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Make Your List, Check it Twice–Got a Blendtec on There? {GIVEAWAY-Now Closed + Cocoa-Nut Almond Butter Recipe}

December 4th, 2012 · 42 Comments · What to Buy

It’s a real food power tool.

When the Blendtec high-powered blender settles down, you almost have to utter the guttural “Ou ar ar ar…” a la Tim the Tool Man Taylor. “More power, uh.”

{How do you spell what that man says, anyway?}


We’ve had some serious fun testing out the Blendtec blenders here at the Kimball house, not the least of which is the one-year-old’s grunts every time he sees it. It’s his way of saying, “Loud machine. Big noise. So cool. Love the noise. So scary. Don’t turn it on, I just want to look at it.”

I’ve made all sorts of things with the Blendtec Classic WildSide jar, pictured above, and also the special Twister Jar you see below, which is made narrower and has a special scraper attached to the lid so you can make thick things like hummus and nut butters without constantly opening the lid and scraping the food down toward the blades.


Images provided courtesy of the Blendtec website.

All in all, this is a blender not to be messed with.

I’m going to detail a very full review tomorrow, and our little Blendtec even may get a chance to visit a Vitamix’s house today to play – a little friendly “who can make peanut butter faster” competition and so on.

For today, I’m just going to sit back, relax, and give away a prize worth over $570.

I hope no one just choked on their granola or spit kombucha on their screens.

Yes, it really does cost that much. !!!

What Does a Blendtec Do?

chocolate almond butter dip with apples - in Blendtec

It doesn’t quite seem to do the dishes for us and clear the table, which will someday be the mark of the greatest kitchen appliance ever made. Winking smile However, the Blendtec can tackle a lot of other jobs, some that are obviously “blender” dependent and others that used to be more suited to a food processor but now work with the Twister Jar, such as:

  • nut butters
  • hummus
  • baby foods
  • dips
  • thick shakes
  • one-ingredient “ice cream”


The Wildside jar can handle:

  • smoothies, even if you put the greens in at the least optimal time.
  • soup, without heating – the blender causes such friction that the heat generated gently warms the food
  • frozen drinks
  • batters and pastry doughs
  • grinding wheat into flour
  • grinding almonds into flour
  • fake “ice cream” with a few more than one ingredient

Here’s a bit from the company:

Total Blender Classic Series® is the all-in-one appliance that makes smoothies, fresh juice, ice cream, milk shakes, cappuccinos, margaritas, soups, sauces, bread dough, dressings, salsas and more! It replaces up to 9 other appliances with 1 fast, easy-to-use machine—at a fraction of the cost. This package includes the new precision–tuned 4″ blade in the large, nearly 3-quart, BPA-free jar. The new large blade and large jar combination powers through tougher blending tasks and larger recipes with ease—and in less time.

Commercial Quality
You’ve seen the unique square jar before. For years, blending professionals have used Blendtec machines with the 4″ blade in the best coffee shops, juice bars, gyms and restaurants around the world. Blendtec machines are known for producing the best, most-consistent results in taste and texture. With the Total Blender Classic Series, you’ll enjoy the same great results in your home!

Recipe: Cocoa-Nut Almond Butter

Thanks to the Blendtec Corporation for allowing me to make their recipe and share it with you.

chocolate almond butter dip with apples - in Blendtec (21) (475x356)

5.0 from 1 reviews
Cocoa-Nut Almond Butter Blendtec Recipe
Prep time
Total time
Recipe type: appetizer, snack
  • 1¼ c. crispy almonds
  • 2 Tbs. cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbs. unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1-2 Tbs. honey
  • ⅛ tsp. Real Salt
  • 1 Tbs. coconut oil, unrefined
  1. Simply put ingredients in the Twister jar in the order they're in. Hold the Twister lid down, turning counterclockwise.
  2. Turn the speed up to "7" and run for 40 seconds (or less) and stop blending when the nuts turn to paste.
  3. Serve with sliced apples, graham crackers (homemade), or other fruits. Would be good on homemade ice cream, too!

chocolate almond butter dip with apples - in Blendtec (13) (475x356)


One very lucky winner will get both the Blendtec WildSide jar and base and the Twister Jar, over $570 value.

Giveaways at Kitchen Stewardship are run via Rafflecopter widget, which means comments on this post do not count (and will be deleted). In the long run, this is quicker for you if you go for extra entries.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I will use Rafflecopter, powered by, to choose the winner, who will be announced on the blog and will receive an email.  The giveaway is open to continental U.S. residents only.  Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, December 10th and I’ll post the winners the following week.

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Disclosure:  I received products for my review at no charge, which of course did not affect my opinion in the least. For that reason, I’m happy to include it separately from the review. See my full advertising disclosure here.

Official rules and small print stuff: 1) No purchase necessary to win 2) must be 13 or older to enter and have a mailing address within the sponsor’s boundaries (see above) 3) only one survey entry per person 4) odds of winning depend on number of entries 5) employees of Kitchen Stewardship, LLC or sponsoring company not eligible for participation 6) contest sponsored by Blendtec in UT 7) prizes must be accepted as is and are not redeemable for cash 8 ) Kitchen Stewardship, LLC and sponsoring company are not liable for any injury or damage to persons and/or things as a result of the acceptance of the prize offered. 9) This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

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42 Comments so far ↓

  • Sarah D

    I can’t get the link to the reader survey to work.

