I‘ve wanted to get a smoothie maker for a long, long time now, since way before Nutribullet and their “nutrition extractor”, but I don’t really drink that many smoothies. I know what you’re thinking and this isn’t a case of the chicken and the egg – I have a food processor so am perfectly capable of making smoothies, I just tend to prefer to eat my fruit and veg rather than drink it.
But, smoothie bowls are the in thing, and with spring and summer on the way smoothies are more likely to make more of an appearance in my post-workout nutrition. So when I had an offer from Debenhams to try out the Tefal Fruit Sensation I said “yes please!”.
Tefal Fruit Sensation
At just under £40, this blender is a fraction of the price of the Nutribullet (£99 RRP). It comes with a medium-sized main glass compartment for blending up smoothies, or anything else you want liquidised. It also comes with two smaller plastic compartments, one for chopping and one for grinding (not the type you used to do on the dance floor as a teen).
The blender attachment makes easy work of hard fruit and veggies, while the chopper prepares onions and herbs perfectly for making burgers or pestos. The grinder attachment is perfect for nuts and oats, and apparently you can also grind up coffee beans in it too, though I don’t have a need for this so haven’t tried. The 600ml main compartment is enough for a smoothie for two and has a lid with a removable stopper so you can add liquid or bits of fruit or veg without having to remove the lid.
All of the attachments are so simple to remove just by lifting them directly out of the motor unit, and a quick-release clip detaches the blade mechanism from the compartments for easy cleaning.
Below are some recipes I’ve whizzed up using the Tefal Fruit Sensation.
Three Unlikely Blender Recipes
- 50g Greek yoghurt
- 100g mixed berries
- 1 scoop of whey protein powder
- 1 tsp seeds
- 2 tbsp oats
- 20g nuts
- Add the yoghurt, banana and berries to the main blender attachment. Pulse on II 5-6 times until combined.
- Add the protein powder and blend on I for 5-10 seconds until mixed.
- Pour into a bowl.
- Grind the seeds and oats separately in the grinder attachment (pulsing 5-6 times on II) and sprinkle these on top of the smoothie mixture in blocked lines.
- Chop the nuts by pulsing 5-6 times in the chopper attachment. Sprinkle these on top of the smoothie and eat with a spoon.
- Slice of white bread
- 1 onion
- Handful of parsley
- 500g turkey mince
- 85g cubed prosciutto crudo
- 1 tbsp Parmesan (optional)
- 1 egg
- Pre-heat the grill to medium.
- Tear the bread into chunks into the chopper and pulse on I 5-6 times. Transfer into a mixing bowl.
- Chop the onion into big chunks and place in the chopper with the parsley. Pulse on II 5-6 times.
- Add the onion and parsley to the bowl with the bread, turkey mince, prosciutto, Parmesan (if using) and egg and combine with your hands.
- Shape into four evenly sized patties and grill until cooked through.
- Serve with brioche buns, sweet potato fries and roasted vegetables or salad.
- 1 cup oats
- 2 bananas
- 6 dates
- 2 eggs
- 2tsp baking powder
- 2 scoops vanilla whey protein
- Couples of large handfuls of walnuts
- Pre-heat the oven to 180 celsius.
- Chop the walnuts in the chopper, put to one side and then chop the dates (for both use II for 5-6 pulses).
- Mash up the banana with a fork and beat the eggs, then combine both with the nuts and dates.
- Grind the oats in the grinder attachment and then add to the banana nut mixture with the protein powder and baking powder. Stir until just mixed.
- Spoon the mixture into 12 muffin cases for small muffins, or divide between 6 for larger ones (photo shows small ones).
- Bake for 15 mins, or until a skewer comes out clean.
The Tefal Fruit Sensation has transformed the way I cook, making easy work of toppings, crumbs and herbs. I’ve also introduced more smoothies into my diet with post-workout shakes becoming a quick and easy snack, and I’ve tried my first ever smoothie bowl – all thanks to this little delight. I’m even tempted to buy another one for work! I couldn’t justify spending £100 on a Nutribullet, and to be honest with the performance of this piece of equipment, I don’t see the need to.
The Tefal Fruit Sensation also comes with a recipe book of its own for smoothies and even cocktails so you can show off to your friends with margaritas and more. You can buy it from Debenhams for £40. Thanks to Debenhams for providing me with this blender. As always my opinions are my own and not affected by items gifted to me.
Do you use a blender in cooking? Or have smoothies regularly? What are your favourite recipes?