Blendtec Review, Pear Cinnamon Smoothie, and Homemade Peanut Butter

I’ve owned a Blendtec blender for at least 10 years and I use it as much or more than any other piece of equipment in my kitchen. It’s perfect for grinding, wet and dry chopping, kneading, and of course blending ingredients for smoothies, shakes, batters, soups, sauces, and dressings.

Blendtec recently gave me the chance to upgrade my blender to the newest model and at first I wasn’t going to do it because my old machine worked fine. But now that I have the newest Blendtec model with the “Twister Jar” designed specifically for blending thicker recipes, I am pretty thrilled because this Blendtec works like a dream.

making pear smoothie | healthy green kitchen

I really only used my old Blendtec for smoothies, but I am having lots of fun experimenting with the new one. It’s great for making frozen desserts and nut butters. You can even use if for pizza and pasta dough.

For this Blendtec review post, I made two recipes. The first one is a Spiced Pear Smoothie I’ve been enjoying a great deal lately.

pear smoothie

The second is a Homemade Peanut Butter that tastes better than store bought.

peanut butter done on spatula_

peanut butter done

You can find both recipes below, and for more information about Blendtec, please check them out on social media!

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And if you’re looking for a great deal on one of the Blendtec blenders, be sure to shop their website for refurbished models.

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Quick Honey and Yogurt Glazed Cinnamon Rolls + Friday Shares

cinnamon rolls in pan | healthy green kitchen

On the weekends, my husband and I try to take our dogs for a long walk on both Saturday and Sunday. Last Saturday was really rainy so there was no walking or much of anything else (we stayed home and watched 3 movies instead!), but on Sunday we were excited to hit our favorite trail. It was a gorgeous day with an decidely fall-ish chill in the air; the foliage is pretty spectacular this time of year so it was great to be outside in the midst of it.

hike with dogs

hike with dogs

hike with dogs

Before we left, I made some cinnamon rolls for us to eat on the way and for my kids to munch on once they got up (there seems to be no convincing our teenagers to join us on our weekend walks these days as they’d rather sleep in…surprise, surprise). I wasn’t really looking for gooey, super sweet cinnamon rolls; rather, I wanted something satisfying, but not too decadent. These honey and greek yogurt glazed cinnamon rolls were perfect.

I used Jovial Organic Einkorn Flour in the dough, and added honey both to the dough and the glaze.

flour and honey

The dough mixes up quickly…

dough and toes | healthy green kitchen

and doesn’t need any time to rise since there is no yeast.

dough on counter | healthy green kitchen

The brown sugar filling can be doubled if you are looking for a sweeter treat.

dough and filling
dough and filling cut | healthy green kitchen

(This recipe was inspired by three sources: Quick Cinnamon Rolls from Once Upon a Chef, Vegan Cinnamon Buns with Chocolate and Figs from Laura Wright for Baked The Blog, and Honey Buns from Martha Stewart. If you want to make a slightly different quick cinnamon roll that’s also gluten free, try my buckwheat cinnamon roll recipe.)

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Grain-Free Spiced Squash Muffins

Fall is in full swing where I live. My area is well known for spectacular displays of foliage and the trees are definitely not disappointing right now. This recipe, adapted from a similar one created by George Bryant of Civilized Caveman Cooking, is just perfect for this time of year.

Spiced Squash Muffins | Healthy Green Kitchen

George is the author of a sweet little ebook called A Paleo Pumpkin Thanksgiving and has a recipe for Pumpkin Pie Muffins in the book: I used his muffins as the inspiration for mine. You can get A Paleo Pumpkin Thanksgiving as part of the Harvest Your Health ebook bundle sale that’s going on right now. George’s is one of over 70 ebooks (many of which are cookbooks) in the sale (there are also magazine subscriptions and meal plans)…it’s a ridiculously good deal and you can check it out here.

These muffins may be made with any type of squash purée (or you may use pumpkin–fresh or canned–as called for in the original recipe). I used delicata squash because that’s what I had on hand. I trimmed off the ends, and then sliced my delicata squash in half, removed the seeds, and placed in on a cookie sheet. I drizzled the pieces with a little olive oil, then baked them at 400 degrees F. for about 50 minutes, until they were tender. When they were cooled. I scooped out the flesh and mashed enough squash to make 3/4 cup.

delicata squash puree

These spiced squash muffins are made with coconut flour and the recipe is appropriate for anyone who eats gluten-free, grain-free, or Paleo. This recipe is also for anyone like me whose diet doesn’t necessarily fit any of these classifications…we just like our recipes to be nutrient-dense. These muffins contain quite a few eggs, which I really appreciated because my chickens have been such fantastic layers lately. It’s late in the growing season so I’ve been letting them forage in my garden during the day; their yolks have been super yellow as a result!

eggs

I own this beautiful muffin pan that I received at a blogging event a few years ago. I always use it for recipes like this, but of course a standard muffin pan will work just fine. You will get 10-12 muffins out of this recipe.

Spiced Squash Muffins | Healthy Green Kitchen

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Cinnamon Sugar Kale Chips

Cinnamon Sugar Kale Chips from www.healthygreenkitchen.com

Cinnamon sugar? On kale chips? I assure you I was incredulous when I first saw this recipe, too. But trust me, this is a combination you really must try.

Cinnamon Sugar Kale Chips from www.healthygreenkitchen.com

I will admit that after making batch after batch of variously spiced kale chips several years ago, I got pretty sick of them. I honestly didn’t care if I ever saw a kale chip again. But then, while perusing Hallie Klecker’s new E-book Crazy for Kale

Crazy for Kale by Hallie Klecker

…I came upon these and knew I had to give them a go.

I made this recipe twice: once when I was home alone (when I had no problem devouring the whole batch) and once for my family (everyone loved them).

If you are already a fan of kale, you will really enjoy Hallie’s E-book. Hallie is such a creative cook, plus all of the recipes are gluten and dairy-free. If you are not already on the kale bandwagon, that’s all the more reason to get the book: you will be inspired!

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Blueberry Cinnamon Shrub

Blueberry Cinnamon Shrub from Healthy Green Kitchen

Make Your Own Soda: Syrup Recipes for All-Natural Pop, Floats, Cocktails, and More is a lovely little book that was just released yesterday. I received a review copy from the publisher (Clarkson Potter) a few weeks back, and I’ve really been enjoying it.

I made the Rose Syrup (with dried rose petals I had left over from last year’s garden) and it was amazing. I also made a variation on the Blueberry and Star Anise Shrub Syrup, which I used in the drink you see here: it was delicious with frozen blueberries and I can’t wait to make it again when I have access to fresh ones this summer.

Blueberry Cinnamon Shrub from Healthy Green Kitchen

Getting off store-bought soda can be hard, but it’s really important: soda contain loads of high fructose corn syrup as well as undesirable chemicals…it’s really best not to put that stuff into your body. Make Your Own Soda is a small book, but it’s brimming with brilliant ideas for how to make all-natural syrups you can put in homemade sodas, creative cocktails, ice cream drinks, etc. Most of the recipes are made with fruit and do also contain sugar (I used organic, fair-trade sugar in the ones I tried); if you don’t eat any sugar, this is not the book for you.

I have an extra copy of Make Your Own Soda and I’d love to send it to one of my readers: scroll down below the recipe to find out how to enter the giveaway.

Blueberry Cinnamon Shrub from Healthy Green Kitchen

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