I killed my Vitamix.
I had a feeling it would happen eventually and this past week that feeling came to fruition. You see, I have this special gift of pushing my kitchen appliances to their limit and my Vitamix, sadly, couldn't escape. Let me share with you what NOT to do if you own a Vitamix:
While we were traveling in Thailand, Brett discovered Mighty Maple Peanut Butter and kept giving me little hints that I should add maple syrup to the next batch of homemade peanut butter I made once we got home. He's got quite the sweet tooth! I thought it would make for a fun, simple recipe and decided to try add in some maple syrup to my roasted peanuts before blending in my blender. I heard that adding oil makes making homemade peanut butter easier, so I figured a liquid like maple syrup would be perfectly fine to add as well.
Not long after I turned my Vitamix up to full power it started sounding slightly more labored than when I normally make peanut butter. Then all of a sudden it stopped. I've actually overheated my Vitamix before, so I tried not to freak out and figured it just needed to cool down and then it would work again. I cleaned out the half-peanuts/half-peanut butter mixture and waited a few hours to turn it on again.
That's when I officially deemed adding-maple-syrup-to-peanut-butter-in-a-vitamix a BAD idea. Please, just let me be your guinea pig and tell you that if you too have the desire to make maple peanut butter in your Vitamix, just don't. Thank goodness I have a 7 year warranty AND Vitamix will pay for the shipping both ways! Knowing I can get it fixed for free has given me lots of peace. This isn't the first time I've broken a nice kitchen appliance (yes, I'm thinking about you food processor blades...) and being the frugal girl I am, I always feel a little bit sick when I think about the time, and often money, that I'm going to have to spend to fix what I broke. Especially when cooking in China has enough challenges of it's own, I'm so glad that I'll still be able to use my beautiful blender once I get it fixed. I'll just look on the bright side and see that my timing in breaking my blender was spot on. It's still too cold here in China to be craving smoothies everyday, so hopefully it will be back and working before the warm weather arrived.
BUT, sometimes it doesn't matter how cold it is outside and I still want a creamy, delicious, sweet smoothie. Are you the same way? You're probably wondering how I was able to make this delicious and oh, so, creamy looking Vanilla Tahini Smoothie if my blender isn't working. Well, I have wonderful friends here in China and one of my friends has lent me her blender until I get mine fixed. YAY! Now I can make this smoothie everyday if I want. It really is a unique and amazing smoothie. Speckled with vanilla bean and cinnamon and made thick and creamy from frozen bananas, milk and tahini, this Vanilla Tahini Smoothie is a must try!
I absolutely love tahini and will often drizzle it on my vegetables or even put it in sweet dishes like my Chocolate Tahini Brownie Bites (which you should try btw). If you love tahini too, feel free to up the amount of tahini in this smoothie like I recommend in the notes. If you're not as big of a tahini fan, don't worry! The one tablespoon amount that this recipe calls for is not overpowering at all and just adds a beautiful richness to the smoothie.
I really hope you try out this healthy and unique smoothie! If you do, please let me know what you think in the comments or take a picture and tag #theconscientiouseater on Instagram so I can see your creation!
Vanilla Tahini Smoothie
- After your bananas have thawed for a few minutes, place them along with the remaining ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth. Taste and add more tahini, dates or cinnamon if desired.