Lemon-Pie-Cake-recipe

This Lemon Cake is easy as pie … You basically blend the ingredients to a smooth batter in your OmniBlend, roll out the shortbread crust in your pie pan, and pour the filling in the crust. Bake and you’re ready to serve! Perfect as a tea time treat or dessert.

Normally castor sugar is used for baking as it is finer than granulated sugar, so it dissolves easier. That’s the only difference between castor sugar and granulated sugar, so you save when you just grind granulated sugar (which is much cheaper than castor sugar) in the OmniBlend jug to the coarseness of castor sugar. This only takes a few pulses (both the OmniBlend V and OmniBlend I models have a pulse function). For grinding dry ingredients always use the 1.5ltr narrow base jug, or the 2ltr jug which has a narrow base too.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 C Butter, melted
  • 1 Lemon (medium-sized)
  • 2 C Castor Sugar (or grind White Granulated Sugar in your OmniBlend)
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla Essence
  • 1 Roll ready-made Shortbread Crust
  • Powdered sugar and lemon slices for garnish 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. If using granulated sugar, grind the sugar first to a finer consistency. Zest the lemon and add zest to the OmniBlend jug. Peel & remove white pith, then cut it into sections & remove seeds. Add the lemon to the jug, along with the other ingredients.

Blend until very smooth, for about 90 seconds.

Unroll shortbread crust and press into a 24cm pie pan. Pour filling into the pie crust. Bake for 45 minutes or until set. Dust with powdered sugar and garnish with lemon slices. Serve warm or chilled.

For this recipe we used the OmniBlend V – 2ltr Pro, which you can find here. Looking for more information? You can browse more delicious pastry recipes here.

banana-oats-flapjacks-honey

These delicious and gluten-free Banana Oats Flapjacks are great as a lazy Sunday morning breakfast and  a post workout snack the like. They’re super easy to prepare, and you can top them with honey, maple syrup, berry coulis, or drizzle with chocolate sauce.

Blitz the oats in your OmniBlend to grind a fine oat flour. The narrow base of the 2 litre and 1.5 litre narrow base jugs are perfect for grinding nuts and oats, allowing you to bake flourless and gluten free.

To make these flapjacks vegan/lactose-free, substitute the buttermilk for oat milk mixed with apple cider vinegar. You make your own oat milk by blending 1 cup oats with 3 cups water, and then strain using a nutmilk bag. 

Ingredients (makes 5 flapjacks):

  • ¾ C Oat Flour (grind rolled or quick cooking oats in your OmniBlend to make your own oat meal)
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Ripe Banana
  • ½ C Buttermilk (or substitute for vegan: mix ½ cup oat milk with ½ tbsp apple cider vinegar and set aside for a few minutes)

 Directions:

Mix the oat flour with baking powder. In a separate bowl, mash the banana with a fork and add the buttermilk (or non-dairy milk mixture). Stir to combine, and then add the flour. Fold in until combined, don’t overmix. Heat a skillet and grease with some coconut oil. Bake the flapjacks, and serve warm.

Enjoy!

Browse more breakfast recipes here.

 

toppings-cream-cheese-bagel

This plant-based cream cheese is going to be a favourite, whether you’re vegan or not. Many of us are looking for ways to change towards a more plant-based diet, and cheese always seems a kind of stumbling block.

vegan-bagel

Of course we’re lucky in South Africa, with vegan cheese suppliers (Irene’s Gourmet, Urban Vegan, and Fauxmage to name a few) that are flourishing and offer a wide range. At the same time, it’s easy to get creative in the kitchen, and make your own fresh cream cheese, completely dairy free.

cashew-cream-cheese

Cashews are fantastic for creating a subtle nutty flavour and creamy texture. It creates the perfect base for a variety of toppings on your bagels to create a festive breakfast or lunch table.

ingredients-vegan-cream-cheese

The narrow base of the 2 litre jug that is used here works perfect for blending this type of recipes (spreads, hummus, nut butter, etc), creating a smooth texture. The silicon spatula is a super handy tool to scoop everything out of the jug into the jar, no wonder we’ve listed is as one of our favourite accessories!  

