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Giveaway: Vitamix

vitamix blender 5200

Today I’m super stoked to offer you all the chance to win a Vitamix 5200, my favorite high powered blender. I’ve had my very own Vitamix for 11 years; The whole family enjoys its features and we put it to use several times a day, no joke!

I use my Vitamix for literally everything from soups to smoothies to dressings to pancakes.  It is also my go to kitchen tool when making homemade nut milks.

Here are just a few recipes that you could make with your brand new Vitamix:

-Pumpkin Ginger Soup
-Gluten Free Pancakes
-Hot Cocoa
-Strawberry Lime Shake
-Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake

And here’s a link to all of my Vitamix recipes utilizing this most excellent high powered blending machine.

Entering this giveaway is quite simple.  Just leave a comment below letting us know what your favorite Vitamix recipe is from Elana’s Pantry, or tell us about one of your own.  I will pick one winner at random. Please, only one comment per person. This giveaway will last until midnight, November 18th, 2010. As always, this contest is open to everyone, everywhere!

Update: This giveaway is now over and the winner was Autumn! Comments are now closed.

In other freebie news, the winners of last weeks giveaway for a copy of the book Feeding Baby Green are Rachel and Anita!

posted on November 5, 2010, 2,969 comments

  1. Tania

    Yes, yes and more yes!
    Having recently discovered my wheat allergy… having always wanted a vitamix… and you post EVERYWHERE? Woohoo!

  2. EBS

    Definitely the pumpkin ice cream!!

  3. I love my smoothies in the morning! Oh, the possibilities for me with something like a Vitamix! I also love to mix up a batch of pancakes. They are a quick treat for me. Often I’ll cook up some bacon and make my own “McGriddle” sandwiches for a few days with 2 pancakes, bacon, cheese, and an egg. Oh so good!!!

  4. Glutenista Gluten-Free @ glutenista.com

    the glutenista test kitchen could really use an upgrade to a vitamix!

    1st thing that would be made would be our favorite EP recipe, Pumpkin Ice Cream,to go with our delicious gluten-free pumpkin spice cupcake recipe!

  5. Toni

    I have dreamed of a vitamix for so long. I have ruined 3+ blenders trying to make green monsters! They are so delicious and a great way to get in your fruits/veggies in the mornings but I’ve had to stop making them because I can’t keep buying blenders that only last a few months. I’d love to try all the delicious recipes on your site as well!

  6. Oh boy, count me in! And my fav is pancakes, pancakes and more pancakes. Stack them to the ceiling! =)

  7. Anne B.

    I love the almond mayo. It comes out okay in my food processor…..I like the thought of how much better it would be in vitamix!

  8. Rachel

    I love your Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream. My guess is that it would be even better with a Vitamix instead of a regular blender. While I’m here, I should mention that I really appreciate all of your great work . . . thank you.

  9. Paula

    Definitely definitely the banana chocolate (flourless) cake. I don’t think there’s anything better than banana and chocolate put together, it’s a brilliant combination!

  10. Jillian C

    I never thought that hot cocoa made from cashews could be as super delicious as it turned out to be! Love your recipe and I would love this Vitamix!! Have a great Friday. =)

  11. Debbie

    Thank you so much for this competition and for your great site. I love the fact that you not only cater for coeliacs but you also have the occasional raw recipe which, as I try to eat a high raw diet, are really inspirational. In particular I love your Espresso Power Bars, which I make with carob rather than cocoa, but which is equally fantastic :) I make mine in my current cheap and cheerful blender, which is nowhere near as fabulous as a Vitamix, which has been on my wish list for a long time now.
    Keep up the excellent work, Elana, and good luck to everyone :)

  12. Melissa F

    My favorite is the red velvet torte. We bake them into borwnies that my kids call ‘beeties’. Some times we frost them with vegan chocolate icing.

    I would love to give this to a friend who has helped me incredibly on my journey. She so wants a vitamix but can’t afford it.

  13. Leah Caruso

    chocolate sorbet! i’ve made it in my food processor though, but it still turns out pretty good. thanks for all you do.

  14. Kara M.

    Pumpkin Ice Cream, for sure!!

  15. Paula Jacunski

    Favorite vitamix recipe…the recently posted pumpkin bars. Extremely tasty and pumpkin is so good for you.

  16. Julie

    Definitely the Strawberry shake and smoothies! Yum!

  17. pirhan

    My favourite blender drink is:
    – 1 banana
    – 1 avocado
    – scoop (or two) plain yogurt
    – sprinkle of flax/protein powder
    – almond milk

    I can imagine you use yours daily. I worked with two when I had a job at a cafe. They’re work horses and especially easy to clean!

  18. James

    gluten free pancakes!

  19. Hanri S

    The hot cocoa recipe is by far my favourite ever. Ever since I went to Austria as a child I became obsessed with hot chocolate, but unfortunately most hot chocolates are very high in sugar. So how happy am I that I can now include an even better version as part of my healthy diet. But I sure could do with a vitamix to blend those cashews nice and smooth. Hx

  20. Marisa @ Loser for Life @ loserforlife.com

    I have wanted a Vitamix for FOREVER! I would use it all the time for hummus! Hmmmm…and your flourless chocolate banana cake might become a staple :)

  21. Colby

    I make a killer almond cake with my ancient blender. An upgrade would make it a lot easier! Thanks for all of your fab recipes, Elana!

  22. Zazu

    My favorite is your cherry strawberry ice cream :)

    I do not have a Vitamix but I quite often make a smoothie version of your green lemonade too. The only difference being that I use celery instead of cucumber.

  23. Debbie T. @ dptaylor2@gmail.com

    Oh my, winning a new Vitamix would be SPECTACULAR! My favorite Vitamix recipe has to be the “Chocolate Sorbet” for its simplicity (only 3 ingredients) and wonderfully decadent flavor.

    Thank you so much for all your efforts and willingness to share!

  24. My friend has one and we love to make the creamsicle smoothie from your site.

  25. Post anywhere? I’m in…

    My favourite vitamix recipe? Mango Smoothie.

    Take a large fresh mango — as ripe as you like — and a handful of fresh figs. Blend with a large spoonful of Greek yoghurt (or non-dairy substitute), and some ice cubes. Add water to the desired consistency. Enjoy! Some people like to add a banana, but I find that it makes the smoothie too thick.

  26. Susan Warford

    Thanks for the contest and I love the Kale Creamsicle. I have osteoporosis and I am not taking meds but have changed my diet and drink the Kale Creamsicle everyday. I have a blender, but I know it would be even better in a Vitamix!

    • Evvy Berezin @ stanevvy

      Your recipes are unique, creative and delicious. I love the chocolate sorbet (just
      one of many). Oh, how I would LOVE the VITAMIX! Hope Hope….

  27. Wow! With my blender I cant do all this! This is a great opportunity to win a good one! I vote for your Gluten Free Pumpkin Cranberry Upside Down Cake! It’s amazing!

  28. Laura

    I don’t have a vitamix! Therefore, I can’t leave a comment about a vitamix recipe. I did recently make a socca (chickpea flour, a little oil, salt and water) in the blender. You heat a cast iron pan in a 500′ oven (oil it first) for about 10 minutes. Then you pour the hot batter into it and back into the oven for 12-14 minutes, then open door of oven for 6-8 minutes to let humidity escape. We ate it with a tomato sauce with chickpeas but you can put anything on it you like. It is a bit like polenta. You can make it thin and crispy or thicker and denser depending on the size of your pan. I don’t know where chickpea flour fits on the spectrum of people avoiding grains but it is really good.

  29. Kathleen Avery

    I have been wanting and saving up for a Vitamix for a while. As a vegetarian and a member of a local CSA (Community Sponsored Agriculture, I am often overwhelmed with produce. I know the Vitamix would help me create more delicious meals quicker. I love the pumpkin ginger soup made with veggie broth. Thanks for all the time and love you put into your posts.

  30. Jen Gable

    I found your website about a year ago when my daughter was diagnosed with Celiac. Thank you for your leadership in this area! I love my Vitamix and just yesterday I used it to whip up your Apple Cinnamon cake. So yummy. My kids also love the Pumpkin ice cream! Another favorite is a green smoothie (kale, spinach, parsley, mint, pear, plus some SoDelicious Vanilla Coconut milk). A great way to start the day!

  31. Tanja

    Gluten-free pancakes baby! Bring ‘em on!
    With hot chocolate to wash them down. :)

  32. Julie

    We have a family full of different food allergies and intolerances. Our favorite would have to be the gluten free pancakes. I make them with mini chocolate chips with fresh strawberries on the side. Last time I made them, my 2 year old ate 12 of them. YES ! 12 !! =) She loves everything I have made so far from your website and book, we all have. I enjoy your daily emails with something new to try. We would love a Vitamix, it is on my Christmas list which will replace our cheap and and currently broken blender. Thank you so much for all your time and effort you put into the site and of course for FAMILY! ;D

  33. Lourdes Montes @ lavidapaleo.com

    My favorite would be flourless chocolate banana cake!

  34. Jon

    I never knew that i LOVED kale or that it was even edible before finding your blog. Now its my number 1 winter garden veggie!! A round of Home Grown Organic Kale Creamsicles is on me next time you are in the area!!!

  35. Jim

    My wife has discovered her gluten intolerance and your site has opened up eating to wonderful foods again. Thanks.

  36. Elizabeth

    Wow! What a great giveaway! My old blender is almost useless now…from ten years of daily use! I guess my favorite blender recipe is a simple smoothie…yogurt and fruit. I’d love to expand my repertoire to include more soups and sauces. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  37. Tim

    There is a spot on the countertop just waiting for a vitamix! As for recipe, that is a tough one. I am going with the chocolate banana cake as I have been on a bit of a dessert kick of late.

    Thanks for the contest!

  38. Marge Ellis

    I would love a Vitamix!
    My favorite smoothie is an Apple Avocado smoothie.

    1 granny smith apple
    1/2 avocado
    apple juice
    vanilla yogurt

    Blend and enjoy!

  39. Vivian Bruno

    I love your site, book and every recipe that I have tried. However, since I am Vita-Mix-less-I have yet to enjoy those recipes. A Vita-Mix is on my wish list hoping to explore new recipes. for myself and my 3 girls with celiac.Thank you for your supportive service.

  40. Lynn

    I make Hummus in all flavors. It is an easy, delicious and nutritious snack.

  41. Andrea Fields

    I would use this Vita-Mixer to make my breakfast smoothies: 1 c. Plain yogurt, 1 c. Fruit, 1 t. Coconut oil, 1 t. Cod liver oil, 1 t. Almond butter and 1 T. Agave or honey. I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to have this to make more yummy gluten free foods for my son! Thank you.

  42. Cheri

    The flourless chocolate banana cake would be my favorite. I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE a vitamix, but cannot afford one.

  43. Christine

    I don’t have a vitamix, so there are recipes I haven’t been able to fully explore with my good (but not great) blender. However, I am fairly sure that your vegan ice creams and sorbets would quickly become favorites, they sound divine!! I could really go for some pumpkin ice cream right now, even if it is 7:30 am :)

  44. Marae

    I’m going to have to go with pumpkin ice cream. Looks SO good.

    Best giveaway ever!

  45. Valeda

    I don’t have a vitamix but I have heard so much about them and have always wondered how the recipe would have turned out if I was able to use one. I have made so many of your recipes the pancakes and the pumpkin ginger soup would be my favs though.

  46. Amy

    . . . and, I do all of this in my older blender . . . my older blender is beginning to tire and could really use a vacation . . . the new VitaMix blender would enable my older blender to prosper from a nice retirement and allow me to crank out even more of your awesome recipes!

    • Amy

      Hi Elana,

      My response keeps disappearing so I hope this one makes the post.

      My favorite Vitamix, Elanas Pantry recipe is the gluten-free pancakes. This recipe is so versatile. For instance, I add 3 bananas, increase the baking soda to 1 teaspoon and the almond flour to 2 cups. Pour mixture into either mini muffins or standard muffins and bake at 350 degree for 15 mins for mini muffins or 22-25 minutes for standard.

      I’ve also adapted the recipe into pumpkin and chocolate muffins.

      I would love to win the VitaMix so I can continue to offer my family healthy foods as two of us suffer from Celiac disease.

  47. Pat

    I do holistic nutritional counseling and am always recommending a Vitamix to clients yet I still do not have one. Hmmm. I make smoothies everyday…. green, raw milk, and fruit in the summer. I have trouble making nut butters and nut milks in my current blender that are smooth. A Vitamix would be a great addition to my kitchen.

    Thanks Elana.
    Love your site and recommend it to clients regularly.

  48. Karen

    I have just discovered the delishiousnes of homemade almond milk and would be thrilled to have a Vitamix to whip some up for my boys. My little 6 year old loves to help in the kitchen and he is great at blending (he can push buttons like nobody’s business :) Thanks for all your great recipes! Karen

  49. Stacey

    I’m very excited by your vegan vanilla ice cream. :)

  50. Scotty

    I am definitely trying your cranberry dressing for Thanksgiving! Sounds and looks YUMMY!

  51. Rachel M

    The aqua fresca. Not only watermellon but peachand blueberry.

  52. Melissa

    The homemade almond milk!

  53. Cindy Boyce

    for grinding grains, as for recipes flourless cakes
    Thank you

  54. halima

    I am so thrilled! I am quite sure that many of the recipes that I am using would be improved if I used the Vitamix. Muffins, soups, cookies… my family loves all of Elana’s recipes. We are not even gluten free, just lovers of good food! One recipe that I am interested in is Indian naan or roti (bread).

  55. Frances

    My grandmother had one and unfortunately I didn’t inherit it but I would love one for myself. I remember her using hers religiously as she had one when they first came out.

  56. Bo Abrams

    Oh the Vitamix is quite a mix of power and invention.
    My cookie bars and flourless cakes could have a new dimension.
    From green to blue, a blender who, can froth and build the flavors
    I dreams of textures that win the rapture of my family of dissenters.

    Oh my Gluten-free, grain-less world could be a joy for all who come here. So Vitamix, you are my wish, but I’ll keep experimenting!

  57. Kim Kiernan

    I would love a Vitamix and would make pumpkin smoothies with it!!

  58. Dawn Bates Klaver

    I do not have a Vitamix (sure would love one though!!) but I have had a delicious green smoothies at my friend’s house ..who does have a Vitamix. I have been looking into them because I have a hard time getting my children to eat their veggies and they really enjoyed the drink my friend made. I was full of spinach, avocado, berries, banana and carrots and the kids loved it!! Thanks for this great contest!! And all your wonderful recipes!

  59. Sarah

    I tried the vegan pumpkin custard that uses a vitamix. Although I had to use my blender because I don’t yet have a vitamix, the blender worked ok, but didn’t sufficiently mix in all the spices I had to keep going in and mixing it with a spatula.
    I would LOVE to have a vitamix, my entire world of food would be expanded. Oh boy, fun with food :-)

  60. Marie

    The pancakes……….I would OH SO LOVE to make your pancakes!!! They sound wonderful, and since I have fibromyalgia (and I should be reducing gluten) they would be a treat in the morning!!

  61. Bonnie @ eekayaking.com

    Favorite recipe? My morning smoothie would be the one.

    almond milk, coconut oil, org. dehydrated coconut, 1/2 banana, almond butter, cacao nibs, cacao powder, maca powder, cinnamon, & stevia.

    Blend together until frothy & enjoy!

    I would love to try a Vitamix, have used a Blendtec for awhile now.

    Thanks for the contest!

  62. I am sooooo coveting a vitamix. I’ve been making lots of Averie’s Dorito cheez dip, and it would be so much smoother make in a vitamix, along with a whole host of other raw recipes. YUM!

  63. Lorri

    Love the Vitamix. Recently referred your site to my daughter. The grandson has exzema and thought the gluten free recipes may help reduce the effect – not to mention getting him started on healthier foods while still young.

  64. Kendra @ kendralay.com

    I would love to win a VitaMix! My favorite recipe to make it it would be sorbet in the summer and celery root soup and other creamy soups in the winter.

  65. Teresa

    We love the pumpkin ginger soup recipe that is on your website and this is the time of year to enjoy it! I use to have a vitamix back in the 80’s but it has since died. I have missed it greatly but can’t justify the cost of a new one since it is just me and my husband.

  66. Lou Marchbank

    We’ve had our Vitamix for over 20 years, use it many times daily, and though it’s hard to choose just one recipe, this would be our Fall favorite:

    Curried Tomato-Bell Pepper Soup
    8 servings

    2 tablespoons canola oil

    4 cups chopped onions

    3 cloves garlic, minced

    2 tablespoons curry powder

    1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger

    1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

    5 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth

    1 (29 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained

    1 (15 ounce) can pure pumpkin

    1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

    1 cup diced red bell peppers or orange bell pepper

    1 cup diced green bell peppers

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    1 cup whipping cream or half-and-half

    1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

    1. Heat oil in Dutch oven or large pot over medium heat until hot.
    2. Add onions; cook 5 to 7 minutes or until tender.
    3. Add garlic, curry powder, ginger and crushed red pepper; cook 2 minutes.
    4. Add broth, tomatoes, pumpkin, tomato paste, red bell pepper, green bell pepper and salt.
    5. Increase heat to high.
    6. Bring to boil; reduce heat to medium-low.
    7. Simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    8. Puree in Vitamix until smooth.
    9. (Soup can be made up to 1 month ahead and frozen. Thaw in refrigerator. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat; continue with remainder of recipe.) Pour back in Dutch oven and add cream; cook 5 minutes, sitrring occasionally.
    10. (If using half-and-half, do not let boil.) Garnish with cilantro.

  67. Lorraine Packer

    My favorite is the Flourless Chocolate Banana cake! I can’t eat any grains or dairy and I LOVE chocolate, so this is right up my alley. The bananas are a plus! This is a recipe that my husband and others enjoy as well. I use a raw organic cacoa powder in place of regular cocoa powder in all of my recipes. Desserts are not the main part of my diet, but who doesn’t just have to have a delicious dessert now and then? It’s great to bring to gatherings where there will be plenty of gluten laden desserts that myself and others there cannot eat. We get something extra special, and healthier than those gluten desserts on top of that! I would certainly make great use of the Vitamix!

    • rita

      You mention the flouress chocolate banana cake, but mention no recipe for this. I have a vita mix, and would like to try this.

  68. Paulette

    I have been recently diagnosed and would love to have a Vitamix!! Smoothies in the morning would be an awesome way to start the day. Lots of other great recipes to try to…hummus, muffins…lots of wonderful treats!!!

  69. claire ryder

    Vitamix could be used for anything and everything if I only had one. I love any of the creamed soup recipes but also do them all dairy free, anything with pumpkin so the pumpkin ginger soup is HUGE. Would so love a Vitamix. I look all the time on Craigslist but quelle surprise no one ever selles them!!!

  70. Andrea Bean

    My very VerY VERY old and in need of replacement Vitamix is also a staple. It is the BEST machine in our kitchen..no LIES! Our most common recipe which we make daily is a chocolate smoothie. The kids (since they were 2 years old!) request it and it is such a healthy way to start the day.

    1 banana
    2 ice cubes
    1 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
    1 scoop vanilla protein powder
    1 cup milk of choice (we use vanilla soy)
    1 TBSP Peanut butter

    *sometimes we throw other boosters in here like goji beans or flax
    **although we try to stay clear of simple flours, we are not 100% gluten-free so, this recipe may contain some gluten products..not sure??

  71. Laura M. Russo @ donothaveone

    I have always wanted a Vitamix and have heard great reviews. I like the chocolate banana cake.

  72. Dinah Makowsky

    I have a small 26′ x 26′ vegetable garden. My favorite is to make a Roasted Tomato Soup from my home grown tomatoes. Yum, yum!!

  73. LaLa

    Your pumpkin ice cream would be the first thing I’d try with a VitaMix!

  74. I have been gluten and dairy free for 4 years now. My mother has let me borrow her vitamix for the past 2 years. She has just recently asked for it back. Having used it for almost every recipe I make…I depend on it. I destoyed several blenders before the vitamix. I have a long list of food allergies, and have to make everything myself. My favorite thing to make regularly right now, would be dressings. I make my own version of your creamy cranberry dressing with leeks, almond butter and orange juice. Of course- I love making a butternut squash bisque this time of year as well.

  75. Karen

    My heart stopped when I saw vitamix giveaway. I make Butternut Squash Ginger Soup instead of your pumpkin. I peel the squash with my vegetable peeler and blend the soup with a hand mixer – it works. Ocassionally I make seed milk but not often enough – I blend it several times then strain it. My eleven year old makes your Silver Dollar Pancakes every weekend! Thank you for all of your recipes. I tell everyone about your website – GF or not.

  76. Suzanne

    I make a smoothie with lots of greens (a variation of a Dr Oz one) and it puts a strain on our regular blender. A Vitamix would be a most welcome upgrade.

  77. Sarah

    Vitamix!!! OHHH fun with food :-)
    I love quick soups to freeze and save for a rainy day, so I would for sure make the pumpkin ginger soup. But truly a whole world of possibilities.

  78. julie6

    In the Vitamix I’d make a million things. A favorite would be Elana’s pumpkin custard-the recipe is fast yummy and nutritious (shhh! don’t tell about that last word). I’ve sometimes modified it substituting sweet potato for the pumpkin and orange zest for the lemon and it is equally fabulous. Thanks Elana!

  79. Lillian

    I don’t own a vitamix..so using a food processer has been the only option. I started using your recipes along with your cook books around the first of this year. It has greatly improved my over all health and well being, but the best suprising result is the loss of 20 lbs! Just eatting a healthier diet! I have a 16yo son that has also loss 30 lbs! Our favorite is the flourless chocolate banana cake!

  80. AnnaLyon

    The flourless chocolate banana cake seems fab!
    I’d love to try it!

  81. Golden

    I have killed 2 Osters and my current one is making noise. I use it daily for green smoothies. My iced frappoccinos in the summer with all that ice make Oster unhappy. I also use it for pancakes and a pumpkin muffin recipe that doesn’t use eggs (flax meal instead). A vitamix would be warmly welcomed!

  82. Stacy

    Ohhh, the longing for a vitamix! My blender does well, but a vitamix is on my wishlist. My favorite recipe would be the pancakes! We have a long love affair with pancakes at our house… Thanks for the chance to win that vitamix!

  83. Definitely, definitely the pumpkin pie ice cream! Here in Australia pumpkin pie pretty much doesn’t exist (unless you make it yourself, of course), and nor do many vegan ice creams. What I wouldn’t give to easily make my own version of your vegan pumpkin pie ice cream!!

  84. Gazelle

    I love green smoothies but my very sad very old blender is on its last legs and can barely keep up. If I had an awesomely powerful Vitamix 5200 I would try your delicious-sounding Ginger Cilantro Green Shake. So many people don’t like cilantro… which means more for me!

  85. James

    I have to go with Strawberry Lime Shake

  86. Deb Plummer

    I would LOVE one of these!! I have a centrifugal juicer, but this removes all of the fiber :-( … I also have a favorite protein drink recipe with almonds in it, but there are always little chunks of almonds left in the bottom of the glass :-(
    Here is the requested recipe:
    AM Protein Drink
    1-2 Tbsp. Protein Powder (mine is rice based)
    1 Tbsp. Flaxseed
    1 Tbsp. Lecithin granules
    8 Almonds
    1/8 tsp. Cayenne
    8 oz. water
    Add some sunnies or pepitas if desired.
    Blend vigorously in a BRAND NEW VITAMIX!!!!!!
    Thanks Elana! Love your blog!!

  87. Mary Mitchell

    Boy, this is like playing the Lottery. I’ve never seen so many comments. Soups and Smoothies….Soups and Smoothies. All of your recipes make for a much healthier lifestyle. You can’t beat a Vitamix.

  88. Nicole Thomas

    Oh, the pumpkin ice cream is most definitely my favorite!

  89. Patty

    Hi, I have a wacky, but very satisfying diet of gluten free, dairy free low carb and the first thing I thought of with the Vita mixer was making one of the ice cream recipes. When I read the recipe for the pumpkin spice ice cream my mouth was watering. I would only have to figure out a no carb sweetener that would work. I also want to make my own coconut milk, it is the only “milk” I use and I now use canned.

    Thanks so much for offering this. Patty

  90. Craig Emmerich

    I love the Green Chicken Soup. You are amazing in the kitchen! I strive to have the talent like you. A Vitamix would help. I eventually need to get one to make baby food for our baby that is coming from Ethiopia.

  91. Blythe Baeuchle

    What a wonderful giveaway! I have a friend who is a chef and absolutely drool over his Vitamix every time it’s around. I have Ulcerative Colitis and therefore have limited absorption of vitamins and minerals from my food. When I fall very sick my friend has brought me “meals” that he has pureed and made beautiful and palatable using his Vitamix. That thing is more than a blender that’s for sure! It would be wonderful to have such a tool and experiment with healing foods. Thank you for all of the work you do Elana.

  92. Julie Uehlein

    Elana’s pumpkin soup!! :)

  93. how exciting! the chance to win a Vitamix, count me in. my brother was blending a green smoothie this morning, and pronounced it was about time to get a proper blender :)

    my favorite recipe of yours is the vegan eggnog, so perfect for this time of year, and so delicious!

    my own fave recipe is a green smoothie with kale, spinach, apples, bananas, ginger and chocolate protein powder, yum ?

  94. MaryClaire

    We LOVE the pancakes and also smoothies. You just can’t make a smoothie without a good blender! Thanks for all the good advice and great recipes. Almond flour to the rescue!

  95. Sherry

    Winning a Vitamix would be over the top!!! I have longed for one for what seems like forever. I would use it like you do, Elana – everyday for everything. I love all your recipes especially the pancakes! Thank you for all you do.

  96. WOW! What an incredible opportunity! You are awesome Elana! I am currently living in Spain, so finding organic gluten free flours can definitely be a challenge. I have been starting to make my own and don´t know why I haven´t thought of it earlier. I have made my own organic brown rice, amaranth, quinoa, millet, almond, coconut, and oat flour with the blender I currently have. It gets the job done but nothing like a vitamix would. Its so easy just to throw in the grains and grind with the blender until you get a fine soft flour, its much cheaper than buying the prepackaged flours and has worked out great for me! One day I will be able to have my own, the possibilities are endless!

  97. Karen Lewis

    My favorite Vitamix recipe includes a handful of strawberries, a chunk of firm tofu, a handful of sunflower seeds, a dribble of honey and a squirt of lemon juice. Super yummy and healthy too!

  98. Sherri Cotlow

    I love my smoothies in the morning and fresh soups!

  99. Deb

    How to pick between: smoothies, almond milk, and pancakes!?! Those are my 3 favorites for a Vitamix and I would love to find more favorites!!

  100. Olivia S

    *DROOL* We make our own nut milk and coconut milk using your recipes and we can never quite get them smooth with our lame blender

  101. LOVE a green smoothie in the morning and after a workout but REALLY love the pancakes since going gluten free! What a great opportunity to win an amazing tool in the kitchen!

  102. Diane

    Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream – I love pumpkin and also love the fact that it’s so good for you.

  103. Crystal Dodson

    My favorite recipe of yours has got to be the kale creamsicle smoothie. My toddlers have been drinking it almost daily. I can’t believe I am getting kale down them. Thanks for sharing your great recipes!

  104. Michelle

    Smoothies are definitly what I do most, but I would love to try the other recipes too.

  105. Lara

    The coconut milk from dried coconut is my favorite recipe listed. It seems like the type of thing that just won’t work unless you have the power os a Vitamix.

  106. Tamara

    Definitely, I would have to say your ice cream recipes are my favourite blender recipes. Since I discovered your Vegan Vanilla recipe, I use cashews all the time to make dairy free ice cream. I can only imagine how much smoother a result I could get a with a Vitamix!

    Thanks, Elana, for all your efforts!

  107. Cecilia

    my favorite thing to do with a blender is to make breakfast smoothies!

  108. I made your cinnamon apple cake last night in my blender. AMAZING!! I only had cashew butter on hand and am allergic to oranges. I used 2 tbsp water instead of juice and cashew butter instead of almond butter. They were a true hit in my house :O)

  109. Lisa Vance

    I love the Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream recipe and hope I win the Vitamix so I can make it for Christmas! I’m gluten-free so, this is a perfect dessert for the holidays.

  110. jill

    wow if only you could send such a great machine down under. ah well I will still cook your recipes even if you don’t lol

  111. Misie

    What an awesome giveaway! We have been saving over the last year to buy one. We’ve gradually been changing the way our family eats and owning a VitaMix would be incredibly helpful. We’ve been using our waring pro to make nut mylks, nutrient rich smoothies, soups…etc. it doesn’t do the job nearly as well as a VitaMix.
    Our favorite recipe is asparagus soup – smiplest of recipes but packed full of flavor and nutrients. Asaparagus, Organic coconut milk and rapunzel vegetable broth [we prefer the herbs and sea salt one]. It’s deilicious served cold or hot and doesn’t offend ONE food allergy! It was our saving grace when I was diagnosed as a celiac. It also freezes well!

  112. Well, I’ve never used a Vitamix yet…. but if I had one I think I’d have to start with that chocolate banana cake! What a great giveaway — thanks for having it.

  113. Sandra

    Oh wow! I’ve been dreaming of getting my own Vitamix one day…

    I first learned about Vitamix from your website when I was looking for recipes for nut milks. And since then, I’ve been in awe of all the wonderful food preps and recipes this workshorse can produce.

    If I bring this baby home, I’ll be making nut milks (especially your Cashew Milk) every other day, and smoothies every day.

    It’s going to be such a blessing to help me eat and live more healthily! :)

  114. I have lusted over a vitamix for at least 10 years now but have yet to make the plunge to purchase one. I don’t have a favorite recipe (yet!), but blender pancakes would make mornings a breeze around here!

  115. Karen R

    We love smoothies and of course your pancake recipe is a regular in our blender! I’ve wanted a Vitamix for years!! I can’t have dairy, so all those recipes that involve grinding cashews for “cream” are really intriguiging to me, but just don’t work in a regular blender. Thanks for hosting this fabulous giveaway!

  116. Kassia

    I would love to win the Vitamix! I have wanted one for awhile, but it just hasn’t been in the budget. If I had one the first thing I would make would be Cashew Cream, I am (almost) dairyfree, my 5 year old son is completely df and I think we would love it! We are also gf, and I get by with my blender and mixer when making your recipes, but a Vitamix would make things SO much easier!

  117. Kefir, fruit smoothies are the BEST!:-)

  118. I LOVE the pumpkin ginger soup in fact, PERFECT for this season and as a wonderful cleansing meal ; ) yum yum!

  119. Cindy W.

    My favorite recipe I would use if I was lucky enough to win the Vitamix would be a smoothie using yogurt as a base and throw in a variety of fresh fruits.

  120. Brandae

    Yippee! So excited about this giveaway! I am dealing with 17 different food allergens (that I know of) and could REALLY use a Vitamix to give me some variety in my diet. I would use it to grind my own flour and make some yummy soups…and ice-cream…and nut butters…and…and…and…

  121. jen

    wow – i would LOVE this! thanks for the awesome giveaway opportunity, elana! :)

  122. Gita

    Wow, a Vitamix! What a great giveaway!

    My favorite thing to make in it would be smoothies for the kids, but from everything that I’ve heard about it, it seems as if the world would be my oyster.

    Thanks for your great site, we’ve really enjoyed it, and your book as well.

  123. Amy Butt

    As the cold winter months are heading into New England, I would say my favorite vitamix recipe on your site would be the hot cocoa.
    I am currently on my 3rd blender of the year, and would put a vitamix to great use daily with my green monster shakes, soups, and the occasional sweet treat.
    Love your website!

  124. Your pumpkin pie ice cream both sounds and looks incredible, and I’d love to try it out with a new Vitamix ;). Great giveaway!

  125. Brandee

    Too many to list! BUT…….your cashew milk is PERFECTION!!! I just need the vitamix so I don’t have to strain out all the GOODNESS that my blender leaves behind!!!!

  126. Laura Deisz

    I love making shakes consisting of raw eggs, spinach, kale and collard greens, an apple and some berries. Yum!

  127. Abbie H

    The Vegan Eggnog is one of my favorite recipes of yours! However, I have only had it using my much less powerful blender. I bet it is so creamy and smooth made in a Vitamix…In other words, I would LOVE to win a Vitamix!!!

  128. Megan

    I would make the chocolate sorbet!

  129. Patricia

    What a great way to start a Friday morning with the dream of winning this Vitamix and making my favorite pumpkin pie ice cream, yummy!

  130. Hallie @ Daily Bites @ hallieklecker.com

    Your Kale Creamsicle looks amazing! But I’m also eager to try your Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream. :)

  131. Christine @ christinebove.com

    Elana, I love how simple and easy your recipes are. I’ve made the Flourless Chocolate Banana cake over and over it’s fabulous and all my friends love it. I love becuase the ingredients are simple and budget friendly! I’m continually sharing your website with friends and family especially those who suffer with digestive issues.

  132. James

    I’d use it to make drinks more, like the raspberry smoothie.

  133. Michelle

    My most favorite vitamix recipe is an awesome green smoothie that gives me the energy to live an active life, walking an average of 15 miles a day as well as all of the other everyday duties that everyone else has in everyday life despite a diagnosis of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue last year. I put a banana or two, some frozen mango, a teaspoon of coconut oil and a very large bunch of kale or spinach and blend. Wow what a nutrition boost to start the day!

  134. MANDA

    ive never tried the above recipes…which is why i would love to win a vitamix!!;) i would go for the soup first;) ps alana, i am not gluten free, rather low carb. i found your chocolate chip cookie recipe in your cookbook (i use erythritol instead of agave) and it was a LIFESAVER!!! the texture was just what i was looking for and they definitely hit the spot..THANK YOU!!

  135. c rosado

    i love smoothies soups & almond flour pancakes…would love a vita mixer!!

  136. Samantha

    Oooh! I have to choose just one!? How difficult! I think I’m going to have to go with the season and say spiced pumpkin soup!

  137. Oh my goodness, what a fantastic giveaway Elana! A high powered blender is on my Christmas list! I’d love to try your chocolate sorbet and I’d also like to make my own cashew cream cheese! Thanks for the opportunity!

  138. maria dutmer

    love the gluten free pancakes for my 5 year old gf daughter, and her brother! thank you..

  139. Addy

    I’d LOVE to win! ;)

    Yee haw! Great giveaway!

  140. I love your watermelon aguas frescas.
    Thanks for the chance!

  141. My favorite recipe (not my own) is for dairy-free mock “cheeze it” crackers.

    Place 2 red peppers in vitamix and blend well.

    Add 2 cups raw cashews or macadamia nuts that have been soaked overnight in water and drained.

    ½ teaspoon sea salt

    Pinch of cayenne pepper

    Put the rest of the ingredients in the vitamix and blend very well.

    Smooth mixture thinly on to parchment-lined dehydrator racks and dehydrate at 110-115 for 24 hours. Cool slightly and cut into shapes and serve.

  142. j. tirin

    I just tried your Apple Cinnamon Cake. My first dessert since starting my new hypothyroid menu. It was yummy and the rest of the family agrees too! Great! I’ve always wanted the Vitamix– so much power and good looking too. In the meantime I’ll used old fashioned elbow grease. Just noticed today your Creamy Cranberry Dressing which sounds like a tasty one for my salad creations. That would be the one I’d like to try with the Vitamix if I win the giveaway. Thanks for the offer! Happy Fall!

  143. Jane

    I would really like to win that Vitamix so I could make your DIY Coconut Milk recipe. I have been wanting to make it for a long time, but my blender is not strong enough.

    I also thank you for the wonderful recipes you send me a link to. They are so deliciously gluten free.

  144. Stephanie Bennett

    My favorite recipe that requires a blender is a terrific sweet potato pancake recipe. I found it at health-bent.com and I fell in love! I am naturally a picky eater and was suprised to love this recipe so much. I love Elana’s Pantry and Health-bent for this reason alone, it provides me with fun healthy recipes that I actually enjoy. Thank you!

  145. Kindle Spiegel

    I do not have a Vitamix but would LOVE to have one! Several of my relatives have one and rave about how much they like it! I believe Pumpkin Ice Cream would be my favorite. Really, I think pumpkin anything would be my favorite. The pumpkin soup sounds good too! Thanks!

  146. Michelle

    sorry forgot to say that I also add a half cup to a cup of cold water to my green smoothie

  147. Jennifer

    The flourless chocolate banana cake is amazing! I would LOVE to own a Vitamix! Thank you for giving me the opportunity :)

  148. Jennifer Hood

    My vitamix is literally a life-line for me! My son has been tube fed for most of his life, in addition to being gluten/dairy free. The blender literally transforms our meals into a silky ribbon of fluid ready to syringe feed into his “tummy button”. I use many of Elana’s recipes and the family enjoys eating them, my son enjoys the nourishment they provide! Thanks!

  149. Stephanie Bennett

    I also have to constantly be stirring in my blender as it is a hand-me-down from my mother. Winning a vitamix would be absolutely amazing!!

  150. Stephanie

    I’ve tried several of your Vita Mix recipes and I have to say one of my favourites is the watermelon agua recipe! This summer it was a staple in our household and all of our guests loved it too :)

  151. Crystal

    I love the almond pancakes and I make smoothies daily in my magic bullet. I would love to try the vitamix.

  152. Sarah

    The roasted banana coconut ice cream has been a favorite! :)

    I have a typical blender and it can be hard to get things going without adding more water. no thick purees in this house! :(

  153. Michelle

    LOVE the banana chocolate cake!!!

  154. Sadie

    Oh boy have I dreamed about getting a Vitamix someday! I want one for smoothies and to make my own nut milk. Your recipe for Pumpkin Ice Cream would be one of the first recipes I would try out.

  155. Melissa Secrest

    My 2 boys (and the neighborhood boys for that matter) could not get enough of the watermelon aqua frescas this summer, and they were made in a regular blender! I would love to try them (and your other recipes) in a Vitamix. And thank you for your blog. Melissa

  156. I would definitely have to say the pumpkin pie ice cream – that one intrigues me and I don’t think my regular blender would be able to take care of the cashews like a vitamix would.

  157. Susan

    My favorite vitamix recipe is chicken tortilla soup.

  158. Kate

    Just reading these replies has gotten me into cooking mode. I love your creamy cranberry dressing–but for starters, I’m going to try the banana-chocolate cake to serve at a tea party I’m hosting today.
    A Vitamix would be a wonderful addition to my kitchen! Thanks for this giveaway

  159. Jessica

    Our two young boys (2 & 5) have to be gluten and casein free among many other common foods so your recipes have been a lifesaver in this house! I think their favorite food in the world is your pancakes. They would choose pancakes for every meal of the day if they could, which is why I often sneak in healthy purred veggies like zucchini, squash, cauliflower and pumpkin. A blender comes in really handy for this step, as well!! In addition to the pancakes, we like to make a lot of healthy dips and dressings from scratch, because of all the ickies listed on the ingredients list for their commercial counterparts. I make a lemon avocado dressing, sweet and tangy mustard, yesterday I made a creamy cranberry dressing (yum!).

  160. Sandy

    I like smoothies every morning…this would make them so easy!

  161. jessica

    i love making soups in the vitamix; butternut squash is my favorite!

  162. Brad

    Banana Ice Cream (Coconut milk and frozen bananas). Looking forward to trying the pumpkin pie ice cream.

  163. Bridget

    My absolute favorite thing to make in a blender is a chocolate banana almond smoothie…or banana ice cream (made of blended frozen bananas.) I tried to make this once on a dinky cheap blender, and it started smoking!!

    I use a blender to make almost everything…tomato sauce, cashew-naise (mayo made from cashews,) soups, smoothies, cookie batter, pesto, chocolate…EVERYTHING! I’m a raw vegan, and one of the staples of a raw vegan kitchen is a Vitamix…which I cannot afford. I have tons of recipes I’ve been dying to try, but I always feel like I can’t because my blender wouldn’t be able to handle them.

    Thank you so much for having this giveaway!!

  164. Sunnie

    My mom discovered the Vita-mix along time ago too Elana. She was always looking into making healthier foods for my brother and I, and now for my own children.

    My mom just passed away on October 22nd. It has been hard around here without her, and sure it isn’t going to get any better any time soon. She was my VERY best friend.

    When she was sick all she could eat was green smoothies; baby spinach, strawberries, banana, and water. We made them everyday in her Vita-mix. Now that she is gone, I have been making them for myself. It is like remembering her, and doing something excellent for my body too.

    I saw your list of recipes and I am looking forward to trying them. I have 1 month left of college classes before my 1 month break, that is when I am going to be making lots of recipes! Gonna miss her so much during the holiday season. (Sorry to go on about my mom, but she LOVED her Vita-Mix and she is the only reason I know about it and LOVE hers too!)

  165. Kelly

    I don’t have a vitamix so I’m not sure what my favorite recipe is, but I’d love to try the gluten free pancakes in it, I haven’t had a lot of success with them previously! Maybe the vitamix is the key :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  166. Jennifer

    I love the kale creamsicle!

  167. Jackie

    Any smoothies!

  168. Melissa Karp @ melissakarpwellness.com

    hot cocoa – amazing!

  169. Sherene

    I Love Hummus!

  170. Jennifer Hoitenga

    I absolutely LOVE the pumpkin pancakes!! Especially on nice cold midwest mornings!! :)

  171. Susan @ rawmazing.com

    My favorite recipe is for a green drink that I drink almost every morning. 2 cups greens, 1 cup blueberries, 1 cup grapes plus what ever else I feel like adding!

  172. Lisa Schroeder

    So hard to pick a favorite- I LOVE creamy fall squash soups.. pumpkin, acorn, butternut-
    But I’m dying for a mixer that can handle a massive amount of frozen fruit for the simplest- smoothies! My 5 year old will eat nothing BUT smoothies some days- and feeding one frozen strawberry at a time to the blender I have is KILLING me!
    I would LOVE a vitamix- We’ve got a mix of vegetarians and omnivores, gluten free and picky here!

  173. Janet LaRue

    I have never used a Vitamix but would just love to have one as I cook from scratch daily and bake very frequently! I looked through your recipes that you used the Vitamix and I would have to say the Chocolate Sorbet looks like a wonderful recipe and I would love to win this to try it! Thanks for the chance to win this great machine!

  174. Kathy Kilbourne

    Winning a Vitamix would be just like a dream!!!! I have not been able to try your Vitamix recipes since I don’t have one, but oh how exciting it would be to have one so I could start to get busy in the kitchen. I have tried some of your other recipes and I have your cookbook and they are just wonderful. I would love to make the smoothies, ice cream, soups and desserts with the Vitamix. Oh what fun and just in time for the holidays. Thanks for the chance!!

