Banana & Strawberry Smoothie
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.
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!
For the Banana & Strawberry Smoothie:
300ml soya milk or milk
8 ice cubes
2 tbsp honey
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.
I use my Cuisiniart blender every morning for making my smoothie too. My fave is using almond milk.
Almond milk sounds like a great idea! I have never tried and will give it a go next time!
This is good… haven’t tried with soy milk before.
Terima kasih, Lisa. I have been drinking soya milk for quite some time, I still can’t really get to the habit to drink full or semi skim, it’s a bit too rich for me.
Although I don’t too often go for smoothies, love your combo here.
Thank you! 😉
A delightful smoothie! I love the addition of honey.
this smoothie has such interesting combi of ingredients. spotted this power blender just 2 days ago at a mall here. always wanted a cuisinart food processor, ice-cream maker, waffle maker…they remain in my wishlist until fulfilled!
The food processor looks great too! But, I can tell this blender is great!
Its perfect flavour for smoothie and it looks scrumptious too!
i will give it try 🙂
Thanks Ira! Give it a go!
Beautiful smoothie. Love the blue background, giving a nice, cooling feel. 🙂
Thanks Christine 😉
This smoothie looks so refreshing. I in search of a blender, so I’m going to look this one up. Thanks for the info!
P.S. Have you tried freezing your fruit? You can avoid using ice cubes and diluting your smoothie by flash freezing your fruit and then store them for future smoothies. YUM!
Thanks for dropping by! This is a great blender, I totally love it! And, no, never tried freezing my fruits .. and thanks for the great idea for another way of making smoothie! 😉
I will definitely have a lot of smoothies coming summer! Yay!
This makes such a good addition to my breakfast – NOW! I’m supposed to be taking breakfast now. Haha! I’m drooling over your smoothie …
Oh yeah, I think it’s a great start for the day! 😉
Looks so refreshing, a perfect treat for summer and also a nice energy drink.
Yes, indeed. 🙂
I’m always in the mood for a refreshing smoothie when the weather turns hot, now if they could only invent a blender that would clean itself too! That would be beautiful, lol.
Sylvie, I definitely love the idea of a self-cleaning blender!
Banana and strawberry combo sounds yummy!! I love Cuisinart ice-cream maker. It’s always in my wish list. Hehehe! 😉
I definitely think Cuisinart is a trusted brand.
I have always had good luck with Cuisinart products…your smoothie looks wonderful 🙂
Thanks for dropping by and your comment. 😉
Love your traditional method for juicing. That blender looks powerful and the smoothie you made, delicious and refreshing! Wish I had one now as the day is quite warm.
Yes, the blender is really handy. I am going to try blending frozen fruits for my smoothie tomorrow 😉
Delicious, fresh and healthy! Perfect for a hot summer day. 🙂
I am so surprised to find this in the weekly picks’ column! Why you may ask? This is my weekly pick too among so many of your recipes!! I made it early of the week and once again yesterday. Thank you for the awesome recipe.
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