Banana & Strawberry Smoothie

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Not too long ago, I have been approached by Cuisinart to review one of their products. I took a look at their website and tried to figure out which product I would like to try and write a review for. When I saw the Elite Power Blender, I didn’t have to think twice it is something that would be a great addition to the kitchen. What immediately came to my mind was that a blender is going to be a really great helper throughout the seasons –  during Spring/Summer, it is going to help me whiz up some yummy smoothies and fruit juices. Whereas during Autumn/Winter, it is going to make great soups! One of functions that I really like is ‘ice crush’ – which gives me the idea of serving up some refreshing cocktails or mocktails in the summer to come!

The Elite Power Blender has a solid and stylish cast metal body has non-slip feet to guarantee it will stay in place.  The large 1.75 litre toughened glass jar is extremely hygienic and the rubber lid moulds to the shape of the blender ensuring no leaks and houses a handy measuring cup.The unique 6 edge blades ensure that all food is properly blended. This heavy-duty blade combined with the powerful 700W motor crushes ice just like snow in seconds without the need for liquid.  The blender is very easy to clean as the jar unit is fully dismountable. Apart from having the normal High/Low speed and pulse setting, it also comes with preset functions of smoothie, ice crush, soups & sauces and puree.

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There is a manual that comes with the Elite Power Blender, it tells you everything that you need to know. There are instructions on how to assemble and use the blender for the first time, which are really handy. There are also some recipes provided in the manual, which are great to give some ideas what you can use it for.

The recent dry and sunny weather in London has made me craved for smoothies and fruit juices. There are just too many combinations of fruits that you can use to make tasty smoothies. I have gone down the classic route and picked my all time favourites of strawberry & banana. I absolutely adore strawberry and the smell of banana is just fresh and invigorating. I can see myself making this over and over again. I just roughly chopped up the fruits and added soya milk (you can use milk), then, pressed on the Smoothie button and let the blender does the work!

Though a blender may not be very suitable to extract fruit juice, I have used it to blend some of my favourite fruits and a bit of water to help blending, then extracted the juice using the old method – by placing the blended fruits over muslin cloth and squeeze out as much juice as I could and it worked brilliantly too!

 

Banana & Strawberry Smoothie

Yield: 3-4 persons

Ingredients:

300ml soya milk or milk
14 strawberries
2 bananas
8 ice cubes
2 tbsp honey

Method:

1. Rinse the strawberries and cut off the stems and leaves. Then, cut in 2 halves. Transfer in the glass jar of the blender. Peel off the skin of the banana and roughly slice and put in the glass jar of the blender.

2. Pour in the soya milk, add the ice cubes and honey. Cover and set on the smoothies pre-set programme. Once the programme is complete, turn the power off and serve in chilled individual glasses.