  175. I have a BlendTec and I use it to make almond flour all of the time for the recipes on your site and in your book. Would love to have a Vitamix!

  176. Rebecca

    I have made your chocolate sorbet when visiting my Mom (who loves her Vitamix as much as you love yours), and it is to-die-for. At least for this dairy-free, wheat-free girl. I’m also tempted to try the coconut milk recipe and the green chicken soup! Thanks for all the wonderful recipes you inspire us with!

  177. Sarah Ann @ celiaccity.com

    Mmm… the strawberry lime shake sounds wonderful! Or any kind of shake/smoothie.

  178. Kimberly Swank

    I love any of the smoothies!

  179. Barbara

    Pumpkin Ginger Soup! We love soups in the winter and make a lot of them.

  180. Dave

    I just made your pumpkin ginger soup last night with my current blender. The soup was perfect, but the blender could sure use an upgrade. Thanks for the recipe and the chance!

  181. Yes!
    I love making your granola recipe. In fact, i requested a dehydrator for Christmas a couple years ago so that I can make it often. I started small and graduated to large batches quickly. I currently use a Magic Bullet and have to really break up the mix in order to get the proper consistency. I have been drooling over my friend’s Vitamix and all it’s power. I look forward to so many more recipes!

  182. Stephanie Lewis

    Hey Elana,
    I’ve never owned a Vitamix, but I love making fruit/vegetable juices, smoothies, and soups in my old rickety blender :) Also, I’m looking forward to making some homemade baby food (my husband and I just found out we’re expecting our first child) – yay! And maybe a little coconut ice cream for myself in there somewhere too :)

  183. oh i love the ice cream recipes but the pumpkin ginger soup sounds amazing! and making mayo in it would be awesome!

  184. Mary Catherine Worth

    My daughter has a gluten intolerance. I would love it if she had a vitamix so she could make her own mayonnaise, smoothies, and so many more wonderful things to eat.

  185. Joelle C

    My mom made me some almond milk with her vitamix and I LOVED it!! Would love to make my own! Love your blog :D

  186. I love to make smoothies every morning for breakfast. Thanks for having the giveaway!

  187. Julie

    I’ve never had a Vitamix but I would love to make some kind of sorbet or ice cream in it!

  188. aimee

    pesto, soups, smoothies, cakes, dips, tomatoes for canning, Elana’s cranberry dressing…..
    thank you!

  189. Darryl Pierce

    Favorite VitaMix recipe: generous handful of kale (or collards), 1 apple, 1 orange, 1 tbs almond butter, 2 tbs frozen wild blueberries. Blend for 1 minute.

    Amazing fruity green smoothie!

  190. Nishi

    My favorite blender recipe (that gets stuck in my cuisinart but would be a dream in a vitamix) is dairy free chocolate mousse: Grind chocolate to a fine powder, add (FARM FRESH) eggs and then 1 cup of hot coffee. Refrigerate to set and voila.

  191. Moriah Cameron

    Smoothies for me and pancakes for the kids! Although, the flourless chocolate banana cake is a fave, too. :)

  192. Jamie C.

    I love Pumpkin Ginger Soup. We also love to make smoothie’s in our 20+ year old Vita-Mix. I would love to gift one of these to one of my adult children! :-)

  193. Nancy

    While it all looks good…I have to go with the Pumpkin Ginger Soup. I love anything made out of pumpkin. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes!

  194. lea goodwin

    My favorite recipe is the apple cinnamon cake I made it just the other day.

  195. Joy Nicol

    Wow! I’m so excited! I have made the “regular” pancakes, but never the pumpkin pancakes! I will have to try those! Thank you so much for this chance to win!

  196. Julie McDermid

    Hi Elana,

    Oh what I would do with a Vitamix – it would be so sweet. I only have one fav recipe that was made for me by a friend who happens to have a vitamix – it was a Sweet potato smoothie made with one sweet potato cooked, almond milk, banana and a golden delicious appled – then flavored with honey, nutmeg and pure vanilla – mixed to perfection with ice cubes (the memory still lingers).

    Thanks for your giveaway and all your wonderful recipes!

    Julie McDermid

  197. Jen

    I love the soup recipes, and currently my fav is in fact pumpkin ginger. I also make a mean roobois tea and ginger almond milk smoothie. Right now I’m using a ‘magic bullet’, and would love a mixer with some muscle!

  198. Monika

    I like blending coconut water with an orange and some spirulina.Yummy!

  199. Denise

    My current blender is a well-used 17 year old Oster. I keep telling my husband it is going to give out one of these days since I use it for so many things! We love to make smoothies with it as a special gluten-free/dairy-free treat for the kids. I also use it make salad dressings, pancakes and nut flours. A Vita-Mix would be a great!
    Thanks so much for sharing all your expertise and creativity; Much appreciated!

  200. Tonya

    I like making green smoothies and would love a Vitamix to help with the texture of these drinks. With my regular blender the flavor is good but a little chewy, and not in a good way.

  201. Jennifer K Hunter @ visitportaransastx.com

    I cannot wait to try the Strawberry Lime Shake and the Pumpkin Ginger Soup!!!!

  202. donna

    wow there are so many new things i could try with a vitamix that won’t work in a old blender…what a great thing to give away…thanks for the opportunity ;-)

  203. Debbie

    Wow! I’m using my old blender from 30 years ago (which is actually made better than the ones today); however, I could do so much more! Smoothies!! are my favorite!!

  204. Betty

    I love your website, and have incorporated a lot of ingredients and methods into our diet. Our issue is diabetes, but the low carb aspect of the gluten free makes volumes of difference. I’ve also learned once the wheat was out of our diet, that i have a sensitivity to the phytic acid produced from the wheat. Who knew? Would love the Vita-Mix.
    Thanks for your diligence, may your reward be great~

  205. Shannon West

    I love bannana walnut waffles….

  206. Diane

    Blueberry smoothie 1/2 c frozen blueberriess
    1/4 c frozen cranberries
    1/4 c cranberry water
    1T flax seed oil
    1 T ground flax seed
    1 scoop whey protein powder
    Sometimes add 1/4 c fresh or frozen raspberry. My favorite healthy on the go breakfast.

  207. Mary Vance Berlin @ mvsharesjuiceplus.com

    I’ve not ever had a Vitamix or a tool like it before, although I’ve wanted one forever! Our finances have been a bit challenged, and purchasing one of these is on my “wish list.” However, I have been using my blender, and one of my favorite recipes is to take garlic cloves, olives (with liquid), a red, green, yellow, and orange bell pepper, and puree them together. I then mix them with a bit ground turkey and serve over brown basmati rice. Yum, yum! It gets a lot of yummy veggies in a meal!

  208. Rhoda Astone @ fastone6@comcast.net

    I tried the gluten free pancakes and liked them very much. Will try the pumpkin soup! Yum!

  209. Gretchen Kingsley

    i would absolutely LOVE the vitamix. I have heard such wonderful things about them. But my favorite recipe to use it with would be the cherry strawberry ice cream. any ice cream that is dairy free is a delight to me! :)

  210. Shannon West

    I also love making homeade coconut mayo…

  211. jodirose

    Oh! I’ve been living “off-the-grid” my entire adult life. Just recently we have upgraded our system enough to use more electric appliances. I just got a kitchenaid stand mixer (bought used) and use it almost every day. Next on my list is a high-powered blender, like a vitamix.

    I want a vitamix to make green smoothies!

  212. Ali V

    Green soup with ginger! But I don’t have a vitamix so I gave up trying with my food processor.

  213. Cheryl

    The flourless chocolate banana cake! Anything with chocolate! I could make so many more smoothies with a vitamix than I can in my existing blender. My husband makes smoothies all summer (and winter!) and is never happy with the way the ice crushes. A vitamix in my kitchen would be wonderful.

  214. Deanna Taggart

    I have never had a Vitamix so don’t have any recipes and can’t try Elana’s. But if I did have one………I know I would love to make hot cocoa for my grandchildren, hot soups, nut milks, pancakes, and I would look forward to trying all the others.

  215. Teri

    I don’t currently own a Vitamix but have literally drooled over all of Alana’s recipes that require the use of one. Because I am wheat, dairy, sugar and soy free, her website and cookbook have opened up a whole new realm of food choices for me. The blog is just the best!

  216. Jeannette

    it’s gotta be nut milks…almond is the best and the vitamix knows how to make it perfect.

  217. Sabrina

    I haven’t tried any of these yet, as I’m still new here; the pumpkin ice cream is on my list to make this weekend, and I just added the pumpkin ginger soup, which sounds like HEAVEN!

  218. Pat

    Never having owned a vitamix I will hazard a guess that my favorite Vitamix recipe may in fact be the “flourless chocolate banana cake”!! it sounds delish!

  219. Dianna Vagianos Miller

    Smoothies would be a morning favorite for me!

  220. Erin

    I have always wanted a vitamix!!!! I honestly want one to make my own nut butters and “milks” as I do not have the capability to do so currently. As far as one of your recipes that I enjoy the most, it would have to be the pumpkin custard, which is appropriate for this time of year as well!! I make it using a food processor as I don’t have a vitamix but it is still tastie!

  221. Jerrie Sheckler

    I would love to try the Strawberry Shake and I love smoothies.

  222. Jody

    Oh too many to choose just one! I do love the chocolate torte and the fruit crumble alot. I also enjoy the pancakes. I’ve never had a failed Elana recipe, and that is saying alot coming from this kitchen! ;)

  223. Love to mix up smoothies! This one, which received two thumbs up from the local 11 year old, was blueberry/pear.

    1 cup fresh blueberries
    2 sliced pears (left the skin on)
    1 cup vanilla yogurt
    agave nectar to taste

    Blend away and drink up!

  224. P Roland

    Well, I don’t have a favorite recipe of my own, since I don’t have a Vitamix, but those around me who do inspire a little bit of envy everytime they talk about theirs. This would be a fun giveaway to win and start using! Thanks.

  225. I would not live without my protein smoothie in the morning. I coach crossfit classes at 530am to 830am. Without that smoothie I would not have the energy for my clients!

  226. Michele Schmidt

    My 6 year old daughter and I were both diagnosed with Celiac Disease last year and we are constantly trying new recipes. I have become a regular customer of almond flour (per your cookbook) and we love making smoothies! A favorite of ours is mixing sprouted brown rice protein powder with agave, plain greek yogurt (or almond milk), and frozen fruit (preferably blueberries).

  227. Cricket

    I can’t imagine how a Vitamix would make life in my kitchen easier and more fun. There are so many recipes I’d love to try! At the top of my list would be pumpkin ice cream and nut milk..

  228. Harriet

    I have had my Vitamix for about a year and 1/2 now and love making curry carrot soup when it’s getting cold outside. Sometimes I put some chicken in it, sometimes not. It just turns out perfect every time. Usually I make a “green” smoothy in the morning even though it turns out purple at times when I use blueberries :-). Sometimes I add spinach, sometimes I add romaine lettuce. Sometimes a banana makes it into the mix, sometimes some cottage cheese. Whatever I have in the house.
    I would love to get a Vitamix for my mother so she can partake in the greatness of the blender/everything machine.

  229. shirley

    The strawberry-lime shake recipe! The kids love any and all shakes and smoothies.

    Thank you for the opportunity.

  230. Robin Rundbaken

    With baby #4 on the way next week, and all of our family on a GFCFSFCF, make-every-meal-from-scratch diet, I would love to win this Vitamix!
    The first thing I would make in my new Vitamix would be your fall pumpkin recipes. Pumpkin panckes on a chilly fall morning–yum! Pureed locally-grown, organic pumpkin would be a breeze to prepare in this fun gadget :)
    Thank you for the opportunity to win the Vitamix.

  231. Vivian P

    My favorite recipes are Pumpkin Ginger Soup & pancakes. I love how the vitamix can blend anything from hot soups and cold drinks. I’m living to have one!!

  232. Elizabeth Bailey

    Hum, I would use it to make my own almond milk (and other nut milks). Growing up, my family had a Vita-mix. They are wonderful! Thank you for doing this giveaway!

  233. Alana

    Pumpkin Pie in a bowl is my fav!! Carrot juice, cubed sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie spice and steevia. DELICIOUS

  234. eileen

    I would LOVE a vitamix to make the coconut and cashew milks. I’ll share it with my sister who has had it on her wishlist for YEARS!! Thanks for the magical opportunity. And thanks for all of your amazing recipes and information!!

  235. Hey Elana,
    you sure are popular and know how to be more popular then eve by offering a VitaMix as a price…. as usual, I wish you best of everything and for your info… I LOVE “The pumpkin ice cream!!” me and my family love it and everyone else we invite to taste.. want to know how we make it and guess what??? We recommend your book for that recipe and for a all of the other yummy ones…

    Keep up giving us your best… we love you….

  236. I adore the pumpkin ginger soup! It has the perfect balance between sweet and tangy with the ginger. These recipes are the absolute BEST; totally healthy, yummy and easy to make!!

  237. Elizabeth Reid @ ereid.net

    Fruit smoothies in the mornings!

  238. Melissa

    The pumpkin ice cream :)))

  239. This is such a great giveaway!!!! I would make my own nut milks and try the soup recipes. This machine can do it all. I would also enjoy making some frozen non dairy desserts in this machine = )

  240. Tracy

    My favorite is the almond flour pancakes! I make tons and freeze them in small bags. The kids can grab a healthy snack on the go and I don’t feel guilty. My oldest even likes them cold. I also like to make smoothies for afternoon snack. I don’t have a vita-mix, it has been on the wish list for a while. We also tried the spice cake recipe a couple of weeks ago and loved it. We are going to try it with pumpkin this week.
    Thank you for all you do!!!

  241. Jeannette Ng

    Love the Vitamix for smoothies and soups…one of my favorite recipes is the pumpkin ginger soup!

  242. I love your Gluten Free pancakes. My daughter is addicted to pancakes and waffles and I have been concerned that she gets too many grains and not enough protein for breakfast. When I saw you recipe I decided to try it out one morning. I did it before the kids got up and just had the batter made when they came down. When I served it to them and my daughter tried it she said “These taste different”. I told her it was a different recipe and she said “They are really good”. Yeah! Score one for Elana’s pantry. As I embark into my new career as a Naturopathic Doctor and Wellness consultant one of my goals is to teach classes offering nutrient dense foods that are gluten free. A Vitamix would be such a wonderful blessing to this goal.

  243. Your pancakes are probably my current favorite, though I’m sure many more recipes would be added to the favorites list with the use of a Vitamix. :) Thanks, Elana!

  244. Jody

    Love the hot cocoa!!!

  245. Jenn black

    Gotta love pancakes and smoothies! My blender definitely needs an upgrade. Thanks for the contest.

  246. gfe-gluten free easily @ glutenfreeeasily.com

    I have long had Vitamin ownership envy, Elana! I’d be making any of your green smoothie recipes (and they’d be so much smoother than the ones I enjoy now) or your flourless chocolate banana cake (which as you know I adapted long ago, but it would be better made in the Vitamix). Awesome giveaway, dear–thanks!


  247. I have always wanted one of these blenders… I make a Danish Pancake with rice flour, milk, eggs, a bit of sugar, and lots of berries… it separates as it bakes — very yummy breakfast — but it totally kills my blender (s)… I would also love to try the pumpkin ginger soup — I think my kids would love that!!! Thanks for your amazing recipes…

  248. Patricia

    My favorite it anything with pumpkin. We raise our own pumpkins and squash. How great it would be to use one of those new Vitamix on my recipes. I have dreamed of owning one of those!!
    Thanks for the give away.

  249. Aimee Wood

    Love love love the gluten free pancakes….

  250. Mary Kay

    My family, especially my 16 yr old daughter, loves chicken soup. Our favorite “Vitmix recipe” is Green Chicken Soup posted in April, 2010. It’s packed with good for you greens and, if you add chicken, a source of protein. She even eats it for breakfast! I would love to own a Vitamix to make this and all the other yummy recipes.

  251. Well the fist time I heard about VitaMix was on your website and immediately went looking for one…sadly I still haven’t bought one just yet but when I saw this I figured, why not enter. There are so many of your recipes that I would love to make in this, especially this time of year your pumpkin ginger soup and your pumpkin ice cream & chocolate sorbets. Of course I would love to be able to make my own recipes especially some soups.

    Best of luck to everyone who has entered.

  252. Connie Pine

    My favorite Vitamix recipe is Hot Cocoa!

  253. I love all things banana, so the flourless chocolate banana cake is heavenly to me.

  254. Julie

    Smoothies are best made in a Vitamix!

  255. Sherron

    I would love the Vitamix for the pancakes!

  256. Judi Ciccone

    We love your Gluten Free Pancakes! Recently found that my son cannot tolerate gluten. This recipe has made our mornings so special and peaceful for him………

  257. Grace

    Love the homemade nut/coconut milks! No added crap!

  258. Jane Graziano

    Hot Cocoa!!!!! Great

  259. Nipa

    Your pumpkin soup is a favourite of mine. Pumpkin, coconut and ginger make such a decadent combination that my guests always think I slaved over the soup!

  260. Kristin

    I make smoothies in the morning with kale, a variety of berries, pomagranite juice, and green tea. I COVET a Vitamix so that the kale in my smoothie will actually be blended in. As it is, the processor I use just does not cut it, pun intended. Oh how I would love a Vitamix!

  261. Marie Urbanetti

    Between the Green Smoothie (Orange, Banana, Kale, Water, Ice Cubes) and Pumpkin Seed mylk for Protein shakes, my Vita-Mix gets used everday – usually more than once. Great for soups too like the Carrot-Curry recipe found in the Vita-mix book. I would love an Upgrade to the 5200!

  262. Millie

    I make a fabulous green smoothie in my vitamix.
    Romaine, parsley, zucchini, cucumber, flax seed, protein powder, kefir, stevia and ice. Delicious and nutritious!!

  263. Jennifer

    I absolutely love a smoothie in the morning. I have a tiny smoothie blender and it would so excellent to have a full size blender to try out soup recipes.

  264. Laurie in Minne*NO SNOW*ta

    I could really use a new one of these…

    Mine is a stainless one with bakelite handles…very art deco!!

    Pumpkin Ginger Soup! YUMM!!!

  265. RaxAnn Adams

    I’m looking forward to making my own nut milks. This would certainly expedite the process. Thanks for a great web site.

  266. Elizabeth

    I love DIY coconut milk–can’t do the additives in canned coconut milk, and as Elana says, it’s so much easier to make coconut milk from shredded coconut than resorting to cracking open a fresh one!

  267. Linda

    Pumpkin puree! Love it!

  268. Danelle

    Pumpkin pancakes, hands down! This time of year, I love all things pumpkin!

  269. I don’t have a Vitamix yet. I hear all the time how good they are and how it saves time. I am putting away money each week to save up for one.

    I am starting in the gluten free lifestyle. I have been dairy free for about 10 years.

    I would make your banana, chocolate flourless cake, would try the cashew “sour cream” and of course I would make my own almond milk, and nut butters.

    Thank you for your site and the work you do.

  270. As a gastroparesis patient who has to rely on purees and smoothies for much of my nutrition, I’ve wanted a Vitamix for a long time now! And December 1st if my 3 year anniversary — what a great gift that would be :)

    It would really boost my nutrition; I’d make nut milks, smoothies, soups, and more. The hot cocoa sounds so good!

  271. Brigette

    Creamy Cranberry Dressing…so yummmmmy!

  272. Wendy Harrell

    I am so excited about the chance to win a Vitamix! Elana, you inspire me to prepare healthy and delicious, gluten free, menus for my family. I have enjoyed all of the almond flour recipes in your book. Your cashew milk chai tea is a favorite I plan to make today since it got very chilly outside and will be making the pumpkin soup tomorrow.

  273. meredith sterk

    i would have to say that smoothies are my favorite thing to make in my blender, since I don’t have a vitamix, I can’t quite say…but the pumpkin ginger soup looks like HEAVEN!

  274. Ann

    Cherry Strawberry ice cream! Yay!

  275. Kelly Ayers

    My favorite recipe is pink lemonade

    1 beet
    1 fuji apple
    1 buch or romaine lettuce or baby spinach
    1 bunch of kale
    1 lemon
    1 inch piece of fresh ginger

    blend till smooth strain into a glass and enjoy!

  276. Stacy

    I have enjoyed so many of your recipes but have to skip any that require a blender or large food processor as I don’t have either one but would absolutely love to have one. Thank you for all you do!

  277. Judy Jacks Berman

    I have wanted a Vita Mix forever!!!!!!!!!! SO since I don’t have one I cannot give you a recipe BUT I love your (Elana’a Pantry) recipe for Pumpkin Bars!!! I made them twice last weekend for my 3 celiac friends!
    I love you website and every recipe I have made has been incredible!
    Thank you so much,

  278. Katie

    I have been begging my husband for a vitamix for over a year now! I am obsessed with my wonderful food processor & my blender works just fine when i have to puree certain foods & soups. I recently said in a family conversation when asked what is your “favorite invention?” I jumped in & was the the first to respond “A Vitamix (although i’ve never used one) you can literally puree a whole butternut squash whole, it’s fabulous!” not really but they got my point. On that note, elana, my favorite Vitamix recipe of yours would have to be your coveted butternut squash soup… A vitamix blender would get just that perfect texture to a carrot ginger soup or a cream of broccoli soup that can tend to be a tad “grainy” when not pureed with enough power…. thanks for the chance to win this Amazing invention!

  279. sharon rainey @ sharonrainey.com

    I like the kale cocktail! Kale also helps reduce inflammation and that’s important for people who are dealing with Lyme disease (including me!). It’s an easy way to get those greens into the daily diet!

  280. Melissa B.

    Wow, Elana! I have been coveting the mighty Vitamix for sometime now, but my finances just don’t allow for it right now. I am making a bunch of your pumpkin recipes (pumpkin bars and pumpkin cranberry upside-down cake) over the weekend and for Thanksgiving, so I would love to have a Vitamix to puree all of that delicious fresh-roasted pumpkin!

  281. Nancy

    I don’t have a Vitamix, so I can only say that having one would be an incentive to make butternut squash soup more often for my family! That, and the uber-healthy daily smoothie my yoga instructor recommends:

    2 organic oranges
    1 organic banana
    2-4 tbs black sesame seeds–these are full of calcium/protein/iron/essential fatty acids
    1/4 bag of organic frozen fruit–strawberries & blueberries are good
    1 tsp of raw local honey
    1 tsp spirulina
    1/2 tsp green blue algae
    1 packet of sun chlorella–I get the GMP certified brand
    1 bottle of Organic Raw Kombucha–Ginger flavor–great for adding probiotics to your diet.

    After blending, you can add some whole milk vanilla yogurt to make it a bit thicker.

  282. J

    I would love to make the cherry strawberry ice cream and the green chicken soup with a Vitamix. I have been wanting one of these forever.

  283. Eva K

    I love making hummus in my blender! So delicious!

  284. lori kret

    pumpkin ice cream all the way!!!!!

  285. I think my children would love the Strawberry Lime Shake!! I have been trying to find some healthy shakes for them without bananas. My son hates them! I would love to be able to make healthy food for my family with a Vitamix.

  286. Kelly Scanlon

    Definitely a green smoothie! Kale, frozen pineapple, mango and banana, coconut milk, cod liver oil and a squeeze of lemon! Yummo!

  287. ALicia

    Pumpkin Ice Cream! It sounds amazing and I would love a Vitamix to make it with!

  288. Brandon May @ thehealthyadvocate.com

    I’m excited as well! I’m so glad you’re offering this giveaway to your readers. I LOVE the hot chocolate recipe, and I would love to use a Vitamix to blend my nut milks and teas, as well as make delicious raw soups (avocado!).

  289. cindy

    definitely the flourless chocolate banana cake would be my favorite. Cant wait to try it…thanx for the chance to win

  290. Cathleen Thomas

    Thank you so much for this chance to win a a Vitamix, you are awesome! Would love to try the pumpkin ice cream or some soups in the Vitamix! :-)

    Thanks again!

  291. Lori

    I have fallen in love with the breads made with almond flour on this site! I would prefer to grind my own almonds, and a Vitamix would be just the ticket. I can’t imagine a more satisfying snack than a slice of warm almond bread and a cup of Hot Chocolate!

  292. Amanda

    OMG! I would love to use a Vitamix to make applesauce and other cool raw recipes for my family in minutes. I have wanted a Vitamix for so long!

  293. Kat @ scdkat.com

    I would have to try that Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake, looks delicious! I’ve wanted a Vitamix for a long time.

  294. Suzabne

    Love the shakes! Strawberry Lime Shake!

  295. Nancy

    I like to keep things simple, and reliable. My absolute favorite recipe for a quick pick-me-up and that feeling that I took good care of my self is:
    a big handful of greens (chard being my favorite, but can use kale, romaine, bok choy, etc.)

    a big handful of any berries, usually raspberries, strawberries or blueberries. I use organic fresh if available, but often use frozen orgnanic.

    a little water to make the blending go easier

    Blend, and drink!

    Love your website, thanks for all the good recipes and ideas.

  296. steph

    I religiously have my morning green smoothie and have alsways wanted a vitamix and juicer. I put them on my wish list every year but santa has yet to deliver ;)
    I sure would make a lot more soups from scratch, especially the latest pumpkin ginger one. I made the pumpkin bars last weekend and they were a huge hit!

  297. Brandi

    We love to have smoothies every morning and it would be AWESOME to have a vita-mix!!

  298. Amy D.

    A few years ago, someone used a Vitamix to make me a chocolate coconut mousse (cacao nibs, coconut, coconut milk, etc.). If I had a Vitamix, I’d hunt down that recipe and make it every week! In the meantime, my blender does an adequate job on my current favorite smoothie…frozen blueberries, a banana, buttermilk, vanilla, cinnamon and a touch of honey.

  299. I would SO love to win a Vitamix! I love to make my own nut butters and they just don’t get as creamy in an old food processor. I borrowed a Vitamix from a friend once and made the most creamy pecan butter.

    I haven’t tried some of your recipes since I don’t have a Vitamix but your pumpkin pie ice cream is the first one I’d whip up!

    Thank you for offering this giveaway contest!!

  300. I love your pancakes. I make them all the time without (sob) a vitamix. I’m sure that they’re even better with the proper equipment.

    I’ve also really been wanting to make some great nut milks (to make ice cream and “cheesecake” but to do that I need a powerful blender. Like, say… a VITAMIX.

    Please please please???


  301. Gloria Gabrych

    Wow… how great… some lucky person will win a wonderful gift… thanks so much for offering it… and also a big thank you for all the wonderful recipes! I love smoothies…. I make them in batches and freeze later for quick meal or snack. It is hard to find a favorite… but this time of year it would have to be pumpkin…. love your Vegan Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream! Thanks again for all the wonderful recipes! Now to just have the time to make them all…

  302. Mary Kay

    I make a protein shake every morning and the vitamix would be wonderful to have. Keep up the great work.

  303. Peiwen

    I’ve been debating on investing in a Vitamix. I want to use it to make the cashew cream cheese recipe from Spunky Coconut, and then use that as a substitute to the yogurt in your pumpkin cinnamon cheesecake recipe! I’d also love to make the pumpkin pie ice-cream! (Can you tell I love pumpkin?) :)

  304. Ann

    I am super stoked with YOU!! This would be a maximum benefit in my kitchen- I drink protein shakes almost daily, and have just discovered your website… so can’t say I have tried many of your recipes yet, but the Pumpkin Soup sounds amazing.

  305. Capriccio

    I love your Kale Creamsicle recipe! I make it in our blender and the kids will drink it but just barely. I know the vitamix would do the trick. My parents had one when I was a kid and we used it all the time. I’m sure I would too. Thanks Elana!

  306. Being brand spanking new to a gluten free life, along with my entire family (sons ages 5,3, and 9 months), I’m having to relearn everything (as I’m sure you are all too familiar with). I don’t have any favorite Vitamix recipes, because I’ve never used one. But I would LOVE the opportunity to learn! :) I can see this definitely being a huge asset in our new gluten free life!

  307. Ashley Saba

    Good Morning! I love the Strawberry Lime shake. Thanks for this opportunity to win a Vitamix!!

  308. Judy L. Borowik @ Ladyhardwick06@gmail.com

    My favorite recipe using the vita mix is from GlutenFreeChecklist.com

    Black Bean Vegetable Soup


    1 Tbs. Vegetable oil
    1 Onion, chopped
    1 clove garlic, minced
    2 carrots, chopped
    2 tsp. chili powder
    1 tsp. ground cumin
    4 C Vegetable broth
    2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
    1 (8.75 ounces) can whole kernel corn
    1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
    1 (14.5 ounces) can stewed tomatoes


    In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat, cook onion,garlic, and carrots, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until onion is softened. Add chili powder and cumin, cook and stir for 1 minute. Add
    broth, 1 can of the beans, corn and pepper, bring to boil. Meanwhile, in a food processor (Vita mix)or blender, puree together tomatoes and remaining can of beans; add to pot. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until carrots are tender.

  309. Tammy Lou McIlwain

    I usually do not use salad dressings as my homemade just isn’t that tasty so I always just drizzle olive oil. My mixer just wouldn’t cut it for the cranberry dressing you posted and it sounds delish! That would be the very first thing for me to try in my brand new Vitamix. I bet I could use it to baste chicken, turkey and pork also. My mouth is just watering thinking of all of your great recipes that would work so much easier with my new vitamix!!!!!

  310. Heather Greenwood

    Anything fruit smoothie-related! YUMMERS!!!!

  311. Rebecca V-H

    I don’t have a Vitamix – I have tried to make a few of your recipes without it… and well, it just doesn’t work out so well! We tried the Kale Creamsicle and while the flavor was great – a regular blender doesn’t do much for the texture. If we had one, we’d use it for things like nut butters, hummus, soups – things that just don’t get creamy enough without a Vitamix!

  312. Anna

    My favorite Vitamix recipe involve morning smoothies.
    One whole lemon, one whole apple, a knob of ginger, some kale and/or any other green, maca powder, goji berries, chia or flax seeds, soy or hemp powder, and a little liquid (aloe juice? water? soy milk?). Power smoothies – Love it!

  313. Jada

    Pumpkin Custard!

  314. Tracy

    Vitamix is awesome! I like to have a spinach/apple shake every morning.

  315. Tammy Fehr

    I have been cooking gluten-free for a few years now and I have found many wonderful recipes in the almond flour cook book, which we sell at the health food store where I work. I especially like the meusli bread, the chewy chocolate cookies, the vanilla cupcakes,the carrot cake and so many others. I have also tried the flourless banana chocolate cake, and it is amazing! Thank you so much for this cook book. Keep them coming, please!

  316. Kirsten

    My kids LOVE your pancakes! We have them at least once a week. Thanks for everything you do, Elana.

  317. RH

    I have wanted one of these for over a year!

    My favorite vitamix recipe is a breakfast smoothie that a friend of mine makes: frozen bananas, blueberries, coconut water, and hemp protein powder. Simple and delicious.

  318. Jaan

    My family loves anything with almond butter in it. So the VITAMIX would do a much better job at making the butter than the grinder I am now using. I know that its not really a recipe, but it really is one of the many goodies that I make an almost daily basis. I now am enjoying making healthy snacks for my son, its a must that add any of the ‘bars’ to his school lunch.

    Thanks again, and it would be wonderful to have a VITAMIX.

  319. Abigail

    I would definitely have to say the pumpkin pie ice cream. In addition to having Celiac I have a dairy allergy and soy intolerance. So there is very little in the way of ice cream available to me. I have been thrilled to find some really good coconut milk ice creams in the last year. But I am really excited to find a pumpkin pie ice cream recipe as I have missed having this seasonal treat for the last 15 years. I hope to be making this for Thanksgiving dessert this year.

    I also would love to try making some of my own nut milks as I use almond milk right now for both my cereal and any recipe calling for milk.

    Also a huge thanks to Elana for all the hard work you do and all the great results you share with us. I was able to listen to a web conference a few months back that you participated in and that was informative and fun as well.

    Love your blog and all your great recipes.

  320. Kathy

    I want to make the Almond Milk! I buy it now for making smoothies before work every morning, but if I could make my own…MMMMM!

  321. Jordan

    I think I have to go with the pancakes. Yum!

  322. Kane Casolari

    The vegan eggnog: http://www.elanaspantry.com/vegan-eggnog/

    It will be perfect for upcoming holiday get-togethers.

  323. I currently use the magic bullet :) It is a mini version of a blender. We love your Kale Creamsicles. . and would LOVE to have a Vitamix. Thanks so much for the chance to win one free!!

  324. Kieran Kern

    OMG Flourless Chocolate Banana cake So Goood! I’m hungry just thinking about it!

  325. Marie B.

    I make an awesome Roasted Tomato Soup which I blend for a few minutes at the end. A Vitamix would allow me to blend it, heat it, and eat it more quickly.

  326. Dominika

    My husband and I both LOVE the Purple Velvet Torte! Once the beets are ready it’s super fast blending everything in the blender. I find that the recipe comes out slightly different everytime but each time we love it just as much, if not more!

  327. Cathryn

    Just made your Creamy Cranberry dressing yesterday…Awesome! I would love to have the luxury of using a Vitamix someday…. :D

  328. marla {family fresh cooking} @ familyfreshcooking.com

    Excellent giveaway Elana, I have wanted a Vitamix for some time. The first recipe? Your vegan hot cocoa looks amazing :)

  329. Lindsay B

    I want a vitamix sooo badly!! I love your pumpkin ice cream! (Then again,all of your GF recipes are amazing!)

  330. Vicky Havelka

    Love the Strawberry Lime smoothie! Would love to have the high powdered blender to make all your fabulous recipes. Thanks for offering the contest!

  331. Lisamarie (not Presley)

    I love love love my green smoothies made in the vitamix. Right now I make mine in a blender so I have fibers from the greens. My kids tell me there is grass in their smoothies….sorry guys. But I tried the same smoothie in a friends vitamix and OMG – the smoothness. Praise you Lord! Anyway, the kids and I have a fav smoothie….handful of collard greens (no rib), frozen banana (on the sweet side), fresh pineapple and coconut water. Yum-e! If I feel like we are needing more calories I use almond milk instead of the coconut water….sweet!

  332. Renee

    The pumpkin ice cream is the first thing I would make but would also love to be able to make my own nut butters and milks :)

  333. Linda North

    I make a raw green drink in the mornings with my vitamix. The drink uses soaked pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds. Very healthy.

  334. Kandace

    I love the vitamix! I love that I can make my own nut milks in it and that I can use the left over nut meal as a substitute for almond flour in all of your wonderful almond flour recipes. It’s like killing two birds with one stone! I also love that I can make your pumpkin pie ice cream recipe and just some ice for a quick pumpkin pie slushy when there isn’t time for using the ice cream freezer. The vitamix is a must for anyone wanting to pursue a healthy lifestyle and I would love the opportunity to win this one! Thanks for the chance Elana!

  335. I love the gluten free pancake mix. Winning a Vitamix would be so exciting – there are a ton of recipes I want to try that my blender just can’t handle!!

  336. Elizabeth

    I make smoothies and salsa all the time. The Vitamix has been on my wish list for quite awhile.

  337. Alyne

    I am appreciative of all of the wonderful recipies Elana sends me and would love to try many more but I do not have a vitamix, so that leaves many of the recipies out. I try to use a normal old fashioned blender for some, but I know that with a vitamix the recipie would be that much more wonderful. I have been diagnosed as celiac for last 3 yrs and still find it overwhelming to come up with exciting and new things that taste great. Thank you Elana for assisting me with this. I live in a small town in Saskatchewan, Canada and it is difficult even finding food, many that I can obtain I just have to eat in it’s normal state as I do not have the right equipment like your vitamix to turn that food item into something smooth to use in a recipie. Alyne

  338. 4kiddos

    I have been saving for a Vitamix for over a year now:) I have never owned one but would love to make green smoothies every morning for my family. There are so many things I have improvised on since I don’t have a Vitamix, I am sure life would be a lot easier with one. Thank you Elana for putting together this site, it is such a blessing and encouragement! Three in my family are gluten and grain free and to be able to make a healthy treat that the whole family loves, well that is very rewarding.

  339. Heather @CeliacFamily @ celiacfamily.com

    I would love to give the Vitamix a try! I’d start with the Hot Cocoa and then move on to the pancakes and the shake.

  340. Becky Belting

    The first recipe i would make is from Elana’s Pantry, strawberry cherry ice cream. I haven’t been able to have such a treat due to my health problems and not being able to eat a lot of foods. Elana’s ingredients are perfect. The need for a vitamix is very necessary for my meal preparations. It would fill such a great need for my health. There would be so much I would be able to do with it. I love your website and allllllll you recipes. Thank you Elana for all your help you give to others!!!!!!

    Thank you kindly,


  341. Debbie

    Your website was recommended to me by my nutritionist and has been a lifesaver in my quest for good health. I would love to own a Vitamix to improve the results of the many recipes I have tried on your site. In the meantime, after work today I am going to make the flourless chocolate banana cake. It looks delicious! I don’t know how I missed it. Thanks, Elana, for helping to keep me on course.

  342. Bar

    My favorite is flourless chocolate banana cake. Your recipes rock!

    I’ve passed your website on to many friends. I love that your recipes are delicious as well as packed with nutrition.


  343. Jainnie Jenkins

    Mmm, the chocolate sorbet sounds yummy and looks so easy to make!

  344. Heather

    How I love your website and recipes!!

    I have dreamed of a Vitamix for so long!!!
    First would be the pumpkin ice cream and the cranberry dressing!
    We love cranberry and pumpkin everything and anything!!!

    We are supposed to start our son on juicing and I hear the vitamix is the best to use. You can just filter the pulp out if needed or use it all! How great is that!
    Thanks for all your hard work in the kitchen, gluten free has never tasted so good!

  345. Holly Owens

    a vitamix is perfect for smoothies, i make them daily with homemade yogurt….yum!

  346. Kim Keller

    My blender just broke. I have been using food processor as a replacement, but oh it is not the same. Now a VitaMix thats the ticket! I love root vegetable purees. Right now I am digging parsnips from my garden so….. I could see using a VitaMix for making a parsnip bisque. Thanks for your site and your cooking passion.


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  348. LuraFaye Motley

    I have been gluten free for a year. What a difference it has made in my life. Your web site is my go to daily. So many recipes I haven’t been able to try because I don’t have a decent blender. I plan on a total kitchen makeover in the next 6 months and a Vit A Mix is first on the list. I really want to try making more green smoothies. I have made the beet hummous with a hand blender. Lots of labor and mess but worth it. Vit A Mix would be awesome. Thanks for all the great recipes.

  349. mary janssen

    I would use the Vitamix to make a fruit smoothie. Take a cup of frozen strawberries, and one frozen banana. Add 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup orange juice and about 8 ice cubes. Blend and enjoy. Healthy and gluten-free.

  350. Shanni Novak

    Favorite hands down – Vegetable Fruit Smoothie:
    carrots – raw
    kale – raw
    beets – raw
    a little water or juice
    frozen blueberries
    frozen black or red raspberries
    raw apple
    a little plain yogurt – made from raw or vat pastuerized milk – grass fed dairy cattle of course

    mix it up
    grab a straw
    and enjoy!

  351. Tracy Haughton

    I would love to blend up your Almond Mayo in a Vitamix–and a hundred other things too.

  352. Julia

    I would love to have this Vitamix. I just have a regular cheap blender and it just doesn’t do that well. We love all your recipes and would have fun trying out our new Vitamix.

  353. Christine

    I would love to win a vitamix, I have another old blender, which was never great anyway and is about to give up, so this would be hight on my wishlist.
    Asking my kids, they would definitely choose the pancakes as their favourites, they could eat it every day.

  354. Janice

    I’ve always wanted to try your ice cream/sorbet recipes. My mom won’t let me touch her blender because it’s ancient and she’s afraid I’ll break it. And she won’t let me buy another one because we already have a blender, even though I’m not allowed to use it. =) I’m dying dying to try the chocolate sorbet recipe!

  355. Linda

    How EXCITING!! Whoever wins will be very lucky!
    I’ve never owned a Vitamix, have gone through several ‘Magic Bullets’ and currently use a small Oster Blender (which doesn’t have power to do more than mix ingredients most of the time.) So if I had a Vitamix I would probably have lots of favorites and it would help me get going full speed on an “ElANA” diet” (my New Year’s Resolution is to redo my Gluten Free pantry following a list of your most used ingredients )– that would cover my need to be Gluten Free,eat a healthier diet, and possibly even lose weight! You have so many great recipes that I’m hoping to try soon. Just have to find a couple more of the ingredients next time out shopping.
    I think my favorite from your list would be the Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake with a side of Hot Cocoa and my daughter said her’s would be anything with Pumpkin!

  356. HHMMMM….A favorite….So difficult to choose! But in our house right now with the chilly weather approaching, it would have to be Hot Cocoa! Yummy! Thanks for all of the wonderful recipes!!

  357. Being an athlete and consuming a large portion of raw foods everyday can be tricky. I rely heavily on super smoothies…my favorite right now is “green gorilla”, since kale is at its peak. I am fortunate enough to have a blueberry farmer as a neighbor, so I stock pile as much as I can at the end of summer, so i can enjoy Blueberry smoothies all winter long.
    I too, am gluten and dairy free, so my base is either coconut milk or almond milk. As far as energy is concerned,these keep me energized and satiatied for hours. I think it has something to do with the accoutrements I add. Macca root is rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids, it has been used for generations for energy and stamina, cultivated in Peru, this gives my smoothie a delicious malty flavor. I also love Chia, having more omegas than a serving of salmon and absorbing 10x its weight in water, it seems to keep my tummy full for hours(which is a tall task).
    Please try my miracle in a glass!
    Green gorilla
    1 banana
    1 cup bluberries/frozen-so you dont dilute smoothie with ice
    1 cup of almond of cocnut milk
    1 teaspoon maca root
    2tbs chia
    1 tbs local honey
    4 stalks of kale
    1 scoop of hemp proein powder
    1 scoop of rice protein powder-vanilla flavor
    1/2 avacado(if you aren’t concerned with calories) makes the smoothie so creamy
    blend for 1-2 minutes, if you own a vitamix, blend for 30 seconds as they are like little jet engines.

  358. Bethany Swallow

    Vitamix recipes are endless! I would likely first use it to make gluten free pancakes, and then possibly a raw cake of some kind. Delicious!

