After years (decades, to be precise) of relentless service, my old blender finally threw in the towel. This might be down to the fact that plastic can get porous and break – or that after a lifelong labour of coughing up one Margarita after the other (life in my MIL’s house in the 80s must have been a blast…), this blender just refused to jump on the healthy living wagon. 

Luckily, just as I was left with broken bits of plastic and a sulking piece of machinery that had left its zest for life in the time of shoulder pads and Miami Vice, the absolutely amazing people of KitchenAid sent me the new Artisan Power Plus Blender to try out. Just like that. Thank you, universe! And thank you, KitchenAid people!*

Due to popular request, our first meal ever prepared in the new Power Plus Blender was a smoothie bowl. This might appear to be an easy job for any blender, however, if you find yourself faced with a fussy eater (as do a lot of parents), being able to sneak in all sorts of seeds, grains and fruit unnoticed is essential.

In no time, the Power Plus Blender turned half-frozen strawberries, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, an on-the-sly added avocado, a banana, wholegrain oats and natural yogurt into a silky smooth, spoonable morning delight that both of my girls devoured instantly. And to my personal delight, this blender comes with a self-clean setting that’s easy to use and actually works.

This is what I used for three smoothie bowls:

  • 250g strawberries (frozen, as it’s winter here)
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1.5 cups of wholegrain oats
  • 2.5 cups of natural yogurt (can be replaced with e.g. vegan coconut yogurt)
  • 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • optional: (nut)milk to add for a runnier consistency
  • chia seeds to sprinkle on top, if desired

Just chuck it all into the blender with the liquid foods first, and off you go. It’s 3.5 Peak motor means that our smoothie bowl was ready in about half a minute on a medium setting. Yes, it really is that strong!

Next on the menu: no fuss, no cooking required soup (and yes, it does a soup programme!!).

*Disclaimer: I have been given the blender for free but am not paid to say anything nice or otherwise about the blender. All opinions strictly my own.