This week was an exciting one. “Why?”, you might ask…Well, I received a glorious package in the mail this week.
The appliance I’ve been waiting to try out, to see if it lives up to it’s huge reputation. I received a Vitamix 7500 blender, and It’s a moment I’ve been looking forward to, ever since the first time I witnessed it’s strength and versatility years ago. I was all smiles when the delivery man knocked on the door and I saw the big Vitamix letters on the outside of the big crisp brown box. I had the perfect place on my kitchen counter just waiting to be filled. This model, specifically, is great for the home cook. It fits under the counter, is beautifully designed, and it’s powerful enough to create this delicious peanut butter, all while putting me in smoothie heaven.
I preciously owned a $15 dollar blender that drove me insane. I quite literally don’t even know where it is in my house, that’s how frustrating it was. I vowed to never put myself through the agony of trying to blend anything in that piece of junk again, unless I had absolutely no other options. I’m thinking it might have a date with a sledge hammer in the near future- now that have have my wonderful Vitamix.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be concentrating on developing recipes in my Vitamix to see just how much use I can get out of my new baby. I created this peanut butter, and then a broccoli cheese soup – both creamy and delicious. Watermelon Margaritas were on the drink menu over the weekend as well, and the Vitamix has held up to all the hype and then some.
I’ll have to say thank you Vitamix… you’re pretty darn wonderful.
Pricey, yes Vitamix blenders are definitely costly appliances. With that in mind, it will probably be the only blender I will ever need in the next 30 years, I hope so, at least. So far, it has made a really good impression on me. My big concern was overheating the appliance when making nut butters as the amount of friction and speed that goes into processing it can take it’s toll on appliances. The Vitamix went above and beyond in this recipe, and really stood up to the test. Saving money is important so I suggest purchasing a certified reconditioned Vitamix Blender– to save some dough and still have an awesome Appliance.
Normally I would use my food processor for making Nut butters, but I will no longer be having to spend valuable time cleaning the 10 million parts on my food processor. The Vitamix did the job faster, and the cleanup was a breeze.
The first batch of peanut butter I made didn’t turn out very well, completely an operator error. It was less than creamy and had a strange gritty texture that hardened into a mass once it cooled. I added maple syrup as a sweetener, and I added it at the beginning of processing the roasted peanuts. This proved to be a bad idea. The Vitamix blades move at an incredibly fast rate, this is why if ran long enough, your blender concoction will heat and begin to cook. I should have added the syrup towards the end of the process, because the sugars heated up too much causing the nut butter to seize up and become more of a strange unappetizing candy than a smooth butter.
So second time around, after deductive reasoning, I realized if I was to sweeten with a honey or syrup, it should be added after I get close to the consistency I’m looking for. Seems I made the right decision because this stuff is crazy delicious.
CAUTION: Over processing can cause overheating to your Vitamix machine. Do not process for more than 1 minute after the mixture starts circulating freely.
Reminiscent of my favorite cookie, Oatmeal Raisin of course, this peanut butter is studded with raisins and spiced up with plenty of cinnamon. This makes regular peanut butters seem boring. You could spread this on a bagel, put it on some celery, apple slices, or make the ultimate grilled PB&J ( get my Grilled PB&J recipe). The jar that I’ve got stored in the fridge is disappearing fast.
- 4 Cups Roasted Peanuts (salted or unsalted, just add sweetener according to taste)
- 2 Tbsp vegetable or coconut oil (less or more depending on oils in nuts and desired constancy)
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
- ¼ cup raisins (I like to use a medley of raisins using white and dark grapes)
- Place the roasted peanuts in your Vitamix container and secure the lid.
- Select Variable 1.
- Turn on your machine and then slowly increase the speed to Variable 10,
- Use the tamper to push the Nuts into the blades. Process until partially smooth about 40 seconds.Turn off the machine.
- Add the vanilla, cinnamon and Brown sugar- stirring briefly with a rubber spatula to help combine. Scrape the sides of the container. Add desired amount of oil and begin processing on Variable 1 and increase to Variable 10, continuing to use the tamper to push the ingredients into the blades. Process for 20 additional seconds until you hear a high pitched chugging sound. Once the butter is smooth and processed enough the motor sound will change from the high pitch to a low labored sound. Stop the Vitamix. CAUTION: Over processing can cause overheating to your Vitamix machine. Do not process for more than 1 minute after the mixture starts circulating freely.
- Fold in the raisins with a rubber spatula.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. You can also store in the freezer for up to six months.
- * Alternatively you could make this in a food processor- add all the ingredients to food processor (except raisins, and add oil to desired consistency) Process until smooth, scraping sides occasionally and fold in raisins. Processing time will be longer and cleanup not as fast, but still a wonderful final result.