 

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 ½ cups raw cashews
  • 2 Tbsp coconut yoghurt (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted

Optional :

  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp chopped chives

 

METHOD :

  1. Soak the cashew for 4+ hours in cold water or 1 hour in boiling water.
  2. Drain the water and transfer the cashews to the blender and add the rest of the ingredients. Blend until smooth and add more salt or nutritional yeast if needed.
  3. Scoop the cream cheese into a jar and store in the fridge for up to a week.

Enjoy with bagels (try this Vegan Paleo Bagel recipe to make your own!), crudités and sandwiches.

 

This recipe was made with the OmniBlend I - 2ltr Pro.

date-energy-ball

Perfect healthy snack when you need a kick of energy to refuel your body and your mind! You can whip these up in minutes using your blender and just a handful of ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C Raw Cashews
  • 1/2 C Oats
  • 1/4 C Coconut flakes
  • 8 Medjool dates, soaked
  • 1 Tbsp Water
  • 1 Tbsp Honey (sub with maple syrup for vegan)
  • 1 Tsp Chia Seeds
  • 1/4 Tsp Pink salt (optional) 

Directions:

Put everything into the blender and blend using the tamper stick, until it’s all well combined. Use 1 Tbsp of mixture and roll into little balls. Place in an airtight container and freeze for 2-3 hours, to set. Remove and enjoy topped with nut butter of choice. Store covered in the fridge.

tamper-omniblend

A blender is no longer an appliance just for blending fruit smoothies. The OmniBlend is a high-performance blender, making it suited for a whole lot more than that. Nut milks, smoothie bowls, hummus, nice creams, nut butters, date syrups, pestos and dips are better when you know which quality ingredients are being used, adding a touch of your own preference. The strong OmniBlend motor, and stainless steel parts easily blend ticker textures with ice, frozen fruits, and raw vegetables, and require minimal oils or liquid.

To make the most out of the OmniBlend, we've listed our favourite accessories. The number 1 accessory is already included with your blender, and it's the tamper. This stick makes it possible to blend thick and creamy textures, by stirring the ingredients in the jug, or pushing it into the blades. You use the tamper through the lid so that it never touches the blades and you can safely blend a creamy nice cream or smooth nut butter.

 

These are the other additions we think work great with your OmniBlend:

 

SPATULA

Whether you’re blending a nut butter, hummus, smoothie bowl, broccoli puree, pesto, or whipping up a cake batter: you’ll want to get everything out of the jug to enjoy. The Le Creuset spatula is tried and tested by us in many recipes, and we love how it fits into the corners to be able to scrape around the blades.

Le-creuset-spatula

 

NUTMILK BAG

Plant-based milk is readily available, however generally quite expensive, or with additives to improve the shelve life or added sweeteners that are not to everyone’s taste (or diet). So step up your game, and make your own! It’s really simple, and all it takes is a few hours of soaking, a quick blend, and then straining it in a nutmilk bag. The nutmilk bag is also a great accessory if you’re looking to get a juice every now and then. Simply blend your apple, raw beetroot, carrot, and ginger root with a little water and strain the juice in the nutmilk bag for a delicious fresh glass of ABC juice, or make a fresh celery juice.

 

SMOOTHIE BOWL

Smoothie bowls and nice creams have stolen our hearts, and you can go wild and decorate yours to perfection with nuts, seeds, drizzles and fresh fruits. A bowl doesn’t need much extra when served in the gorgeous original Amazonia coconut bowl available through MyRainbowl that make bright acai bowls pop. Create a holiday feeling every breakfast!  (Picture courtesy Amazonia South Africa)

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REUSABLE STRAWS

For most of us the days that a milk moustache was kind of cute are over, and a thick and creamy smoothie just tastes better when you sip it with a straw! We love the glass straws that have a great feel, and are robust and  super easy to clean with the little brush that’s included with this set of Stream Straws. If you prefer bamboo or stainless steel, you’ll want to check RESTRAW. Restaurants and bars can opt to add their own branding and make a stand against plastic. Check our combo package with the OmniBlend V – 1.5ltr for a great discount on your order of high quality straws for your business. (Picture courtesy RESTRAW)