  359. Kellie

    Love the pumpkin ice cream. It is perfect this time of year and with the warm weather we have been having in Colorado.

  360. domestic diva

    I’d love it to make veggie and fruit smoothies (lots of ginger and other healthy yumminess). Thank you so much for the chance.

  361. Kris

    Woohoo, Vitamix! I want to try your DIY Coconut Milk. Seems like it would be more economical to make your own (especially if one wins a vitamix!) I printed out yesterday’s Creamy Cranberry Dressing and hope to try it out soon. Thanks for your great recipes and this awsome giveaway.

  362. Jen B.

    Choices, choices….so many of them.
    Pancakes, flourless chocolate/banana cake, and the ginger pumpkin soup are my top three picks.
    A vitamix would be a most welcome tool in our kitchen.
    Thanks for doing this great giveaway!


  363. Kari

    This sounds fabulous! We were just thinking of buying one. My favorite Vitamix recipe from your site? Almond milk. Simple, but yummy.

  364. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when I tried your butternut squash soup! I’ve been looking forward to having another batch of it once the weather cools down! Thank you for doing yet another wonderful giveaway!!!

  365. Ami @ beyondpeasandcarrots @ beyondpeasandcarrots.blogspot.com

    Oh man, I have been dreaming of a Vitamix FOREVER!!!! I love the flourless chocolate banana cake!!!

  366. Michele Kendzie @ rhicarian.wordpress.com

    I would like to try everything at your website, myself, but I have to avoid nuts as well as wheat and dairy for my daughter, so I do a lot of substituting. I have wanted a Vitamix for about 5 years, since dealing with severe eczema and an extremely limited diet for both my daughter and myself (while I was breastfeeding her). A Vitamix would sure make it easier to prepare safe foods for my daughter. Thank you for hosting this contest.

  367. Beckie Johnson

    I LOVE the Vitamix! I made the chocolate sorbet for our every Wednesday guests (they don’t eat gluten free like I do), and they loved it! I’ve made everything from pancakes to smoothies, soup, and we make fresh juice in it every morning with lemons and oranges, so you get the good nutrients from the pith of the fruit. If I won the Vitamix, I would give it to our daughter, who is wanting to eat healthier.

  368. Jess

    Pancakes, by a long shot! I missed a lot of breakfast foods when I started paleo last year but your site has helped with those cravings, as well as my sweet cravings. Although it’s a bit difficult to make enough pancakes with my 3 cup food processor, they are worth the effort of making several batches! Thanks for sharing your recipes with us!

  369. Nicola Gildersleeve @ ngildersleeve.blogspot.com

    My favorite is the flourless banana chocolate cake!!!!!!

  370. debbie

    My favorite vitamix recipe is a simple, but so good. I love a green smoothie. I make them with a vitamix at work, for the disabled woman I care for. It is a mix of fruit and green veggies, but packed full of nutrition and makes it easy to get 5 fruits and or veggies in one sitting, without a lot of energy on her part to consume them.

  371. I love love love making elana’s hot chocolate in a vitamix! It gets all frothy. Yum. Want some NOW, but too bad I don’t have a vitamix!!!

  372. Joan Meador

    I love love love the Strawberry Lime Shake!!!

    Of course I love all your recipes that I have tried, your cookbook is great!

  373. Crista McKinzie

    I make Banana Ice Cream for my kids on an almost daily basis. So simple!! Frozen bananas, fresh vanilla beans and a large handful cashews or nuts of choice. Add water, let the Vitamix work it’s magic and ENJOY!!

  374. I haven’t tried it yet but the strawberry lime shake sounds delicious!

  375. Jeff

    My wife and children are all gluten intolerant. She spends hours planning and making foods that we all can enjoy together. Your recipes have been a blessing! The Vitamix would make her day a bit easier. Thanks!

  376. Jane B.

    I made your Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream last night, and it is definitely my new favourite! With multiple food intolerances in our home it’s a huge delight to find a recipe that works for us all and is amazing by any standard.

  377. Amy

    So many favorites… I have to say Pumpkin Pie muffins and raw tapioca. I have to use my husband’s VitaMix and he doesn’t like to share his “toys.”
    Thank you Elana for all of the great recipes, ideas and inspiration!

  378. Nicole Ray

    I would LOVE to try all your yummy icecream recipes along with the soups and smoothies!! They all look delish – vitamix is an awesome little machine!

  379. I think a vitamix would be a great addition to my gluten-free kitchen! We make smoothies (greens, organic fruit, flaxseed, etc.) year round so I know we’d definitely use it!

  380. Diamond

    I will have to say the Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream is calling my name. But, I have been making almond milk in my regular blender for awhile now. I would love to use a Vitamix for that. Oh, I hope you pick me!

  381. Anna Aspnes @ annaaspnes.typepad.com

    THe classic green shake. Kale, ice, fruit of the season, and some So Delicious Coconut Milk, all blended up. Yum!

  382. Amy Merideth

    Favorite Recipe for fruit smoothie

    Has 1 dairy and 3 fruit servings, no added sugar. It makes a delicious and filling breakfast drink. You can add protein powder for even more “stick”

    1 whole ripe banana
    1 cup sliced strawberries
    1/2 cup blueberries
    1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
    1/2 cup unsweetened probiotic and organic plain yogurt
    1/4 tsp stevia

    Blend until smooth, poor into tall glass (makes 2 smaller or 1 very large serving)

  383. Kathryn Blair

    My favorite recipe for the vitamix is Butternut Squash Soup, made with carmelized onions, homemade chicken stock, raw milk cream and of course Butternut Squash. A few secret spices, top with sliced nuts and cream. DELICIOUS!

  384. Gretchen

    My favorite Vitamix recipe is the Kale Creamsicle. I am always trying to find ways to get my kids to eat more greens and they are willing to when it tastes great. Your website is such a good tool for that.

    The Vitamix would be very helpful to me because I am planning on going back to school to get my masters in Homeopathic Nutrition and I am trying to stock my kitchen with equiptment that will help me in mt journey towards helping others.

    Keep the great recipes coming…I love your website!

  385. Jayna McDaniel @ columbus.momslikeme.com

    I’ve been saving my pennies for a VitaMix! My current blender fave is a frozen chocolate banana smoothie. But I’m also dying to make some cashew cream.

  386. Oh, how exciting! I have wanted a VitaMix for so long. I usually just use my blender but have to do it in batches and numerous times to get a smooth finish. My favorite VitaMix recipe is the Pumpkin Ginger Soup recipe. I usually make it my blender but it is my go-to during sick times and simply for boosting the immune system during the cold weather months. Elana, your recipe is one of the simplest and tastiest versions that I use, and my kids actually EAT it. :) Well, thanks for this opportunity to win such a great kitchen helper. Cheers to all who participate!

  387. Caroline Bull

    Though I might change my mind later, right now it’s screaming Strawberry Lime Shake. Mmmmmm!

  388. Tricia

    I’ve always wanted a Vitamix. It would be so useful in making all sorts of smoothies, soups and desserts.

  389. Leslee

    Of course, all your recipes are my favorite recipes to make. But I don’t own a vita mix, I have a blendtec. I enjoy getting your emails everyday and trying out all your recipes. I am a type 2 diabetic now in remission and need your recipes & others like you to help me stay on track. Thank you for all you do for us, especially me.

  390. Meggin

    there is nothing I haven’t loved from your pantry! We love broccoli soup, egg nog, green smmoooothies and plenty of almond flour muffins!

  391. Gayle

    I really like the Pumpkin Custard lately, I use it with an Apple Pecan (maple) Crumble on top that makes it even dreamier. Saw multiple postings for the Kale Creamsicle and the Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream, I’ll give my non-Vitamix non-icecream maker versions of those a try too :)!

  392. Hi Elana, I am hoping you will pick me to win the vitamix. I am a 46 year old ovarian cancer fighter. I have been a fan of yours for about two years now. After my diagnosis, I discovered I was intolerant to many, many foods. Over the last two years, I have used many recipes from your site to nourish not only myself, but my husband and two teenagers. My immune system feels like it gets stronger every day with the proper foods being delivered and now it can do the job it is supposed to do – kill those confused cells that are growing cancer in my body – even as I write this.

    I usually take one of your recipes and switch it up just a bit. My favorite, and the one that got rave reviews last year was your butternut squash soup. I add a tiny bit of curry for a bit of flair and then top it off with some almond milk to give it an extra creamy finish. My family could not believe it was gluten and dairy free! And they ask for it again and again!

    Pick me, pick me please. A vitamix would allow me to make even more juice concoctions that will allow my body to absorb the vitamins and minerals so much easier – something that is vital on my way to good health.


  393. Sarah Schatz - Allergy-Free & GAPS Menu Planners @ heartofcooking.com

    The thing I have always wanted a Vitamix for is to make hot soups on the fly. I love how you can actually cook the soups in the Vitamix. We eat a ton of soups because we are on GAPS and it’s a yummy way to eat our daily cup of chicken or beef broth.

    I also love making my own coconut milk but the Vitamix would make this process easier. And your recipe for DIY coconut milk using the Vitamix looks great!

    Thanks for doing the give away!

  394. Definitely the strawberry lime shake! And the chocolate banana cake!

  395. Marci Bulterman

    I LOVE the VitaMix!!! My parents had one in the 80’s when the VitaMix was new. They purchased it for me to use because as a teenager I was very ill and had to have my jaw wired together for weeks. It pureed everything….a true lifesaver. Now I have my own family, 3 of us with Celiac. The possibilites would be endless and I would to be able to make smoothies from scratch and homeade soups!

  396. Marsha

    I would like to try the pumpkin ginger soup first. It sounds soooo good. But then all those amazing ice cream flavors are calling my name as well. Thanks for the chance to win the vitamix.

  397. How exciting! A Vitamix is on my wish list in the ‘Maybe Some Day’ category. I’d have to say that the Strawberry Lime Coconut smoothie sounds delicious. So simple, yet so tasty!

  398. Daniele

    Definitely the Gluten Free Pancakes – I make them several times a week for my kids before school in the morning. And I make them in my old, on-its-last-leg blender. I’ve been DREAMING of a Vitamix but sadly, the budget hasn’t allowed for it…YET! Good luck everyone! :)

  399. Maki

    I’d love to make the creamy cranberry dressing you posted this week but I don’t have a blender let alone a vitamix. Keeping my fingers crossed!

  400. Lisa Crane

    I am in love with your Watermelon Aguas Frescas! It’s a burst of flavor sweetness in my mouth. I can’t get enough!

  401. Tina Grahek

    I would love to win a Vitamix! I was making green smoothies every night for a week for my family until my blender gave out. It was a handful of each: kale, spinach, frozen pineapple and blueberries, and a sprinkle of chia seeds.
    I have a freezer full of frozen fruit just waiting for my new Vitamix.

  402. Lynn

    The Pumpkin Ginger soup is delicious!!

  403. Jody Shine

    Oh, they all look good!!! Where to start? Cherry ice cream! YUM!!!

  404. christine

    I’d love to win the vitamix blender!!! don’t we all?

    I know this sounds so “Boulder” but I have a recipe for boosting iron, as I have a problem w/ anemia as well as gluten…

    2 or 3 beets
    1 or 2 apples
    1 bunch cilantro
    as much ginger as you want
    Juice of a couple limes.

    Would be much easier to make this in a vitamix!!!!

  405. Paula S @ digiclipsinc.com

    I’ve made the pancakes (and so many other recipes from your wonderful book). They were terrific but had to be made in blender. Think they would be more outstanding with a Vitamix.

    Side note: I made your apple muffins for my grandchildren while I visited for 10 days. They went so quickly that I actually made them 5 times while I was there. That is 50 muffins. To say they “loved them” is an understatement! My daughter-in-law is buying your book! She loved them too!!

  406. Julie

    Hi Elana- I would love to have a Vitamix to make many of your awesome recipes, such as the Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake. I haven’t bought a Vitamix or a food processor yet because of all of the other appliances I’ve recently purchased trying to be Grain free (such as a dehydrator, juicer, etc.) A Vitamix would be a nice addition to make some awesome recipes! Sometimes GF isn’t enough for our Celiac bellies, and your recipes really do the trick! Thanks so much for all you do. :)

  407. Alana

    Having a Vitamix is a dream of mine! I would love to make my own Almond Milk and Coconut Milk!

  408. Cari

    love the pumpkin soup!!!!

  409. lyndi rohde

    Great giveaway, Elana! I love the Strawberry Lime shake and so do my kids. We make it weekly in our house. :-)

  410. Amy Duey

    Most Definitely the Chocolate Sorbet and making nutmilk :) Everything is delicious but my heart will always choose chocolate..

  411. Christie Jensen

    My children and I are gluten intolerant and still in the progress of getting healthy, your cookbook has helped my children to not feel deprived. We are truly enjoying eating healthy and changing our habits and I think for me really learning how to cook and prepare food. You have many recipes that would be so fun to try with a VitaMix, its been on my wish list for about 6 months!

  412. Robin Sachs

    Butternut squash soup!! It’s the best. Although, my daily spinach smoothy (frozen bananas, berries, greek yogurt and spinach)is a winner as well.

  413. Diane

    Would love to have a vitamix. Soups and smoothies sound good to me.

  414. Barbara

    I love all the recipes I have tried so far so it is hard to pick one but I would have to say the Kale Creamsicle is a good one. What a great way to get your kale. I do not have a Vitamix so I use a regular blender. I am sure it would be even better in the Vitamix but I cannot afford to buy one. So here I am. Thank you. Barbara

  415. Julie Keen

    My absolute favorite is the Watermelon Acqua Fresca! Mmmmm … what a delicious treat on a hot summer day!!

  416. Oh to have a Vitamix! I would use it for the flourless chocolate banana cake (sounds delicious), and also for homemade almond milk. My blender just isn’t cutting it for that one. Thank you!

  417. Green Smoothies all the way!!!!!!
    Can’t get enough….yummy!

    Love all your recipes too.

    (crosses fingers…..mama needs a Vitamix….)

  418. Maggie

    Love the strawberry and lime smoothie!
    I would love to win a Vitamix, have been wanting one for years and would use it to make soups, smoothies, non-dairy ice cream and all the other fab recipes you have on your site.
    Many thanks to you and to Vitamix for your passion and generosity.
    What would we do without you.


  419. Fran Danner

    I make my husband lots of smoothies. His appetite is not what it used to be and I’ve found smoothies are the best way to get some good protein into him on a daily basis. I use protein powder w/skim milk, frozen berries, bananas, and a bit of sweetner. He loves them but says I make too much! LOL! Yes, I do so I get to have some, too!

    Thanks for offering the Vitamix. It would be a very welcomed addition to our kitchen.

    Fran Danner

  420. Audrey

    My favorite Vitamix recipe would be my green smoothie that I have for breakfast each day. With my blender there is nothing smooth about it!


  421. Wow!!! what a generous giveaway! My favorite Elana recipe for the vitamix is chocolate sorbet!

  422. Cassi Friz @ cassifriz.com

    Everytime i blend up my pancake or waffles in our rather mediocre (if i’m generous) blender, or our superfood smoothies that come out not quite smooth, my husband has taken to leaning over and whispering “Vitamix, baby.” in his most sultry tone of voice. As a growing family with 3 small children, gluten-free for 10 years, and raw for good portions of the year, we are praying for a vitamix in our near future…. in the meantime, i would love to try ice cream in the vitamix!
    your pumpkin ice cream has been haunting me since you posted it…

  423. Kristin @ kristinfritz.com

    Hello! This is kismet. I am on Day 5 of a 14-day cleanse regimen and am so frustrated with my old Cuisinart blender! It leaks and doesn’t perform anywhere near the VitaMix I borrowed from a friend last winter. (It’s been on my wish list since!) Despite the mess, I love making green smoothies, including your Kale Creamsicle and Green Lemonade. I also like the VitaMix recipe for the Ruby Emerald Smoothie:

    2 cups water
    1 medium apple, quartered
    1 cup coarsely chopped fresh kale, large stem removed
    1 cup frozen unsweetened raspberries
    (and I like to add a dash of Stevia Plus)

    So yummy! I would love to have this VitaMix for my husband, three boys, and me to enjoy over the years. Love your website, Elana. Thanks for the chance to win, K

  424. Gunnhild @ helseklinikken.no

    Kale creamsicle! I love kale and was delighted to find your great recipe. Unfortunately my mixer is´nt as good as a Vitamix, so it is unable to make is as smooth, but by leaving this coment, I hope to become the lucky winner ;))

  425. Paula

    We love the smoothies!!!!

  426. Nadine

    My favorite recipe would be the roasted banana coconut milk ice cream and also green smoothies.

  427. julie kostina

    i am a smoothie kind of girl, myself.

  428. Since I live in Texas it is JUST NOW getting cold, so I would have to say hot cocoa for SURE!! YUMMY!!!!

  429. Tamara O.

    My favorite thing to do with a Vitamix is to make almond flour. Buying blanched almonds in bulk saves a bit of money and would enable us to make a lot more out of almond flour. We love your recipes!
    Tamara :)

  430. aray

    Green chicken soup is delightful!

    (Thanks so much for your blog, which has helped so much in our post-gluten life.)

  431. l.m.zah

    I LOVE your pumpkin ginger soup! If i had a vitamix, I would make it even more often. Thanks Elana!
    Your fan, Max in British Columbia, Canada

  432. Lisa

    A Vitamix is one of those lust-worthy appliances you don’t know you need until you start cooking for yourself. I ruined a small food processor trying to make my own almond flour. I want to try the flourless chocolate banana cake.

  433. Fariba Kerendi

    ICE CREAM!!!

    Been wanting to purchase a Vitamix ever since I started following your blog 2 years ago. Thanks for always keeping it interesting and delicious!

  434. Pancakes!! I am still using my grandmother’s blender (circa 1972). It works, kind of (but I’m suspecting the weird smell it makes is the motor burning out). I would love a Vitamix!


  435. Natalie

    I would love to have a Vitamix! I like making bulk peanut curry sauce: Smooth peanut butter, yellow curry powder, jalapenos, cilantro, green onion and a little hot water. Blend. I love this on chicken, rice and salads.

  436. aray

    Green chicken soup is delightful!

    (Thanks so much for your blog, which has helped us so much in our post-gluten life.)

  437. Lisa Christie

    Let me win this Vitamix Giveaway.

  438. Oh my goodness, I want to win this. I don’t usually enter contests, but this is too good to pass up. I use my Vitamix every day as well, and it really comes in handy for nut creams, soups and smoothies. One of my favorite ways to use it is to mix in leafy greens with chocolate shakes to sneak nutrients into my kids snacks! Thanks so much for the giveaway! If I win, this will go to my daughter!

  439. My favorite Vitamix recipe that you have is the Watermelon aguas frescas! I also make all your recipes from your almond flour cookbook and lots of protein shakes and fruit milkshakes for my two year old! I would love to win the Vitamix 5200. Thanks!

  440. Oh it just has to be the “Ice creams” and shakes. Finding out that it was dairy (and gluten) making me sick all along was a real blow. I am a huge ice-cream and milkshake fan. But now, if I’m in need of a cooling treat, which I am now in this hot South African summer, I know that I can, without harming my system.

    Strawberry and lime shake. Yummy. :)

  441. melaniel

    My husband just found out he has a gluten allergy so this would be great!

    The Kale creamsicle looks amazing! I think my 2 year old would actually drink this!

  442. Dreyanan/Kathryn @ akinkydichotomy.wordpress.com

    my fav recipe is gluten free almond flour pancakes

  443. susan

    I would LOVE a Vitamix because I can’t afford to buy one and have wanted one for a long time. As you say, it is excellent for everything! I would make pumpkin ginger soup tonight, and a smoothie for breakfast. I would display it on my island, always ready to whir! Here’s hoping…! Thank you so much for daily great inspiration. susan

  444. debi riley

    Probably my favorite, well one of my favorites is cashew gravy: 1 cup ground raw cashews, 4 cups water, bronners liquid aminos,(too taste)2T chicken like seasoning, 4T oatmeal blend, warm to thicken.YUM

  445. lisa

    Well, I don’t have a favorite vitamix recipe from Elana’s Pantry since I don’t own one (yet) but if I had to choose one that I would make immediately once I did own one, it would be the flourless banana chocolate cake!!

  446. Jennifer Pfeiffer

    What a great giveaway! Thank you! My sister loves her Vitamix and I’ve yearned for one for a long time. My sister makes a delicious broccoli soup in hers.

  447. Laree

    I love the Strawberry Lime Shake but so far, have had to make it with a temperamental blender rather than a Vitamix!

    Actually, I’ve loved all the recipes that I’ve tried from this site. I live alone but I do get raves about them when I serve them elsewhere. Gluten-free people especially love that I think of them when I take this food to a potluck.

  448. Laurie Hainley @ cakesnbakes.wordpress.com

    I love using a blender to make creamy cauliflower soup for the holidays; a seemingly simplistic but truly delicious dish!

  449. Michelle

    Definitely pesto! It takes absolutely forever to make in my sad little blender…

  450. My favourite ViaMix recipe on your site is the DIY coconut milk.
    I don’t have a VitaMix, but have made this DIY coconut milk recipe in the blender that I do have.

  451. Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream! Yum! I love this time of year because of all the pumpkin around PLUS ice cream is my favorite desert = genious!!

  452. angelique

    I would definitely would love to try the pumpkin ginger soup…sounds yummy!!

  453. 1 Pint Raw fermented Kefir with 2 raw eggs (local farm), some raw pecans, an apple, and some ice cubes. So Good!

  454. Cari

    I have wanted a Vitamix for a LONG time. I am always breaking my blenders. I will be very excited to try all of the recipes. Thank you for the opportunity. I just love your website.

  455. pj

    Wow! How do you pick ONE recipe? I think I have made almost every recipe you have posted. Love the cinnamon apple cake (just made it), and every other recipe. THANK YOU for all your fantastic recipes I look forward to more!

  456. Christine Robinett

    I would LOVE to make fresh nut and coconut milks. I’m so interested in trying all your recipes that use a blender. My life is whole foods therapy and medicinal herbology.

    Right now I don’t even have a blender. Things have been rough. First, I was disabled by a medical mishap and told I’d never practice again. Then my significant other was laid off and hasn’t worked in 2 years.

    It was my own tenacity while researching that led me to self-diagnose with gluten intolerance and multiple food allergies. Three years later, I’m doing well enough to return to part-time practice as a Licensed Acupuncturist and Chiropractor.

    So many special allergen-free foods are simply gluten-free versions of the same old highly-processed, artificial and often toxic “junk food” that got us into the disease state in the first place. There’s no vitality or life to them.

    If I were to receive the Vita-mix, it would not only benefit my family but allow me to revamp my practice to focus on helping those with gluten intolerance to make wiser choices with food.

  457. Victoira

    After losing 40+ pounds I find that your lo-carb gluten free recipes make my life tastier. The pancakes, pumpkin pie, are my favorites. I don’t have a blender only a stick type that works OK, but it lacks the versitility of a blender. Victoria

  458. Nancy

    Oh my! What wouldn’t I want to try to make with a Vita-mix? I would think they’re the perfect kitchen appliance, but the banana cake looks scrumptious:).

  459. Renee

    I do not own a Vitamix but I have always wanted one. I would make the Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream and all the other recipes that result in healing my body.

  460. Pam

    Best recipe, especially this time of year, is the butternut squash soup. The Vitamix makes it a smooth, creamy texture. Yummy!

  461. Vikki Kay

    My favourite recipe is raw vegan chocolate made with soaked cashews, cocoa butter, cacao powder, and agave. Feel very much like making some now!

  462. Pam Maher

    Oh the possibilities! The pumpkin ice cream looks divine but I could really get creative with a Vitamix! We made your pumpkin bars yesterday and WOW! I brought them to the office this morning and my friends loved them – even the folks that don’t avoid gluten. Thanks for this opportunity! Please let me win… please let me win… please let me win…

  463. Robbie Wood

    I am ALL over this offer!!
    I have been dreaming of owning a Vitamix since I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance 2 years ago. It’s very difficult using and losing less quality blenders to to try to get the job done.
    I would LOVE to be able to make pumpkin ice cream, cashew milk, dressings,soups and smoothies. I would try all the recipes if this baby was in my kitchen and I know they would be amazing. ;)
    Thank you so much for this fantastic giveaway! I have a place in my kitchen picked out and waiting. So exciting thinking that I could own this awesome machine.
    I’ll be keeping this in my prayers!

  464. Mandy

    No question your Vegan Eggnog (dairy free, egg free, gluten free) is the best blender recipe ever – we call it Almond Nog in our house and are totally addicted to it. I never really liked eggnog until I tried your version and “bonus” it’s way more healthy and you can make it when you need it.

  465. Karen Lemburg

    I’ve been gluten free for 15 years now. I have a favorite Butternut Squash Soup recipe that is easy and really good. Just in time for the holidays! A Vitamix would come in real handy!

    Butternut Squash Soup Serves 6
    1 Large butternut squash, baked
    14 oz Vegetable broth
    1 cup rice milk (original)
    1 small sweet onion quartered
    1 med. apple peeled and diced
    1 tsp olive oil
    1 tsp thyme
    1 tbsp curry powder
    1 tsp coriander powder
    Heat oil on medium in large saucepan. Saute onions until soft. Add all other ingredients except rice milk. Reduce heat and simmer 15 mins. Puree (in Vitamix) add rice milk, salt & pepper to taste.
    Bon appetit!

  466. I actually hadn’t seen this recipe before today when I clicked on your link to vitamix recipes, but I’m gonna try the Creamy Onion Salad Dressing very soon!

  467. Heartsong

    Wow. I haven’t a favorite Vitamix recipe yet because I’ve never owned a Vitamix, but my old tired blender is burning out and I use it for everything from nutmilks, to soups, to smoothies, hummus, uncheeses, etc, etc…
    Thanks for such a wonderful giveaway, whether I’m the happy winner, or somebody else is.

  468. Amy K

    Oh man! I have a blender but I have purposely *not* tried your pumpkin custard recipe because I know it won’t be able to do a proper job on the cashews! Your cookbook and blog are open in my kitchen daily, btw. I am a diehard fan. I eat your 2.0 bread, green soup, sesame crackers, pumpkin muffins, vanilla cupcakes from the book, coconut flour chocolate cupcakes from the blog, kale tart from the book, I mean the list goes on! I honestly don’t know what I would have done last year, when I discovered my son and I were GF, had I not found your blog. Almond flour is rock and roll — we dig it over here. Also love your pie crusts from the book, the savory quiche. What else, the cookies. The spice cookies! My treat at night. The black bean veggie burgers from the book. It’s all I need. Looking forward to those cupcakes in book 2! And another book after that! Many grateful thanks to making my life easier! And healthier!!

  469. Nanette Castorina

    I would love to replace my humble blender with a Vitamix. It would add many new and exciting possibilities to meal preparation.
    In our house pancakes are a big hit. My personal favorites are the soup recipes.
    I enjoy your blog Elana, and look forward to it everyday.

  470. Maggie

    Mmmmmm…the pumpkin pie ice cream for sure! :)

  471. Cathy

    Hi Elana,
    I’ve used your cookbook and enjoyed your emails for a while but this is my first time to write. it is hard to pick a favorite but I love the pancakes and breakfast muffins. The higher protein content, using almond flour, helps breakfast sustain me longer than traditional breakfast breads. Thanks for all of your work!


  472. Kassidy

    Gluten Free Pancakes

  473. Brenda Arrendale

    flourless chocolate banana cake would be my favorite… it would be my addicition! If I could make it. I am a 48 year old mother of 4 children (3 are still home-ages 15, 14, and 12). I am going to college Jan. 8th 2011 on grants and loans and believing for scholarships. We have struggled financially way too long! I am going to be a Nurse! One of my dreams! Another dream I have had since learning about nutrition, a journey that started when my 12 year old almost died at 4 weeks of age from urinary reflux, is to own a VITAMIX and a champion juicer. SO THIS IS MY CHANCE TO HAVE MY DREAM OF A VITAMIX MANIFEST!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR OFFERING THIS GIVEAWAY!!!!! I AM BELIEVING THE VITAMIX IS MINE!!!! THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THIS CHANCE!

  474. Vanessa

    any ice cream OR anything made from almonds! love this!!

  475. Most all of Elana’s Smoothies, especially DIY Coconut Milk for Greeña Colada, Green Lemonade, Raspberry Smoothie!! They have changed my world as have her recipes in general! What a find her site is!

  476. Catherine Lentine

    I do not have a vitamix however last night I went to Whole Foods Vegan Thanksgiving dinner and met Ashley. She was going on and on about her vitamix and now I really want one. She makes EVERYTHING in it and had some really great recipes. I am wheat/gluten free and vegan so I think this is a MUST have appliance.

  477. Erica

    Gluten free pancakes with the awesome blueberry topping from your cookbook! This is a favorite at our house. Thanks Elana for all of the great recipes!

  478. Gwen

    Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream!!

  479. dee fuhr

    almond milk
    1 cup almonds soaked 6 hrs and blanched
    1 tsp vanilla extract about 20 oz water and 2 tsp stevia
    mix in vitamix that I would love to have and then drain in milk bag or through cheese cloth …..yummy with almond flour cookies

  480. Tiffany L.

    Oh my gosh!! I have been wanting a Vitamix for ages!! Each time they come to Cosco, I put it on my list of next major purchases. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to make that purchase, yet.

    Anyway, my favorite recipe is your avocado dressing. I’m sure that it is much more creamy prepared in a Vitamix vs my regular blender!

  481. Cathy

    cashew ice cream, I would love to use a vitamix to get it smooth, my blender does not do it justice.

  482. Jill

    I love making my kids green smoothies with our blender but it has been broken for a while and we haven’t been able to get a new one yet. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win this vitamix.

  483. nikki k

    I have never had a vitamix therefore, I haven’t made any of those recipes. The power bars are one of my all time favorites and since my food processor just bit the dust maybe the Vitamix could handle a job like that. Would be fun to try!

  484. Cindy

    Well, let me start by saying, I drool over the product display and wait through the whole presentations when I see them at the Club stores and county fairs. Often I take more than the one “sample” cup of whatever yummy item they happen to be making. I’m surprised they don’t think I’m stalking them.

    So, if I had to pick just one recipe that I would make constantly it would be the Watermelon Aguas Frescas. So refreshing on a hot day after mowing the lawn. And to have it without all the sugar that is normally in them, that is perfect!

    Now, being on the gluten free diet due to celiac disease, I of course would use the Vita-Mix for so many more recipes, I would probably burn the motor out. HaHa.

  485. Cassi Friz @ cassifriz.com

    robin- congrats on the new little one! we’re also expecting number 4 and have a from-scratch gluten-free soy-free house (not casein, for which i thank our local raw milk farmer). blessings to you and yours!

  486. Kate Callan

    All of your recipes sound delicious! My simple favorite now, while apples are at their best, is to quarter three apples, removing core and stem, place in Vitamix with 1/4 cup orange juice, a teaspoon or more of cinnamon and, if the apples are tart, 10-15 drops of stevia, any flavor! This raw applesauce tastes great alone, mixed with yogurt or dolloped on an almond flour muffin.

  487. Andie Lipcon

    Pumpkin Ginger soup is at the top of my list!!

  488. megan

    I love to make smoothies!!

  489. Marsha

    Since I’m lactose-intolerant and soy drinks don’t agree with me either, my fav Vitamix recipe is the almond milk one.

  490. Michelle

    My favorite vita-mix recipe is one I saw demonstrated at my local Costco for spinach ice cream! I had my two sons with me and even my 3 year old who will eat nothing that is green loved it. I tried to duplicate it at home using my blender, but only the vita mix is powerful enough to make it actually taste like ice-cream.

  491. Ruth

    My favourite vitamix recipe is:

    Vegan Chocolate Sorbet

    2 cups water
    ¼ cup agave nectar
    1 cup dark chocolate chips 73% cacao

    1.In a medium saucepan, heat water and agave, stirring until agave is dissolved
    2.Remove from heat, mix in chocolate chips, stir until chocolate chips are completely melted
    3.Blend mixture in a Vitamix (or other high powered blender)
    4.Cool mixture in freezer for 1 hour
    5.Add to your ice cream maker, following directions per your machine


  492. Kathryn

    Lime Mustard Chicken is our all time favorite. Throw in blender and pour onto chicken. Can’t beat that!

  493. Heather

    I love your gluten free pancakes! They are absolutely delicious and easy to make! Having a Vitamix would be amazing and take my baking and cooking to the next level.

  494. Rachel

    Funny, because I was just looking at a recipe that used a vitamix, and I don’t have one! I was checking out the pumpkin custard since I’m loving the pumpkin sweets right now. Hopefully I’ll be able to make it soon…

  495. Erin

    mmm…I LOVED the pumpkin pie ice cream you posted recently!

  496. My favorite is the Oven Roasted Broccoli. Heart healthy and I try to eat this as much as possible.

  497. Susan McDonald

    My favorite vitamix recipe is my gluten free crepe recipe that uses a brown rice flour blend, with butter and milk and eggs and cognac. It is so good that my family likes it more than wheat flour crepes, which is good since our house is gluten free! I also make a really good blueberry smoothie that I have every day for lunch!

  498. val

    I have come to love a number of your recipes-there is no end of what can be done with a machine like this one. It would be invaluable for the many ice cream recipes, the smoothies,etc. Thank you so much for this offer!!!

  499. Ellen

    i have wanted a vitamix for forever! winning this would definitely be the holidays coming early :) i think a powerful blender like this is so valuable when you have a restricted diet.

  500. Penny

    I like the Hot Cocoa but it would be much easier if I could win the Vitamix then I wouldn’t have to use my blender.

  501. Heartsong

    Oops. Dunno if my first comment made it to the page, and there are SO MANY that I cannot seem to find it, so here I am possibly doubling up.. just to make sure I have a shot at the drawing.
    I use an old burning out blender for so many goodies in the kitchen. Soups (mm, mental note, must make mulligatawny soup), nutmilk, uncheeses, hummus, cashew cream, and on and on.
    Would love to upgrade to a Vitamix!
    Thanks for such a great giveaway possibility.

  502. Kyle

    I love the Gluten Free Pancakes, but use Honey instead of Agave and use coconut oil instead of the grapeseed.

  503. Kathy

    I don’t have a Vitamix but have read so much about them that I believe it would be a wonderful addition to any kitchen (but especially mine)! My favorite Vitamix recipe from Elana’s Pantry is the Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake. Keep these awesome recipes coming!

  504. Jayne Chandler

    Oh my, yes. My favorite recipe is a variation of your Butternut Squash soup, made in the Vitamix. My soup varies each time I make it, depending on what the garden is producing at the time and what I have on hand. My Irish grandmother taught me how to cook by instinct. She never measured anything, except to take a handful of this, a pinch of that. I use various stocks, juices, or left over gravy as a base. Whatever protein (sauteed meat or poultry, beans, etc.) I have. Add vegetables cut in usable sizes. For a squash soup, apples, pecans and ginger. Nut butters are a great addition to soups, and easy to make in the Vitamix. For a creamy soup, cream cooked rice in the Vitamix and blend into the soup. Last, season to taste. Ginger or lemon grass are my favorites.

  505. Sharita

    The hot cocoa sounds divine!!!
    Just recently realized that I have several food allergies.
    Your website and your yummy recipes have taken much of the sharpness out of my learning curve. From a gal who is passionate about delicious food, thank you!!!

  506. Darkhorse

    Mmmmmm…the hot cocoa looks fabulous…will have to try it this weekend! Thanks Elana!

  507. Mo

    The “How-to make your own Almond Milk”! It is a classic in my life, brings back memories of childhood and was how I first found the site looking for a recipe for it! I like to add a date to it to give it a little extra special punch but the blender doesn’t make it as smooth as a Vitamix would. This is one of those items, a Vitamix, that I have always wanted, but have never felt like I could justify it for myself. Justify me!

  508. Maria Henderson

    I am so excited about this chance to win a Vita Mix. I have looked over several of the recipes and can’t wait to try them. I am fairly new to the gluten free world. I was just diagnosed this summer.

  509. Christie Robinett

    While I’d love to have this Vitamix for myself. I’d really like my cousin, Christine to win it. She helped me to understand how what I was eating was making me sick and change my lifestyle to get healthy.

    Christine’s been helping anybody that will listen in our family to go gluten-free and figure out food allergies. We’ve both watched too many relatives die from cancer and other diseases that were most likely due to Celiac Disease or gluten intolerance.

    She’s a better cook than I am. She’s more committed to experimenting with recipes and ingredients that I would not have even considered. I want to see her rebuild her practice. I want to help her do that as we both have gone through major life changes and need a fresh start.

  510. Love it! Daughter allergic to wheat, soy, peanuts, and tree nuts. We love smoothies and our homemade salad dressings.

  511. Amy

    Elana, You have saved my family with your recipes and website!! Too many recipes to list as favorites but we use our blender on a daily basis, multiple times a day. We make cashew milk and smoothies daily and Elana’s pancakes and ice creams frequently. Our most recent favorites that require the Vitamix are the Pumpkin Bars and Pumpkin Muffins. Everyone has been enjoying them thoroughly!! Can not afford a Vitamix right now and it would be such a treat to win one!! I have 3 young boys and I love hearing about yours!! You are a daily inspiration to me! Thank you for ALL that you have shared!!

  512. Kathy Thierry

    The black bean brownies blend so smooth. Not a clue that there are beans in this yummy treat!

  513. April

    Definitely the pumpkin ice cream! Yuuummm!

  514. Robbin Larson

    I long to have a vitamix. the first thing i would make is a green smoothie for everyone i know!

  515. Terry

    Pumpkin Ginger Soup for sure

  516. Donna

    WOW! I love the Almond butter recipes. I just found out recently that I am gluten intolerant. And have your cook book and love your site. You have been a blessing. Thank You.

  517. My son loves your gluten-free pancakes!

  518. Mary Kate

    I have some beautiful butternut squash that I just received from my local veggie delivery. I am planning on making a soup with them and it would be so much easier to use a Vitamix than my little food processor!

  519. I enjoy pureeing pumpkin or squash soups in my blender. I tend not to use it because it’s hard to clean. I would love a vitamix!

  520. Becki Guillory

    Gluten free pancake mix would be wonderful to have Vitamix for. I make that recipe often. That is one of my many favorites, but I know I would branch out more if I had a Vitamix. My blender is on its last leg. :)

  521. Lisa Rogers

    I have to say that I love the DIY Coconut Milk! I use it for coffee creamer (can flavor with different extracts) and in my soups, especially the curried soups and such. It makes butternut squash soup soooooo rich and creamy! Thanks so much for the recipe, it makes things so much more versatile and I can make them for my sister in-law who is vegan. :)

  522. Emilie Schimmel

    How awesome! My favorite Elana’s recipe using a blender was the Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake. I’m so pleased to see this was one of her recommended recipes on this post! I agree. It’s like chocolate mousse, yum.

    Note: I didn’t consume it fast enough, and I didn’t think to refrigerate it, so I only got to eat about half of it. So if you make it, keep that in mind! :)

    Thanks for entering me!

  523. My favorite recipe is almond milk! I am lactose-intolerant, so being able to make my own nut milk so easily is a life-saver!! We have a vita-mix, but i think it’s a different model than this one, because it’s all black. If I won another one though, I would probably give it to a fellow missionary who needs something like this. :)

  524. Simone

    I would LOVE a vitamix, at the moment I use a magic bullet for all my blending and it just isnt cutting it.
    my favorite recipe is one I havent been able to make, but would with a vitamix, your pumpkin pie ice cream mmmm
    I would also love to be able to make nut butters at home

  525. Amy Turner

    Being able to make my own nut milks with a vita mix would be a dream. I have been trying to make them in my juicer, food processor, and blender and it just doesn’t work. Thank you for all you do for the celiac community. Your recipes are a life saver!

  526. Shawna Rockwood

    I would like to try the Pumpkin Ginger Soup. It sounds amazing! Thanks!

  527. Regina Fisher

    We love love LOVE smoothies in our household – all types! I’ve always wanted a VitaMix – I especially love how you can throw the whole apple, carrot, etc in so you don’t lose any of the vitamins or nutrients. (At least this is how they show it at Costco!) This would be a wonderful addition to our kitchen! Thanks for all you do – Your recipes are amazing!

  528. Becky Seay

    OH MY GOODNESS!!!! Most of my friends have a vitamix and I must confess, I am envious….but I’m trying not to be!! :-)~ I told someone recently that the only way I would be able to get one would be if I won one or got one for free somehow. And this is the first opportunity I have seen in hopes of that happening!!!! OK, I rarely ever win anything –and never online for sure. I was diagnosed with food allergies earlier in the year—gluten, wheat and dairy mainly. My 10 year old daughter just in the last month– and her numbers are MUCH higher than mine to gluten, wheat and dairy…..but she is also off the charts with peanuts!!! Sooooooo—life has been REAL challenging lately–especially for her because she is already SOOOOO thin!!!! Packing her lunches for school have been especially challenging and she will rarely eat breakfast due to a belly ache. She is a skeleton with skin on!! My friends keep sharing all these vitamix recipes but I can’t do most of them with my mixer or food processor to quite turn out the right way. I was doing a lot of smoothies this summer with our blender…then it broke. We borrowed a friends to finish out the summer. My 7 year old son has had eating disorders since he was 4 and although I haven’t tested him yet, I am guessing he is likely allergic to gluten and dairy as well. He likes green smoothies though. I have had to buy the ones from the store though rather than making my own since the blender broke. And they are waaaay too sweet. He is gaining weight–opposite of his sister—addicted to wheat I do believe…not overweight by any means but already 6 lbs heavier than his sister who is 2-1/2 years older than him!! Ok, needless to say–we would be SOOOOOOOO BLESSED by a vitamix!!! And I’m confident I would use it ALOT!!!
    OK…to answer the question. I have the almond flour cookbook and I have tried the PANCAKES with a little tweaking–less agave and a tad of arrowroot added. We prefer waffles though, so I have finally figured out the recipe to where both kids will eat them and we all love them! I need to write it down though so I can share it!!
    OH and MY 44th BIRTHDAY is the Nov. 12th, our 17th ANNIVERSARY the 13th……..and of course Christmas not long after all of that…..this would be such an awesome gift!!! THANKS soooo much for the opportunity to have a chance at winning!!!! :-)~

  529. Joy

    Well hello there you sexy Vitamix;) You and I could be very happy together.

