Sep 30, 2014

Blender Girl

The Blender Girl
Tess Masters 
Ten Speed Press
The debut cookbook from the powerhouse blogger behind, featuring 100 gluten-free, vegan recipes for smoothies, meals, and more made quickly and easily in a blender.
What’s your perfect blend?

On her wildly popular recipe blog, Tess Masters—aka, The Blender Girl—shares easy plant-based recipes that anyone can whip up fast in a blender. Tess’s lively, down-to-earth approach has attracted legions of fans looking for quick and fun ways to prepare healthy food. In The Blender Girl, Tess’s much-anticipated debut cookbook, she offers 100 whole-food recipes that are gluten-free and vegan, and rely on natural flavors and sweeteners. Many are also raw and nut-, soy-, corn-, and sugar-free.

Smoothies, soups, and spreads are a given in a blender cookbook, but this surprisingly versatile collection also includes appetizers, salads, and main dishes with a blended component, like Fresh Spring Rolls with Orange-Almond Sauce, Twisted Caesar Pleaser, Spicy Chickpea Burgers with Portobello Buns and Greens, and I-Love-Veggies! Bake. And even though many of Tess’s smoothies and shakes taste like dessert—Apple Pie in a Glass, Raspberry-Lemon Cheesecake, or Tastes-Like-Ice- Cream Kale, anyone?—her actual desserts are out-of this-world good, from Chocolate-Chile Banana Spilly to Flourless Triple-Pecan Mousse Pie and Chai Rice Pudding. Best of all, every recipe can easily be adjusted to your personal taste: add an extra squeeze of this, another handful of that, or leave something out altogether— these dishes are super forgiving, so you can’t mess them up.

Details on the benefits of soaking, sprouting, and dehydrating; proper food combining; and eating raw, probiotic-rich, and alkaline ingredients round out this nutrient-dense guide. But you don’t have to understand the science of good nutrition to run with The Blender Girl—all you need is a blender and a sense of adventure. So dust off your machine and get ready to find your perfect blend.

Fall is by far, my favorite season. It's when my classes start, the leaves change, I can sit outside and drink apple cider by a fire, and wear leggins and big chunky scarves. I was craving apple pie but without all the guilt so I found 

"Apple Pie in a Glass"


1 C unsweetened almond milk
1 C unweetened apple sauce /stewed apples 
1/2 tsp. probiotic power 
1/2 C raw unsalted cashews 
2 tsp. natural vanilla extract 
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon plus more to taste 
2 chopped, pitted, and soaked dates or 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
1 C ice cubes 

Throw everything in a blender for 30-60 seconds until smooth. 

* I used the maple syrup and didn't soak the cashews but ground them to powder in a pestle and mortar. 

Mr. Owl knows best-it'll be a "hoot" for fall parties

I loved this recipe! It was the perfect combination of cinnamon and apple sweetness and curbed my sugar cravings :)

I received a copy of this book, courtesy of the publishers, at Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

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