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SIEVE

Last but not least, the sieve is particularly useful if you’re using your blender as part of your cooking process. When you make a soup and need fry some chopped onion and garlic, all you need to do is peel the cloves and onion, half the onion, and add them to the OmniBlend jug with 1 ½ cup water. Use the pulse to chop as often as required, usually 4 to 5 pulses will give you a courseness perfect for cooking. Now decant the contents into a sieve and allow the water to drip and you’re ready to cook! The sieve is also great to make your own cauliflower rice, following the same principle of cutting the cauliflower and pulsing it with a bit of water. 

cauliflower-rice

 

These accessories come in handy with all models, however we recommend the OmniBlend I - 2ltr Pro as our most versatile model allowing you to make everything mentioned here. The narrow base works well for making creamy textures, as well as grinding dry ingredients (like nut or seed flours). The turn dial of the OmniBlend I allows for variable speed control, giving you full control over the power, and has a pulse function too. Looking for more inspiration? Browse our recipes

low-carb-hummus

This low-carb variant on traditional hummus uses roasted cauliflower instead of chickpeas, reducing the number of carbs significantly and making it keto and Banting friendly. Most importantly, because of the quick roast, the cauliflower is full of flavour maintaining its firm texture, which creates a delicious spread to serve with pita, or on a club sandwich.

This Roasted Cauliflower and Macadamia Hummus works great on a party platter, or as part of a family brunch for Easter. Serve it in a little clay pot, and stick the carrots in. Just make sure that the Easter Bunny doesn’t catch sight of it before the family is seated ;)

Ingredients :

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil ( sub with olive oil)
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1/3 cup raw macadamia
  • 1/8 cup nutritional yeast (available from Faithful to Nature)
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 3 Tbsp parsley
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Optional : Activated buckwheat groats & baby carrots to serve

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 and line a baking tray.
  2. In a big bowl break the cauliflower head into florets and add 1 tablespoon coconut oil, salt and pepper. Give it a quick toss before spreading it out even onto the lined baking tray. Roast for 20-25 minutes until cauliflower is soft but not watery. In the last 10 minutes add the macadamia nuts to the cauliflower.
  3. Once the cauliflower is cooked and macadamia lightly roasted add it to the blender including the rest of the remaining ingredients (except carrots & buckwheat). Blend until it reaches a smooth consistency, using the tamper through the lid.
  4. Transfer to a small clay pot and add the carrots.

easter-brunch-hummus

Recipe and artwork by Angelique of The Good Roots. For this recipe Anqelique used the OmniBlend I – 2ltr Pro. Aside from it being a powerful blender for smoothies and smoothie bowls, the narrow base of the jug works well for recipes like hummus, nut butter, and pesto and it’s suited for grinding dry ingredients too. The OmniBlend I has a turndial for variable speed control, as well as a pulse, making this model the blender of choice for homeuse and restaurant kitchens.

watermelon-ice-cream-no-churn

You only need 3 ingredients, a high-powered blender and a freezer to make this amazing no churn, dairy-free watermelon ice cream. Naturally sweet watermelon is so refreshing on a summers day, and the coconut milk creates an irresistible creamy texture and adds tropical flavours.

To sweeten things up a little, we used AB Products Vanilla flavoured syrup. This syrup is a gem that originates from Paarl, where chef Abé Conradie developed a range of syrups and sauces for use in restaurant kitchens, and available at Pick’n’Pay, SPAR, and Checkers for use at home too. AB Products are used commercially to flavor desserts, coffee, smoothies, etcetera, and perfect to use at the comfort of your own home to swirl over or in desserts like ice cream, sorbets and milkshakes.

The ice cream takes about 3 hours to prepare, which is mostly waiting time, so this could well be your easiest dessert ever! The blending halfway the the freezing process eliminates the need for churning of an ice cream maker, and the result is a super soft and creamy ice cream!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Can Coconut Milk
  • 2 C Watermelon, cubed
  • 1/4 C AB Vanilla Flavoured Syrup
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    Directions:

    Add all the ingredients to your Omniblend jug (the 2 liter jug with the tapered shape works best for this recipe). Blend from low-to-high for 60 seconds. Transfer to a loaf pan and place in the freezer for 2 hours and then remove. Break the frozen mixture into chunks and place back into the blender. Blend on high speed, using the tamper through the lid to push the ingredients into the blades until a creamy consistency is reached. Place back in a loaf pan or container and freeze for another 30 minutes to an hour to firm up.