    The pumpkin ice cream is the best! Basically, I’ll eat anything pumpkin. Or maybe anything cake, i.e. chocolate banana flourless cake, pancakes…

  530. Suzanne Fisher

    Those yummy Pumpkin Bars would be so much easier in a Vitamix. My daughter(8yo) and I made them for her class treat for her birthday and the kids begged her to bring some more in. They loved them. There are so many other recipes I would like to try using the Vitamix such as all the vegan Ice cream, but especially the Pumpkin and Coffee.

    Thanks for all your inspiration,

  531. Jenna

    The strawberry lime shake with coconut milk looks delicious! We’ve been making coconut milk “ice cream” this summer and it is so nice.

  532. Jackie

    I want to make green smoothies for my family. On a sweet note, we love the Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake. Saw the Vitamix at the N.Y.S. Fair and wanted desperately to buy it, but did not have the funds. My children and I love working in the kitchen with your recipes. Thank you!

  533. Connie

    MMMM! so many yummy recipe options to try in a VitaMix – am thinking I would have to start with the pumpkin muffins!

  534. Kimberly

    Definitely Spicy Butternut Squash soup. A few little toasted croutons & some spicy toasted pumpkin seeds on top…Mmm…I die every time. :) My little Black Friday special of a blender does a good job, but I’m sure a Vitamix would make it even more super-smooth and velvety…pardon me while my mouth waters…

  535. Hannah

    I’ve never used a vitamix, but I would be most looking forward to making pureed soups from raw veggies, which I’ve heard is possible with the vitamix.

  536. Brooks

    i don’t have a vitamix and they are so hard to puree well with my blender. also, i would love to be able to put the entire piece of fruit in the blender! (i.e. apple cores)

    –or make soup. i can’t believe that is possible with a blender! wow!

  537. Diana

    I’d love to make almond milk in a Vita Mix! I know it will turn out thicker and creamier than it does in my current blender.

  538. Noelle

    My favorite thing to make with a vitamix would be smoothies, smoothies, smoothies. You can put anything in there and the kids will drink it. They feel like they are getting a treat and I feel like I gave them a healthy start to the day or a healthy snack.

  539. Josh B @ realgrubbin.com

    Here’s my favorite:

    Coconut Cashew Pudding

    5 tbs cold water
    1/2 cup raw cashews
    2 deglet noor dates, pitted
    2 tbs dried, shredded or fresh coconut

    Place all of the ingredients in the Vitamix in the order listed.
    Blend on medium-high until pureed and thick, about 1 minute.
    Scoop into a bowl and serve.
    Serves 1.

  540. Jacqui Flipse

    Oh how I have dreamed of owning a Vita Mix!! I would love to make quick fresh soup on the colds days that are ahead this winter…yummmm.

  541. Janine

    My absolute favorite are the pancakes! YUM.

  542. Loryn

    Oh, to choose one Elana recipe is really quite a challenge as the Vita-Mix is so vital to achieving the flawless consistency of her many delicious cakes, dressings, brownies, and soups. It’s so easy to use and clean.

    But thinking back on the many recipes I’ve made, I never cease to be amazed after making the Purple Velvet Torte (aka chocolate beet cake). The recipe is ingenious and delicious! Nothing better than boiling a mound of grated beets in agave (even that by itself is tasty) and then blending them with egg and cocoa powder. The batter is lush, regal and completely unexpected. I love this cake.

    Second runner up would have to be the Orange Cake–also a beautiful delicious cake made all the smoother by the magic powers of the Vita-Mix.

  543. Gen

    you’ve coaxed me out of lurking, I’d love to win one, I love your blog!!

  544. Holly Ellerton

    So hard to pick a favorite… I love the pancakes, and I tried to make the almond and cashew milks but as others have said… regular issue blenders do not cut it, or should I say blend it, smooth enough.

    I have always wanted one. I’d love to win one to make those recipes better and more!

    Thanks for the offer!

  545. Theresa

    have to pick only ONE favorite???! lol! but okay, if I have to pick one, I’d have to say any breakfast smoothie. My two older daughters now drink them also. love your site!! best wheat free recipes by far!

  546. Michele S

    For the first time I’m inspired to post related to a giveaway! There is so much more we’d make if we had a Vitamix! Been saving for so long. We love Elana’s gluten free pancakes and smoothies. I’d love to make nutmilks. Thank you for the consideration.

  547. Bev McArthur

    I LOVE my Vitamix i have only hadit a few weeks and dont know how i ever lived with out it . I use it a few times aday and would love to have another one for my Daughter i use it to make nut milk smoothies flours soups for one my fav recipe would be right now
    1 bunch Kale
    1/2 cup pineapple
    1 lime
    1 lemon
    a few dates for sweetner
    1 tbsp chia seeds
    1 tbsp of protien powder
    mix and enjoy

  548. Sheena Searls

    I don’t have a favorite Vitamix recipe since I don’t own a Vitamix hence the reason I am entering the contest. :) I do love blender pancakes though. They are my new thing. Thanks!

  549. Jennifer

    Been dying for a Vitamix. Elana: I love your recipes, you have been addicted to Almond Flour. I believe I have food sensitivities (not celiac) and I find that I Almond Flour works for me. I can’t seem to eat wheat anymore. Anyway, you are my go to for any type of recipe. I tried the pumpkin bars and muffins this week…fabulous, and the kids loved them too (A lot actually). I can’t wait to make your brownies. Just love your recipes. A Vitamix would be perfect for me and the family. I love making pureed soups and smoothies. Any blender that I have owned in the past doesn’t typically last long for me. Thanks for the wonderful recipes!!

  550. christine vernon @ mercer-vernon.com

    my favorite recipe of yours is the GF Bran Muffins. Love them with my morning coffee. Although my pathetic blender doesn’t do such a nice job chopping the dates, they are still yummy. (btw…i always avoided GF baked goods until i found your blog. all those starches..bleck…but almond flour… Love)

  551. Jennifer S

    All of us love your gluten free pancake vitamix recipe! Thank you so much! You’re a lifesaver!

  552. Dotti

    I love the Almond Power Bars….they were a hit at home and at work. Thanks for creating this site…I make many of the recipes and love them all.

  553. Beth Langer

    I would love this for making green smoothies and nut milks!! I’m sure we would use it for your delicious recipes, too!!!

  554. Jenee

    Having a vitamix would make it even easier to make nutritious foods for my family!!

  555. I am SO going to get a pumpkin to make the pumpkin pie ice cream!!!!!!! YUM-O!
    I use my blender daily (just a cheap-o from target – so I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have a vitamix).
    Green smoothies have become a daily staple. And a very successful and loved treat is Mock Chipotle Cheese Dip (w/cashews). Coconut crepes. Raw Ganache w/Avocado Frosting. Nut milks…
    OOOOh the things I could make with a vitamix!
    All these recipes you provided are going to be great additions to our Thanksgiving dinner! Cranberry Dressing, pumpkin soup, pumpkin ice cream – my mouth is already watering!
    Blessings in Health and Life!

  556. Sharon

    I have a smoothie every morning as part of my breakfast with ground flax seed, lecithin, almond milk, and some assortment of berries and other fruit. Sometimes I even put spinach leaves in there. I loves my smoothies to start the day. And having a Vitamix would be so awesome, I could expand the possibilities of what I could make with that so much.
    Thanks for all the great recipes, it is difficult to pick a favorite. I love the Bindi bars though!

  557. Marci

    I haven’t made it, since I don’t have a Vitamix, but the Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake sounds DIVINE!

  558. Melissa

    My favorite is the flourless chocolate banana cake! Its a simple and easy recipe.

  559. Janet

    I would love to be able to make healthy soups quickly, make my own almond flour. I would leave it out and use it faithfully many days of the week.

  560. hmm, I don’t think my other post posted (hehe), so I’ll try again.

    Anyway, our favorite recipe is the strawberry lime shake. Delicious.

    Then again, everything you make is delicious and we eat mostly from your recipes. My husband, who is not a healthy food eater, has actually learned to love your food and I hope he eventually gets rid of the junk he adores to eat. But at least I’m getting some good food into him.

    Thanks for the Vitamix raffle. What a fantastic gift! Hope we win (sounds selfish, doesn’t it??) :)


  561. I don’t have any favorite Vitamix recipes because, sadly, I don’t own a Vitamix (yet)!! However, I’ve recently started incorporating gluten-free food into my daily routine & I’ve found several of Elana’s Vitamix recipes that I’d LOVE to try: strawberry lime smoothie, creamy cranberry dressing, power bars, pumpkin ice cream, lemon cooler, etc!!
    I attended a local (VA) cooking class recently & found Elana’s website through the hostess of the class. I’d love to add a few more recipes to my very new gluten-free diet! :) -Ellen

  562. Cathy

    I love all of Elana’s recipes-) But hands down my favorite Vitamix recipe would have to be the Chocolate Sorbet. So yummy plus it satisfies my families chocolate cravings without the guilt.

  563. So, I saw yesterday that you would be giving away a Vita-mix! Then I get on this morning an over 450 comments! Holy Crow! For a few years now I have been searching the classifieds, yard sales, and resale shops hoping someone would be giving their vitamix up for a price I can afford. But alas, apparently the Vita-mix really is that amazing because I have yet to find one! I read on the internet about people who “eat raw” and I really want to start eating a raw diet. I live in rural AR where fried chicken and mashed potatoes with gravy is a staple! And my husband and I have become so accustomed to eating out at fast food places. But, I no longer want that life! I don’t want to eat food that I don’t know what’s in it. It really scares me how many chemicals and preservatives that food has. I want to lose weight and be healthy. A Vita-mix would be the catalyst towards the life I want to live!
    My favorite smoothie that I have been making is called the Pink Pineapple. It has banana, strawberry, pineapple and I throw in some spinach. I also saw a recipe for some chocolate pudding that was made from avocado and cocoa powder. I watch as many videos on the Vita-mix as I can find (we don’t have a Costco or anywhere they do demonstrations). I am also fascinated with almond milk and really want to make my own to add as a non-dairy protein source. Yesterday when I was on your site I saw the pumpkin pie ice cream and I just drooled..it looks so yummy! My husband is also an ice cream fanatic, and I would love to be able to show him how amazing a Vita-mix would be by making his favorite cookies and cream ice cream. There’s no way our blender could handle that! I really want to make a change in my life by eating healthy and getting in as much natural fruits and vegetables as I possibly can and with the Vita-mix I can make that life a reality! Please help me out!

  564. Kim Brown

    I have to make everything from scratch with digestive issues and the vitamix would be a huge help. For me, I am dying to make the creamy cranberry dressing. I just love it when cranberries are in season and I buy as many as I can and freeze them.

  565. Linda

    What a wonderful opportunity Elana. I have always wanted a vitamix. I would love to make soups and ice cream in mine if I had one. I love your Apricot salad dressing.
    Thank you.

  566. Vickilynn Haycraft @ realfoodliving.com

    Hi Elana!

    The newer version of the Vitamix, the 5200 is BPA-free!! This is really, really important. I would LOVE one! The first thing I would make is your wonderful Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake!

    Thank you for this opportunity!

    Vickilynn Haycraft

  567. Anne Fischer Silva @ anewleafnutrition.net

    I love your website and give refer gluten-intolerant clients all the time! Since I eat gluten-free as well, I have used and loved many of your recipes, too.
    Thank you and keep ‘em coming!

    All the best,


  568. Rachel, Michigan

    Pumpkin Ginger Soup. I haven’t tried all the Vitamix recipes on your site. I would probably have said the cocoa, but I just discovered that I am very allergic to cocoa. With many allergy restrictions in the past 2 years, I am beginning to truly love vegetables. This Pumpkin soup is dairy free. I also like mine with “Indian” spices like curry blends. I also like to cook onions in coconut oil and blend those into the soup. Many friends say they like the hand-held blenders for such soups, but I am giving mine away because I don’t really need another thing and I LOVE my blender. I would certainly get daily use out of a vitamix. I would like to know what to make with leftover nut pulp from making almond milk. That would save me a lot of money, in not purchasing commercial almond milk if I could use the leftover wet almond pulp.

  569. Mamafrey

    I have always dreamed of a VITAMIX. I just can’t afford it. It would be nice to have instead of a juicer, blender and food processor. I have wore out several blenders making smoothies and my juicer is about wore out also. I love juicing. My favorite is 2 apples, 4 carrots and a hugh hunk of ginger. YUMM!! SMoothies are a regular morning treat. Thanks for the opportunity to enter this.

  570. Pam

    I make a killer Mexican style vegetable soup in my Vita Mix. Also, I make green smoothies everyday for myself and the kids. It’s the best way to get your veggies with little prep!

    Elana, love your website and recipes. My (now 12 year old) daughter was diagnosed with gluten allergy a little over a year ago. The diagnosis was very hard for her to accept. Your website provided such valuable info and great recipes (your chocolate chip cookies were the first thing I made) so she was able to feel “normal” around her friends at school and visiting. Many of her friends (and her older brother) now request “those amazing cookies” when they come over. Most importantly, my daughter is like a new person; healthy (she also lost 17 lbs just eliminating gluten), happy and confident. Thanks for being a part of that.

  571. Brenda

    Oh, my, the possibilities!!! Start the day off with smoothies, snack on hummus, finish with dressing for the dinner salad. I haven’t met a recipe of yours that hasn’t recieved all five thumbs up and couldn’t possibly pick just one. However, that being said, a couple of my kids have texture issues and I am wondering which blender to try next to get things perfectly smooth…the Vitamix is definitely on the wish list for this! Thanks for the great recipes, hints and cheerful advice! You make switching a large family of five to gluten free much less daunting! :o) Here is a recipe that would be great using the Vitamix:

    Tomato Soup Harlequin
    From the Biosphere 2 Cookbook
    Makes 12 Large Servings

    4 pounds tomatoes, quartered
    1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
    1/4 cup chopped fresh oregano
    1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
    2 potatoes, chopped (no need to peel)
    1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
    1 cup plain yogurt

    Place all but the parsley and yogurt in a 4-quart crockpot. Fill with water and cook on low overnight. At least one hour before serving, blend in a blender and return to the crockpot. Cook one more hour. Garnish with parsley and a spoonful of yogurt.
    63 calories/3 g. protein/1g. fat/1.2mg. cholesterol
    **This freezes well. I think I am going to go thaw a bowl out right now for lunch. :o)

  572. Rachel

    I love the Yellow Split Pea Soup with Smoked Paprika. It’s a staple soup at our house.

  573. Meagan

    Oh my goodness, this is fantastic!

    As it is winter, all I want to do is eat soup. So your carrot ginger soup is calling to me. My mom makes this great sweet potato soup –she blends sweet potatoes and chicken broth in a cuisinart (a vitamix would be a lot cleaner, I’m thinking!), and then after plating the soup, she puts a dollup of a yogurt-jalapeno-lime mixture. It’s hard to describe, but the lime-jalapeno-yogurt is the perfect compliment to the sweetness of the sweet potatoes… Mmm, now I want to make that soup!

  574. Sue Paterson

    Green smoothies would be so yummy in a Vitamix!!

  575. Francie @ ecomomoftwo.com

    I absolutely love your Gluten Free Pancakes! I am a pancake freak, I love them. I couldn’t eat any grain for so long and I had to completely give them up. Until I found your site and your cookbook. Even my kids like the pancakes. Now I am all excited about them, I will have to make them for breakfast tomorrow morning!

    I don’t have a Vitamix, I know you rave about it. My blender can’t handle batter very well and I would love a VitaMix, it would make cooking a lot quicker, esp. for two little hungry boys who don’t yet understand patience.

  576. debra

    I love the watermelon aguas frescas but it would be the pumpkin ice cream I would try if I had the vita-mix. That and Bolivian peanut soup… so yum!!!

  577. Kristen Johnston

    My family is crazy about hot chocolate so the “Vegan Hot Cocoa” is a great recipe for us! We also love a good fruit smoothie and a Vitamix blender is the best for that.

  578. Tara

    Elana, I have been following your site for about a year and a half since I was diagnosed and have made nearly every bread, soup, and entrée that you’ve posted. I love the simplicity of your recipes that seemingly always turn out (knock on wood!). I’m thrilled with the Vitamix giveaway. I would most definitely start with a batch of chocolate hazelnut spread on a slice of your gluten-free sandwich bread. Mmmm mmmm!

  579. Patty

    I love the DIY Coconut Milk, so smooth and get most of the juice out of it. I have painful joints, tried to make coconut milk from other blender and try to squeeze the not so fine coconut blend is very hard for me.

  580. I don’t have a vitamix, but I am anxious to try your recipes in one!! Smoothies in the morning would be a cinch! Thank you for the chance!

  581. DeAnna @ iamgf.com

    Wow, A Vitamix?! What an amazing giveaway. I have been drolling over the Vitamix for years. I can only imagine how creamy your Pumpkin Ginger Soup would be if I had a better blender. Your gluten-free pancakes are so good, but I know the texture would be improved by whirling the batter in a more powerful blender, like the Vitamix. Oh … just thinking about all of the delicious recipes that would be improved by having a better blender is making me salivate.

  582. kelly alice.

    We LOVE your Chocolate Sorbet recipe! It’s always a big hit whenever we make it!

  583. jennifer e ott

    my favorite recipe to make are these yummy treats. i take dates, cashews, and raw cranberries and pulse them in the vitamix. form into balls and then roll in coconut and YUM! i have been wishing for a vitamix for about 4 years and not been able to buy one. to win one would make my whole world! thank you, jennifer have a wonderful day!

  584. Erin

    Tofu/Pumpkin pie!

  585. Becky Rawalt

    I’ve been a fan of your website for over a year, I own your almond flour cookbook, and regularly order the 5lb. bags of almond flour to make your recipes. However, I must confess that this is the first time I’ve posted a comment here – how can I pass up this wonderful chance to win a Vitamix!?! As my son & I are both gluten & dairy free, I would love to try your diy coconut milk & almond milk recipes, but I’m sure my little Oster wouldn’t cut it! :-) I love your recipes Elana – Thanks!

  586. Arielle

    First I’d make almond butter! I have always tried and have broken many food processors :P

  587. I don’t have a Vitamix (yet), so I don’t have a favorite recipe (yet), but your creamy avocado dressing is probably the first thing I’d make!

  588. Judy

    Wow,a Vitamix. I admire that machine everytime I see it. Our family is on the gluten free trail and we are also trying to go with less sugar. I don’t have a vitamix machine, but my favourite recipe for it would be the “Green drink” from Dr. Oz. Spinach, apple, cucumber, lemon, and filtered water. Add ginger if you want a bite. Great for a vitamix and very refreshing. From Elana’s pantry I would like to try the Pumpkin spice ice cream. I love ice cream. Thanks!

  589. Patricia Schnee

    I have just started working with a wellness coach and am completely changing the way I eat. A Vitamix would certainly help me ease into this transition. I am very excited to try Elana’s recipes. Thank you for this web site!

  590. Laura Dickinson

    I love to use a vita mix & have made great smoothies. My favorite – organic baby spinach, frozen organic cherries, almond milk, ice. It is fabulous!

  591. Paula Glenn

    My favorite thing to make in my VitaMix is fresh almond milk. I soak 1 cup of raw almonds for 4-6 hours (or overnight). Drain the soak water. Fill the VitaMix with 4 cups of filtered water. Add the almonds. Blend on high for about 90 seconds. Pour into a nut milk bag that has been placed in a wide mouth pitcher. Allow to settle for a few minutes, then squeeze the bag until all the milk has been drained. Place remaining pulp in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a second batch of milk (for best results use within 3-4 days). If desired, place a touch of vanilla and/or honey/agave for a bit sweeter flavor. Mix well. Keep refrigerated. This is fabulous over homemade raw granola and fresh peach pie :)

    Due to heavy metal poisoning, my youngest daughter, now 7, does not eat dairy or gluten products. Over the last two years we’ve completely changed the way we eat, and have truly enjoyed the helpful recipes from your website. My hope is if we win this VitaMix, we can give it to a family we know that has health issues requiring a modified diet and they could really benefit from the blessing of having a VitaMix. Thanks for your consideration.

  592. Tonya Nichols

    I use my blender all the time!! I make blender pancakes/waffles, smoothies, nut milk, etc. A Vitamix would be so awesome. I love your website, Elana, and all your great recipes. My family has mutiple food allergies/sensitivities, and your recipes make life feel more like “normal”.

  593. Stephanie

    oooh, how exciting! I’m a huge fan of pancakes in the blender, but flourless chocolate cake sounds like a close runner up!

  594. Susie Kim

    chocolate sorbet!!! :) yummmmm

  595. Laura rechtfertig

    Making pancakes in a blender? I can’t wait to try this! My boys will get a kick out of that. They will think they are getting a pancake smoothie!

  596. Kim

    This is so great! We can’t purchase this wonderful machine where I live and my local health food store had a draw for a Vitamix and I must have entered 25 times. I didn’t win but that’s the closest I have been to this wonderful machine. I felt like I actually touched a “rock star!” My favorite recipe is vegetable juice. In my old blender I put whatever I’m in the mood for that day or whatever I have on hand and always add 1/2 an apple for sweetness. My grandchildren love it but wish it wasn’t so chunky :-) Gotta love the honesty of children!

  597. My sister makes a cashew cream with soaked raw cashews and water and blends it so smooth – it is the perfect replacement for cream like substances in allergen free recipes! And you can even use it in your coffee!

  598. I just had yet another cooking disaster where I put my soup in the blender and had it explode all over everything. A vitamix would make me so happy because I wouldn’t have to worry about that anymore! I would love to make your pumpkin ginger soup with it.

  599. Dave Ballstadt @ homexpertnevada.com

    I love to make smoothies. It would be great to be able to make them in a vita-mix

  600. peg strickler

    I love anything with your roasted pupmpkin! We have been using L.I. cheese pumpkins and the flavor is incredible! Muffins, soup, bread . . .
    Of course, you do need to puree all that pumpkin first!

  601. I have never been more excited about a giveaway! A vitamix would be a dream come true for me!

  602. We have dairy goats. One of the things we do with their milk is freeze it into milk cubes. We can use these to either make goat milk soap, or goat milk soft serve ice cream.

    Our VitaMix is an indispensable tool for hot Texas summer nights and raw goat milk soft serve ice cream.

    We don’t have a recipe, per se, as we just wing it but here are the ingredients for those who want to give it a whirl:

    Goat milk ice cubes
    honey or stevia
    cocoa, berries, preferred flavor
    pinch of salt

  603. Your pumpkin soup is AWESOME! Would be so much easier to make with a brand new Vitamix!!!

  604. Denise Ford @ thenutritiousway.com

    I first used a Vitamix when I worked for a raw food company called kaia foods. I was amazed at how easy it was to make delicious salad dressings and ground your own flax seeds. It really cuts down on the prep time because you don’t have to pre-shop things. Hands down the best blender I have ever used.

  605. Dacia

    A Vitamix? For reals? We are big time smoothie makers at our house. They are one of the only things I can get my oldest daughter to eat. We would put this baby to work. Our last blender died not too long ago.

  606. Pat Meise

    My internet quit as I was posting my comments so I will try this again. So many excellent recipes, so little time! ALL your recipes are great, but here is a top 10 list: flourless chocolate banana cake, ginger pumpkin soup, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin pie, (do you see a theme here?), butternut squash soup, any veggie and/or fruit smoothie, pancakes, creamy cranberry dressing, almond milk and hot cocoa (a treat I usually can’t have due to a problem with soy). A vitamix has been on my wish list for a LONG time, but I always look at the price and move it down the list. My Sis has one and has told me how wonderful it is and well worth the price. My husband eats gluten and soy free with me even though he doesn’t have to and he feels better than he has in a long time. I feel GREAT after being gluten and soy free for almost 1 year and 8 months. I tell anyone who wants to listen and some that don’t that this is the healthiest diet you can be on. Shop the outside perimeter of the grocery store and be healthy!!!

  607. How exciting! It’s hard to decide what my favorite recipe is… so many choices! Probably Spinach ice cream or Green Goodness Smoothies :).

  608. Twilla Hicks

    I would LOVE a Vitamix! I also would use it for my nutmilks, smoothies, teas and elixers! And thats just the start!

  609. tracy

    Smoothies, Smoothies and more smoothies! The kids love them! And our old blender is close to it’s last smoothie.

  610. Greg

    love your gluten free pancakes! I would love to own this blender so I can make more of your fantastic recipes!!

  611. Kris | iheartwellness.com @ iheartwellness.com

    Wow! What a great Giveaway Elana, thank you for the opportunity!

    My favorite recipe of yours for the blender would be the Strawberry lime shake!

    I do not have a Vita as of yet….I haven’t made anything in one :( However I am really drawn to making soups and green smoothies in them since they keep all the nutrition!


  612. Ada

    I’ve been coveting a Vitamix for many years, as neither my food processor nor my old worn out blender can do justice to Elana’s great recipes. Should I win this, the first recipe would be fresh Almond Milk!
    Thanks Elana, for all your great recipes and tips.

  613. Carolyn

    If I had a Vitamix (n.), my favorite thing to “vitamix” (v.) would be the rice ‘slurry’ we make for our kimchi. You can use a paste of rice flour and water, but my mother soaks sweet rice in water overnight and puts it in the food processor. Much easier with a Vitamix! Modern americanized recipes usually lack the rice, but it gives a beautiful rich texture and color to the kimchi as it ferments. We still make our kimchi squatting on the kitchen floor, surrounded by piles of baechu and bowls of kimchi paste.

    Now, my favorite recipe of yours, Elana, is not so much a recipe, but you started me on all the different uses for nut milks/butters! Cashew butter I find especially lovely for subtly thickening soups. And when I found out about cashew butter ice cream… Oh my.

    Much thanks for giving us the chance to win!

  614. Jenny L.

    I have wanted a Vitamix for so long and any of your wonderful recipes would be great for me if I had one.

  615. I would make green smoothies. My current blender doesn’t break down the greens enough and my kids won’t drink them because of the texture. This is an amazing giveaway! Thank you!

  616. laura haiker

    Smoothies. Chicken tortilla soup. Homemade peanut butter. Hot cocoa.

  617. Seneca Murley @ newplanetbeer.com

    My favorite recipes for a Vitamix, which I currently use on an old Cuisinart, but would love to use in a Vitamix because the liquid spills out of the sides of the Cuisinart, are salad dressings and soups. I love making Mango Lassis that way. Just take Kefir, a Mango, a little Agave, and then cardamon. Blend. Yumm. Kids love it.

  618. Doris

    Thanks for your great site – I’ve used many of the recipes!!
    Wonderful chance to win a Vitamix – love the pancakes!
    Keep up the good work – Thank you

  619. Diane Schenk

    Count me in!

  620. Our favorite VitaMix recipe is for peanut butter shakes!! We add bananas and peanut butter to milk and yogurt and have an instant meal! enjoy!!

  621. tanya

    i’ve never tried any of your vitamix recipes because i don’t have a vitamix! oh, i have been wanting one of these for a long time. you are going to be one busy lady reading all of the comments for this give away! thank you for all the wonderful recipes you post.

  622. Sally

    We use our vitamix for smoothies all the time but also like it for grinding almond flour, whipping cream and making soup.

  623. Margarita M

    Thank you! My favorite thing to make in a blender is salsa.

  624. Melissa

    My favorite recipe of yours is the Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream. I made this several times over the summer months since I can no longer do dairy. Thank you for the recipes you post, I have tried several and they all have came out great!

  625. Andrea

    I’ve never tried your recipes before, but if I won the vitamix I would love to try your roasted banana ice cream and your DIY coconut milk. At home, my family likes to puree our vegetables soups, which makes them so creamy and comforting. Our current blender isn’t very good at doing that, though. :(

  626. Mary

    Oh, WOW!! I have been seriously wanting a Vitamix for over a year! I make green smoothies every morning and have trashed 2 blenders already. I know a Vitamix would be a lifesaver! I also am dying to make my own almond milk and just can’t put my current blender through that too. I love your pumpkin ice cream! That has been my favorite so far. Winning the Vitamix would be a real blessing to my family as we are trying to go gluten, dairy, and sugar free due to my youngest daughter and myself having allergies. Thanks for this opportunity!

  627. Jen

    My favourite recipe is a fruit smoothie with blueberries, peaches, pineapple and banana, with hemp seed!

  628. Janelle

    Ooohhhh! I want one! We love smoothies in the mornings. I love your flourless chocolate banana cake too! Soooo good.

  629. Jen

    Vitamixes are the best thing in the world!!!!

  630. emily @ emutile.com

    I tried to make your vanilla cashew ice cream in a regular blender- it was definitely a no- go. Gritty, watery, not creamy at all. If I had a vitmix I would try again.

  631. Lilah

    It’s a toss-up between the flourless chocolate banana cake and the pumpkin ice cream. Both are divine.. I’ve been yearning to own a Vitamix since I moved out of my parents house for college a few years and lost access to their Vitamix. The first thing I baked during my last trip home was the flourless chocolate banana cake.. and then I baked it again the next day because while my mother, sisters and I were out during the day my father gobbled the WHOLE thing up.. I guess it’s good :)

  632. My GF/CF daughter recently moved away to attend nursing school, and dearly wants her very own Vitamix. It’s on her Christmas list – although this Santa can’t really afford to get her one. She misses her daily smoothie made with frozen berries, almond milk and a spoonful of peanut butter. She loves to make hummus, makes a killer green salsa, and would love a fast way to make fresh and healthy soups. Thank you Elana for such a fantastic giveaway.

  633. sally beveridge

    l loved the ginger pumpkin soup – the ingredients were just right! sb

  634. I’d make the Cherry ice cream. That looks SOOO delicious! I also love how you’ve used this to make soups. I love your recipes with kale. I’d try to make some smoothies with the Vitamix.

  635. Shannon Rae

    I love to make green-strawberry smoothies for my seven kids!

  636. deanna

    I would absolutely love a Vitamix to make lots of goodies with but I think that my favorite would be homemade Nutella. YUM!

  637. Joann

    No favorite recipe for the Vitamix because I don’t own one. :) But, I’m really interested in the soup recipe potential of this machine!

  638. Allegra

    My favorite use of the Vitamix is making persimmon cupcakes. Gluten free for me and Sugar free for my brother-in-law, Delicious for everyone! I have an older model, quite a workhorse, I dream up upgrading some day. Anyway, two thumbs up for Vitamix’s many serviceable uses.

  639. Stephanie

    Everything looks good, but the chocolate sorbet or pumpkin ice cream!

  640. Samantha K

    Pumpkin ginger soup..or maybe the pumpkin custard!
    Incredible giveaway!

  641. Sarah vanWoerden

    VitaMix ROCKS! If only I had one…..
    My kids favorite recipe in the VitaMix is super simple. Frozen pineapple and strawberries. That’s it! We call it Pineapple/Strawberry sorbet. Delish! They can never get enough. With four kids, I need a BIG one. My smaller one isn’t cuttin’ it anymore. Thanks!

  642. Brownies

    11/4 cups of pitted dates
    9 Tablespoons cocoa powder
    1/4 c safflower oil
    1/2 c agave
    2 c canned garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
    4 eggs
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon cinnamon

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    Measure dates in a measuring cup and pour boiling water to the 11/2 cup line, making sure the water covers all the dates. Let dates sit for at least 10 minutes. Pour off 1/4 cup of the liquid and process the dates with the remaining liquid in the vitamix until it forms a smooth paste. Put the date paste into a large bowl and add cocoa powder, safflower oil, cinnamon and agave, mixing well. Put garbanzo beans and eggs in vitamix and blend until very smooth. Add the garbanzo mixture to the date mixture, stirring well to combine and pour the batter into a lightly greased 9 inch baking pan or pie dish. Bake for 45 minutes and cool for at least 15 minutes.

  643. tjnjtown @ canvasjunkie.com

    Coconut Milk. Love all things coconut.

  644. Stacey

    My favorite is either my morning green smoothie (banana, strawberries, spinach, other berries, pineapple and yogurt) or the adapted version of the vanilla ice cream recipe from a raw food book I have. It was the first “ice cream” recipe I made that I actually enjoyed once I went on the SCD.

  645. Adrienne DeGuere

    I would so love to win the Vitamix! My blender is probably 15 years old and is almost on its last legs. I don’t have a favorite recipe to post about yet, but I’m excited to try the pumpkin ginger soup in the next week or two.

  646. Laura B

    any green smoothie & flourless chocolate banana cake

  647. sam

    I love making smoothies,soups & dressings “the new cranberry dressing” is Yummy. I would love to win a vitamix. They are suppose to be a must in the kitchen.

  648. Carol Beasley

    I love smoothies for breakfast, so I vote for the Strawberry Lime Shake. However, I’m really wanting to try the Flourless Chocolate Banana cake … sounds great!!

  649. Mardee

    Pureeing roasted vegetables for soup is easy and tasty.

  650. Amy Bouamout

    Can’t wait to try your hot cocoa recipe!! YUM!

  651. Emily C

    I would love to make nut milks and ice cream in the vita mix!

  652. Tania R.

    I love the pumpkin bars, and so did my kids. But I would have to say the kale creamsicle probably is my personal fave because I’m always looking for another way to get in more greens…and this is more like a dessert.

  653. Bett

    Wow, what a great competition! My favorite is the Kale Creamsicle, but I don’t use the protein powder. I put about 1 to 2 Tablespoons each of hemp seeds and flax seeds into the blender jar first and pulverize them. Then I add the orange or a small grapefruit (organic) with a tiny bit of its peel, as I’ve been reading that there are some good phytonutrients in the peel and it spices things up just a little. I also do a mix of greens – usually spinach, kale, bok choy and collards – it depends on what I have in the house. I also sometimes add a bit of turmeric, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla, depending on how I feel, again to spice things up.

  654. Shauna Casolari

    My mom had a vitamix and I have wanted one ever since I moved out. I love quick smoothies. Just some frozen blueberries, strawberries, and a splash or two of orange juice can’t be beat. Now I really want one!

  655. I would like to use it to make my Cashew cream sauce….ground cashews in the vitamix and blend with water and then saute mixture in a saucepan with garlic. In a few minutes it thickens up. Yum! Add ground parmesean if you like. Great over zucchini noodles or over vegetables!

  656. Frances Brooks

    Making smoothies with guava, guanabana, banana, passion fruit, cinnamon, coconut milk, vanilla. YUM!

  657. Suzette

    Smoothies, cakes and soups, oh my! What a world of delicious culinary opportunity awaits! Not having one of these envious gems, I cannot comment on my favorite recipe, but I cannot wait to try my hand at flourless cakes, vitamix ice creams and sorbets (as I do not have an ice cream maker), energizing morning smoothies and comforting hot chocolate. And what a great way to incorporate lots of nutritious foods for my little one in the morning with smoothies he will love!

  658. Rona Cassell

    I don’t have a Vitamix nor have I tried any of the recipes – what a good reason to win one :D

  659. Heather Andrews

    I have made your Pumpkin Ginger Soup recipe with a hand blender .. This is such an exciting give away! I use my Magic bullet for everything, sure would be nice to have a real, powerful blender!

  660. Michel

    It has got to pumpkin ice cream!!! :)

  661. Darlene

    Definitely the pumpkin bars by far! All I have right now is a small blender – very difficult to make anything in that ( it’s just too small)!

  662. I haven’t used any of your Vitamix recipes because I don’t have a blender that works. (Hence the reason I would LOVE to win this giveaway!) However, I would try those gluten-free pancakes first! Thank you so much for the great giveaway!

  663. Emily Hodge

    I definitely want in this contest! I have wanted to make green shakes like the kale creamsicle for a long time. Plus every ice cream recipe you have as I am gluten free and casein free! Thanks for all you do!

  664. Kiki

    I have recently discovered my dairy allergy and my gluten sensitivity and was so excited to find you on Tasty Kitchen. I cannot name a favorite recipe yet as I have only been on my new diet 6 weeks. I would LOVE to have a Vitamix so I can start making some of your recipes. Thank you for offering such wonderful, informative information. I have a goal to get my entire family (husband and two boys) off dairy and get them to like gluten free foods. Your story gives me hope. :)

  665. Elana – I made your chocolate beet cake…to die for, the family gave rave reviews! I have wanted a Vita mix forever, especially for making nut milks and butters. What an awesome give away! Ina

  666. Hannah

    Oh, the Vitamix! I just got one a few months ago and I LOVE it!!!! If I won this one, however, I would give it my sister, who desperately needs in on the green smoothie action! Which is my favortie thing to make… it makes them so smooth… I hate chunky smoothies! Great giveaway, Elana!

    I am co-hosting a Mama Blessing on Sunday and I am making the food. Almost everything I am making is either from this site or your book- thank you so much for all the wonderful recipes!

  667. Amber C.

    Ice cream, smoothies, soups, oh my!!Hot cocoa would be first on my list!

  668. Kathryn Richards

    I’m still using the blender I received as a wedding present in 1973. :D I’ve wanted a new blender – Vitamix, especially when I began using Elana’s gluten free cookbook – love those pancakes! :D

  669. Martha Noha

    Hi Elana,

    I love the Creamy Cranberry dressing recipe and plan to use it on our big Thanksgiving salad this year! Thank you for a wonderful website.

  670. Maria R.

    Oh…..I have wanted a Vitamix for soooooo long. I would use it to make my own almond butter for your delicious gluten-free brownies (my kids’ favorite!) Or the gf almond flour pancakes from your book! Or so many of your soups and smoothies! The possibilites are endless……thank you for such a wonderful giveaway!


  671. Lea Kiapos

    There are so many wonderful dishes to be made with my VitaMix! But what I use it for the most is for making smoothies. Using the whole fruit, I include apples, oranges, pineapple, mango, papaya, and strawberries. It’s a refreshing and filling breakfast on the go, or a great pick-me-up later on. And way cheaper than those juice places! Besides, this way, I know that I am getting the benefit of the whole fruit, not just the calories of the juice.

  672. Bethany Miller

    I’ve dreamed about owning a Vitamix for years now. If I were to win, I’d inaugurate it by making your Creamy Cranberry Dressing.

  673. Patti Krueger

    I have only made a few of your recipes since I just discovered your website, but I would definetly make the pumpkin ice cream again. It was delicious! Love your website and would love a Vitamix.

  674. Chantal Ross

    I am a mother of 6 and cant afford my very own vitamix, it would be so cool to be able to prepapre all these fantastic recipes…we use a regular blender at this time it works ok, we I have to chopped everything very finely, we love making green smooties and salad dressings. One of my daughters has IBS and we also make almond milk in our blender.

  675. Giamac

    I love your vita-mix pumpkin pie muffins. It’s the perfect time of year for them also!

  676. karon

    sorry, I haven’t been able to try the recipes I can’t stir or use a mixer as I don’t have a blender, but would like to try a bunch of the recipes. Love the cakes and energy bars.

  677. victoria klein @ voklein1818@aol.com

    Thank you for your incredible Gluten Free recipes! i love the Green Chicken Soup and the DIY Coconut Milk and Chocolate Sorbet the best.

  678. Alisa Cooks @ alisacooks

    The odds aren’t high with all these entries, but for a Vitamix, I must try!

    Since I don’t have one, I don’t yet have a favorite recipe for one, but in my blender, my favorite recipe is oatmeal waffles.

    From your recipes, I would have to try the marcona almond mayo!

  679. KellyBelly

    Being it is the begining of chilly days and even colder nights (live in WI), lots of hot cocoa would be made. As well as nut milks to use in baking.

    Also, Elana, last night I attended a GF goodies class through the comm. ed in town. The class did not compare to the great recipes you have here. I should have stayed home and baked up more of your tastey treats. The cinnamon apple cake is next on my list to bake.

  680. Athena

    I have recently had to go dairy free, gluten free, and sugar free due to being seriously ill from Candida. I have appreciated your website beyond words. I thought I would have to survive on salads alone for the rest of my life (plain, with no dressing). Your recipes have not only given me hope, but a realization that in fact my life is not over, I am eating better than I ever have.
    Thank you

  681. Michelle H

    Elana, I love your site and the green smoothie! I have made it many times in my regular blender…it’s not the same. I work at a Boys Group Home and know I would put it to good use making delicious meals and treats for the boys! Thanks and have a great day!

  682. Jennifer @ EFTHypnosis.com

    We use our rickety old blender on a daily basis to make everything from smoothies to spicy peanut dressing. Our favorite morning or evening snack recipe is a banana smoothie that tastes like a chocolate banana shake: 1 to 2 frozen bananas (freeze in pieces for easy use), cacao powder, protein powder of choice, 1 TB flax seeds, hemp or almond milk and blend to desired consistency. Enjoy!

  683. Carol

    My husband is a survivor of tonsil cancer (5 years!) and our Vitamix has been indespensible in allowing me to prepare whole foods for him for that are easy for him to eat. The radiation treatments that saved his life make it painful for him to chew foods and make it diffcult to swallow. I use our Vitamix to make almond butter breakfast shakes which he loves and lunches and dinner “blended meals” that can include any meat and vegetable that I have cooked up. The Vitamix can turn anything into a smooth and creamy meal. It allows him to eat a healthy diet without the pain – and the blended meals really are quite delicious!

  684. Kassi Marks

    I used a “regular blender” for your pumpkin bar and pumpkin muffin recipe last weekend. Both turned out great, but I’m sure a Vitamix would have made it easier to do. I would love to make nut milks with a Vitamix. Love your website and have introduced a number of non-GF people to the wonder of almond flour. Thanks!

  685. Diane Scheinman @ pathwaysforhealth

    I have used a Vitamix at an Ashram when I was preparing a meal for 30 people. I fell in love. Really would like to own one for my kitchen. It has been on my wish list for years. Love to make nut milks and soups.

  686. Jada Edwards

    Smoothies of any kind! There is no limit to the combinations…if I had a Vitamix! :)

  687. ella

    PANCAKES! I love love your pancakes and would make them weekly in the vitamix, I would also make smoothies, salad dressings (I made the cranberry one you posted a few days ago and it was PERFECT with my salad! :)

  688. Melissa

    I love pureeing soups in the blender!

  689. Kate

    Thank you for being so generous!!! This is a toss up but I’m going to say the nut milks. They can be used in so many recipes or are simply great all alone! I do love the pancakes though!!! Thank you Elana for all that you do to make gluten free easy and delicious!!!

  690. kimberly

    Of course it happens to be the first recipe on your list! I absolutely love ginger and with pumpkins around this time of year, it’s a big hit at our house!

  691. MaryBeth Matthews

    My favorite Elana blender recipe is not on your list. I make the Jelly Donut Cupcakes in my blender rather than a food processor. They’re so easy to make. I can never think of an excuse not to make them, so I always have the ingredients on hand.

