts into the blender and blend on high speed until you get the consistency that you want for your own nut butter. You’ll have to use your tamper to keep your ingredients from getting stuck.
- Ground Coffee can be made with any coffee beans you want, but beware that over time some kinds of beans may stain the blender container.
- Non-Dairy Milk – There are a lot of non-dairy milk options to choose from based on your choice of ingredient. A lot of people like to make almond milk with their Vitamix blenders. To make almond milk, just add water to raw almonds and blend to your preferred level of consistency. You should also use raw almonds for almond milk (or other nuts) and soak them in water, at least overnight for best taste.
- Dough – Add flour, yeast, and salt and blending to your container and blend them together on “High” speed. Then add some hot water and olive oil and use the Pulse button to blend until a ball of dough forms. Then take that dough ball out of your blender and let it rise in a covered bowl for as long as your yeast requires.
- Flour – Use your Vitamix blender to make flour from grains or nuts by blending at high speed until your flour is finely ground. Make sure to start with enough whole grains or nuts to clear the blender blades.
- Batter – Use your Vitamix to make pancake or waffle (or other) batters that are super-whipped and would require a lot of hand mixing to get the same amount of air in the batter.
- Ground Spice – Throw in whatever spice you want to grind into your E310, and make sure you use enough whole spices to give your blender blades enough spices to process.
You can also tweak some of these Vitamix blender ideas to come up with new ones as parts of recipes you may make regularly or something really creative, have fun.