    Serve into bowls and enjoy!

    pumpkin-seed-butter-recipe

    Pumpkin seed butter is increasingly popular as an excellent source of plant-based protein that helps you to avoid nut allergens. This seed butter is a great alternative for those who suffer from nut allergies and anyone who loves to mix things up a bit! Use in your smoothies, drizzle on your bowls, or simply spread on toast or a rice cake.

    Seed butters are a growing trend in terms of natural foods, especially with the growing demand for plant-based protein. Pumpkin seeds for example, are one of the best plant-food sources of iron, a great source of zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, healthy fats, protein and fiber. Two tablespoons of pumpkin butter can provide up to 10 grams of protein. Best part about turning your seeds into a butter is that it makes the nutrients easier for your body to absorb.

    Pumpkin seed butter is buttery, nut-free and super easy to make yourself. All you need is a high-speed blender to handle all the work. It’s great for blending into smoothies, thicken savory plant-based soups or just to spread on a cracker.

    Ingredients:

  • 2 C Pumpkin seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Olive oil
  • Any flavorings you love!
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    Directions:

    Add the pumpkin seeds and half of the olive oil to your Omniblend jug. The 2ltr jug works best for butters, as it has a narrow base.

    Secure the lid and remove the cap from the lid, to insert the tamper. Start blending from low to high. Use the tamper to push into the corners to move the seeds into the blades, and continue to blend, scraping the sides of the container with the tamper from time to time. Blend at high speed so that the motor can do the work for you.

    Blend until the pumpkin seed butter is mostly smooth, then slowly add the remaining olive oil a little at a time to reach your desired consistency.

    Pulse in your favorite flavorings like salt, honey or cacao at this stage if you want to spruce up your butter. Use a spatula to transfer the pumpkin seed butter to a glass container. Seal and store in your pantry or fridge.

    Try our Sunflower Seed Butter too! 

    superfood-recipes

    We’re all trying to live a little healthier, eating as much food from nature as possible to get all nutrients we need without having to opt for vitamin pills and supplements. Some of these foods have become labelled as superfood thanks to their high density in certain nutrients. But if you can’t see the wood for the trees in the world of superfoods anymore (as there are no set criteria for determining what is and what is not superfood) you’ll find this summary of 5 of the most popular superfoods useful to pick the ingredients that suit your needs. To make it easy and tasty to add them to your diet, we’ve also included some delicious smoothie recipes so that you can start reaping the benefits of these powerhouse foods.

    SPIRULINA

    Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that grows in both salt and fresh water. Spirulina has been consumed for centuries due to its high nutritional value and health benefits. Spirulina contains a number of nutrients, including B vitamins, beta-carotene and vitamin E. A 7 gram portion contains 4 grams of protein with essential amino acids ( the building blocks of protein) making it a great source of vegan protein. It is also a good source of antioxidants, which can protect against oxidative damage. Spirulina powder can be easily added to smoothies and smoothie bowls. Spirulina blends really well with fruit and juice-based smoothies. Spirulina has an intense blue-green colour, great for all those pretty smoothie bowl creations.

    Green Energy Smoothie
  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • ¼ C Frozen Blueberries
  • 1 C Spinach
  • 1 C Orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp Spirulina
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    MACA

    Maca is a plant that grows in central Peru, it has been cultivated as a crop in this area for many years. In foods maca is eaten baked, roasted or prepared as a soup. Maca root powder is a good source of carbs and protein, and rich in a number of nutrients including vitamin C, copper and iron. It is also a great mood booster, known for the ability to relieve depression and anxiety. Maca has also been studied as a remedy for hormonal imbalances and its rich phytochemical content is great for relieving the symptoms of PMS and menopause. Maca has an earthy, nutty taste and can be added to smoothies, oatmeal and sweet treats. Try it in a peanut butter smoothie, check the recipe below.