    I would definitely switch over to the Vitamix to make them! Actually, just writing about them makes me want to have them around. I think I’ll whip up a batch today!



  692. I would love to try the Pumpkin Ginger soup. I love creamy soups and love that this one doesn’t call for cream. I love your blog and your exquisite photographs.

  693. Kyra

    Your Strawberry Lime Shake is excellent. It makes me feel like it’s a real milkshake (I usually add a ton of ice to get it really frosty). I don’t even miss the dairy and the flavors of lime and coconut make me think of a tropical vacation. Yum. Of course, my current blender doesn’t do a very good job of hacking up the pieces of ice (or anything, really) and I’m usually left with a clumpy drink that is impossible to sip through a straw (so I’d LOVE to win the Vitamix and be able to eliminate this problem altogether).

  694. The Tutugirl

    I love making Pumpkin Soups that require pureeing the soup before serving.

  695. Debra

    My favorite is the almond flour pancake recipe. In fact, I was just going to upload it so I could make breakfast when I stumbled upon the Vitamix giveaway!

  696. JeanneMarie

    Smoothies, smoothies, smoothies… I love to pack in all sorts of “high nutrient value” foods and supplements into my kids’ smoothies… and all the taste is the fruit and splash of raw honey or agave!!!

  697. Christine Cooper

    i don’t have a vita-mix but i love cooking and have tried many of your recipes and would definitely try them using the vita-mix!!

  698. Serena

    Mmm, green chicken soup!

  699. Lydia

    I’ll make smoothies, soups (like your pumpkin, or some carrot soup), ice creams, nut milks, everything! it’ll really help my green smoothies stay smooooth. I have wanted one forever but am the poorest I’ve ever been currently so it’s just not a possibility. Thank you and good luck to everyone!

  700. Colleen

    Pumpkin Ice Cream hands down…..Closing my eyes and eating Pumpkin Ice Cream makes me think of fall leaves, Halloween and Thanksgiving!

  701. Kim

    smoothies, smoothies, smoothies! oh, and my latest favorite staple: macadamia nut cheese.

  702. Janelle

    My favorite recipe is for blender pancakes.

  703. Meaghan Esser-Smith @ feelgreatnutrition.ca

    I love my parents’ vitamix and am saving up for one of my own! My favorite recipe, is
    1 ripe banana
    1 beet, including greens
    1 cup of water
    1 TBSP of flax seed and hemp seed

    Delicious and great for the liver!!

  704. Andrea

    Without a doubt the Almond Flour Pancakes (recipe as written in the cookbook, the revised one didn’t work for me)…these babies are so yummy. Any and EVERY recipe for ice cream is a winner for me as well and I can’t wait to try the Pumpkin Bars!

  705. Lorri Ecarma

    Morning Smoothie

  706. Lisa Combs

    I love the creamy cranberry dressing from your website – it’s so good on spinich salads!

  707. Arlyn

    I would LOVE to get this blender!!! I like to make green smoothies every morning on my lame blender that I currently have =( So hopefully I will win =)
    Thanks Elana!!!

  708. Catie Kniess

    After a lifetime of unhealthy eating I am slowly learning so much about food and nutrition. A Vitamix is on my Christmas list but I sure would love one now! Thank you for all your healthy recipes and tips, I appreciate it!. Catie

  709. Suzanne

    I make something similar to your pumpkin soup, except I fold in goat’s milk yogurt before serving for extra creaminess. I would love to have a Vitamix to make soups and smoothies. Sometimes my 20-year-old blender just can’t cut the mustard…or blend it! Thanks for a great giveaway.

  710. bernice

    smoothies! my favorite is mango smoothie

  711. Lisa Toth

    I have tried many or your recipes and would love to make the pumpkin soup in a vitamix.

  712. Amber

    I dream about owning a VitaMix one, but being a grad student, I have to make do right now. I love making your pancakes and have to use my hand mixer because I don’t currently have a VitaMix (I will one day; i’m saving up). I do make an awesome smoothie in my blender but I bet it would taste even better and be more smooth if I were to use a VitaMix. Here is my favorite smoothie:

    -Frozen mixed berries
    -Egg white protein powder
    -Fresh baby spinach ripped up (you can’t taste it at all)
    -A heaping tablespoon of peanut butter
    -Chocolate soymilk

    *Blend it up; so so yummy!! :)

  713. Sandy

    Wow! I’ve wanted one of these for about 30 years and I think the first recipe would be the Pumpkin Ice Cream but I would use it daily!

  714. Sara

    Smoothies! I love mixing frozen berries, raw egg(s), kale or spinach, stevia, egg white protein, hemp or coconut milk. It is really yummy and gives me such great energy in the morning. I can’t wait to try the pumpkin pancakes :)

  715. Stephanie

    My fave vitamix recipe is definitely any green smoothie, thick and super creamy smooth! I love my green pudding, avocado, sunwarior protein, lime, banana, loads of any greens :-) Yum

  716. I have made so many of your recipies and they are almost always a huge hit with my GF/CF child as well as the whole family. But our favorite so far is the Pumpkim muffins – I’ve made 5 batches in the last 2 weeks! Even wihout a Vitmix it still turned out wonderfully. I can’t seem to keep them for more than a few hours! I turned two of the batches into “pumpkin cupcakes” by using your frosting recipies – That was a HUGE hit for Halloween!! Thank you for your AMAZING recipies that keep feeding me and my family healthfully & happily!

  717. Nicole

    I wouldn’t know where to start! I would try every recipe and then some with a Vitamixer! I would love to make the Choc Banana cake! I also would love to be able to incorporate veggies into my smoothies- a blender just does not cut it! Thanks for all the hard work you do for us!

  718. Vita-mix! I have always wanted one…well ever since my best friend bought one and showed me the magic!

    I have tried your Pumpkin Ginger soup recipe in a regular ole blender and I would love to try it in a Vita-mix.

    My friend occasionally lets me borrow her Vita-mix for a couple days at a time. My favorite things to make are green smoothies in the morning, fresh maple cinnamon nut butters for snack/lunch, and for dinner – SOUP!!! It’s amazing you can make raw soups in the Vita-mix.

    I’d love to try many other recipes in a new Vita-Mix! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  719. My blender cries whenever I attempt to make smoothies for the boys. I would make smoothies, attempt homemade nut milks for the first time, whip up pancake batter, and basically whisper sweet nothings to a Vitamix.

  720. Amanda

    I would have to say my favorite recipe is for the bran muffins. There is just nothing better than starting the day with a gf muffin and a cup of coffee. My regular blender has a hard time with the dates in this recipe, nothing a Vitamix couldn’t handle! What a wonderful giveaway Elana! You are so good to your readers!

  721. Karen Miller

    My favorite would be any fresh veggie/fruit smoothie that I make. I use leafy greens, some broccoli (love that), cucumber, and in season tomatoes! For fruits it’s whatever is in season. I use yogurt and flaxmeal, too. Sometimes I throw in almonds, pecans, or walnuts.

    Sometimes I make soup.

  722. Lisa D

    Our favorite recipe right now is a chocolate milkshake – frozen banana, almond milk, cacao powder. Feels indulgent even though it’s good for you!

  723. Renae Lynn

    I would love a Vitamix! I really would love to make my own nut milks, I don’t like all the additives in the packaged ones. I would also love it for making green smoothies, and soups, etc…

  724. Lauren Beggs

    I love making the flourless chocolate cake! It is tough on my old blender though. Would love to try to make it with the vitamix.

  725. chellie

    gonna try the pumpkin soup recipe! sounds yummy.

  726. Suzanne

    I love the mexican chocolate ice cream! but I have wanted a vitamix for so long- we use a blender several times a day, for smoothies, baby food and baking. And I love homemade almond milks, but with an ordinary blender it comes out quite grainy. It’s just not affordable to buy a vitamix with another baby on the way- Could really use the real thing!!

  727. Wow, awesome giveaway! My fave Vitamix recipe of yours would have to be the flourless chocolate banana cake. Delish!

  728. Laura Holliman

    I absolutely love your gluten free pancakes. I thought the days of indulging in pancakes were over until I found your gluten free pancakes recipe. Using the grapeseed oil gives them a wonderful buttery flavor. Using the blender makes this such a simple and quick way to make them.

  729. Carrie Haverfield

    You can’t go wrong with ice cream. Yummy.

  730. BoMama

    The possiblities with a vitamix!!!Oh la la!I dream of having one but cannot afford it yet! my boys always need new something!I would make nut milks with ease! and smoothies with no lumps!My blender is so awful, I have to stop every few seconds to stir and stir! I get a work out!.MY veggie dips would be like velvet!.There are so many recipes I do not try because my blender is not up for it!A vitamix would change our lives!!!WOW I will be dreaming all day <3!

  731. Cindy

    Hi Elana,
    My favorite recipe of yours in a blender is pumpkin ice cream I loved it frozen and unfrozen (I ate it right out of the blender) :) yummmy And my favorite recipe is a strawberry orange sorbet. Thanks so much for the Vitamix giveaway…Cindy from Kansas….

  732. The gluten free pancakes are great amazing. You would never know they were gluten free, delicious.

  733. Leslie

    I haven’t made any of your Vitamix recipes (fairly new to the gluten-free diet) but the Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake sounds and looks delicious!! =)

  734. my fave recipe for the vitamix (even though i don’t own one!) would have to be the new pumpkin pie ice cream that you put up a few days ago. we tried it, and even though it was amazing, i know it could be better with the vitamix to correctly blend the cashews. i would love to win the vitamix!

  735. Rhonda

    I love making raw veg and fruit smoothies!

  736. bonnie

    wow! i would love a vitamix to make my own baby food! :) i love your pumpkin ginger soup pureed with my food processor but i’m sure it would be even greater in the vita mix! i’ve used a vita mix to make raw pies before… wow! the nut based fillings come out soooo smooth! it’s amazing!
    hope i win this! :):)
    bonnie :)

  737. Wendy Castleman

    My daughter and husband and I love, love, LOVE your pancakes. We make
    a batch or a double batch pretty much every week. We eat them with
    jam, we eat them with ham. We really do love them — yes ma’am!

    Joking aside, Kylie loves to help me add the ingredients to the
    blender (we have never had a Vitamix but would love to own one
    someday) and watch while I cook them. We have even premade the batter
    and taken it with is in a giant ziploc bag on a camping trip, then
    snipped off the corner and squeezed out the batter for shape-pancakes.
    Fun!! Thank you for all the amazing recipes, Elana!!!

  738. Melissa

    What an exciting giveaway.

    All the sweets sound wonderful, but I think I’d dive into the mixer with the green chicken soup. I’m a sucker for kale and adding it to chicken soup…even better!

    As for my uses, there are many. Priority would be given to homemade pistachio pudding, though. Yum!

  739. Nicole

    I’ve had a Vitamix on my wish list for 5 years! I love to make soups and seek the smooth, velvety consistency that only the Vitamix can achieve. I’ve made so many of your recipes and all are yummy and, just as importantly, make me feel good. Right now, your Fennel Apple soup would be delicious! I am also a big fan a dino kale in my smoothies, but none of my blenders have been powerful enough to break down its fibrous consistency. Thanks for your inspiration!

  740. Casey@Good. Food. Stories. @ goodfoodstories.com

    Maybe the Vitamix is the key to my first successful mayonnaise – everything else has failed, but a girl can dream.

  741. Karen Blanchard

    Hi Elana: I love to make roasted red pepper hummus. I take two 15 oz. cans of garbanzo beans and drain them. I add 2 tsp. tahini paste, 1 tsp cumin, 1-2 cloves of garlic, 1 tsp. lemon and two roasted red peppers from a jar. I add olive oil as I blend because the peppers add a lot of moisture. I love your website and am recommending your cookbook to everyone. Thanks

  742. Deanna

    I don’t have a favorite vitamix recipe yet since I don’t own a vitamix. I’ve always avoided your recipes that call for a vitamix because of that reason. I’m sure it would turn out right in a regular blender.

    My dream has been to get one….

  743. Melissa

    Oh sweet Vitamix how I have longed for you….lol! I was just in Coscto and they were having a demo for the Vitamix. I have heard nothing but good things about Vitamix. My favorite recipe is the Cherry Strawberry Ice Cream. One thing that I think is so cool about the Vitamix is that you can make soups start to finish.

  744. Lauren

    Since I don’t own a Vitamix, I haven’t had the opportunity to utilize the recipes. My aunt, however, has one and she loves it! By winning this machine, we would be able to compare recipes and extend our already existing hour long phone conversations. :)

  745. Hagar

    the Gluten Free Pancakes, no doubt!
    and if this is seriously for people everywhere, you might make me the Happiest girl in Israel :-)

  746. Barbara Bakie

    Garden Tomato Based Sauce

    When the vegetables are all ripe at once, washing, seeding the peppers, coarsely chopping all makes easy work for the cooking pot. Then use the VitaMix to blend (my VitaMix is 30 years old. Though some of the chrome base has rust, the blending chamber and motor work beautifully still!).

    Ingredients (from garden):
    banana peppers
    green peppers

    Wash, peal/core onions, core tomatoes, core/seed green and banana peppers if wished. Cook over low heat in LARGE pot, covered, until totally tender. The kitchen aroma is WONDERFUL! Cool. Process portions in VitaMix until smooth. Freeze portions (pint, quart?) in sealed plastic bags or containers.

    For use, thaw, add seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic, Italian, Mexican, chili etc.) for the dish you are preparing.

  747. TYSHA

    Chocolate Pots de Creme……yum!!

  748. Nicole

    Favorite is nut milk! although, in my blender that my family has had almost 30 years, it does no t turn out as great as it could.

    What a great giveaway!

  749. Carol Hickey

    I have burned out two Magic Bullets and a blender this past year making smoothies. I like to use a lot of frozen fruit in them. I guess my blenders just can’t handle that. I really need a Vitamix so I can start making some of the recipes here. Help!!!!

  750. Dawn

    Elana, I made the watermelon aguas frescas for my family and we were all saying that it was so refreshing and had such a wonderful taste! It was so great to have something different too! Thank you for all your hard work. I have your cookbook and can’t wait for the cupcake one. I even bought one of each for my future dil because my son is Celiac like me. I figured she will need them for my son because he is so spoiled from me baking and cooking for him at college!!! :-))

  751. Kathy

    Hi Elana,

    My kids and my favorite vita-mix recipe comes from your Almond Flour cookbook, your PANCAKES!!! My kids love them – they even skip the syrup. My son is gluten sensitive, so I’ve been eliminating gluten from their diets. Unfortunately, they still get it when they’re out and I’m not around. Oh well, I’ll keep trying!

    Keep up the good work – one day I’d love to open a gluten free/sugar free bakery here!


  752. Karen

    Favorite? How to choose? Smoothies, applesauce, canning fruit sauces and puree’s to use in baked goods, soups, Pretty much anything!!! I would LOVE a Vitamix.

  753. Jessica

    I have been following your site for about a year now and am so thankful for your healthful gluten free recipes, tips, and links. I am trying to expand my cooking skills and nutritional lifestyle for myself and family. A Vitamix has been on my wishlist since I learned about it on your site. Your pancake recipe would be one of the first tested in the new VitaMix, as well as Green Smoothies from http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2009/09/super-antioxidant-smoothie.html. I tried to make your Vitamix recipes and smoothie recipes in a regular blender, and it just does not work. Vitamix would help me not miss out!
    thank you for your work!

  754. Katie Raia

    I would make pancakes!! When I first went gluten and grain free, I ate eggs (scrambled, hard boiled….) EVERY morning. When my sister introduced me to your amazing pancake recipe, I was in heaven! Problem is, the “perfecting” step in your recipe is having a vitamix to blend it all with… My wimpy blender just can’t handle anything thicker than a smoothie. I would use a vitamix morning, noon, and night!

    Thanks again for all of your delightful recipes, Elana.


  755. Nancy Vinson

    Smoothies are the best!

  756. Heather

    Love the Vitamix! I use my mom’s when I visit her (which is increasingly hard now that I live 600 miles away).

    My favorite Vitamix recipe is one that I started making before I discovered your website; it’s similar to your Pumpkin Ginger Soup one, though. It’s also a pumpkin soup, but it’s vegan– and still full of protein!

    Instead of chicken broth, as you use, I use almond milk. (and I use the Vitamix to make the almond milk first, and then the soup. Double duty!) Then, it proceeds in basically the same proportions as yours. Instead of ginger, though, I make it with sage and pepper.

    It’s perfect for Thanksgiving!

  757. Charlene

    Thanks for the wonderful contest. Our favorite is the Vegan vanilla ice cream. We are trying to get more nut milk in our diets. Thank you for the great recipes!

  758. My favorite vitamix recipe from Elana is the pumpkin pie ice cream! What a healthy and delicious way to enjoy ice cream for those of us who cannot have dairy. Thanks, Elana for such a fantastic recipe!

  759. Paige

    I would love to try making coconut milk with a Vitamix.

    Thanks for the generous giveaways, Elana!

  760. Ilene the Bubby

    Dear Elana, the service, creativity, and joy you are bringing to gluten-free-ers is a true kindness and mitzvah. My 7 years old granddaughter who is medically gluten-free lives in Israel where the GF pickin’s ain’t so numerous. To think that I could make cakes, soups, smoothies, ICE CREAM!, cookies, and grind certain grains so finely as to be able to bake or cook with them with my granddaughter participating and learning techniques would be totally AWESOME. I would, indeed, shlep that Vita-Mix to Israel when we visit. I always try your delicious recipes (impossible to choose just one favorite) so I can get ideas for my granddaughter and make a folder of them. My little grandson in Israel is lactose-intolerant so your recipes are perfect for him, too. Even if I am not the lucky one to receive the Vita-Mix I still LOVE you and your recipes. Hatzlacha! (success to you, in Hebrew). All the best, :-D (mouth open to eat more Elana treats!)

  761. Alexandria Jungkeit

    I love so many of your recipes. The latest beauty was the pumpkin ice cream. My 3 kids (7, 4 and 2) love to make smoothies together – and I’ve always wanted to be able to make smoother ice cream. My ice cream machine sits in the freezer staring at me, begging me to use it more – but whatever we don’t eat fresh after it’s made, goes into the trash, because the family wont eat it later – i think it’s the texture.

  762. Tanya

    I would LOVE a vitamix. I really want to try the greena colada. It would also be helpful for multiple recipes – I wouldn’t have to use a combination of the blender and mini food processor!

  763. Kimberley King

    We have been saving for a Vitamix for ages now! With unexpected dental work or car repairs, the purchase just gets pushed back over the years. My favourite thing to make with a good blender would be green smoothies and nut milks. A Vitamix would seriously get used every single day in my house!

  764. Cathy Baucus @ usanamontana.usana.com

    Currently I do not have a Vitamix, but use my blender instead (whole-heartedly). I am looking forward to trying the Strawberry-Lime Shake and making Coconut Milk (my new favorite milk) as well. I recently had a Coconut-Lime Shake made for me, and have been looking for a recipe for this since. I am so excited to “substitute” the strawberry for coconut and give this a go! Thanks for all you do Elana!

  765. April Wallace

    We love your Green Chicken Broth, but all I have to use is a magic bullet and it takes what seems like forever to get the kale pulverized. I am also allergic to mushrooms, so I substitute sliced finger potatoes. I I have dreamed of having a Vitamix and have a savings jar for change to get one. Thank you for being there Elana, you have saved me many a day with your recipes.

  766. Molly

    I wish for a vitamix! I can only imagine how much better tasting my salad dressings will be with a vitamix. I recently attempted Elana’s pumpkin custard and it was not as “smooth” as I would have liked, probably because I wasn’t using a vitamix!

  767. Sonya

    Our favorite around here are mango lassis. Sooo good! They were about the only thing I could eat when pregnant with my daughter.

  768. Dee

    I love the gluten free pancakes! I even have my dad making these! They are best pancakes ever! Thanks for the recipe!

  769. Paul Bridenbaugh

    A couple years ago I saw the Vitamix at a sampling event at Costco. That machine is amazing. I would love to make the pancakes for the kids. Also I would use it to make smoothies for my wife & I.

  770. Marie

    I have been wanting one of these for so long! I would love to try the chocolate sorbet recipe with it. Yum!

  771. Judy James

    My favorite recipe so far is the Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies. The cookies are delicious, and it is wonderful to think of the protein I am getting when enjoying them.

    I learned of elanaspantry.com from a friend, and am so glad to have this resource available at the stroke of a keyboard! Wonderful!

    The peach cobbler looks so good — I am going to try it with some pears today– hope mine turns out as pretty!

  772. Matt Stubbs

    Hi Elana

    My favorite recipe is your gluten free pancakes I think they are one of the best things I have ever eaten. Please keep coming up with the awesome recipes.


  773. Kristen from Virginia @ startlivingwithyoungliving.com

    I make smoothies every morning for myself and my family as a healthy way to start the day. I would sure love to have a Vitamix to make this job even less labor intensive!

  774. Aria

    My favorite recipe to use the vitamix (that I borrow from my neighbors) is your flourless chocolate cupcakes, only:

    I make a cake instead of cupcakes (best in an 8X8 pan, or equivalent)
    I sometimes use coconut oil instead of grapeseed oil, because the cake firms up a bit, and becomes more like a German Chocolate cake. Delicious as a cake (when frosted), or as brownies.


  775. Stacey

    Thank you so much for your wonderful website! I have only recently discovered that all of the discomfort that I had been having for the last few years was gluten related. I am so grateful to finally know the cause, and also to have this website for such delicious recipes. I have as of yet only tried your bread recipes, but plan to pick up the cookbook and get started on many more soon.

    My reasons for wanting a Vitamix are actually not only related to my condition though, I have a 17 year old Down Syndrome child and he has recently had esophageal surgery for chronic acid reflux. His esophagus has become damaged and inflamed due to the years of reflux. Now I am having to puree all of his food. He also has an Autism diagnosis and I have heard that sometimes they do better on gluten free diets. A Vitamix blender would be an awesome tool to help me prepare his foods and also try the many wonderful recipes on your site. Thanks for the opportunity!

  776. Though I know it is not really yours, Green Soup with Ginger from Heidi is a love. I wish I had a Vitamix to really get it all from my produce and smooth the textures to fresh brilliance!

  777. julia

    I love the DIY coconut milk! Genius!

    Keep the great recipes coming – I really appreciate them :)

  778. Stacy Toth

    I’m a huge fan of all of your recipes. The pancakes are a near-weekly staple in my house; but I’d love to have a vitamix to see if I could get a better pie crust. Your peanut chocolate torte was INSANE but I feel like the Vitamix would’ve made the difference between a great and perfect crust.

  779. Tara Olson

    I have made the flourless chocolate banana cake for a group of friends and we all loved it! Next I’d like to try the pumpkin ginger soup!

  780. Danielle

    My favorite vitamix recipe is the Kale Kreamsicle! I make one every morning for breakfast. I add broccoli sprouts & spinach as well! Refreshing drink and a great way to start the day. Thank You for all of your great recipes!

  781. Shannon

    My favorite Vitamix recipe of Elana’s at this time would have to be the Vegan Hot Cocoa! We live in Alaska and it has already begun snowing. What better way to warm up after an afternoon of sledding than this yummy treat!

  782. My current blender blows! I love your Strawberry Lime Smoothie, but the fruit gets so stuck under the crummy blade of my blender. And since we’re chatting let me add that i have made many of your receipes and I am a huge fan of everything. You rock Elana!

  783. jeanne bjugstad

    I have wanted one of these for years since I started baking more when I went gluten free. I have a friend who makes me a great green smoothie with her Vitamix every time I visit her. I want to make my own! My favorite recipe is the pumpkin pie cupcakes. It is such a great, healthy treat!

  784. Darcy

    Very exciting! No better combo than Pumpkin + Ginger to make soup!

  785. theresa

    did you know you can make almost anything in your vitamix, from simple hot cocoa which i make by the blender full, pour in cups and heat. then there is mornings for pancakes and waffles and you can even do scrambled eggs. Keep in mind I doctor up all my foods with flax seed and puree’s since my son doesn’t tolerate foods well. but you can also make juice mixes and soups and smoothies. I am not sure there isn’t any thing you can’t make in a vitamix. so my favorite since its used the most would be cocoa. we live in alaska and make it daily and usually for bunches of kids. I get raves that mine is the best thats why everyone is always at my house. They don’t know that it is also allergy free!

  786. Oh my goodness, Elana! I would love to win a vitamix! Each time I see you mention it in a post, I try and make the recipe anyway and just tell myself that it turns out the way it’s suppose to! However, I really really want to make the pumpkin pie ice cream – http://www.elanaspantry.com/vegan-pumpkin-pie-ice-cream/ – because it looks so fantastic. All your pumpkin recipes look wonderful, but this one in particular is makes me smile just thinking about it! :)

  787. Tara Olson

    I have made the flourless chocolate banana cake for a group of friends and we all loved it….next I’d like to try the pumpkin ginger soup I think. I have seen one of these in action making a smoothie, it’s amazing, no seeds!

  788. Crystal

    My sister has a vitamixer and I suffer from vitamixer envy. Would love to have my own so I can make chicken tortilla soup (I had it at Costco when they were demoing the vitamixer, it was so yummy).

  789. Linda

    My favorite Vitamix recipe of yours would be the Kale Creamsicle

  790. Lisa

    For me it would definitely be the nut milks. I have a gluten intolerance only (that I know of) but my daughter has a long list of allergies – one being dairy. It would be wonderful to be able to churn out nut milks to suit the direction of our taste buds rather than forcing our buds to finish a carton of manufactured stuff that doesn’t really taste all that good despite the ‘au naturel’ labels. Simply made and fresh, how nice that would be! Thanks for the endless inspiration Elana!

  791. DocMum

    Is ‘appliance lust’ what we have in mid-30s instead of those intense teenage crushes???

    I’ve actually had dreams about a vitamix and what would be possible if I had one in my kitchen…. a partial list includes homemade mayo, fruity-coconut ice creams or popsicles for my kids, green smoothies every morning, hearty veggie soups on cold winter days, cashew cream for my coffee, blender drinks when my sister visits from out of town, etc etc.

    Oh Vitamix….you are the unattainable, cute boy in my grade 10 history class!


  792. Christina Jensen

    Oh oh oh…I hope I win. I’ve lusted and coveted for a Vitamix for years! We are a huge smoothie family and every morning you can find me picking my blender up and shaking it to get things distributed appropriately. I know with a Vitamix, that would not be the case. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  793. carol

    I would love a vitamix. I LOVE making smoothies, but the soup recipes I have read in these comments makes me want to start making soups now that the weather is getting colder!

  794. meg

    mmmmmm. pumpkin ginger soup! i’m always seeing the vitamix at whole foods and wishing i could afford it! hope it’s my lucky win! :)

  795. Sherry

    I love the ice cream and the pancakes. My gluten-free life has been much improved since I came across your site and your recipes. Thank you!

  796. Marikay

    How wonderful to have such a powerful blender! Green smoothies that are smooth would be heaven! I love your vanilla ice cream, and your new creamy cranberry dressing looks great. I have your book and have installed a new way of eating for my family and I. Thank you for posting all your delicious recipes: how blessed we are to have found your site!

  797. I don’t have a favorite gluten-free recipe for the Vitamix because I have never used one. In fact, I have never even seen one used. But I have heard a lot about them and how wonderful they are. If I won this one, I think one of my favorite recipes to make would be hummus. My teeny, tiny food processor doesn’t blend up the garbanzo beans enough for me — I like hummus to be really smooth. I also have a chocolate gluten-free cake recipe I would try — it uses garbanzo beans instead of flour. But again, I haven’t been able to make it because I can’t puree those beans. Thanks Elana for this great give-a-way!

  798. Amy Lyden

    Your Pumpkin Ginger Soup is brilliant; so simple and so nutritious! Also of course your GF pancakes. Have them together for a fun family dinner! I dream of the Vitamix blender, so grateful to be part of this contest.

  799. Judy Bakk

    I love the kale creamsicle! What a great way to get those vital dark green vegetables into your diet. Delicious and oh so nutritious!

  800. Chantelle

    My favorite recipe is for zucchini muffins!

  801. Bridgett

    My favorite Vitamix recipe is Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Muffins. We are a family of pumpkin lovers and this recipe is enjoyed by all, even our parrot Bubba!

  802. Brenda

    Cream of broccoli soup!! and Pancakes!

  803. Kathryn Sudul

    I’m another pumpkin ice-cream fan. I would LOVE to have a vitamix!!!
    I’m struggling with trying to avoid dairy and wheat, so need all the help (and tools) I can get. Thanks so much for the giveaway and all your great recipes!

  804. Debi

    Ohhh! I love the Vegan Chocolate Sorbet and Vitamix!

  805. Hannah B

    Love the hot cocoa!!! Vitamix would make my holiday season perfect!!

  806. Evalee Grenamyer

    I love the Pumpkin Ginger Soup! Pumpkin is one of my favorite vegetables and I don’t reserve it just for fall recipes.
    Pumpkin Ice Cream is great in the late summer when its still hot here in Florida.
    I would love a vitamix, as Im trying to be healthier and reverse some aterial plaque and cholesterol and pureeing foods for sauces and soups instead of using creams, flours and dairy would be more healthy for me.
    Thanks for your great website. I refer to it often.

  807. Chloe Marty @ mochieroo.com

    I love making smoothies with frozen berries and my blender doesn’t have the power to blend up berries right out of the freezer! The Vitamix would have NO problem, though!

  808. Kathy McCreery Klusky

    I myself don`t have a Vitamix, but my best friend does. I kept her company while did a dry run on a recipe for Thanksgiving, and she used her Vitamix for three different steps. I would love to have one for myself. I`m a single parent and she has a well-paid husband plus a job, so that`s how she has one ahead of me!

  809. Cathy

    I would love to make the DIY Coconut Milk. My current blender is a run of the mill blender that is not very powerful and is useless for anything other than simple smoothies. I’ve heard great things about the Vitamix :)

  810. Frieda

    My favorite recipe is the cherry strawberry ice cream. I also love your soups and smoothies. I have wanted a Vitamix for years! I would love to make my own nut milks. They don’t turn out good in my blender. So many things I make would be easier and better in a Vitamix. I hope I win!

    Thanks for all the great recipes!

  811. Sara

    Hi there! I clearly remember the first time I made your Purple Velvet Torte, for a dinner party at a friend’s house. I served it with a chocolate mousse. Yes, I love chocolate. And it was such a hit. This was well over a year ago and I’ve made it dozens and dozens of times since while also tweeking the original recipe, changing up flavors based on my mood for the day, and even using golden or chioggia beets. Any flourless baked good is my favorite and blending these batters in a blender is so important. I’d love to upgrade from my mom’s 1970’s(ish) Osterizer. Besides the beet cake, I make a mean espresso brownie with a base of black beans and have adapted Cafe Gratitude’s “I AM LUSCIOUS RAW CHOCOLATE SMOOTHIE” with homemade hazelnut milk, raw cacao nibs, figs, dates, and vanilla, to be a staple in my kitchen.


  812. Karen Harmelin @ kennykarenh@aol.com

    I do not have a Vitamix, so I am unable to recommend a recipe. I do use my own blender for protein smoothies with fruit. With a Vitamix I would
    be able to make make more recipes that are gluten free.
    Thank you.

  813. jewels

    pumpkin ginger soup! yummy. My eight year old has type 1 diabetes and celiac this would be amazing to have! thanks, jewels

  814. Barbara

    Definitely the gluten free pancakes!

  815. Debra

    Especially in the colder weather, I like making a quick batch of Raw Vegetable Soup in the blender. It takes no time, takes the chill off the body and is a healthy pick-me-up!

  816. Oh Vitamix, you are so great
    I want you in my kitchen now
    I know that you are not afraid
    of frozen, stemmy greens and chow

    I’ve loved you since I saw you first
    And glance at you most every day
    but I was dreading that my thirst
    would not be quenched – ’cause how to pay?

    So, here’s my chance – a giveaway
    I’m so excited, what shall I say
    Oh Vitamix, you’d be a boon
    I hope to have you with me soon

  817. Hi Elana,
    I am 12 years old and I have 11 people in my family. We were all exposed to toxic mold back in Monument, Co and had to move to Arizona to be seen by a doctor. We are now all on the GAPS diet and I LOVE to cook, but that is a little challenging because of our food intolerances. Since I found your website you have made my life a little easier. I can’t believe that I have a chance of winning a Vita-Mix! Hope that I am lucky!

    Anyway, I can’t seem to decide which recipe! They are ALL delicious! Hmmmm…. I think the soup recipes maybe is my top choice since the main healing food on GAPS is soup or the pumpkin pie ice cream.

  818. Linda

    I love your nut milks! Especially the almond milk! I have told so many people about this, and everyone is always so impressed that I can make my own. Of course they ask where I got the recipe, and I tell them at elanaspantry.com!

  819. Kati

    Love love love all my morning smoothies! This would definitely help! BUT I want to try the pumpkin ice cream this weekend! It looks like the perfect fall treat!

  820. misty

    wow what a great give away!! I would love a vitamix, I don’t have a favorite recipe, because I’ve never used one before, but I’d sure like to own one so that I can make smoothies easier! I hate fighting with my 17.99 blender!!
    Plus I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to try making my own almond milk!!!

  821. Laurie

    I would LOVE to have a Vitamix to make your vegan ice creams and nut butters, among many other things.

  822. Lynnette

    A Vitamix would add variety and creativity to my gluten, corn, dairy and sugar free diet. I remember when I took a class with you at Rocky Mtn Cooking School that you mentioned my diet was closest to yours of those in the class. Its true I cook everything I eat or prepare for others from scratch and love to make my own dressings, smoothies, soups, reductions, including your pumpkin recipes such as the cinnamon pumpkin cookie I’m making right now in fact. I cant imagine how much easier a Vitamix would make my life. I’ve wanted one for years. I’ve never had a chance to use one. I want to eat more raw and having one would give me no excuse but to load up on organic celery kale carrots avocadoes and beets. I just bought a box of squash and could easily make the puree for the soup I’m cubing the blue squash into. I’m getting all excited!!! Your recipes are all my favorites Elana.

  823. Maria

    I haven’t been able to make the flourless Chocolate Banana Cake, however, after I win this Vitamix, it will be the first recipe I will try!!

  824. Mary

    I have heard they are great!

  825. Summer Wilda @ peachnme.blogspot.com

    What an exciting giveaway! Who wouldn’t want a Vitamix – from grinding grains, to making pancakes, nut milks, and more they are such a wonderful tool! I love this time of year and look forward to making everything pumpkin! So the pumpkin ginger soup and the pumpkin ice cream are two of my favorites!

  826. Carrie Stoehr

    I eat gluten-free pancakes for breakfast every day and would love to have a Vitamix blender to use for making them. I would also like to be able to make the Vitamix recipes for vegetable soup, where the blender heats up the ingredients so that it’s ready to eat. And I’d like to be able to make veggie “cocktails” and ice cream.

  827. Meredith Chamorro

    Hi, Elana!

    I LOVE smoothies – especially when I can add fresh greens to them for extra nutrition! I also love your vegan hot cocoa recipe.

    Thanks for all you do!


  828. paisleyapron

    We always make shakes in our blender every Sunday night for a light meal. We use frozen bananas, rice protein powder, coconut milk, and whatever else we want to throw in, romaine, nuts, berries, egg nog. I would love to have a new blender. My 13 year old blender gasps and wheezes and we certainly can’t use it many times a day! Thanks for a great giveaway.

  829. With multiple food allergies among my five children, this would be so lovely to have in my kitchen. I cook almost everything from scratch and am always trying new things. Can I confess that I still have a blender from over sixteen years ago and only ONE button works on it!? (Pulse) I’m afraid it’s true!

    My goal for this year is to learn to make coconut milk based ice cream and a vitamix would make that so much nicer!

  830. Michelle Hamilton

    I would use the Vitamix to make gluten free pancakes. My son is on the GFCF diet and I’m looking for a pancake alternative. Great contest! Thanks.

  831. adriane


  832. Ashley

    the pumpkin-ginger soup, for sure!

  833. adriane

    pumpkin pie muffins

  834. Susan

    I really like the Strawberry Lime shakes…. :)

  835. Jennifer buchanan

    A VitaMix! I co-cooked with a friend who has one, the energy bars we made were great. I would love to try some nut-icecream recipes and experiment with recipes that will be great with all of our family’s food sensitivities!

  836. At this time of the year I cannot think of a better comfort food than the Pumpkin Ginger soup!

  837. Debbie

    Gluten free pancakes! I make a ton of them at a time and then freeze them. Then, each morning, we pop them in the toaster. Delicious!!

  838. Tracey

    I absolutely love the gluten-free pancakes. They are so easy to make and my husband thinks they are delicious too!

    I would be so thrilled to make hazelnut milk and hemp milk with the Vitamix – it would be so fun and easy. I also can’t wait to make my son fresh pureed baby food. He is only three months, but when the time comes, the Vitamix would be the perfect complement to my kitchen!

  839. Megan @ The Healing Fork @ thehealingfork.blogspot.com

    Oh my goodness, this is the best giveaway ever!! I love love love the chocolate banana cake!

  840. I would LOVE to be able to own a Vitamix! By far, the most use the blender would have is incorporating more green veggies and herbs into my juices; adding to my repertoire of smoothies; and increasing my choices of gfcf meals for me and my sons.

    The one recipe I would probably use is quite possibly the simplest… almond milk.


    We go through a couple boxes a week of almond milk at home and I’d love to be making

  841. Rachael

    I would definitely go straight for the homemade cashew milk. I’ve also been wanting to try your orange kale smoothie!

  842. Colleen A.

    I have never used a Vitamix but have always wanted one. I would have to say that my favorite recipe out of this group is the pancakes. I make them on the weekends when my husband and I finally have a Sunday with nothing to do. They are a HUGE hit.

    I would like to try and make soups with one….never thought about it but would make the job so easy.


  843. Danielle Fiddy

    as of yet I have not owned a vitamix – but I soooo want one! I recently saw one at Whole Foods demo’d and fell in love! My husband and I recently changed our eating habits.. my juicer is a fixture in my kitchen and I would love to make a vitamixer a fixture in my kitchen as well!!! PICK ME PICK ME!!!!!!!!!

  844. I would LOVE to be able to own a Vitamix! By far, the most use the blender would have is incorporating more green veggies and herbs into my juices; adding to my repertoire of smoothies; and increasing my choices of gfcf meals for me and my sons.

    The one recipe I would probably use is quite possibly the simplest… almond milk.


    We go through a couple boxes a week of almond milk at home and I’d love to be making it with a blazing fast Vitamix!

    Thank you Elana for your dedication to your site and to the health of yourself, your family and those that read your posts!

  845. Jennifer

    Oh my goodness – the flourless chocoalte banana for sure!!!

  846. Jess

    Hoping to get a Vitamix to make smoothies for my dairy free toddler!

  847. Audra Taylor

    I would have to say my favorite recipe is the pumpkin icecream. I love anything pumpkin. And can’t wait to try the pumpkin bread and I just saw a pumpkin soup recipe! Yeah. I am in pumpkin heaven.
    Thanks for ll the wondrful recipe, you have helped a frustrating allergies not really matter.

  848. I cannot afford a vitamix but I would love to have one!

    Here is an awesome recipe I make at home with just a reqular blender but would be wonderful & easier in a vitamix!
    Chocolate Mousse
    1/2 c. soaked dates
    1/2 c. maple syrup
    1 tsp. vanilla extract
    2 to 3 mashed avocado
    3/4 c. organic Dagoba cacao powder
    1/2 c. water

    I would love to try the pumpkin ice cream recipe that you have as well! Yum!

  849. Carol Ann

    Oh. My. Goodness. A Vitamix giveaway?!?! Be still my beating heart. I have this on my holiday wish list since I’ve about blown up my dear husband’s blender. Lately my favorite items to blend are the pumpkin muffins (which, admittedly, I sometimes add a handful or 3 of dark chocolate chips to…delightful!) and all sorts of vegetable purees including celeric, carrot and pea. Thanks for the opportunity, Elana!
    <3, Carol Ann

  850. Carys

    I have been a fan of your website and book for quite some time and am really looking forward to your next book since I love baking cupcakes! I love that your recipes are all so simple to make and don’t usually require a laundry list of ingredients! I have been wanting a Vitamix for some time now but just can’t swing the cost but I would love one especially for making nut milks. Thanks so much for all the wonderful recipes!!!

  851. Wendy

    Cashew milk! I didn’t like cashews as a child. Your milk recipe was the first thing I tried and it got me eating them as an adult. Love your recipes and have passed your site along to others when I’ve found out they have gluten issues as well. Also appreciate the inclusion of the Jewish recipes.

  852. well, the possibilities are endless! I currently have a crappy blender that I use for lumpy protein shakes ~ I have to use a food processor to make anything really creamy like soup… and that is a pain in the butt. I would have gotten a new blender already except we have some medical issues that take precedence. If I had a new Vitamix blender, I would be making my favorite soup every week: carrot dill. I would also use it for my shakes, blending ice cream recipes, and I have a slew of new recipes to try from this site that I am too afraid to try with the one I have. I’m keeping my fingers crossed! :)

  853. Jenna

    Oh wow!! My heart skipped a beat when I received your email saying “Vitamix Giveaway”! I’ve been a faithful follower (and advertiser) of Elana’s Pantry.com for over three years now. My husband and I have been dying for a vitamix for so long but just can’t afford to buy it being newlyweds. There are so many times that I am trying to make something and say “if only I had a Vitamix right now.” Or so many recipes that I just have to skip over for lack of a Vitamix.

    I would LOVE to use the Vitamix to make your “Greena Colada”, “Roasted Banana Coconut Ice Cream”, “Sesame Dip”, “Pumpkin Custard(!)”, “Gluten Free Pancakes” and “Chocolate Sorbet”…to name a few!! :) We would also use it daily for our morning protein shakes!

    Oh we would be so privileged, so excited, so camped in our kitchen for days if we won this!! And of course, we would be faithful walking advertisements of the Vitamix and of Elana’s Pantry everywhere we go!

    Thank you for the chance, Elana!


  854. Karen

    Love the chocolate sorbet! Thanks Elana for all your great and very helpful recipes.

  855. Heike

    I fancy to get a Vitamix for quite some time yet. My favorite recipe would be cashew butter or almond butter … with using NOTHING but raw cashews or almonds. Simple, I know, I know. But I hate to buy these kinda butters where additional oils are added. I know that the Vitamix can provide me with tasty butter from just the raw nuts :)

  856. Doug

    I would like a Vitamix to make my fruit protein smoothies! Thanks for offering such a great giveaway! My girlfriend makes a lot of recipes from your site!