    Sarah D Reply:

    I found a working link on the other blog post. Thanks!

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Thanks so much, Sarah – I fixed it now!
    :) Katie

  • Lissa

    Cocoa-Nut Almond Butter Blendtec Recipe

  • Ginger

    I’d make smoothies! Our blender has such a hard time with frozen fruit.

    Ginger Reply:

    Whoops, just saw we need to use rafflecopter!

  • michelle

    I’d make that cocoa almond butter—- WOW! yum yum yum!!!

    *I like you on facebook, follow you on twitter, and subscribe! :)

  • Jaime B

    I’d grind wheat into flour!

  • Rachel

    I’d make smoothies!

  • Alison Venable

    I filled out your reader survey. Thanks for everything you do Katie!
    I’d make green smoothies!

  • laura

    make a berry/acai smoothie with spirulina

  • Barb R

    I would make Smoothies for everyone!

  • Jamie English

    I pinned it and then realized the picture I pinned with the recipe didn’t match. Not sure if pinterest isn’t playing well with me or with your website. But for now…I deleted the pin. BUT….I said in Rafflecopter I pinned it. I will go back and try again. Just wanted to be honest….not purposefully lying to Rafflecopter.

  • 1luckymama

    Katie — We have been stuck deciding between BlendTec and VitaMix. Why do you think BlendTec is better?

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Wellll….you need to read more posts later in the week. I purposely kept my opinion out of the giveaway post, but it’s coming! (and I don’t think Blendtec is better…)
    :) Katie

    Julia Reply:

    That’s good to know. My mother ordered me a Vita-Mix for my combined birthday/Christmas gift. I was worried I should have told her the Blendtec. Can’t wait to see your opinions on them.

  • Jendeis

    I just wrote a ton on the survey (on my husband and I being morbidly obese and the pediatrician wanting to switch my toddler off of full-fat dairy), but didn’t know I’d need the URL for it. Please, Katie-Obi-Wan, what should I do?

  • Cristy

    I took the survey, but my computer doesn’t show the URL. Now what?

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Doesn’t show the URL for what? All you need to do is enter via Rafflecopter and it’s the honor system from there. :) Katie (Thanks for taking the survey!)

  • Eileen

    I’d make homemade coconut milk. I’m afraid to do it in my regular blender, because I’m sure I’d fry the motor over time. With the Blendtec, I’d have no worries.

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    I’m not so sure….

    Eileen Reply:

    Oh No! Really?

  • Carol G.

    I would make a smoothie that I sampled at a Vitamix demo at Whole Foods. They used the whole lemon and lime and my blender at home would not work so I put a good blender on my wish list.YUM! It was soooo good. Tis give away would be awesome to win. Here is the recipe. Enjoy!
    1 lemon
    1/2 lime
    1/2 banana
    1/2 avocado
    Handful of spinach,
    Vanilla to taste

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Oh, now I have to go throw some whole citrus into the Blendtec to see if it can handle it! ;) I have limes, need to get a lemon…. :) Katie

    Carol G. Reply:

    You will love this recipe. Let us know what you think.

  • Monica

    The raffle app is not working or me. :(

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    It doesn’t play nicely with mobile devices, and no one else has said this, so do try again now! Good luck! :) Katie

  • Terri

    Well, it wouldn’t take a couple of my entries so I sent this to Rafflecopter’s little feedback page:

    I did both the survey (+5 points) and the Pinterest pin (+1 point) for Katie’s Kitchen Stewardship Blendtec Giveaway but it’s not acknowledging them. Here’s the “thanks/success” page from the survey:
    And the pin URL:

  • Scott M

    I’d make peanut butter! The crazy cost at the grocery store is getting unreasonable for basic staples. I really appreciate the tips for efficiency.

  • Heather Bessent

    I think I would have to start with green smoothies for everyone….I feel like we are missing out on so much good nutrition since my kkitchenaid blended gave up the ghost.

  • Deborah

    green smoothie

  • Julia Janzen

    NUT BUTTERS would be the first thing I would want to try to make! :)

  • June

    I would make a fruit smoothie with my favorite berries, blueberry, raspberry and strawberry.

  • Bambi

    I would definitely make a smoothie first!

  • Kelli


  • Sarah

    I’d make a green smoothie. Our blender recently died, and my immersion blender just doesn’t work on the greens.

  • Dawn

    The cocoa-nut almond butter! YUM!

  • Karen F.

    Green smoothies!

  • nosogirl

    I would make some sort of smoothie

  • Loren

    I’d probably make a smoothie.

  • Kevin

    I’d make almond butter

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I embrace butter. I make homemade yogurt. I eat traditional real food – plants and animals that God created, not products of plants where food scientists work. Here at Kitchen Stewardship, I share how I strive to be a good steward of my family's nutrition, the environment, and our budget, all without spending every second in the kitchen. Learn more about the mission of KS here.

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