    Peanut Butter Maca Smoothie
  • 1 Frozen banana
  • 1 C Almond Milk
  • 1 Tbsp Peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp Maca powder
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla extract
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    MORINGA

    The moringa plant is gaining more popularity as a superfood due to its highly nutritious profile and powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and tissue protective properties. Moringa Oleifera is also known as horseradish tree, is a small tree from India, Pakistan and Nepal which has been used for generations in Eastern countries to treat and prevent diseases. Moringa is also popular as a natural leaf powder supplement. The pods, roots, bark, flowers, seeds and fruits are also edible. Moringa is nutrient packed, a rich source of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. It contains significant amounts of vitamin A, C and E, calcium, potassium and protein. It also fights free radicals and inflammation, moringa has blood clotting properties that benefit wound healing. You can add Moringa to your smoothies like the mango smoothie below or tea. The powder has a mild flavor, so it makes for a light Moringa tea with a slightly earthy taste.

    Berry Blast Smoothie
  • 1 C Coconut Milk
  • 1 C Frozen Blueberries
  • ½ C Frozen Blackberries
  • ½ C Pineapple
  • 1 Tbsp Moringa powder
  • 2 Sprigs of Mint
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    BAOBAB

    Baobab is a tree native to certain regions of Africa. The Baobab tree can produce a large fruit that is commonly consumed and appreciated for its delicious citrus like flavour. The pulp, leaves and seeds, have been associated with many health benefits and are a staple in various recipes and cuisines. The leaves are rich in calcium and high-quality proteins. Powdered baobab pulp contains many important nutrients but is especially high in vitamin C, B6, niacin, iron and potassium. Aside the nutritional value, baobab can be used to add punch of flavour to desserts, stews, soups and smoothies. Give it a try while boosting your immune system with the recipe below.

    Immune Boosting Boabab Smoothie
  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • ½ C Pineapple
  • 1 C Spinach
  • 1 C Fresh Orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp Baobab powder
  • 1cm Ginger Root
  • ¼ Tsp Turmeric
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    TURMERIC

    Turmeric is used internationally as a staple spice in cuisine, holistic medicine, and even coloring in cosmetics. Turmeric has been providing the world with countless uses and immense health. Turmeric has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavor or colour curry powders, mustards, butters and cheeses. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, the active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin a potent anti-inflammatory. Some people apply turmeric to their skin for pain, swelling and inflammation. You can add turmeric to your tea, mix it up in a curry, blend it into a smoothie, or juice it. To increase absorption of turmeric, best to enjoy it with good fat like avo, coconut oil and curries. You can also add it to your favourite smoothies or try it with our turmeric coffee smoothie.

    cape-town-cycling

    South Africa’s cycling infrastructure is ever growing and the additional bike lanes make bicycle commutes possible, inspire to go for a leisurely ride, and open opportunities to rent a bike for a day to explore Cape Town or Johannesburg and enjoy the city ‘at the pace of the bicycle’ (if you don’t know how enjoying the city scenery is different on a bike versus car or walking, you’ll definitely have to give it a try to experience how it feels). Apart from that the number of avid road cyclists is on the increase, and especially leading up to the Cape Town Cycle Tour more Capetonians climb on their bikes, and visitors from all over South Africa and overseas head over to the Mother City to enjoy the world’s most scenic timed cycle race.

    bike-friendly-cape-town

     

    With it comes the demand for bike friendly restaurants and cafés, for a well-deserved or simply necessary stop to fill up your coffee cup, fix your bike or a lekker breakfast. Bicycle South recognizes these businesses that make an effort to be bike friendly and in return receive a host of benefits as part of the membership. Bike friendly businesses for example offer bicycle parking, a floor pump, plugins for charging cellphones, Wi-Fi, breakfast hampers or early riser breakfasts, special deals for cyclists (yup, coffee can be cheaper when you’re arriving on your bike!). Here's where you can find the list of bike friendly places, to plan your route and pop by for enjoyable stop.

    bicycle-cape-town

    As we love cycling around Cape Town on our classic Dutch style bikes ourselves (parked as decor at our office, we take them for a regular ride), we’re supporting certified Bike Friendly businesses (as recognized by Bicycle South) offering a 10% discount on equipment (blenders, jugs, and sound covers). Check all other benefits to become certified here, or if you’re certified already, browse our product line to scoop your deal.

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