  857. Nora

    Wow! I have been dreaming of a Vita Mix for some time now. All the things I could do. I love making smoothies, but the thought of making soups and adding my fresh garden veggies into juice is what really will excite me. Like right now, pumpkin ice cream, yum. Or Butternut Squash Soup. yeah!

  858. Tara

    Ive had a vitamix on my wish list for a while! I make alot of green smoothies with kale.And my cheapy blender has a crack in it and is on its last leg. I would love to start making some soups like the pumpkin-ginger soup and also baby food for my 8 month old.

  859. Stacey

    OMG!! a vitamix giveaway???!!! random giveaway picker please pick me!!! i’ve been wanting one of these for so long!!

    My favorite recipe to use on my new vitamix would be the strawberry lime shake. my cheap low powered blender just doesn’t CUT it!

  860. Laura

    Hi Elana!

    I love making your Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake. I don’t have a Vitamix so I have been using my Cuisinart blender. I would LOVE to have a Vitamix! I’m getting excited just thinking of all the wonderful recipes I would be able to make. Thank you so much for sharing your delicious recipes! Food has become a passion for me now that my diet is under control and I am I feeling great. :)


  861. Deborah

    My favorite is the tortilla soup recipe that they demo when trying to sell the Vitamix. Lots of fresh veggies in the recipe. It’s delicious!

  862. Joan Viers

    strawberry ice cream – yum!

  863. Libby @ makeadlib.com

    Ooooh! Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream!!!! Delicious!

  864. Judy Harlow

    The amazing Cranberry Dressing is making me hungry! Just love salads and various healthy dressings as well as having the ability to blend wet ingredients in recipes. Healthy smoothies are a must!

  865. gluten free veg @ wheatlessandmeatless.com

    pumpkin ginger soup, hands down fave!!!

  866. OH…MAN!!!
    I was just looking at vitamix previews on youtube last night. I only used regular blenders to make similar recipes and, obviously, they have not been up to par. I think my family has gone through three in the last four years.
    I have heard so many good things about the vitamix as all the blogs I follow praise it to no end. I would love to try some nut butter recipes or soups in it.
    I have tried so many versions of gluten free pancakes. Never one in a blender though, so I’d love to see how this tastes!

    ….please pick me. :)

  867. colormepink

    I love the hot cocoa, I could go for some right now! I would use it to make smoother nut butters and milks. Thanks so much for the opportunity Elana!

  868. Jonna

    What a hard choice…there are so many yummy ones! This time of year I always look forward to fall favorites so I’m going to say the “vegan eggnog”…it has all the wonderful flavors of the holidays. I also love to make smoothies in the morning…one of my favorites is almond milk, almond butter, banana, and vanilla…delicious!!! I would love a Vitamix…I have dreamed of one for soooo long :)

  869. Jennifer Sherman

    I have been wanting a Vitamix for several years now. I have been making due with other blenders that have been sorely lacking. I love to make blender pesto with olive oil, basil, sea salt and garlic. Maybe some day I will be blsessed with a Viatmix and I will try and make other recipes.

  870. Ann

    Like many others, I am also tired of blenders which aren’t that cheap but still end up breaking after a relatively short period of time (in my case, it is usually hummus that they don’t like, because it is so thick). Since I don’t have a Vitamix I can’t say what my favorite Vitamix recipe is, but I think I would like to try the coconut milk first off.

    I received an ‘unrecognized encoding’ error when I tried to post the first few times, with both Firefox and Safari browsers.

  871. Lisa

    Ahhhh! Vitamix! I have ALWAYS wanted one of these. My love for smoothies would be rekindled plus I have made EVERY soup on this site and love them all! I have been looking into the refurbished machines on their site, but had to take a shot at leaving a comment for the giveaway!
    You rock!!

  872. Mary Binnion

    I am “trying” to eat a plant based diet. My wonderful, supportive husband found this recipe at Vitamix. It is truly delicious. It is the garbanzo beans and diced tomato – tomato soup. Yum!

  873. Stephanie Mckenzie @ readingyourlips.com

    Your Pumpkin Ice Cream is my favorite! Love your simple, delicious, healthy recipes!

  874. Melissa

    Elana, I have wanted a Vitamix for 11 years. I have gone through several blenders making everything from smoothies to soups. I love the testimonies of the Vitamix’s durability, power, and versatility. I would love to make Elana’s Chocolate Banana Cake, nut milks, soups, smoothies with green veggies and so much more for my husband and son! Thanks for the opportunity!

  875. My favorite thing to make in my blender is a good green smoothie. Coconut milk, lots of spinach, 1/2 banana, and some almond butter. I would love to incorporate some harder veggies and fruits into my smoothies, which the vitamix would make possible. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win one!

  876. June

    I would love this machine! My favourite smoothie is 1 cup of frozen fruit (usually blueberries, strawberries, or mangos), 3/4 – 1 cup of homemade yogurt, and enough orange juice to make it drinkable. Super simple and good for you.

  877. Elizabeth

    I love the Strawberry Lime shake and make some sort of fruit shake every morning. I have been telling my husband we need a Vitamix for about a year now and he is convinced that there is a blender out there that works just as well and doesn’t cost as much. I’m still looking….

  878. Kari

    I just received your almond flour cookbook as a gift and look forward to making many more of the delicious sounding recipes! I’ve been gluten free for about a year and a half and have been struggling with blood sugar issues. Ever since giving up sugar and using almond flour, I’ve felt a million times more stable! I love your pancake recipe as well as your chocolate sorbet and hot cocoa!!

  879. Kate McMorrow

    I don’t have a favorite yet because I don’t have a Vita mix. I’m always bummed when an Elana’a pantry recipe calls for a vita mix because I can’t make it. If I had one though, I’d be making ice cream out of coconut milk!!!

  880. Carla

    I love the Pumpkin Pie Muffins – anything with pumpkin and almond flour is yummy and perfect for this time of year! Since going gluten free I’ve wanted to get my very own Vitamix blender and like everyone else it’s been on my wish list for quite some time. Love your cookbook Elana and looking forward to the next one in the spring!

  881. Julie

    I’m so very grateful for your blog – it’s helped me tremendously. I’d love to make your gluten free pancakes in a Vitamix for my family of 5, as well as the raspberry smoothie and SO MANY other of your wonderful, nutritious recipes. It makes me feel so good to prepare healthy recipes from your site that my family enjoys. Thanks for all you share. We appreciate you greatly!

  882. Martha @ mandalajane.com

    Our favorite recipe is vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Custard. I pour it in a GF pie crust as well!

  883. Stephanie Cann

    If I were to own a Vitamix, it would replace my ancient workhorse blender. I would make almond milk and cashew milk and all sorts of smoothies. Everything would finally be smooth.

    Not only that, but a Vitamix would make any form of vegan cheese sauce I make so silky smooth. Oh! how glorious I imagine the cheese sauce would be with a Vitamix!

    Merci bien for offering this giveaway! And many thank yous for your dedication and delicious creations.

  884. Vanessa

    the flourless chocolate banana cake rocks! And Vitamix is totally cool :)

  885. Oh I’m in love with Pumpkin Smoothies right now. . . delicious bits of fall and if you put chia seeds in then the calories totally don’t count . . . right?!?!?!?!

  886. MaryK

    I’d use it for your pancake recipe which is the best I’ve ever made since going GF. I’d also use it for my morning protein shake. What a great offer – thanks Elana

  887. Joelle

    Strawberry Lime Shake…The Best! A Vitamix has been on my wish list for a few years now. Because of cost, it still has not made it’s way under the Christmas Tree nor has it accompanied a Birthday Cake! Thanks for the oppurtunity to maybe gift myself = )

  888. Renee H

    Love the CREAMY CRANBERRY DRESSING. What a way to dress up a salad. It would be so much easier to make with a VITAMIX instead of my tired of blender. Always wanted a VITAMIX but never able to afford one ;(
    Oh the things I could make for my family with a new VITAMIX

  889. I love hot cocoa, it’s the best especially since its getting colder!!!

  890. Stephanie @ dairyfreediva.com

    I would love to win a Vitamix! I have been drooling over them for a while now. I think that the recipe that I would most like to make is the DIY Coconut Milk and all the other nut milks!

  891. Tracy W

    Would love to use a Vitamix for making my family’s favorite – pumpkin pie muffins………YUM!

  892. Pat West @ hotmail.com

    I have been on a gluten free diet for 3 months–the pancakes are wonderful!!!!!my son has M.S. and I have started him on this diet and he feels better.Not well, but better. Thank You

  893. Jenifer S.

    I’ve just about killed my blender making green smoothies and I would love to upgrade to a vitamix. The first thing I’d try is the pumpkin ice cream- I love pumpkin ice cream but since I’m now dairy free I won’t be able to buy any. I’m willing to make my own though :)

  894. Janet McAvoy

    I simply love all your recipes. The one I use most is your carrot krugel. I have made it with carrots, butternut squash and pumpkin. Although I do not have a high powered blender, I have strained my little regular blender making it so many times. It is my routing meal finisher, my desert. Thank you so much for sharing these recipes.

  895. Marie

    I love your silver dollar pancake recipe! It is the best!

  896. I make a wonderful dairy and gluten free ice cream in the VitaMix, (glad to share) but mine died years ago! Living in Ukraine, and feeding an army of people, this would make life much simpler!

  897. Carrie

    I have tried and enjoyed some of your recipes, but using my own appliances. I would be thrilled to be able to make them with a VITAMIX! The possibilities could be endless! I could become a foodie creation monster!

  898. Wowza! A vitamix! I’ve actually made your nut milks before (at a friends house who has a vitamix) and they were lovely. Great texture. I probably would use it most for greens drinks and smoothies, soups and I guess; the options are unlimited!

  899. Carol Reid

    Pumpkin ginger soup – it just doesn’t get any better than that !!!
    Vitamix – the dream appliance …
    Thanks for everything you do, for all of us !!!

  900. Your strawberry lime shake sounds wonderful!

  901. Carin Miller

    Flourless chocolate banana cake of course…. being in a gluten free, dairy free household there is a lot of cooking in our kitchen and vitamix as been on the covet list for years. We love your recipes Elana!

  902. Kiki McDonald

    How exciting! I have a friend who has one and she loves it. I have been wanting one for years, but, haven’t been able to splurge for one. Hope I’m the lucky one!

  903. I love making homemade almond milk. Your recipe looks great with that addition of a vanilla bean…If I win the Vita-mix I think I’ll make that milk directly followed by the soothing chai recipe. :-)

  904. Tara

    I’d use the Vitamix to make double batches of pancakes (we go through a single batch way too quickly!) which is too much batter for my regular blender to hold, to make smooth (not gritty) nut milk and your vanilla ice cream, and to make your mayo and have it turn out like mayo instead of like gritty stuff with oil separating out. :) Smoothies… lots of possibilities!

  905. Jill

    I would definitely love the vitamix to make pancakes!!!! I have heard so many amazing things about them and would LOVE one. About 6 months ago my second son got diagnosed with celiac. We have learned ha can’t even have gluten free oats or brown rice flower. This was extremely hard for me to hear as we have 5 children and own and operate our own business. I kept thinking about the time and energy it was going to take to totally transform how our family eats. When I was told about your website I was extremely excited and have used it as well as your cookbook to totally transformed how we eat. I have almost made every dish in your book and I recommend it to everyone!!!! The most amazing part is how you don’t have to sacrifice taste or even time, I find cooking with almond flour makes everything taste better and the recipes are quick and easy to make. You have been a complete blessing to our family and I know to many others. From our family to yours we thank you!!!!

  906. Lynn

    I have so many favorite Vitamix recipes but my tried and true is my creamy sweet almond milk that comes out perfect everytime! I add dates and a vanilla bean for flavor. Thanks for reminding us of this fabulous blender!


  907. Wenonah

    First off I’d like to say that I do not have any allergies or sensitivities to any foods really. I choose to be gluten free and live a lifestyle that is condusive my workout schedule. I love to CrossFit, so naturally I wanted to get the best results of my work, so I decided to go Paleo. A Paleolithic diet consists of lean meats, fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds; nothing processed, grains, sugar, salt, dairy, or soy. It sounds like a pretty bland life to some, esp to someone like me who LOVES baking. I have been baking since I was a little girl. I always wanted to help my mom in the kitchen. She made everything from scratch. I only wish I could have learned to be even half as good as her. Anyway. Thanks to your site an a lot of googleing, I can bake again. I esp love to share with other at the gym to show them that GF doesn’t mean taste free. I love to make my won nut butters. I make my own macadamia nut butter and use that instead of almond butter in you brownie recipe. I also use dark cocoa powder and walnuts instead of chocolate bits. It comes out so tasty! It’s always devoured in moments after I bring them in! I’d love a Vitamix, because my own blender just doesn’t cut it sometimes. It can take quite a while for it to get the nuts smooth. I find toasting them for a little bit helps, but it can still be a daunting task. Thanks for you consideration!

  908. Roxanne

    I don not have a Vitamix but I would love to have one so I can try all the delicious recipes you share with everyone.

  909. Pam McGuire


    I love everything you make! I haven’t tried any recipes that required me to use a blender yet. I like to make smoothies for my boys and sneak in a few vegetables.


  910. Rin

    A Vitamix has been on my wishlist and my husband’s for quite a while now! I would have to say my favorite recipes are the flourless banana cake and the pancakes….altough a Vitamix would probably turn out optimum results (currently I use the hand mixer!)

  911. Phyllis

    I really like the chocolate sorbet!!!! My favorite.

  912. Sandy Razka

    I love the pumpkin ginger soup! It is so easy to make and invites the change of seasons so graciously.

  913. Mer

    Chocolate Banana cake…yummy!! Life with a vitamix…life more simplified! Yay!

  914. Jules

    This time of year I’d have to say butternut squash soup, I love that soup! I don’t have a Vitamix, but would love to have one:-) It would definitely make some recipes a lot easier.

    Happy Holidays!

  915. Sarah

    I am making two of my favorite Elana’s Pantry recipes as I write this: Rosemary Chicken and Molasses Spice Cookies. I would LOVE a Vitamix!! It’s a whole area of healthy cooking I am just beginning to learn and have been very hesitant to take the plunge financially. Winning one would definitely give me a reason to plunge in. Thank you for your recipes and guidance, Elana! Your website it a wonderful resource. I have referred many people to it.

  916. Jyoti

    Hi Elana,
    Butternut Squash Soup and pancakes are my favorite! Would love to try some pumpkin icecream!

  917. I am amazed at what the Vitamix can do! My favorite recipe to make with the Vitamix is black bean brownies – it’s like magic how you can just whip up all the ingredients, using BEANS, and end up with delicious, healthy brownies! :-D

  918. Rita

    I’m a fan of big breakfasts. They get me going in the morning and fuel me for the rest of the day. My favorite is a small stack of blueberry pancakes, with a small low fat chicken breakfast sausage, agave syrup mixed with cinnamon, and a steaming hot cup of black coffee. Yum!

  919. Marla Y

    The pumpkin pie ice cream sounds totally delicious. I love anything “pumpkin.” Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this Vita Mix. i have always wanted one of these.


  920. Tam

    I make all of my own nut milks and nut butters, and I LOVE making your hot chocolate in my 20 year old blender. I can only imagine to fun and froth that would come from our gluten, yeast, egg, and dairy free kitchen with this! Since they cost more than my entire food budget for a month, I can only dream.

    Thanks for the chance to own one!

  921. Jenny Eliuk

    I use a blender daily. I make myself a smoothy in the morning for breakfast, which includes (all organic): frozen berries, fresh banana, greek yoghurt, maca powder and hemp protein powder. I have never been able to afford a Vitamix, so my smoothies aren’t so smooth. The berries don’t ever blend the way they should, so there are chunks and my straw is constantly clogged making them difficult to drink. A Vitamix would really be nice, since a blender is an appliance I rely on heavily but cannot afford. Thank you Elana for yet another amazing give-away! You are so generous with your blog and recipes, this is truly the cherry-on-top!

  922. Daniela Tanner

    I have made the chocolate banana flourless cake several times for my extended family, and they love it! I have been sharing your website and recipes with everyone as I make more and more recipes. Thank you so much for all you do!

  923. lisa Morris

    I love the flourles banana cake. I make banana cake each Friday night and we eat so much wheat with the Challah rolls already so this is a delicious alternative and so easy. Thanks P.S. Also great for Passover.

  924. Barbara

    I’ve made several of them. They are all so easy and delicious. I’ve made the macadamia nut brownies, the honey cake and bindi bars. I just love the ease of making the recipes by putting everything into a blender or mixer and creating a dessert.

  925. Kevin

    Happy Happy Joy Joy!
    My wife and I have been thinking of getting a Vitamix blender – just the other day our local Wholefoods had a presentation and we almost caved in right then and got one. We recently discovered your site and love it – i am soaking nuts and raisins at the moment for the Gluten Free and Grain Free “Raw” Granola.

    Thanks for the great giveaways!
    Keeping my fingers crossed.

  926. Sherri

    I don’t have a Vitamix, so I haven’t tried out some of the recipes you’ve listed above. I have a regular blender (more like a beverage blender with only one speed), but I’m afraid to use it now, especially since I put hot liquid in it to puree a broth. The lid flew off from the pressure and I got a pretty hasty burn on my wrists. I would love to have a Vitamix and I promise to not put hot liquid in it. :)

    So far every recipe I’ve tried of yours has been a hit with my husband. He absolutely loves the Chicken Parmesan and the Raspberry Bars. He asks for them every week now! I have more recipes I’m going to try out on him this week and for Thanksgiving. Thanks for the wonderful recipes. xo

  927. Marcia Ballard @ marciaballard.com

    So far (I’m slowly, but surely trying all of your recipes in your cookbook) I absolutely love the Carrot Cake. I made it in muffin tins and it was so moist and delicious, I didn’t frost them.

    Keep up the great work!


  928. Michelle

    DIY Coconut Milk

    I love coconut milk!

  929. Laura Hall

    I’d have to say that the Pumpkin Soup looks delish! With baby #5 on the way I am wanting to get something that would be helpful for making homemade baby food. We have always bought less expensive blenders and are of course disappointed. A friend of mine uses her Vitamix for everything including grinding Wheat Berries. I would love to win this so I could have an all in one appliance for our family’s needs. Pick Me :)

  930. Julie

    I make a blender pancake using raw oats, wheat, rice (any grain you like though) blended with yogurt until the grains are thoroughly ground and blended with the yogurt–it will be smooth. Then it sits overnight on the counter so that the mixture sours a bit (this is good for digestion). The next morning the remaining ingredients–eggs, salt, bp, etc are added and blended again. This makes a great pancake–my family loves it. It works in my Bosch, but I’ll bet it works a thousand times better with a vitamix! Of your recipes using the vitamix, I’m very partial to your smoothies–I love the fruit blended with the coconut milk.

  931. Lisa Allen

    I would love to make the Kale Creamsicle recipe. I make veggie drinks all the time in my plain nothing special blender. I would love a Vitamix to do it right.

  932. ALISA P.

    What an exciting giveaway! I would love to make homemade nut milk with a VitaMix! My blender can only do so much and I have been wanting a VitaMix for quite some time.

  933. Feradawn

    I love using a blender to make fruit smoothies for me and my girls. The versatility that a Vitamix would allow would be awesome!
    Since being diagnosed as a Celiac this past April, your cookbook and recipes have been my ‘go to’ for cooking ideas. I am looking forward to when your cupcake recipe book comes out too. :-) Thanks Elana!

  934. I have never used a vitamix and have always dreamed of owning one…here’s hoping!!! thanks for all your great recipes!

  935. Rebecca

    Kale Creamsicle is my favorite! I’ve made many green smoothies with kale, bananas, and berries. Your recipe combining citrus with kale in a drink was a new, refreshing taste for me!

  936. Courtney M.

    This onion salad dressing (http://www.elanaspantry.com/creamy-onion-salad-dressing/) looks delicious! I love trying new salad dressings, so salad doesn’t get boring.

  937. Kathryn

    Kale smoothies! Kale, mango, banana and pineapple juice are my favorite!
    Also, I’m in love with your gluten-free pancakes!

  938. Sylvie Greeniaus

    OMG, everyone wants one. I have used mine everyday since I got it 7 yrs ago. Especially in the morning. I can add any veg to the family’s morning smoothy and they can’t tell. Kale, carrots. It turns brown with a teaspon of cocoa to make it extra chocolatey, sweetened with stevia. We’re off to a good day’s start. It could use a revamp. With the new PVA free mixing canister!

    Thanks for the chance…
    Sylvie G

  939. Laura

    I would be sooooo excited to have a Vitamix. I make recipes of yours all the time and end up mixing them all by hand. The two recipes I make the most are a version of your chocolate chip cookies and your pancakes. In fact, I made both of them yesterday!! Yumm!

  940. Annette \

    I have heard about vitamix, and would love to own one, (as if I needed another ‘gadget’ in my kitchen!). I have a hard time picking favorites, because I like everything, but the Kale creamsickle certainly gave me pause. Not as a favorite, because I’m not a big fan of kale, but I do need to get more greens in my diet, so maybe I should give this a chance.

    I just made a pot of chicken broth, so your Green Chicken Soup looks good too. I think I’ll start there to add in some kale, before I try the Creamsickle.

    Thanks for all your great recipes and advice. I love reading your newsletters.

  941. Jen Bradford

    My wonderful naturopath keeps telling me I should be making green drinks to get all my veggies in and she tells me I need a vitamix too! However, as a single mom, they’ve been out of my price range. I would love to win one!!

  942. Hello Elana:

    My comment is that I have wanted a vitamix for years, but never have seemed to get it together to put the money together to buy one. I would love to have one, but as I don’t, I don’t have a favorite recipe. But as my business is slowly growing (finally), I am sure that it would help me prepare meals efficiently.

    Thank you for doing this.

  943. elise

    I would LOVE a vitamix! I have been looking into them lately since our 10 year old blender is about to die – we have put way too much frozen fruit in it. I usally try to make a green smoothie a couple times a week for me and the kids – almond or coconut milk, frozen bananas, frozen cherries, lots of spinach, almond butter, vanilla protein powder, green powder (sometimes chocolate flavored superfood for the kids), glutamine powder, and then sometimes I will throw in lecithin granules or flaxseed. I am sure I would make this everyday if I had a vitamix! After reading these posts I am dying to try the pancakes!

  944. Tereva Black

    My favorite VitaMix recipe is the Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake. The cake satisfies my chocolate cravings without making me feel guilty or weighed down by the fat content you normally see in chocolate dessert recipes. As always, thank you Elana for your beautiful recipes.

  945. Loretta Murphy

    I have a difficult time deciding which recipe is my favorite, but my indulgence is the pancake recipe. It is so simple and so good. Thanks for your creations to help ease this crazy gluten issue.

  946. I have ALWAYS wanted one of these! I’d have to add a line of salad dressings to our bakery menu just for the excuse of using these baby all day long!

  947. I have ALWAYS wanted one of these! I’d have to add a line of salad dressings to our bakery menu just for the excuse of using this baby all day long!

  948. Ada Rousso

    Pumpkin soup!!! My favorite to try!!!

  949. Kitty

    Your pumpkin pie ice cream sounds delish! I have wanted a Vitamix for quite some time and would love to try grinding my own flour from grain and making my own nut flour, which is ridiculously expensive in the grocery store.

  950. Kristin Walukas

    Definitely, the ice creams and smoothies are the biggest hit here! It is amazing how many nourishing foods you can hide with a powerful blender that can make anything smooth and creamy! I have a Blendtec blender, but it is on the fritz and is very unreliable, so I would love to win the Vitamix! Thanks for posting it!

  951. judy

    Oh pumpkin pie ice cream, how I adore you. Elana you have made me very happy with this recipe…and your awesome giveaways! I have ALWAYS wanted a vita-mix. Please put my name in the hat!

  952. Kathy Warren

    How does one pick just one favorite?? I guess I will use a seasonal filter for my selection process and chose Pumpkin Ginger Soup. So good on a chilly fall evening. Thanks for all you do for all of us Elana, you are the best!

  953. Tasha

    We love to make smoothies and hummus! Pretty much everyday something is made with the blender. Your pancakes are a hit in our house;)
    But I would love to start grinding flour with a Vitamix!

  954. Charlotte Moore

    There was several recipes that I would like to try. However, it has been sleeting here in North GA and the hot chocolate really would be a hit right now. The Vita Mix would be a great gift to win.

  955. Emily Sunwell

    I would love to make the Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake – also smoothies, soups, etc. I have always dreamed of having a Vitamix someday. A few of my friends have them and always rave about how wonderful it is. What an amazing giveaway! Thank you for the chance and thank you for what you do – love all of your fabulous recipes!

  956. Suzi Miles Lilly

    I love it to make soups with! Butternut, broccoli, cauliflower!

  957. Nancy

    Definitely Carrot Kugel! I use my Cuisinart blender right now, but it is so not doing the job properly. I make a mess of my kitchen all the time! But the results are worth all of it. You have to be in it to win it though – so consider me in!
    Thanks Elana! I make the chocolate cupcakes for my Paleo friends and they cannot believe it. I already pre-ordered the new cookbook for 2011. Can’t wait!

  958. Elizabeth Richardson

    When I discovered that I could make pancakes – and several other recipes in a blender I thought that life couldn’t get any better!

    But to have a VitaMix could make Life a breeze! Hope that Nov 18th is my lucky day as it is by 80th birthday!

    All your tips and recipes are invaluable. Thanks so much!

    Elizabeth Richardson

  959. Lindsey

    Almond Milk is my new favorite thing so I would have to say that is one of my favorite recipes! Great giveaway!

  960. Darcy Schwerin @ ensowellnessspa.com

    i just got into your site and LOVE IT! My family is turning over a new leaf and trying to drop gluten and sugars…we make smoothies all the time, my 2.5 year old believes he gets ice cream for breakfast they are so good! We are privilged to live in an area where fresh fruit is bountiful in the summer so we freeze blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and cherries for the winter….it is delicious! Our latest has been your recipe for pancakes…..they are delicious…but If feel they would be that much better with a Vitamix! Yeah!

  961. The one I make most often is my daily smoothie. It varies a little here and there, but usually consists of the following:

    1 cup almond milk (also homemade in the Vitamix, see Elana’s recipe!)
    large scoop rice protein powder
    small spoon spirulina
    pinch powdered kelp
    1/8 tsp maca powder
    a few sprinkles of cinnamon
    small spoon of nut butter of choice
    generous handful of raw kale or spinach
    1/2 cup frozen berries of choice
    1/2 to 1 frozen banana, depending how sweet I want it

    Blend on high until raw greens completed pureed. Pour in tall glass, sip with a straw and feel that liquid energy revitalizing every cell in your body!

  962. Rosie

    Green smoothies and almond milk are my favourites!! I would love to win the VitaMix, and thank you for running this giveaway!

  963. Joanne Pozzani

    I love anything pumpkin and love your silver dollar pancakes,

  964. Kathy Weyant @ SoilFreePlants.com

    Our favorite use everyday are fruit and vegetable smoothies. Our powerpack cold fighter is 1 clove of garlic, quarter of onion, hand full of danilion weed & kale plus carrots, celery, parsely, ginger, any seasonings, red sea salt, and Diatomaceous Earth and distilled water. It has a bite, but it also kicks butt.

    Our fruit smoothie is mixed fruit such as peaches, strawberries, pineapple, blueberries, aloevera, apple, banana, ground flaxseed, wey protien powder and Diatomaceous Earth plus fiber and organic coconut oil, orange juice and distilled water. yum yum

    Diatomaceous Earth Silica

    Love your recipes!!

  965. Shannon @ mondragon.ca

    I would almost die from excitement if I win this Vita Mix. I have been looking for an affordable Vita Mix to use for several raw food recipes I have, especially raw, vegan cheezes. In addition, I would love to be able to freshly grind my own grains and nuts into flours to use in baking. There is no one recipe I can define as my favorite, since I relish in the excitement that comes from variety in a well-balanced lifestyle.

  966. Tricia Smeding

    MMMmmmmm… chocolate sorbet, any day, anytime. Love Chocolate. :) A vitamix would be awesome! I’ve just started to save for a real super blender, winning one would be totally fantastic!

  967. Brianne and Chris! @ lovinaustin.com

    The Pancakes HANDS DOWN! I love these pancakes so much and I am so grateful to my husband who makes them at least 2 or 3 times a week. Our daughter even loves them. We’ve tried the flourless cake, too. Yum. Eee.

  968. Cheryl S – St Louis, MO

    Elana – I love all of your recipes…very recently my son and I have developed a Wheat and Gluten allergy and your website has been so helpful! Thank you.

  969. Chira Bowles

    I have heard so much about the vitamix~~~ it sounds so great, I want one!! I would love to try to make the chocolate banana cake.

  970. Michael Nelson

    I LOVE your delicious flourless chocolate banana cake. I make it with my food processor. If I had a Vitamix, I would immediately try your recipe for cashew milk. It looks so good!

  971. Definitely the Creamy Cranberry Dressing. *drool*

    I can’t wait to try it!

  972. My favorite thing to make with a Vitamix is almond milk. It’s soooo much better than store bought!

  973. Carolyn

    Would love to make fruit smoothies in a Vitamix! I’d have throw in a few leaves of kale too. ;-)

  974. Scott

    Without a doubt the Hot Cocoa now that winter is quickly approaching!!

  975. Lorrie Wolf

    Hi, Elena! I haven’t had the pleasure of trying your Vita-Mix recipes yet, but here’s hoping I have a chance at winning one so I CAN try them out!! I would love to try the homemade coconut milk recipe for my dear daughter who can’t have dairy.

    Please enter me in the drawing! I LOVE your site!

    Lorrie ;)

  976. Candie

    Our family loves the strawberry lime shake and makes popsicles with the recipe! I’d love to be the winner! Thanks for your great website Elana.

  977. Melanie

    The vegan Eggnogg is my favorite Vitamix recipe. Your Eggnogg became a tradition from the first sip. I had to borrow my neighbors vitamix last year to make it! :)

  978. Tracy

    Love smoothies~ live on them. Like the Stawberry Lime shake. Just started using coconut oil. Love your sight!!

  979. Meg

    Definitely the nut and coconut milks – no more crunchy milk!

  980. Caitlin

    All things SMOOTHIES! (Especially green ones! :) ) What a great giveaway!

  981. Sunny

    I love making smoothies and vegetable juices!!! They are the best ways to get some fruits and vegetables into my boyfriend’s meals…..

  982. LeeAnn

    I’ll have to say: I’m an ice cream woman. Even in the coldest of winter, I can’t get enough ice cream. The roasted banana coconut ice cream would be perfect right now in this surprisingly balmy autumn!

  983. Sandy

    The Hot Cocoa is my favorite recipe. It’s the perfect thing to get us through our cold Canadian winters :). Love your site and recipe book.

  984. IF i had a Vita mix, i would make my coconut milk broccoli soup in addition to my am smoothies..
    xo Carla

  985. Kathleen Pedersen

    Vitamix publishes a recipe consisting of 16 different ingredients, which you combine and then drink – fabulously healthy for you, and I tasted it during a store demo – it was delicious! I would LOVE to have a Vitamix, and try all of Elana’s recipes for it.

  986. Nana Rogers

    What a Doll you are, All the recipes and ideas you share and now another fantastic giveaway. Thank you so much for all your time and energies you use to share with all of us. I would love to be entered into the drawing as for which recipe??? ALl of them lol

    -Pumpkin Ginger Soup (this will be great for this winter Thank so much for sharing)

    -Gluten Free Pancakes (This one will get used Grandsons favorite breakfast)

    -Hot Cocoa (this would go with his pancakes and I can feel good about him having it he calls it “His special coffee”)

    -Strawberry Lime Shake (a good treat)

    -Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake (I love to bake!)

  987. Dale Avery

    Elana…I love your Vitamix recipe for Pumpkin Ginger Soup! Yummy! : )

  988. Hands down it’s Gluten Free Pancakes! I’m a big pancake lover, and I’m so glad that mixer pancakes exist. I’d love to have a Vitamix so that mine are that much smoother.

  989. Robert Anuszczyk

    Creamy Cashew Salad dressing: cashews, mustard, salt, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, garlic

  990. Megan Santini

    The pumpkin ginger soup looks sooooooo good!

  991. Mary Ewell

    I could really use a Vitamix. I love your recipes and use many of them, with and without blending options! But, I must admit, I would blend more with a Vitamix! I also purchased your book and make scones and pancakes often as well as quiches. Thanks so much for providing a crust that doesn’t make one cry trying to get it into the pie plate!

  992. Vee

    Our new seasonal special at San Chez Tapas bistro….


  993. Gena Miller @ girlgonedomestic.com

    I make Elana’s pancakes once a week, but my blender really bogs down. I need this Vitamix!

  994. Rachel

    I love to make Vegetable drinks because honestly I don’t eat as many vegi’s as I should; I eat a lot of fruit. I put kale and spinach in my “smoothies” which are not smooth in my blender they’re pretty chunky so I have given up on drinking them because the texture is way to thick. With a Vitamix I am sure it will be smooth and I can drink my Vegi’s again!!! Also my husband’s favorite drink is a frappuccino and I could make him cold blended coffee’s and we both would enjoy and get lots of use out of it. Although I will admit if I had to pick a favorite the hot chocolate would win every time :)

  995. Karen

    Homemade rice milk and smoothies!

  996. Roger St. Onge

    Im going with the Flourless Chocolate Banana cake. mmmmmm!

  997. Ian Ford @ blog.agitcraft.com

    Definitely pumpkin ice cream

  998. Laura

    Rice milk! My sister has just been diagnosed with celiac and several food allergies including soy and almond. The other thing I have been dying to make is hummus, but my blender just wont cut it.

  999. Amy T.

    flourless chocolate banana cake – going to make it this weekend

  1000. Michelle D.

    I love coconut milk, thank you for your VitaMix recipe for diy coconut milk. I have wanted a VitaMix for years but every time we had the money saved, something became more of a priority. Thank you for making a VitaMix available to the group. Your cooking ideas are wonderful.

  1001. heather v.

    I love making your smoothy recipes!

  1002. With three little girls I would have to say that first I would make us some pumpkin frozen yogurt followed by playdough. I love that it can do everything!!

  1003. Annette

    Oh what I would do with a Vitamix….it would make life so easy, especially for my family …..soups, juices, cleanses, Elana’s recipes and so much more. My daughter and I were diagnosed gluten intolerant over the past year and your website has been key to changing our palettes…thank you so much for your inspiration and wisdom.


  1004. Definitely the gluten-free pancakes: they have been one of my favourites amongst your recipes!

  1005. Tonya Holdren

    My favorite is definetely the pancakes. You can’t go wrong with pancakes and can vary them up with cocoa powder, blueberries, twister powder from Navita’s Naturals so there is so much variation!

  1006. Robin

    I love all your recipes as does my family. No one can believe all your recipes are gluten-free. My favorite vitamix recipe is your recipe for Green Chicken Soup. It is so delicious.

  1007. Ollie

    oh, too many to mention!
    would love this…would help me get back into shape too!

  1008. Pancakes and Ice cream. Maybe together? I’d love to win one of these!

  1009. Definitely the pancakes. My wife and I love your recipes!

  1010. January Joy

    Oh, who could not LOVE pumpkin ginger soup? I love how the colors of the leaves show up in my bowl.

  1011. HI!

    I have dreamed about owning a vitamix for months now! I used to use Macrogreens in my shake in the morning but can’t pay $40 per month for yet another supplement! I’d much rather juice my own! I haven’t actually tried anything made in a vitamix yet, but would make soup, ice cream, smoothies, green drinks, you name it! Thanks for the recipes!


  1012. Rebecca

    I would love to win a vitamix! My favorite vitamix recipes are green smoothies. Greens, apple, ginger and cucumber. Hope I win!

  1013. Wanda H. Midkiff

    Elana, I love this page ! I gave your website to several friends who have health issues. I have had my Vita Mix for over 20 years. It needs a new motor and unfortunately we can’t afford it right now … we are one of many losing our home… I like to make many smoothies with yogurt , strawberries, bananas and wheat germ for my 6 year old grandson in the morning… or a chocolate malt with an egg, ice cream and malt ! I didn’t like eggs when I was younger and my 91 year old Momma made them for me. She also made them for whoever requested it on our block when someone was sick… I also love to make your flourless chocolate banana cake ! This would be a wonderful early Christmas present to all of us… since ours is slowly shutting down… THANK YOU for this chance to win the best appliance in the kitchen ! Wanda

  1014. Rachel

    I’m a long-time lurker but have never commented before. I just can’t pass this one up though! I’ve been planning to make your gf pancakes for entirely too long. The vitamix would be so helpful for whipping those up (literally). Mmmmm… I think I’ll have to make them anyway, even without the vita…

  1015. My favorite:

    Green Smoothies

    kale & chard or spinach
    banana, berries, kiwis (any fruit you like)
    a little Udo’s oil or ground flax seeds
    water & a little juice for sweetness
    ice if you want it colder

    Blend and Voila! A beautifully-colored smoothie that tastes like it’s all fruit!

  1016. PJ

    What a wonderful give-away.
    We only have this once every week or two as a special treat.
    One of our favorite blender drinks consists of
    1 1/2 cups Silk Very Vanilla Soy Milk
    1 level tsp no sugar orange smooth psyllium powder
    1/2 frozen banana
    1 scoop SpiruTein Egg Nog Protein Powder
    about 2 cups chopped ice cubes
    We need big straws or a spoon to eat it with until it melts some.

  1017. JoAnne

    All your recipes are great and inspire me to create new recipes and expand with different flavors! My favorite Vitamix recipe is your kale creamsicle, pumpkin soup, among many others. A great recipe in the Vitamix is a tomato bisque.

  1018. Wendi

    Wow! I could think of a million uses! I make my son and I a smoothie almost every morning!

    Last night I made Butternut Soup with a thai twist – adding ginger, lime, cayenne and a few other spices to it. It was so delicious! I think it is one of my new favorites!

    I have made your pancakes and many of your other recipes! A Vitamix would defintely help!

  1019. Atour

    I make smoothies almost daily for my boys because it is the only thing that fills them up! I have a blender that leaks every time and makes a big mess. Would love the vitamix!! My favorite recipe is the banana chocolate cake.

  1020. Kathleen

    Wow! I would love a Vitamix and would make your Gluten Free Pancakes religiously! Thanks!

  1021. Lenci

    Most of my comment didn’t post. I like making smoothies or to puree fruit to spread over toast – GF toast :)

  1022. Jennifer

    my favorite treat to make in the Vita is “protein ice cream”…1 C. unsweetened almond milk, 1 scoop of your fave protein powder, 1 T. pudding mix, pinch of guar & xantham gums, & a ton of ice! only a Vita Mix could handle that much ice!!!

  1023. Charity Moore

    I just went through and started looking at your recipes today. The rasberry peach smoothie looks amazing! Smoothies are something that I would really want a Vita-mix for because to really make them smooth. I have a cheap blender and it can’t break up the berry seeds or apple skins, grape skins, etc. So, a vitamix for smoothies would be AMAZING!!!

  1024. Mia

    Hi Elana,

    My favorite recipe I’ve made in my bf’s Vitamix is Sweet Gratitude’s Blueberry Cheesecake. Yum! I could drink it right out of the Vitamix.


  1025. Lynn Robert

    You want me to narrow this down to one recipe?!?! Okay: your pumpkin pie ice cream recipe. It’s my current favorite of all recipes, not just my favorite Vitamix recipe. It satisfies my sweet tooth and my current pumpkin obsession, and my wife can eat it without suffering the way she does when she eats other ice cream. It’s nutty, full, and perfectly sweet. It’s the quintessential fall moment – in your mouth. :) Good one, Elana!

  1026. Susan Clark

    I can’t wait to try pumpkin soup in you!

  1027. Janet

    I love your Green Chicken Soup, but cannot make it the way you describe because I DONT HAVE A HIGH POWERED BLENDER.

    I would be so excited to have one!!!

  1028. Claire

    Gosh! The pancakes are delicious but a more efficient blender certainly would have helped make them more fluffy.
    I can’t wait to try the pumpkin-ginger soup!

  1029. Karen

    OMG, how I could use this blender!!! Wouls love it to make butternut squash soup for the little cold snap that has enetered into Florida!

  1030. LORRAINE BURKE @ -

    Would love a Vitamix. My daughter has celiac disease and we use a blender daily. Favorite smoothie receipe is: one banana, 6-7 fresh strawberries, scoop of ground salba, and vanilla soya milk. Thanks for all the great recipes and for your great website, I use is all the time.

  1031. cristy eirich

    Thank you for your talent….My favorite thing to do with a vita mix is i make smooties every morning for my 9 kids breakfasts. My vita mix is on its last leg so i would love to win this! Thank you, cristy eirich

  1032. Kirstie Senkowski

    The creamy cranberry dressing sounds great. Perfect for the holidays.

  1033. Carey

    I really like the flour less chocolate banana cake. I’ve tried making it in my regular blender at home but I don’t think it’s as high powered as needed as my cake didn’t turn out as nicely as yours, but it still tasted great.
    Anyway, I would LOVE, LOVE to own a Vitamix, I would use it every day from smoothies to soups to cakes. It would really make my year! Thanks for having this giveaway and thanks for all your great recipes!

  1034. Susan

    Would love to use a new Vitamix for a breakfast smoothie every morning. Could add delicious fruits and veggies to make a super healthy drink to have with a gluten free muffin. Sounds good to me!

  1035. Rae Cicelske

    pumpkin soup ;)

  1036. Kelli Buckley

    I make homemade Cashew Milk because I am dairy intolerant. I would really appreciate the VitaMix.

  1037. Hi Elana!
    HUGE fan of your site, it is my go to for gluten free and inspiration!
    a few of my favourite recipes are your Banana Chocolate cake, which I make as cupcakes (very popular). And the first ever recipe of yours that I tried which was the pumpkin cranberry upside down cake, Which has become a staple in our family for thanksgiving and even beat out the gluten/dairy filled pumpkin pies that were brought!

    I would be thrilled to add a vitamix to my kitchen army to enable me to experiment with more of your recipes as well as coming up with some of my own!!


  1038. Mary Beth Brinkerhoff @ forgoodnesstaste.com

    I’ve always wanted a Vitamix to make juices and smoother smoothies than my sad old blender!

  1039. Keith

    I had a throat virus this week and my girlfriend made me a tomatoe/cashew soup using a magic bullet, the soup wasn’t smooth but was super sweet of her. If picked, I would give it to her to replace that weak magic bullet.

    Favourite recipe I love to make is green smoothies (banana, kale, spinach, lettuce and anything else I fancy). I love making recipes from scratch, almond/hemp milk & butter are next on my todo list of recipes to make.

    Have a great day.


  1040. Katie

    Hi Elana,

    I follow several gluten free blogs and yours is by far the best. I love your healthy recipes and the way they make me feel. They are so creative! Every time I log on and see that you have written a new post I get so excited!
    Some of your raw recipes have inspired to eat raw when I can. However, a student budget doesn’t cove a vitamix. I would LOVE to win the Vitamix and really contimue my gluten free baking, cooking and “uncooking”!!

    Thanks so much!


  1041. sue scott

    I had a vitamix years ago that I wore out. I didn’t have money to repair it. Miss it still. My favorite thing to do was to use frozen fruit to make smoothies and ice cream-lovely kid treats at the blink of an eye.

  1042. Mary Beth Brinkerhoff @ forgoodnesstaste.com

    I’ve always wanted a Vitamix to make juices and smoother smoothies than my sad old blender!
    My favorite Vitamix recipe would probably be PESTO! All different types!

  1043. Emily

    My family absolutely loves the pumpkin ginger soup! I would love to have a VitaMix…it would make it so much easier to make.
    I love your site…all the recipes I’ve tried have been wonderful and instant family favorites. Thank you!!

  1044. Jeannine

    1 Cup Unsweetened So Delicious coconut milk
    1 Scoop Trader Joe’s Super Green Drink Powder
    10 Walnuts
    1 Egg white
    1 Teaspoon Organic Coconut oil
    2 Scoops Rice Protein
    1/2 Cup Blue berries

  1045. Elana Manson

    I LOVE the pumpkin ginger soup!!

  1046. Sharon Bolling

    We love to use our blender to make the Gluten Free Almond Flour Pancakes and many, many smoothies. Although, our blender is a cheapie and making them with a Vitamix would be AWESOME! I would definitely do more with a blender if I had one.

  1047. Jenn Purdy

    I most enjoy making my own nut milks. I had a vitamix for 15 years that died last year. We used it multiple times a day, too. I already told my husband that it’s the only thing I want for Christmas! Maybe I’ll win this one, then I can get some new clothes instead.

  1048. Oh, this is perfect because my current vitamix is on it’s last legs from extreme overuse over the last five years! I use it to make countless things, but my favorite has to be a faux pina colada smoothie:

    1 young coconut (meat + water)
    1 large banana, frozen
    1/2 cup frozen pineapple

    I swear, it’s summer in a glass and perfect for the scorchers we get in our desert bordering town.

  1049. carol treu

    My daughter and I love all your creamy-texture soups. Top favorites are

    Butternut squash (we add apples, favorite spices and top with toasted pecans)


    fennel apple.

    Thanks for your delicious, well-tested recipes.

  1050. Kara Howard

    If I had a vitamix I’d make banana “ice cream” using frozen bananas and nothing else. Just discovered your site and love it!

  1051. Laura

    I love your recipes and I”m sure I’d have more options with a Vitamix! I use my blender to make my own almond milk, rice mild and blueberry banana smoothies. I also use it to make soups.

    Thank you for your delicious recipes. I enjoyed the crunchy kale!


  1052. Jennifer

    I’m really looking forward to trying your “Green Soup with Ginger” recipe. I usually use my stick mixer to puree soups. However, I’v never had one last anywhere near 11 years, like Elana’s Vitamix has!

  1053. korey

    I don’t currently have a Vitamix but use a powerful hand held mixer (Braun) to accomplish similar effect. Favorite is to whir cooked greens into “soup” or green mashed “potatoes.” Cauliflower w coconut milk, goat cheese, a little sea salt and herb ie dill, basil, rosemary etc is deluxe!

  1054. K. Shaw

    I love to make smoothies and soups but it it’s also a great way to make a frozen coffee drink in the summer. Hot rice cereal is also a great way to go.

  1055. Jeremy

    Just found your blog my daughter was just told she can not have Gluten. So do not have one yet. Thanks

  1056. Nancy Ann Johnston

    There are so many favorite vita mix recipes but recently i have grown to love this ginger sauce recipe. It gets so creamy in the Vita Mix.
    Ginger Sauce
    1/4 cup olive oil
    1/4 cup raw almond butter
    1/8 cup Bragg’s Aminos
    1/8 cup lemon juice
    1/8 cup raw agave nectar or a couple of packets of Sun Crystals
    about an inch piece of ginger
    4 red Anaheim chili peppers with the seeds scraped off
    Then I just blend that up til it is creamy and dress a kelp noodle, nappa cabbage salad with it or drizzle it over sushi that i make with jicama and raw pickled veggies. It can also be used as a dip for fresh veggies and the kids will eat it.

  1057. Helen

    Wow! What an exciting contest! I’ve been wanting a heavy-duty high-speed blender for ages, but just never seem to be able to budget for it. All of your blender recipes are amazing. Since it feels so cold now, the hot cocoa is my current fave. I also add a tablespoon of So Delicious coconut milk creamer to it which makes it even richer.

  1058. Kate

    Definitely the hot cocoa… I have been coffee free for a long time, but recently dairy and wheat free as well. I love having cocoa as a treat – especially now that the days are getting chillier. Thank you fo all you do!

  1059. Cher C.

    Without question the Hot Cocoa! Thanks for all of your hard work, your recipies have made a difference in our lives.

  1060. The Healthy Apple

    Oooo the hot cocoa; such a fabulous recipe! Great giveaway; thank you and enjoy your weekend!

  1061. My 8 year old named it Orange Surprise, but you can’t really taste the orange.

    1 whole apple (I think mine was Pink Lady, but it probably doesn’t matter much)
    1 whole orange with peel removed, pith left on
    1/2-3/4 cup coconut milk (I use the brand So Delicious in a carton in the refrigerated section—plain milk would work)
    1/2 cup red grapes
    10 frozen strawberries
    4 handfuls frozen blueberries
    2 handfuls spinach
    2 Medjool dates, pit removed

  1062. Wendy

    I would go with the raw tomato sauce or the pumpkin ginger soup. Yummy.

    Love your site and your recipes!

  1063. Marylyn, CT

    Definitely the smoothie!

  1064. ummm, that straw-lime shake sounds really good right now. :)

  1065. I’d love to try your pumpkin ice-cream, but there’s no way my Magic Bullet would reduce the cashews to a creamy texture. That’s the first thing I’d like to try in it.

  1066. Oh my, this is awesome!!
    I pick your ice creams as my favorites, in particular the Vegan Pumpkin Pie Ice cream, delicious!!

  1067. Sara

    Who does not love VITAMIX?? Thank you for being so generaous! Whoever wins it will have great opportunity to create masterfully healthy foods!

  1068. Elana Hadar

    I love the vitamix! Favorite recipe is strawberry smoothie!

  1069. Jody Hinkleman

    I borrowed my parents vitamix when we found out my son was allergic to wheat and wasn’t eating much at all. I love to use it to make smoothies with fruits and veggies. Whatever I have is what I throw in and the kids love them! I would love to have one of my own and I know my mom would love to have hers back!

  1070. Liz

    I can not wait to make your pumpkin icecream-as that is one of my favorites and sounds delicious! I am gluten/dairy/sugar free (as of 3 months ago) and miss icecream the most. I would love to own a vitamix so I can make some=)
    Thanks for all your great recipes,

  1071. Sofi

    My family loves ALL of your recipes! You are a life saver for our gluten-free primal lifestyle! One of our favorite recipes is your kale creamsicle shake. So yummy and my kids love it. We make it in the blender, but a vita-mix would make it easier (for the shake and so many more recipes!). Thanks for all your posts and books – can’t wait until April for the cupcake book! Keep them coming. By the way, I think you should publish a book on gluten-free, dairy-free salads. You know, kinda different gourmet salads for us paleo people who want to eat lots of veggies but get kinda bored of the standard lettuce and tomato and cucumber salads. Plus, you already have so many amazing salad dressings. It would be great to have them all in a book together and currently, there are no such salad books when I searched on Amazon.

  1072. Cathy

    The Vitamix is a great blender and would be great for a gluten-free dairy-free shake, like this (my own recipe):
    Blend 1 TBS flaxseed and 4 dates in 1/2 c coconut milk.
    Add 1 TBS greens powder, 1 TBS raw cacao powder, your choice of protein powder, 1 TBS of almond butter, 1 banana and 6 ice cubes
    Blend and enjoy!

  1073. Sonya-Rose

    Oh how I have longed for a Vitamix!!! I have always wanted to try your Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake http://www.elanaspantry.com/flourless-chocolate-banana-cake/ and I think it would be absolutely fabulously delightful for smoothies!! My blender is sadly old and weak and not very useful.. I usually find more success in mixing/mashing things by hand. Oh how a Vitamix would perk up the food creation possibilities!

  1074. Jan

    My favorite is cherry strawberry icecream. I didn’t think my husband would like it but he did and the best part is NO sugar. We ate it all in one sitting!

  1075. Helen Raborn

    I would love, love, love, to have a vitamix!!!!
    The simplicity of your recipes and the power of a vitamix is the perfect combination! Thanks for the chance of owning one.

  1076. Andrew "VegMuffinMan" Morrison @ healthfreax.wordpress.com

    I dont own a vitamix, but have always wanted one. They are so sleek and powerful…if just want one so badly! My banana oat cakes would be perfect for it!

  1077. Kris P.

    So far I LOVE the gluten-free pancakes, and I can’t wait to try the hot cocoa and the various ice cream recipes!

  1078. Alison T.

    Vegan vanilla ice cream – YUMMY!!

  1079. amanda @ amandaskrip.com

    i love using a blender for green smoothies (love elanas kale creamsicle recipe) and pancake batter.

    thanks for all of your great recipes + inspiration!

  1080. Ultimately, the pumpkin ice cream recipe would by my goal for my new Vitamix, but I’ll have to buy an ice cream machine before that happens! So in the meantime… the strawberry lime milk shake looks awesome! And after 4 years of no limes (can you believe Israel, home of delicious oranges and limes and kumquats has NO limes??), being back in the U.S. has meant an insatiable craving for all things lime!

  1081. Evan Fairmont

    Around 2:30pm most days I start to crave some sort of protein to keep me going. This smoothie is not only packed with good protein from Almond Butter, but loaded with good stuff. I substituted blueberries for the peaches and it was delicious.

    Energy Smoothie

    1/4 cup almond butter
    1 tsp cardamom
    1 1/2 cup h20
    1 cup frozen peaches
    1-2 tsp agave
    1/2 cup ice
    Blend until smooth

    I also love the vitamix because you can put vegetables in it and essentially juice them. Here is a great green juice recipie, just add water to these ingredients and strain into a glass!

    2 green apples
    3 stalks celery
    1 leaf kale
    1 leaf swiss chard
    1/4 cabbage
    1 head broccoli
    1/2 cucumber
    1/2 lemon

  1082. Cindy

    I don’t have a Vitamix, but would LOVE one! I’d like to make my own coconut milk! I use my trusty old wedding gift blender for smoothies – a combo of almond or coconut milk, whatever frozen fruit I have, baby spinach or kale, chia seeds and almond butter.

  1083. Your vegan egg-nog is my all time favourite!

  1084. Debora Manzi

    Vitamix recipe I like the best is a gaspacho recipe with plum tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, garlic,green peppers, and V8 juice.
    blend to puree and add a few chuncks of cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes, at the end for texture
    Add tabasco sauce to taste
    Salt and pepper

  1085. Lenee

    I am so very excited about you giving away a vitamix!!! Thankfully I found your website a year and a half ago. I have made so many of your recipes and not only for my enjoyment, my whole family loves your recipes!!! My favorite recipe using a high power blender is the gluten free pancakes. http://www.elanaspantry.com/gluten-free-pancakes-revisited/ I really long for the traditional fluffy pancakes and your recipe really satisfies my craving. Also, when I need a protein boost, this is my go to recipe!!! http://www.elanaspantry.com/frank-zanes-protein-powder-pina-colada/ I look forward to making the homemade nut milks like this one http://www.elanaspantry.com/got-milk/
    Thank you for doing the giveaway!

  1086. Julie (Bananas for Bourbon) @ bananasforbourbon.blogspot.com

    The pumpkin ginger soup sounds amazing. I would love to try it. :)

  1087. aziza

    VitaMix!!Wow!! I really need one. my favorite recipe is Almond milk in Vitamix!!!

    good luck to me :-)

  1088. Emily

    This is one of the best machines ever made! I love spinach smoothies!
    It is just Spinach blended with soy milk until smooth and add frozen banana, strawberries, and mango. YUM

  1089. Heather M

    The flourless Chocolate banana cake is a favorite. Thanks for the chance!

  1090. Bobbie Wang @ bdubsworld.tumblr.com

    i’ve realized that all bloggers own a vitamix so i think i’m going to have to get one too! i’ll make your pumpkin ice cream or raw almond butter with it!

  1091. Since I don’t own a Vitamix yet, the first thing I would make with mine would be the Chocolate sorbet!! That sounds delicious!

  1092. The almighty Vitamix!
    I love to use them for salad dressings,

    Sham’s Spicy Salad Dressing
    diced garlic
    diced jalepeno
    lemon juice
    olive oil
    salt, cumin, tumeric to taste-
    super delicious on avocado!

  1093. Rachel

    Hey it’s a bit hard to say your favourite vitamix recipe when you haven’t got one to make them in!!!!! But I would love to try the green lemonade – sounds incredible :)

  1094. the blissful baker @ theblissfulbaker.wordpress.com

    oh wow, having a vitamix would be awesome! my favorite vitamix recipe of yours is hot cocoa! mmm i’m craving some right now.

  1095. I love me some hot chocolate. :)

  1096. Sheila Herb

    I start every morning off with my green smoothie. I include 2 c. spinach or kale, parsley, banana, apple, celery stalk, fresh ginger, juice of 1 lime or lemon, a few grapes, frozen blueberries if on hand, ice & ground flax seed.

    We use a blender several times per day and have gone through several. Besides my smoothies and dressings, my brother needs to use a blender for all of his meals. He is a stage 4 throat and mouth cancer warrior who has to have all of his meals served with a pureed cream soup consistancy. With a good blender you can create many varieties (and sneak more great veggies) into his daily diet.

    Peace and Health,

  1097. Molly Cartwright

    pumpkin ginger soup!

  1098. Anthony

    Vitamix’s are amazing! In fact, I once blended a magic bullet in a vitamix… Here is a pretty good recipe for acorn squash that I created a while back. enjoy.

    Acorn Squash Soup
    • 1 small onion, chopped
    • 1-2 Carrots, chopped
    • 2 clove garlic
    • 1/4 cup chopped celery
    • 2 tablespoons earth balance
    • 1 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    1/4 teaspoon curry powder
    • Dash cayenne pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric
    • Dash of Cumin
    • 2 cups vegan vegetable broth
    • 3 cups mashed cooked acorn squash
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Hemp seeds can be added for protein as well!

    Roast the squash at 350 for 45 minutes
    ·Chop Onions, carrots, celery, and garlic. Separate the onion into two piles, sauté half of the onions in a pan, and put other half to the side with the carrots and celery. Once the vegetables are sautéed, put them to the side.
    Once squash is done roasting, deflesh and seed it. Then cut it into smaller pieces and place it into a cast iron pot with half of the vegetables as well as a high-heat oil and add earth balance (to thicken the soup and make it slightly smoother). Sauté for 5 minutes and then add the spices and broth (and hemp seeds).
    Bring to a light boil and then transfer contents of the pot into the Vitamix and blend until smooth.
    Return soup to the cast iron pot and simmer. Add the sauted vegetables from pan to the soup. Cook on low, stirring frequently for 10-25 minutes. Let stand at least 15 minutes- a more full and rich flavor will develop the longer it stands.
    Pour into bowls and enjoy. If desired, add fresh, chopped tomatoes. Great with crackers as well!

  1099. I WOULD make ice creams and sorbets, but I don’t have an ice-cream maker. I wonder if there’s another way?

    Here’s my favorite smoothie:

    1 banana
    1 tbsp almond butter
    1 tbsp cocoa powder (unsweetened)
    1 tbsp agave
    1+ tsp cinnamon
    1/2 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
    4 ice cubes

    Thanks for this amazing giveaway!!

  1100. aubrey @ yay-today.com

    LOVE the chocolate cake! if i win this i won’t have to continue plotting on how to steal my mom’s vitamix :)

  1101. Amanda T. w.connectionsmagazine.com @ connectionsmagazine.com

    My favorite recipe is the strawberry lime shake.

  1102. pumpkin ginger soup! whats better this time of year?

  1103. My Favorite Recipe will still have to be a simple smoothie one! Sometimes you just can’t beat a classic. :-)

    1/2C Frozen Strawberries
    1/2C Frozen Blueberries
    1/3C. Plain Yogurt
    1/4C Milk
    1 tbsp Honey
    1C Spinach
    2-3 Ice Cubes

    Blend and enjoy!

  1104. Alicia

    I love the avocado cucumber gazpacho soup. Yumm!!

  1105. Andrea

    A stack of your gluten-free pancakes are the only way to go!

  1106. noel s.

    this is my first post… i love this website!!! thank you so much, elana! between having candida and other food allergies, i have so loved and appreciated your recipes….

    fruit smoothie:
    fresh frozen peaches, raspberries, pineapple chunks, one fresh banana, and 2-3 T. of pomegranate molasses.

  1107. Andrea

    A stack of the gluten-free pancakes are the only way to go!

  1108. Mel

    nut milks are my favorite vitamix recipes! and also soy macaroni and cheese ;) yum!

  1109. Lisa Reilly

    Would love to enter the Vitamix give away. I love your Strawberry Lime shake, and would love to swap out my old blender for a Vitamix!
    Thanks for the chance!

  1110. Carolyn

    Definitely the peach crisp.

  1111. Maria

    My kids love smoothies every morning and soup every night. A great way to get a variety of nutrients into one dish. I would love a vitamix to prepare your recipes. You are my “Go To” site for meal planning.

  1112. Tara

    Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream!!! :)

  1113. Brit @ yuppish.net

    I think the pumpkin ginger soup looks absolutely scrumptious!

  1114. Jeanne

    Since Halloween I have made 5 batches of Pumpkin Pie Muffins. The kids in my preschool LOVE them and I can’t get enough of them either! So we keep making them!
    Thanks for all the good food recipes.

  1115. Sarah

    I think I would have to make chocolate sorbet.

    WHAT an AMAZING giveaway. Wow wow wow.

  1116. Tessa B

    I love making smoothies for my son with fruit and kale or spinach with my mom’s vitamix. Would love to have our own! :)

  1117. Ashley K

    The Watermelon Aguas Frescas sounds delicious!

  1118. Eileen Brown

    My favorite vita mix recipe is frozen pineapple, pineapple juice, agave, and ice. Very delicious smoothie. The agave seems to bring out a nice pineapple flavor. Vitamix makes it as smooth as ice cream. Thanks, I need a new Vitamix I’ve broken mine with all the smoothies we have made. Eileen Brown

  1119. Jody

    My favorite blender recipe is green smoothies.

  1120. amberelise

    As a student, I rely on quick, healthy food to keep me going. Green smoothies have become a staple to nourish my sleep deprived body and exhausted brain. Unfortunately, my blender has seen its end as a result. There are many recipes I’d love to experiment with using a Vitamix Blender namely butternut squash soup and your yummy enough to eat for breakfast pumpkin ice cream. Thanks for feeding all of us with terrific nourishing recipes!

  1121. Christina

    I love your strawberry vanilla bean ice cream! I made it for my toddler and I this past summer and we loved it. I got the cutest video of him eating it and saying “mmm” with each bite.

  1122. Tracy Thomas

    I just made the pumpkin ice cream with my regular blender worked ok, and it tastes amazing… Just recently dealing with a gluten allergy it’s been challenging aquiring all the tools needed to make the things we need to eat…. I’m grateful for this site it has really helped us in this transition. I would love to win this mixer!!!!!

  1123. Michelle Levin

    I don’t have a recipe for the vitamix yet because I don’t yet have one. I recently found out I am severely intolerant to fructose, which is in wheat, fruit and vegetable juices, canned soups, among loads of other things. I would really like a vitamix so I can make my own juice and soups at home using safe ingredients. I hope to explore all of teh above recipes soon!

  1124. Liz N

    Having a VitaMix blender would be such an amazing addition to my household! It would make almond butter production and pulverizing flax seeds so much EASIER! I need to win this! Thanks for the chance at it.

  1125. Elizabeth

    Your pumpkin pudding saved my Fall food season last year while I was on an elimintaion diet to find my food triggers. I am a person who cannot live without pumpkin flavored everything and going without sugar laden pumpkin deserts was so hard until I found the pumpkin pudding.

  1126. Traci

    My sister’s daughter has struggled with her weight since early childhood. She has recently found out that she has issues with gluten and other health issues. I love my vitamix…..we use it almost every morning for our breakfast smoothie! I would share the winning vitamix with my sister!

  1127. Colleen Buchanan

    I don’t have a Vitamix so can’t offer my favorite recipe but have been longing for one for a while now. We haven’t been able to afford one yet. The day is coming though — especially if I’m the lucky winner here!!! I absolutely love your recipes!!

  1128. Sheri Anderson

    I’m excited to try the strawberry lime shake. I love that it doesn’t need any sweeteners!

  1129. bridget

    roasted tomato soup!

  1130. I think your cherry strawberry ice cream might just take the cake. But I make a killer Lemon Berry ice cream that might compete. Oh – and in a vitamix – it would be so much better!
    Thanks for all the great recipes!

  1131. Rachel

    I would LOVE to try making the pumpkin pie ice cream with a Vitamix…pumpkin pie ice cream used to be my favorite seasonal treat but it’s been about 10 years since I discovered my dairy allergy and I miss it!

  1132. Ann

    I love you strawberry lime shake..simpple yet flavoursome combo :)

  1133. Jan

    I love making a healthy smoothie with avocado, coconut, coconut milk and raw cacao nibs. Sweetened with some stevia and erythritol, if you add a bit of peppermint extract it almost tastes like mint chocolate chip ice cream! ;-)

  1134. Sharon Johannas

    I adore your pumpkin ginger soup, two of my favorite ingredients this time of year.

  1135. Jennifer Tooley

    Oh, my, I’m sure that once I had a Vitamix that I’d have 1000s of favorites. Fingers crossed that might become a possibility!

  1136. Sarah


    My favorite Vitamix recipe is definitely the watermelon aguas frescas. Over the summer I made it many times. I always used my blender to make it, but I’m sure it would taste even better in a Vitamix : )

  1137. Vickie

    WOW! What a wonderful giveaway!! Thank you! My favorite smoothie is made with 1 lemon, 1 lime, 1 avocado, 1 cucumber, 2 C. spinach, 1 can coconut milk, cinnamon, 2 squirts stevia, and water to blend, if needed. Yum!

  1138. Meredith

    Hot cocoa!!

  1139. Andrea

    Pumpkin soup with some shredded zucchini and carrot for texture :)

  1140. Jennifer Musumeci @ Faeriemomma.typepad.com

    I would so love to make your green chicken soup with a vitamix! I have wanted one for years, but they are way outside my price range, unfortunately. Thanks for the opportunity to try to win one. I just love your website…

  1141. Angela Kalai

    I’ve heard GREAT thimgs about the Vitamix from my cousin, who just happens to be gluten free also! Going to try out your strawberry lime shake! My son was just recently diagnosed with gluten & rice allergies and my daughter only has milk & egg allergies left after 3 years of avoiding an enourmous list of items, so to try to keep my sanity I try to only fix items everyone can eat. Gluten free baking is a new science to me, and I just recently purchased your cookbook and have tried a few recipes that have gotten approval :) It seems everyday is an experiment in the kitchen to try to recreate old favorites or to try something new that hopefully will be liked…we are getting there! Thanks for your blog and almond flour cookbook!

  1142. Marie

    The creamy avocado dressing looks amazing!!! If I ever can afford a vitamix I will make that first! :-)

  1143. Eliz @ itseliz.com

    Oh WOW! I would use a VitaMix to make so many green monster smoothies!

  1144. Yeah, I’d be all over that Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream within 30 seconds of receiving said Vitamix :D

  1145. Tish

    Our favorite and most used blender recipe – green smoothies of all kinds! Also love your ‘Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake. Your website has been so helpful since we’ve gone gluten free…..thank you Elana!

  1146. Jenny

    The first thing I would make in a Vitamix would be a green smoothie! Yum!

  1147. Tacia

    My favorite blender recipe from Elana’s masterpieces is the Carrot Kugel. It’s one of the few ways my daughter will eat carrots. We call it carrot custard and she always asks for more!

  1148. Jenny

    The first thing I would make if I won the Vitamix would be a green smoothie. YUM!

  1149. JJ Hughes

    I belong to a neighborhood cooking group and the house we do our weekly cooking is a former bed and breakfast; the house has been transformed back into a single family residence. Fortunately for us, the owner of the house has not only a commercial kitchen, but a Vitamix. My favorite recipe to make with the Vitamix is a simple salsa: 1, 28 oz can roasted tomatoes, one bunch of green onions — whites as well as half the green roughly chopped, 1 jalapeno — seeds removed if desired, 2 cloves garlic, juice of 1 large lime. Whir all up in the Vitamix; then add one bunch of organic cilantro — stems removed — and whir a bit more, keeping the cilantro slightly chunky. Simple and delicious.

  1150. Liat

    My favorite vitamix recipe are definitely smoothies!

  1151. Sarah

    My sister has one and I’ve had a Vitamix on my wish list forever! The Kale and Pear smoothie is my favorite! Gimme that Vitamix.

  1152. Sharon L S

    I couldn’t possibly think of a favorite. The ptenetial uses are almost overwhelming to my mind.

  1153. Christina I

    Omg! I could really use a Vitamix, I’ve been having stomach issues for a long time and did the raw food lifestyle but only for a short time, because all the equipment was so expensive for me..vitamix would be a luxury to make all my veggie+fruit smoothies!

  1154. deonva

    I like making smoothies!

  1155. Donna Grady

    I would love to have a Vitamix to make your cashew milk. Your website is a huge blessing to me. I recommend it to all my friends. My daughters love all the gluten free goodies I bake for them and their friends. They think it is sweet that their friends say that gluten free stuff tastes better than gluten stuff because of the things I have made for them. ;) My mom has MS and is going to move in with us sometime soon. I can’t wait to bless her with all your great recipes and see the results of her becoming gluten free. :)

  1156. Katherine Anuszczyk

    Green Fruit smoothies: pear, feijoa, spinach.

    I used my grandmother’s vitamix for many years, until it died and couldn’t be repaired a few years ago.:-(

  1157. Pam Occhiuto @ pjperfect@msn.com

    Before I tell you what my favorite Vitamix recipe I wanted to share briefly why I began using your recipe. For the last four years I have had extreme pain at the base of my skull. I have done all the drugs and injections that are out there. A Dr suggested an Anti-inflammatory/Paleo diet, which I did try but finding food that was as satisfying with the limited choices was difficult. I had all but given up when I found your web site and book. I am not completely pain free but it has reduced the pain to a level I can tolerate. I use your recipes every day and can’t wait to receive my copy of your new book. Thank you for helping me through this tough time and for helping me find food alternatives. I was a real Ice Cream Freak before I changed my diet so the Vanilla ice cream made with Cashews and the Chocolate Sorbet are my favorite.

  1158. Katherine Anuszczyk

    funky issues I’m having with this post. It wouldn’t post repeatedly, then accidentally went through with my dh’s email addy.

    I miss having a working vitamix. We used to grind brown rice to make breakfast cereal. So good that fresh!

  1159. Tania H

    my vote is for the raw “tapioca” pudding!
    i’d so LOVE a vitamix!

  1160. emily

    my favorite vitamix recipe would be nut butters, you cant process almonds in regular blenders like you can in a vitamix.

  1161. Sarah D

    Pumpkin Giner Soup all the way!!! However, I do not have a vitamixer and would looovvvee to have one for so many things! We are looking at having children soon and i wanted to be able to make my own baby food with a vitamixer too! i hope i win!!!

    thank you for the awesome opportunity!

  1162. Ann

    Definitly the agua fresca recipe, but the pumpkin icecream is really good too.

  1163. Jodi

    Oh, I have lusted after a vitamix for years!! I don’t know if I could pic just one of your recipes that I could make with this – I make a lot of your smoothies (with my low-powered cheapy blender!) but I’d have to go with your pancakes! Thanks for doing this. Fingers crossed!

  1164. Christina I

    I wanted to tweet this but that would decrease my chances of winning an awesome Vitamix… Ultimate smoothies here I come!

  1165. Rachel

    Smoothies are my favorite!

  1166. JL

    Every weekend my husband makes the GF pancakes for the family and we love the taste of your pancake recipe… nutty and full of protein! We have gone through many blenders and would appreciate a high-powered one like Vita-mix to make practically everything GF.


  1167. Magess @ recapsontap.tv

    One of the things I’d most look forward to making is one of the ones they always advertise, which is making ice cream right in the blender.

  1168. kathie

    My bananas are covered with little brown speckles..they’re so ready to dive into a vitamix and morph into a beautiful banana cake! Yum!

  1169. ScottMGS

    My favorite blender-type recipe is Tomato Basil Soup. We make it in the summer when we have too many tomatoes and in the fall when it starts to get chilly.

  1170. Jess

    I would say raw truffles. Or anything that needs date or fig paste, really. I almost burned out the motor on my regular blender trying to make date paste!

  1171. Marilyn Flynn

    I don’t own a VitaMix but would love to. I make a smoothie every day for lunch and I have to use my immersion blender. I usually make it with strawberries,blueberries, lettuce or spinach greens, cucumber or brocolli, yogurt, whey protein powder, a banana, and some water.

    Your pumpkin squash soup looks really easy to make with the Vita Mix, which would be really great, along with many other recipes. This is a great item to give away and it will be a great gift for whoever wins it.


  1172. Kerry Rosene

    i love Elanas’ ‘strawberry lime shake’ recipe, and my favorite thing to make is a smoothie: banana, yogurt, frozen berries and some nut butter and almond milk. (the nut butter sustains the full feeling for longer).
    i’ve always wanted a vitamix…hope i win! :-)

  1173. jessica

    So so hard to choose! But I think the vegan eggnog. It blew the store bought, dairy-filled, sugar heavy eggnog out of the water!

  1174. Carolyn

    My favourite blender recipe is probably for a rather plain strawberry shake (at least during the warmer months). I have tried many types of smoothies/shakes, but always still seem to like plain strawberry the best…it basically consists of Frozen Strawberries, Orange Juice, Almond or Coconut Milk, Vanilla, Honey and maybe some Plain Protein Powder or non-dairy Yoghurt. Sooo good!!

  1175. Debbie

    Hi Elana!
    I’ve been making your fantastic pancakes since you first posted the recipe. I make fruit smoothies with a little mini blender which never makes enough for more than one person. Since the 70’s (yep I’m an oldie but goodie!) I have wanted a VitaMix. I finally got my KitchenAid mixer after 30 years of marriage. Actually I didn’t get my engagement till 20 year of marriage! My dear husband and my middle son are celiac so we’ve kept a GF home now for years. Your site introduced us to almond flour and changed the deliciousness of our baking. Thanks Elana, Debbie.

  1176. Nadine Mitchell

    Hello Elana,

    A Vitamix blender is on my wish list. If I did have one I would use it for soups and smoothies, both fruit and green variety. Then I would have a hunt through your book to see how many other ways I could put it to work!

    I enjoy using your Almond Flour cookbook which was a gift from my husband. It has been an inspiration to me on my journey of wellness while on the SCD. By introducing almond flour into my diet, I have been successful at keeping my weight stable at a healthy number. In the past my weight has dipped and I looked gaunt. I’m thrilled with the delicious recipe results I have achieved with your help. So, thank you! No more feelings of deprivation.

    All the Best,


  1177. Sara Jean

    I have had Vitamix-ENVY for about 4 years now. I have celiac and also just difficulty digesting a lot of things, so pureed things are my friend! I make a LOT (a lot) of pureed soups and this would come in SO handy. The inversion blender only does do well. I love your pumpkin ginger soup and I also LOVE the hot cocoa … among many other things that don’t require the Vitamix. I am a huge fan of yours and your GF almond flour cookbook changed my life. =)Thank you for all you do and share.

    Thanks, Elana!

  1178. I miss my Vitamix that did absolutly everything…It broke after 25yrs. Made ice cream, boiled soups,made flour from anything,etc

  1179. Autumn

    Well, as I don’t have a blender or a food processor, I can’t say that I have a favorite recipe yet. I do love me some soup though.

  1180. Teresa Syrios

    Smooties and shakes, like the Strawberry Lime Shake are a hit at our house. I love the demonstrations of the Vita Mix when they can blend up the whole strawberry, so that you use the green top also! Every green you can sneek in a recipe is good!!!!

  1181. Green

    My fav Vitamix s on this site is the recipe for Watermelon Agua Frescas! Living in the LV desert electrolyte-replenishing yummies are a must!

  1182. Kristen

    I am incredibly obsessed with soup. it is the best thing ever!

  1183. Tina McEwen

    Don’t have a Vitamix, but would love to try one of your recipes with one, especially the Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake. Mmmmm, looks awesome (I was talking about the cake). ;)

  1184. Mendy Walden

    My favorite recipe is the vegan vanilla ice cream!!! I only have a regular blender and sure would LOVE to make it (and MANY other things) in the Vitamix!!! This is my first time to comment on your site, but I cook from it every day!! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful creations!

  1185. Emily

    I love blended frozen watermelon (with a little water, maybe sweetener). Rather sad it’s not watermelon season anymore.

  1186. Julie Machen @ machen.net

    Our family is dealing with MANY allergies/intolerances at once. We adore your “rye bread” recipe but we had to switch out the almond flour for pumpkin seed flour and chia seeds subbing out for flax seeds. We also added orange peel and a few currants. It would be lovely not to have to do it in batches in the little coffee bean grinder! I have also been wanting to do a cleanse and boy-o-boy would that be handy. Fingers and toes crossed.

  1187. Brenda Oliver

    Don’t have a vitamix but the Flourless Banana cake would be so easy to make in one!
    Thanks for helping me get through this! Although after 4 years on this journey the cravings have stopped, it is still lovely to make a treat especially when the process is so easy! B

  1188. Andrea Candee @ andreacandee.com

    Anytime Green Ginger Smoothie

    3 stalks of your favorite greens (eg, kale, chard), cut up
    1/2 peeled cucumber, cut up
    1/2 avocado
    1 stalk celery, cut up
    1 tsp grated gingerroot
    1/2 cup almond milk* or unsweetened coconut milk
    1/2 cup water
    1/2 cup crushed ice

    Gradually increase speed to blend on high for 1 minute.

    * to make delicious unsweetened almond milk in VitaMix:
    soak almonds overnight
    in the morning, cover with hot water for 1 minute
    slip off skins and discard
    blend 1 cup peeled almonds with 3 cups water on high for 2 minutes
    strain and refrigerate

  1189. Sharon

    Green Smoothie

    Huge handful of kale
    1/2 mango
    1/4 fresh pineapple
    1 banana – I like frozen
    1/4 – 1/2 cup of filtered water – depends on how thick you like it.

    Blend and voila!

  1190. Cora

    I made your pumpkin bar recipe with my old blender, it would probably have been better if I made it with a Vitamix!! LOL

  1191. Christine

    The pumpkin bars are so delicious. I can’t remember how many times I have made them and each time we have brought them to parties they were the hit of the potluck table. We also love our green smoothies (kale or spinach).

    Thanks for all the great recipes.


  1192. Lea Mclaughlin

    I love your Gluten Free Pumpkin Cranberry Upside Down Cake!

  1193. I think the soup recipes are at the top of my list. Definately.

    Here is my contribution to the giveaway: (:

    Oh Vita-Mix oh Vita-Mix wherefore art thou?
    In thy hands Of thy Elana Amsterdam ofcourse
    ’tis this comment that may be thine luck winner
    Oh Vita-Mix oh Vita-Mix come to me I wilt apprectiate thee

    Enough said. (;

  1194. Jeanie

    I would absolutely love to have a Vitamix blender!!! I would make your Kale Creamsicle, Chocolate Sorbet and Cranberry Dressing, not to mention all the fabulous, healthy drinks I could make in the morning for myself and my husband.

  1195. stephanie layfield

    What recipe of yours don’t love? The pancakes are amazing and anytime I can eat pancakes and not feel guilty, I am a fan! Love your first cookbook, will be buying the second one and hope to make it to Boulder to an event to meet you sometime (I live in Parker). Thanks for making GF healthy and yummy…

  1196. I have been coviting one of these for quite some time now and would love to make the smoothest applesauce, skins on, ever and to have properly blended green smoothies.

    Thanks so much!!

  1197. Charity

    I am really dreaming of a vitamix! I mean really drooling over one. Here is a recipe I found from the Vitamix website that I would really like to try, but I think I would also add some spinach to make it green. Its called the Mango Delight Smoothie:
    1 orange peeled
    1/2 ripe banana
    1/2 mango, peeled, pitted
    1/2 medium apple
    1 cup (240 ml) ice cubes
    and I would add spinach
    Sounds so yummy. I have never owned a vitamix or ever been to a live demonstration but I am fascinated by the videos on VitaVillage! :)

  1198. Greetings Elana

    If I had a Vitamix 5200 Super power Blender, I would continue to make my super-powerful Baba Ghannouj.

    Best Regards, Valerie

  1199. Oh, I hope I win. I hope I win. :)

    I’d make ice cream of all sorts and smoothies. Oh, I’d make your vanilla almond butter too. I like to make my own nut butters but they never turn out all that well with my little blender and food processor. A Vita Mix would fix that.

  1200. Melody

    I would like a Vita-Mix to make almond milk among lots of other fun things.


  1201. Jordan

    I have recently gone as GF as I can simply because I wanted to do so. I don’t have a blender so this would totally rock.

  1202. Joyce

    I love to make soup… Especially now that it’s getting cold around here ;-)

  1203. Cathy

    Having multiple allergies it is hard to quickly prepare a meal for myself. I cannot afford a vitamix and it would be so helpful in the preparation of a meal. I hope I am the lucky one to win it….I would be so grateful!!
    Your blog is so helpful to me as I appreciate easy, tasty recipes.
    Thank you so much.

  1204. Lyn porter

    Oh how I would love a vitamix for my daughter-in-law! She has her 10 yr old twins on the specific carbohydrate diet and the blender is in use every day. Your cook book is a godsend as she makes everything from scratch using almond flour and a strong blender would be perfect.

  1205. Jennifer

    I have a favorite drink I make most days: kale smoothie: 1 banana, 1 green apple, I lemon, peeled, 1/2 bunch kale, 1/2 cucumber. Whir it up in the Vitamix with about 1/2-1 cup water or ice cubes until smooth. Delicious!

  1206. Heather Reseck @ vegetarianadvantage.com

    In my Bosch (wanna-be Vita Mix)blender I like to make creamy herb salad dressing (with tofu), waffle batter, non-dairy ice cream, cashew milk, and green smoothies. I suspect that a Vita Mix would make them even smoother…and someday I’ll find out for sure!

    Thanks for the inspirational and tasty recipes. The Pumpkin Bars were a big hit.

  1207. Faith

    oo flourless chocolate banana cake looks so good!

  1208. Bobbi Platte

    What a great give away. I love the chocolate sorbet it looks so lovely.

  1209. Kyla

    My favorite is your Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake. I’m making it this weekend :o)

  1210. My kids love it when I make smoothies – and they aren’t just for summertime! My blender does a decent job, but when I want to sneak in some greens, they don’t get pureed enough and they feel the little pieces. A Vitamix would solve that problem in a jiffy!

  1211. I have wanted a Vitamix for so many years I’ve lost count.. well, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but I feel as if it is true. I would make soups, lots and lots of soups, sauces, mayonnaise, batters, vegetable purees… the list goes on. Any recipe from Elana’s pantry would work – I love your recipes!

  1212. Bobbi Platte

    Love the chocolate sobet. Any smoothie in a vitamix would be awesome.

  1213. Sommer Sheffield @ sommerroman.com

    I don’t own a vitamix…but I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to. I saw a demo of the machine and the fellow made a tortilla soup. He added so many things (rinds, seeds included)….and so quickly made a delicious soup. If I had the machine I would definitely use it for soups to serve as an appetizer for guests. I love how you can control the temp (so to not kill the healthy enzymes and such in the fruits and veggies). *this is really only one of many things I’d like to learn how to make on the Vitamix. thanks.

  1214. Jamie

    I’d love to try your marcona almond mayonnaise recipe *if* I had a Vitamix!!! It sounds so delicious! Mayo is one of the few products that I still buy but want to start making at home… crossing my fingers, and my toes :)

  1215. Donna Rollison

    Ooooooh Elana! All of these recipes look so good. We especially love the frozen treats. Since I am only allowed to pick one recipe as a favorite it will have to be the “Watermelon Aguas Frescas”. We go through so much watermelon every summer. We made watermelon lemonade a lot this year. I think we will make your concoction even more often. Keep pumping out those recipes girl. My family loves the treats I make from them.

  1216. Jenny Glick

    Hi Elana,

    I’ve never posted before so first want to say a HUGE thank you for you delicious recipes! I have a son with type 1 diabetes so we are gluten (and mostly grain)-free here along with being high-fat and low-carb. Your recipes have made such wonderful dishes for our community of friends who also have children with type 1 diabetes — super healthy and they taste great! And of course they are great for EVERYONE.

    My favorite Vitamix recipe is the flourless chocolate banana cake! So very yum!

    Thanks again and keep the recipes a-comin’!

  1217. Heather

    Love your power bars! So many yummy recipes too choose from. Would love to own a Vitamix.

  1218. Eric

    Haven’t tried any of them, but the gluten free pancakes sound amazing.

  1219. meg from kc

    i would love a vitamix to make my own powdered sugar. pancakes is another recipe i really look forward to!!!! oh and freshly made breakfast smoothies!

  1220. Debra Soderman

    I don’t have a Vitamix, or a very good blender, so I can only dream of making healthy smoothies, great fall “root vegie” soups and unclumping my almond butter:)

  1221. Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer @ savedbytheeggtimer.blogspot.com

    Wow what an amazing giveaway! I am so excited for whoever wins this! The first recipe I would make is the Marcona Almond Mayonnaise or any mayonnaise. I have been really trying to rid my habit of store bought- jarred moayo. I buy a natural kind but still! Second on my list would be the pancakes…havent had those in a long time.

  1222. I love smoothies, but I also love your chocolate sorbet!! ;)

  1223. Lizzy

    Oh wow!! I’m a huge fan of the vita-mix, and use it every day! Please enter me! :-) Your website is absolutely wonderful. I’m gluten and egg intolerant, so your wheat and dairy free recipes have been life savers. Thanks so much~

    I make a smoothie almost everyday, and your recipes are absolutely fantastic! I would have to say a favorite vita-mix recipe would be:

    PB and B smoothie
    Frozen Bananas
    Vanilla extract
    Peanut butter or almond butter
    Raw milk or almond milk
    Agave nectar

    I love this for dessert, as it’s so light and delicious.

  1224. Nicole Petrin

    First, a long belated thank you to you, Elana, for giving me yummy things to eat when this girl who likes baked goods figured out that wheat was not working. As for my favorite recipe with the Vitamix? I’d love to find out…I think I’d the the Green Chicken Soup first

  1225. Trisha

    Hot cocoa is my family’s favorite.

  1226. Christa

    Love your Watermelon Aguas Fresca! All summer long we make fruit lemonaides and fruit waters. They are so refreshing on hot summer days. And a Vitamix would be lovely for those drinks as well as soups, batters and such. Been meaning to invest in one forever!

  1227. I would make lots of things, but the hot cocoa recipe looks especially yummy. And with the nuts I know it’ll be creamy. I really hope I win!! :) Thanks for having this giveaway!

  1228. Jennifer Payne @ myhcgstory.blogspot.com

    I would have to go with the flourless chocolate banana cake! Thanks for all of your great recipes and information. I am a huge fan :)

  1229. Deb Enders

    I used my mom’s hand me down 1970’s model Vitamix for years and have just recently literally worn it out — what a machine! My favorites are my gluten free nut butters, blended soups and smoothies. No other machine compares!

  1230. I keep thinking about getting a vitamix and always get put off my the cost. I’ve used a gift cheapie smoothie maker for my nutmilk and it’s just okay. I think a vitamix would really help the morning routine. Hot cocoa and pancakes – yummy. The ice creams would whip up so quickly in it too!

  1231. Evan

    I really enjoy the strawberry lime shake!

  1232. There are so many Elana’s pantry recipes that are a favorite and can be made in a Vitamix (I have the old stainless steel Vitamix with only the dry goods blade so I would love, LOVE, LOVE! a new one with the liquid blades!), but I do love to make gluten-free almond flour pancakes and pour them right onto the hot griddle. So handy, easy and fast! Great for clean-up too! I would love to win, so I can pass on my old one to a friend or my local night mission that I volunteer at. Thanks, Elana!

  1233. Staci

    Coconut milk, hands down. ;)

    I use so much coconut milk around here, but I’m tired of using my immersion blender.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  1234. O my goodness… I am borrowing a Vitamix from a friend of mine because I literally used mine until it stopped working. I make just about everything with it.. my favorite is making all kinds of veggie soups, and blending them with the Vitamix. I love the creamy consistency! I also make smoothies each morning, as well as some raw desserts.

    ~Brandy Jo

  1235. Caroline Juker

    I have just made the: Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake, and it is wonderful….

    I plan on trying the variation that is listed from Judy: Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake – Primalized.

    It would be a lot easier to whip up with a Vitamix though.

  1236. Vrie

    I have never used a vitamix, but I would love to put one to work on several varieties of pesto. There’s a walnut pesto in particular that would benefit from this pesto. My soups and ice creams would be pretty pleased too.

  1237. My Vita-Mix has slowed down greatly after only two years and doesn’t work like it used to, but I use it almost daily and find it indispensable so will likely have to buy another one soon.

    One of my favorite recipes to make from Elana’s pantry in the fall is the Pumpkin Custard, In addition to being gluten-free, it’s vegan!


  1238. Courtney Johnson

    Mango-Avocado Coconut Ice Cream!!

  1239. Bronagh

    What a great giveaway! I’d absolutely love to own a vitamix, the recipe possbilities would be endless!

    My favourite vitamix recipes from Elana’s Pantry are definitely the smoothie ones (hello, strawberry lime shake!) as smoothies are a fun, convenient way to incorporate more natural goodness into my diet… that’s GOT to be a good thing :)

  1240. johanna

    Must. Get. Vitamix. So I can try more of your fabulous recipes! Especially the pumpkin ice cream and all the luscious smoothies!!!

  1241. Michele

    I would love to make raw soups…YUMMY!

  1242. Jill E

    PB & J Smoothies!!!

  1243. Jill E

    PB & J Smoothies of course!!

  1244. Giuliana Hazelwood @ lovelyhealthylife.wordpress.com

    Watermelon Aguas Frescas! What could be better??

  1245. Rachel Sanchez

    One of our favorites that we make daily is the strawberry lime shake. My autistic son is on a GFCF soy free diet and this is one of the only shakes he will actually ask for. We LOVE strawberries and this is the perfect blend of sweet with a sour kick to it!
    Thank you for the awesome chance to win this great kitchen appliance! I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  1246. dawn

    Pumpkin ice cream is yummy! And we will be trying your hot cocoa recipe soon as winter has set in. I’ve always said “maybe someday our dream of an amazing vitamix blender will come true… and then i can make any blender recipe”. For now i have my grandma’s old Oster which can only handle so much. Thanks for sharing your recipes!

  1247. Kathleen

    Hi Elana, sorry to say I do not have favorite recipe because I do not have a vitamixer…..I have been trying to save up for one. I definitly would use it for soups and vegie juices. Love your site and I forward it to all my friends and families. Thank you for all your hard work.

  1248. sheryl miller @ luxgraphicus


    It is great to see so many people researching and changing their diets to make their lives more healthy.

    I don’t have a vitamixbut I do have a blender which I make green smoothies in –
    spinach or Kale from our backyard
    freshly squeezed orange juice

    My son is begining to drink them and he does not like green bits in anything, so I call the smoothies “The Incredible Hulk Smoothie”

    Thanks for the opportunity.
    It would be great to find a card in the mail to say pick up your new Vitamix from Elana Pantry’s all the way from America!

    Sheryl Miller

  1249. Susan Curry

    One of my favorite Vitamix recipes is Garlic Mayo. I like to add a little Sriracha Sauce to it and make it a spicy mayo – YUM. I love my Vitamix! http://www.food.com/recipe/garlic-mayo-ali-oli-31987

  1250. Jill E

    PB & J Smoothies are my favorite!

  1251. Becky

    We use our blender daily to make smoothies! I make coconut and almond milk ice cream about once a week. The blender has become a “go – to” kitchen appliance since my daughter was diagnosed with multiple food allergies. No more processed foods in our house, and it has been so much easier with your help, Elena! Thank you for paving the way for us!

  1252. Sheena

    I just discovered your website yesterday. My family has recently given up eating grain. (PS. bread is my favorite thing!!!) I have been having a hard time adjusting. Feeling like I will never eat something with flavor again. I am thrilled to start trying your recipes. I have never used a vitamix but it sounds fabulous. My blender stinks! I still use it every day but could really use a new one.

  1253. Marilyn F.

    I would love to have a Vitamix to make really smooth smoothies from fresh coconut milk and mixed frozen fresh fruits – this makes a really cool smoothie (without needing to add ice cubes) but my blender is not as powerful as a Vitamix and doesn’t blend as well as I would like! You can freeze the fresh fruits yourself to use (I use melon, mango, pineapple, papaya), and you will get a very tasty healthy smoothie.

  1254. WOW…how amazing that you can offer such a great giveaway! I would love to learn to make nut milks…thanks for such a great opportunity!

  1255. E Anuszcyzk

    My favorite vitamix recipe is for cake icing made with Cashews. It tastes so much better than sugary icing and doesn’t come out smooth with a regular blender!

  1256. Sonja

    The gluten free pancakes

  1257. Judy

    Smoothies for my kids’ breakfast in a flash or “bedtime” snack.
    Always healthy always good.

  1258. Beth

    Seventeen Year Smoothie –
    1 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk, handful of kale, 3 Tbls hemp seed,
    2 raw dates, 1 1/2 c frozen strawberries, half of banana

    Keeps my college son going all morning long!

  1259. Judy

    Smoothies for my kids’ breakfast in a flash. Or “bedtime” snack.
    Always healthy always good.

  1260. I have not used a Vitamix but would love to win one! I use my Magic Bullet Blender daily which is great for single servings but the Vitamix would be so helpful for larger portions. I would like to make some yummy, satisfying soups in it and of course use it for your delicious recipes.

  1261. Kelly ahti

    Ohhh, how I would LOVE top have a high-powered blender- I use my wimpy one almost every day and I think the motor is going. I would love to make my own nut milks, mine just doesn’t do the job- it never really gets mixed, always wants to seperate. I make a smoothie for myself and my two year old ever day with cultured coconut milk, ground chia seeds, water, spinach and berries (and sometimes egg white protein powder..).

  1262. My favorite thing to make is lara bars. The machine is so powerful that nothing else would work to make them. It saves me ALOT of money and they taste so great to.
    If I won I would give the blender to my sister who has a child with autism and she wants to slowly switch his diet, this would be an essential tool in her kitchen.
    Also thanks for all that you do, it is so refreshing to have a site that is gluten free and healthy to, no white rice flour here!!!

  1263. Penny

    Wow! I would love to win a Vitamix. I really look forward to having pancakes on a Saturday morning. Oh how much easier it would be to whip them up in a Vitamix.

  1264. mimi fackler

    I love making smoothies and hummus.

  1265. Camron Wilson

    mmmm….Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake!!!!! It would be so awesome to make it in a brand new Vitamix!

  1266. Kelly ahti

    Hm,just tried to post and don;t think it worked, sorry if you get two from me. I would LOVE a hig-powered blender and have been scheming of ways to save money for one! I use my wimpy blender every day for smoothies (like cultured coconut milk, ground chia seeds, berries, spinach, and sometime egg white protien powder), I would love to make my own nut milks, but my blender just can’t do the job- it seems to seperate right away. Daycreaming of this vitamix! Thanks for all you do!

  1267. i love the ice cream recipes!

  1268. Susan Carter

    I’d love to make Blackberry syrup with the Vitamix.

  1269. The best thing I’ve had from a vitamix so far is a Chilled Melon Soup from Eating Well.com I’m in culinary school at Bauman College in Santa Cruz, CA and we made this in our class. I would love to have the vitamix for more kitchen adventures!

  1270. f.larson

    Nothing like a smoothie as an after school healthy snack that feels like a treat! My girl’s favorite is frozen mangoes, frozen peaches, o.j. and organic greek-style plain yogurt. Excellent!

  1271. Holly

    Hi Elana!

    I went GF about a year ago in hopes that it would help cure/lessen my Hyperemesis Gravidarum that I have had in my last two pregnancies. I bought your cookbook and cooking with Almond flour has saved my life and made me feel “normal” again and able to enjoy food again. I am 11 weeks pregnant and have not had ANY nausea or vomiting, what a miracle!! My favorites from your book are the cupcakes, chocolate chip scones, pancakes, and most recently your pumpkin bars. My blender is about to go ca-put and a Vitamix would be incredible!! Thank you for your passion and dedication to GF foods :)

  1272. JEN

    I make smoothies for my son ALL the time, usually with my hand held blender. It’s so old they aren’t as smooth now and the fruit gets stuck in the straw, lol!
    I would LOVE to use this for your Marcona almond mayonnaise. We love Vegenaise in our house, but would love to make a home made alternative.
    fingers crossed
    Thanks Elana!

  1273. Linda Lee Lemley @ shoes333@hotmail.com

    I have never owned a Vitamix, but having UC and Crohn’s I often end up having to eat a lot of Smoothie’s and I am always GF. I used to do the commercially available nutrient drinks, but was shocked at the amount of sugar in them. My favorite recipe of Elana’s are the pancakes, and I love the pumpkin bars. My brother, who has owned a Vitamix for 20 years makes the world’s best tomato soup in it, and his wife who suffers from diabetes uses it often for Smoothies, and soups. I was amazed at the things you could do with it! Good Luck Everyone!

  1274. dana markland

    Oh my…how I would love to have a new amazing blender…I make everything from smoothies to dog food in my very tired blender that I have now…I especially love your kale smoothie…yum!

  1275. Kim

    My favorite vitamix recipe is raw almond milk. We make it 3-4 times per week!!

  1276. Nicole

    Smoothies of any kind. My four- year- old twins don’t know there’s Kale in there!

  1277. Kate H.

    My favorite vitamix recipe actually comes from the site- it’s the peach raspberry smoothie! My daughter and I are gluten free dairy free, and now that I’m pregnant, I make this recipe a lot to settle my stomach :) I’m hoping that if I get this new vitamix I can experiment with more soups and smoothies, but also make baby food for our upcoming addition <3

  1278. Our favorite recipe is a cashew cream alfredo for fetticini.

    ! cup of cashews soaked overnight with a dash of sea salt

    Save water. Add garlic cloves to taste we use 1, some fresh onions, and an avocado along with cashews and reserved water to your vitamix. Voila! Nice creamy tasty texture and a “cream” sauce.

    Thanks so much for offering this prize! We are building up our kitchen tools for our company slowly but surely and in our area there is no one else but us doing GFCFSF!!!

  1279. Deb

    I love making smoothies with kale! I have also made rice milk.

  1280. Mary

    I would love to have a Vitamix to make the Pumpkin Ginger soup. I know my blender would never hold that quantity! Thanks for your wonderful recipes and your give-aways!

  1281. Cassie

    Ok, so the best vitamix recipe of yours that I have tried so far is the cherry/strawberry ice cream. I love the little bit of almond flavoring in it, it makes all the difference! I have also tried all of your other ice cream recipes and they are to die for. Now that it’s finally starting to cool down a bit, I am excited to try soups again.

  1282. Eve Ilsen

    I LOVED the hot chocolate; made it with almond milk since we were out of cashews.
    I’m wondering how long it might stay warm in a small thermos bottle, to keep over for shabbos morning; I might do a second round!

  1283. melissa @ the delicate place @ thedelicateplace.wordpress.com

    my fave thing to make in the vita is soup! i made a coconut curried carrot-parsnip one that is delish here: http://thedelicateplace.wordpress.com/2010/11/05/the-soup-with-the-longest-name-ever/

  1284. Lisa Teeter

    Our favorite is the raspberry smoothie…my family loves it!

  1285. Chrissy Gonzalez

    I want a Vitamix so badly! I tried to make one your but butters the other day and my food processor died :( I would live it for soups, ice cream and nut butters

  1286. Hannah

    My family doesn’t have a Vitamix, but it was something that we’ve considered getting when my brother was going through chemo and got everything by g-tube or through his central line.

    I’d like to try your Kale Creamsicle smoothie… and it happens that we have kale in our fridge right now! :)

  1287. Melissa

    I have kefir smoothies every morning for breakfast…I always make your strawberry lime concoction when I have fresh limes on the counter. I think it would be fantastic to own a vitamix for a million different reasons, but especially because of my gluten intolerance. I understand that I can grind some of my own flours with this fancy machine! That would sure be an amazing an much needed load off of my pocketbook!
    I really hope I win! I’ll probably never get to own one of these babies otherwise… they are just so darned expensive!

    Thanks for the opportunity!


  1288. Our favorite breakfast smoothie is

    1 cup fresh orange juice
    1 cup frozen mixed berries
    1 frozen banana
    dash of salt
    dash of vanilla
    (and sometimes for the dairy tolerant, a half cup of yogurt)


  1289. Tara

    Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream , well actually all the icecreams -Yummers

  1290. one of my favorite isa ceasar dressing and making almond milk

  1291. I love the ice cream and smoothie recipes! I have always wanted a vitamix and would be so excited to win!

  1292. Cynthia Winter

    Definitely the Strawberry Lime Shake recipe. It’s a great way to start the morning. Unfortunatly I don’t have a Vitamix. I’d love to have one.

  1293. Thanks for such a fabulous website. When I refer others to it, they come back and ask if it’s mine (I wish). So nice to share my name with someone who does such great work.

  1294. Jan Bostic

    too many good recipes to pick from with Elana’s recipes so I’ll leave another recipe i would use it for…creamy avocado chicken soup

    2 chicken breasts, grilled or baked
    3 ripe avocados
    juice of one lime
    1/4 cup cilantro chopped
    1/2 small onion
    1/2 cup heavy cream or i use coconut milk
    1 1/2 cup chicken stock (preferably homemade)
    1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
    salt and pepper to taste
    Peel and pit avocados. Place all ingredients except chicken in food processor or vitamix and blend until smooth. Pour into a pan and heat until bubbling. Chop chicken and add to soup. Allow to simmer 15-30 minutes.

  1295. Melanie @ melanieo.com

    Soups do not turn out well in my blender. Now that it’s getting colder out, I would love to try your Green Soup with Ginger in a Vitamix!

  1296. Hanna

    I would say one of your homemade milks. I haven’t been able to have milk at all for five months and I’m DYING for it. I love milk so much and not being able to have it is so depressing. T__T Awesome giveaway! (Please pick me!!)

  1297. FoodRenegade @ foodrenegade.com

    My favorite Elana’s Pantry recipe for a blender is G;uten-free Pancakes.

  1298. Denise

    Would love to win a Vitamix!!!

    Definitley Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake!!

  1299. Rob

    That blender is so sexy, I don’t know whether to put food in it or make out with it. Do you think it would be gentle with me?

  1300. Joan Kartak

    Strawberry Lime Shake sounds delicious! Strawberries and lime are my two of my favorite flavors.

  1301. Shaunna

    I love the smoothies that can be made with the machine also I make the almond flour for all your wonderful reciepes

  1302. WOW what a giveaway! You are too generous. My favorite recipe to date are your pumpkin bars. I am about to make my third batch in three days. YUM!

  1303. Mataya Gurley

    This time of year there is nothing more comforting than soup. I love butternut squash soup. Squash from the farmer’s market, absolutely delicious! I would be thrilled to win a Vitamix. Soup is much creamier in a Vitamix!

  1304. Katie

    I make green smoothies in my blender every morning. It’s about 20 years old and on it’s last leg!

  1305. Katlin

    I haven’t tried any of these yet but I look forward to all of them.

  1306. I really like the idea of blending greens into soup broth like you do in the green chicken soup!

  1307. Brittany

    What would I not make with my new Vitamix is more like it!!! I’ve been trying to eat clean by my blood type for about 6 months and already lost 27 lbs! I can’t even imagine how much more i could lose with all the amazing food I see here. And being able to make it all with my new Vitamix, well, thats just icing on the gluten-free cake!!!

  1308. sandy fuchs (pronounced like books) @ NA

    I love to make cranberry relish at thanksgiving time:
    1 bag of organic cranberries
    1 navel orange peeled and pieced
    agave nectar to taste

    Thank you for the all the great recipes. This is obviously a labor of love for you. Being new to a gluten free lifestyle, I appreciate all the time and effort you put into this!

  1309. Jackie H

    I think those green smoothies would be just the thing to make for breakfast in these Vitamixes! :)

  1310. Melissa

    I don’t own a Vitamix yet. If I did, I’d make almond milk. I made your banana cream pie cupcakes the other day for me and my son, (both Celiac sufferers), and they were delicious. Thanks!

  1311. Tasha

    I love making tomato soup with it and just letting it heat up in the vitamix itself.

  1312. Kelly Michelle

    Smoothies! Especially one where everything is actually blended so I don’t have chunks of stuff getting stuck in my straw!

  1313. I borrowed my Mom’s Vitamix this summer and made “V8″… including skins and seeds. Couldn’t have been easier.

  1314. Cindy

    I like to soak grains and make pancakes or waffles.

  1315. sarah

    pumpkin ice cream!

  1316. Sara

    I recently made your pumpkin pie ice cream…with my very old blender. It was very delicious, but would have been much easier with a Vitamix.

  1317. Jennifer E

    I would love to try the kale creamsicle recipe!! Otherwise I just love to use my friends vitamix to make green smoothies and yummy vegan ice creams :)

  1318. Sarah Howes

    I would love a Vitamix – thanks for the chance! My poor blender really takes a beating and can’t keep up with my smoothies. I make a nice kale & apple smoothie with carrot and lemon juice. I make all sorts of smoothies though all of the time. Thanks!

  1319. Minna Lopez

    My favorite recipe are berry-banana smoothies!

  1320. victoria zambaras

    1 banana
    1 cup mango
    1 kale leaf
    1 cup fage yogurt
    1 tbsp maple syrup
    1/2 c blueberries
    2 tbsps coconut oil

    mix together and enjoy!
    I make this in a blender. But I know it would be much better in the vita-mix. I hope I win:0)
    thanks for all your yummy recipes<3

  1321. Jennifer

    I would love to have the Vitamix. My blender is on it’s last leg. I make smoothies just about every morning with breakfast and I know it’s going to quit on me any day now. My favorite recipe is strawberries, banana’s, soy milk, pomegranite juice, and flax seed. Thanks for the chance to win!

  1322. Jenny

    Oh my gosh… what don’t I love making from your recipes?! I make a ton of smoothies, but I have always wanted a vitamix to be able to make more smooth drinks, and even nut butters. This would be beyond amazing.

  1323. this is all i’ve ever wanted!!!!!!!
    my favorite thing is cooking with my mom and her vitamix. we made our own almond milk and it was pure bliss to drink homemade milk.
    i love the vitamix!!! i would love to have my own to try your recipes!

  1324. Phyllis

    I want to make my own almond flour for the chocolate chip cookies and other recipes from Almond Flour cookbook. It’s so hard when I run out of almond flour and have to order on-line and wait to try one of your great recipes.

  1325. Having a Vita-mix would open up so many new options for eating even healthier! Woould probably use it to make French Onion soup. And anything chocolate is always a priority. When you make the chocolate banana cake, could Greek yoghurt be subbed in to give it a rich decadent flavor?

  1326. Beth

    I have always wanted a vitamix. Our favorite recipes include veggie & fruit smoothies, but I would love to be able to make green smoothies without needed to puree everything first before placing in my regular blender. A friend shared a recipe for a healthy “Shamrock” shake made with avacado and no sugar but it didn’t turn out well in my standard blender like her vitamix!

  1327. Oh my, a vitamix would be a dream come true! I would love to make the vitamix pancakes.

  1328. I love the smooth hummus it makes!!

  1329. Naomi Sadia

    Dear Elana,

    I was first introduced to Vitamix only this summer in the Watford Costco near London, UK. Me and my fiance, Elliott, stood watching a demonstration with my eyes wide and dropped jaws. It looked like the appliance that every kitchen should experience!! We were mesmorised!!

    However, we were bought back to reality when Elliott’s dad shouted shouted to us to get out of the bloody store! Researching the product on my return home i was shocked to read that it retails at over £430 ($700)in the UK and this is pretty much a fixed price.

    I am not kidding- we had seriously daydreamed about holding a vitamix dinner party where we would make all courses using the vitamix! Soup, scrambled eggs followed by icecream! This is actually true. Our friends were really excited! Alas we could not afford to buy one. We check out gumtree.com (similar to craigslist) frequently to find a 2nd hand one but no one is selling.

    Elliott recently proposed to me so we thought we might have a wedding list at a dept store and add that on, but as we getting married abroad we wont be asking for any wedding presents at all.

    Could this be the end of our vitamix dreams?

    If i won the vitamix, i would make the green soup with ginger, your almond mayonaise, nut milk and your icecreams within the first hour!

    I love your cake book and currently have your chocolate cream pie, apple clafoutis, and your honey cake cooling in the kitchen as I am typing for my engagement gathering tomorrow XX

  1330. Vanessa Meyer

    Oh my goodness I have been drooling over the VitaMix for years, oh the gluten free and raw goodness that could result! Dying to try the creamsicle smoothie and make my own nut butters and (lump-free) soups!

  1331. Holly

    My mom has a Vitamix, and she makes the best soup with it! Broccoli Cheese Soup and Cheesy Cauliflower soup are my 2 favorites.

  1332. Enid

    One Can pumpkin
    One Can white beans
    One Can vege broth (or vege bolluion cube with water)
    1 1/2 teasp Cumin
    Sea Salt to taste

    BLEND all for pumpkin soup

  1333. Hello Elana!

    My parents bought a vitamix about 15 years ago. I remember putting almost everything but the kitchen sink in it to make smoothies. I loved it!

    I also love your blog. It has helped to inspire me to bake more. I am gluten free and vegan and really appreciate your recipes.

    If I had a vita mix I would use it for pretty much everything, but I would start to make my own nut milk. Oh, and I would start making more “creamed” soups! Blending soup is so much easier with a dial that allows you to start slower!

    Thanks again Elana!

  1334. Chanell

    Old-school peanut butter! My kids can’t get enough of it!

  1335. Rachel Derks

    I love love love green smooties….I think they are the most wonderful drink, especilly if you don’t get your daily amount of greens…it’s an easy way to get them in. I would love to have a vitamix because I hear geat things!!! This is such a great opporunity.

  1336. Kelley

    Oh my gosh!! A Vitamix giveaway!?! I’ve been looking at these online… expensive little things aren’t they? :) I’d love to have one and even better to win one! My favorite recipe that you use with the Vitamix are your pancakes. By the way, my husband(!) has your zucchini bread recipe in the oven RIGHT NOW! Mmmmm….smells good! :)

  1337. I love your diy coconut milk recipe! I don’t have a vitamix though so it has never turned out quite right. I’m living on a tight budget right now though so anything diy is my favorite! :)

  1338. Em

    My roommate had a Vitamix and we would make the yummiest almond milk in a cinch! I loved it. But now she is gone and married and I need on of my own!

  1339. jordan schachter

    I put in sweet potatoes, beets, greens and tofu and almond milk. it’s awesome! I hope I win!

  1340. ken schachter

    My son gave me a great recipe. It involves putting a whole avocado – including the pit – and maple syrup and tofu. tastes delightful.

  1341. June

    Maybe it is just the time of year, but I love anything pumpkin! I have been making the pumpkin muffins every week. The first recipe I would try in the Vitamix would be the pumpkin ice cream…it sounds so creamy and delicious!

    Elana, thank you for all the wonderful recipes…I had no idea “grain-free” could be so delicious! I do not miss grain at all!


  1342. Debbie

    I’d love to have a vitamix to make nutmilk and my own nutflours. I have wanted one for years. Haven’t seen a recipe I didn’t like from Elana’s Pantry. Have the new cookbook and can’t wait to get the new cupcake cookbook ;-).

  1343. Rashada Nunez @ designsbyrashada.com

    Dera Elana,

    I stumbled on your website while looking for breads made with almond flour and fell in love!! I’ve been wanting one of these blenders for quite a while and Lord willing… I’d love to make my favorite butternut squash soup in the blender- a dish that just tastes like fall! Hope to be giving thanks for a new blender this year :)

  1344. Sandra

    I love blending everything…soups, tomato sauce, hummus, shakes, batter. Love!

  1345. Mindy

    I would use a Vitamix to make smoothies and to make your gluten-free pancakes!

  1346. Sarah

    I love smoothies, Elana’s mocha power bars…and would try so many new things if I had a vitamix! Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  1347. Sarah Scott

    It’s not so easy picking a favorite recipe for the Vitamix. So many recipes under my belt, so many recipes yet to try.

    However, making juices from the WHOLE vegetable or the WHOLE fruit will be the most frequent application of the Vitamix in my kitchen.

    Actually calling them juices is misleading since the Vitamix leaves nothing behind!

    No fiber left behind. No nutrient left behind. etc. etc.

    Very much hoping to win this wonderful prize.

    Years ago I had an early Vitamix that eventually I gave away to a church sale. I’m sure it went to good hands, but now I’m ready for another one, a new one this time.

  1348. I have been wanting one of these forEVER! I would totally make your cashew milk (and almond milk) all the time. And smoothies. And raw vegan chesecake. And soup. Possibilities are endless!

  1349. Catherine Carr

    Green smoothies! All the healthy things you can hide inside of a delicious smoothie. My son’s school makes them every morning for the kids for brain power. His favorite is kale, pineapple, banana, strawberry with a touch agave, kefir coconut water and whatever else healthy they can find.

    My son living with autism has actually drank them! Shocking!!!! I found your site as I was looking for gluten free recipes about 2(?) years ago. We love all of your recipes and love your book! Sorry, I tend to blabber when I’m excited…….I hope to actually see you in action some day! I hope you get a Food Network show!

  1350. CAtherine Rutter @ kitchen-rx.com

    Pumpkin-Ginger Soup!

  1351. Linda Mazar

    absolutely love the flourless chocolate banana cake! In fact I just bought extra bananas to ripen so I can make it. I would LOVE a VITAMIX! It is my dream!

  1352. Erin

    I’d have to say the pumpkin pie ice cream – who could say no to that???
    But a vitamix would be perfect to make almond or hemp milk in! (my blender just doesn’t cut it).

  1353. Jay

    Gluten-free p-cakes!

  1354. Jennifer

    I like the Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake recipe.

  1355. Julie

    I would love to make all kind of smoothies and try many, many different recipes too!

  1356. Annie

    Great post! Definitely hot cocoa – all year round! The perfect after-dinner drink.

  1357. Annie

    Great post! Definitely hot cocoa, year round!

  1358. Nicole

    If you can do dairy, raw cream with frozen strawberries and a touch of your favorite sweetener is delicious.

  1359. Laura Fish

    I have to say the creamy pumpkin ice cream looks delicious. I will be trying that soon. I am always looking for another way to use pumpkin.

  1360. My favourite vitamix recipe is for a far breton– whip it up at night, leave it to ferment till morning, then bake it. SO DELICIOUS!!!

  1361. Heather

    Smoothies are my favorite thing to make in a blender right now, but how fun would it be to be able to make pancakes or cake or something fun like that with a vitamix!!!

  1362. Hyacinth @ twoedgetalk.com

    Ooooh, I didn’t know Elana had so many Vitamix recipes on her site – goody! My fave smoothie is a swiss chard/lime/apple number. I’ll have to try her strawberry lime concoction.

  1363. Heather

    I would to win this and try your pumpkin pie ice cream! Yum!

  1364. Leslie MacGregor

    My favorite Vitamix recipe would have to be hot broccoli soup. Just 4 ingredients, fresh broccoli, water, salt, and pepper. It’s the best for a cold winter’s night. It appeals to the eyes and taste-buds! Best part is, it tastes like you added 27 ingredients including cream. (No one ever need know that it only has 4 ingredients!)

  1365. Roseanne

    Gluten free pancakes!!! Thanks for the chance!

  1366. jennifer

    My family LOVES almond pancakes and so do all my friends. I share your recipes with everyone! And it’s easy to make the pancakes sugar free with stevia and a little extra water!

  1367. Debbie

    The chocolate banana cake!

  1368. Niki

    I want to try to make coconut butter from HEAB’s site!

  1369. melody moon

    I love the Vita Mix. I would make smoothies with it and use kefir, frozen bananas, dates, and maybe a little sweetener. Delicious!!

  1370. Rick Casolari

    Our family has used a Vita-Mix for about 20 years! We would love to have a new one. The pumpkin ginger soup is awesome!

  1371. I would love to be able to make cashew and/or rice milk. Pick me!

  1372. Sara

    My all time favorite vita-mix recipe has earned its place in my heart for its simultaneous simplicity and adaptability: almond milk. Instead of forking over $2-4 for a carton of the processed stuff I like to mix about 1 tbsp of almond butter with about 8 oz of filtered water (sometimes I adjust the ratio to suit my mood), a small pinch of sea salt, and a few drops of agave. The plain version does it for me on its own, but when sugar cravings hit it’s easy to go the cacao or fruit route and when I need a meal-in-a-glass it’s easy to go the seasonal veggie route. I have tried doing this with a standard high speed blender and was dismayed to discover that it simply doesn’t work well with anything but a vitamix!

  1373. I love smoothies, and I would LOVE to try the Kale Dreamscicle or the Protein Powder Pina Colada! I’ve wanted a Vitamix forever, and now that I’ve gone dairy-free and more recently, gluten-free, this would be a perfect addition to my kitchen. :)

  1374. Julia

    the strawberry lime shake is my favorite!

  1375. Nora Yotsov

    In the past year I have converted to veggie/fruit/chia smoothies for the first meal of the day. I feel an incredible difference in physical and mental clarity as a result. I bought a $5 blender 5 years ago that is dying finally. This is the perfect solution.

  1376. Kristin

    I recently started having tummy issues. I don’t know what is going on, but I just started turning to your recipes for ideas of things that I might be able to eat. Since I am kind of new to cooking and don’t have a lot of money, sometimes I have to improvise and I think having a Vitamix of my very own would help a lot.

    The recipe that looks the most fun to me is the Pumpkin Ginger Soup! Good luck to everybody!

  1377. Stephanie Schilling

    The giveaway of my dreams! Wish I could follow your instructions and post my favorite Elena’s pantry Vitamix recipe, but I always have to skip the recipes that call for a Vitamix/blender because, well, I don’t have one! Yet… :)

  1378. Yan

    A Vitamix would be the perfect thing in which to make any variation of our favourite green smoothies. 2 cups coconut water, 1 cup frozen fruit, 1 banana or avocado, and 1 cup spinach. Thank you for the chance to win.

  1379. Jeannie Miller

    I am so grateful that my holistic doctor suggested a Vitamix to help my body heal from many food allergies; including being vitamin deficient. I love my Vitamix so much, that I would love for my twin sister to be able to have a Vitamix (as she deals with an immune disorder herself).

    Hummus from the Vitamix Recipe Book
    2 cups cooked Garbanzo Beans
    1-2 cloves garlic
    1/4 cup (fresh) lemon juice
    1/4 cup sesame seads
    1 T olive oil (I use more)

    I honestly didn’t think that Hummus was going to be good. I could not get enough of it when I made it! Yuuuummmmmmmyyyyyy!

  1380. Aimee Ginsberg

    I would use one for my humus recipe, very easy, soak chic peas and save the water put chick peas, tahina, garlic and the juice of a lemon in mixer blend add soaking water to bring to the consistency you prefer, serve with some of Elana’s crackers and you have a lovely appetizer, it’s gluten free and vegan, also great as a spread on gf bread instead of mayo in a sandwich or in a lettuce wrap. I very much enjoy your recipes as they have helped me with great ideas for lots of variation to my diet. Thank you Aimee

  1381. Janel

    My mom experiments with raw food, one of our favorites is her Raw Pumpkin cheesecake!! And every morning she makes our Herb drink with almond milk and herbs. It is delicious!! Would love for her to have a blender that doesn’t die every couple of months. Best wishes to everyone! ~Janel

  1382. Carolina de Lorenzo

    I would LOVE a Vitamix! It’s a little dream of mine. :) My favorite blender recipe is Natalia Rose’s Pumpkin Pie in a Bowl–an amazing raw soup of carrot juice, raw sweet potato, avocado and pumpkin pie spice. I also love my raw smoothies, and I am *very* anxious to try Elana’s raw ice creams ( I could never pull that off in my current blender–it would explode, I think ;)).

  1383. Judy

    I love your nut milk and cake recipes. Yes I know, my favorite cake recipes aren’t done in the Vitamix but I still love them! Judy

  1384. Shannon

    I love a spinach soup recipe using a vitamix. It’s bright green!

  1385. Joan Dugan

    My fav is the Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake. It is so-o-o-o good! Would love to win the Vita-Mix.

  1386. Natalie

    Well, since I don’t have a Vitamix I can’t say what my favorite Elana recipe is. I would love to try each and every one of them, if I win of course. I literally use my food processor for everything. It is my most used equipment in my kitchen. So, all the nut milk is a little grainy, soups aren’t as smooth as they could be and anything raw and chocolaty is always almost the right consistency! Thanks for the opportunity to win a beautiful, brand new Vitamix! BTW, I just got your almond flour cookbook and love it. I’ve made Elana’s chocolate chip cookies, cheese crackers, basic bread and am getting ready to try the zucchini bread!

  1387. Beth Lambert

    the Pumpkin Ginger Soup FOR SURE!!! :)

  1388. Crunchy Nurse @ crunchynurse.blogspot.com

    I would love to win this to make your Strawberry smoothie recipe. It looks so yummy!

  1389. Barbara Montez

    I was just feeling at a loss because I don’t have a vitamix and so many of your great recipies use this tool. I have a very ancient cuisnart with a dull blade and am afraid the recipies won’t come out the same. I can’t wait to try them all!

  1390. Miracle Goetz

    I would absolutely LOVE to win a Vitamix. I have attempted to make your amazing gluten free pancakes without a Vitamix, and they sure are tastey. I can imagine what they taste like properly made with a powerful Vitamix. :)

  1391. Gail

    The chance to win a Vitamix–what an incredible giveaway Elana! I made your almond bread recipe 2.0 again last night. I’ve tried other gluten-free bread recipes for variety, but I always come back to yours. This is the “best ever” recipe for almond bread. I think this bread would come together quite nicely in a Vitamix. And those pumpkin bars you posted recently were so moist and tasty–deeeelicious!

    Thanks again for all the great giveaways.

  1392. Debbie Huttner

    My favorite vitamix recipe is the Strawberry Lime shake. YUM! How great to give myself and kids a treat that is so healthy and easy to make. Thank you to Elana!!!! We would LOVE to have a Vitamix at home. Hopefully we’ll win! :) xoxo

  1393. Kim

    We’re on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and cooking takes up tons of my time. I’d love to have such an amazing product to help with making nut milks, ice-cream, more veggies, etc. My favorite Elana recipe would have to be chocolate cupcakes, carrot muffins and the coconut frosting – so deelish! My little girl is able to enjoy sweets only because of you – I can’t imagine how much more I can do for her with such a powerful tool.


  1394. Sue

    ooh the strawberry lime shake – how divine and the vitamix will make life so easy. Gives me more time to spend with the family.

  1395. Diane

    Smoothies made with frozen fruit, coconut milk, hemp protein powder and raw cocoa powder!

  1396. Tiffany

    Oh, how I have wanted a Vitamix for so long! I would love to make dairy free ice creams and your delicious looking Banana Chocolate Cake. What an excellent giveaway!!

  1397. Dorothea

    I’m just crazy about the Chocolate Sorbet recipe! BTW, this is such an awesome giveaway!

  1398. Becky

    I love the spicey power bars. Great flavors but hard to mix the macadamian nuts in a regular mixer. I also REALLY love the carrot banana muffins. Thanks for all the great recipies!

  1399. jennifer k

    I haven’t tried any of the vitamix recipes yet because I don’t have a blender yet, much less a vitamix (it’s been on my wishlist since you started posting recipes using it though.)

  1400. Kira

    this giveaway is amazing!! I wake up super early for work, which means i can only stomach a smoothie in the morning. I have always wanted to make a truly green smoothie with lettuce, kale, apples, parsley, cilantro and lemon!!! A vitamix would make this dream come true :)

    thanks again Elana for you wonderful website.

  1401. Melanie

    We love the soups and the ice cream (we made the pumpkin-ginger soup yesterday–in our blender).

  1402. Karen Wendell

    Love, love, your cookbook and blog Elana! We are daily smoothie drinkers here but would love to try making some of your yummy green juice recipes as well as your diy coconut and almond milks. A Vitamix would be soooo awesome to do that with! My kids love your chocolate chip cookies and cinnamon bun muffins. None of us are gluten-free but love the health benefits (and taste) of almond flour over wheat flour. Thanks so much for sharing all your great recipes and tips……

  1403. Julie Hack

    Flourless Chocolate Banana cake – yum!

  1404. Marisa H

    This is a great giveaway! Keep them up!

  1405. Bonnie

    My favorite Vitamix recipe is yet to be determined as I do not own one yet, but my guess is it would be a smoothie so I can get more of a variety of nutrition into my son.

  1406. I love the Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake!

  1407. Carol

    My family enjoyed the Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake and the pumpkin bars just disappeared! I would love to try the sorbets and ice creams, but I have found those more difficult to make without owning a Vitamix. Thank you, Elena, for this wonderful opportunity!

  1408. Sally Brown

    What an amazing giveaway! Thank you!
    I would first go for the Kale Creamsicle. I love kale!
    I have tried it, but my blender didn’t grind it fine enough.
    Hope, hope, hope!!

  1409. Lisa Hennen

    I prefer to use mine for a version of a Larabar. We blend dates with a bit of water, dried apricots and dried apples to form a paste. Then add ground nuts, coconut and finely chopped 100% cocoa to create a “mounds” like larabar.

  1410. Nicole

    Elana, my family and I love so many of your recipes that it is hard to narrow down a favorite that utilizes the Vitamix. My one problem is that the current (and practically new) blender that I have is not as powerful and therefore it is hard to get the recipes that contain nuts to blend down properly. I have been eyeing the Vitamix for a while now and was excited to see it as a “Giveaway”. Thank you for all of the fabulous recipes that you post. I love checking your site to see the new things that you come up with.

  1411. anita z

    I don’t have a vitamix yet but I would love to have one. I have been trying so many of your recipes and would love to have a vitamix to make all of them with ease! My son loves popsicles/smoothies so I would be using a vitamix alot! thanks for all of your recipes. we thoroughly enjoy!!

  1412. Beth

    Cashew, coconut and almond milk would be my vita mix favs.

    Thanks for an opportunity like this.

  1413. My son, husband, and I LOVE our daily green smoothies. Sadly, I haven’t been able to find a blender that blends as well as I’d like. We’d love to give a Vitamix a home!

  1414. Jill

    It’s tough to come up with breakfast foods that are gluten free, dairy free, *and* egg free, so ever since I figured out a way to do creamy smoothies, I’ve pretty much stuck to that. Each day I add a different type of nut (walnut, almond, cashew) to some water and blend until it forms something like milk. Then I add some frozen fruit, like strawberries, bananas, blueberries, mangoes, or peaches. I have trouble getting the nuts really ground up and creamy in my sad old blender, but I’m sure this would work much better in a Vitamix!

    I’ve also tried doing your marcona almond mayonnaise substitute, but it didn’t quite emulsify in my blender. I think the Vitamix would help with that one too. Oh, and I’ve heard you can make nut butters in the vitamix- that one was definitely a disaster in my blender!

    So I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed…

    Thanks, Elana, for great recipes and give aways!

  1415. Amy De Luca

    My family is nuts (no pun intended!) over the Silver Dollar Pancakes!!
    We cannot get enough and now I’ve started sneaking greens into them for my toddler!

    Nut milks too! Im dying to try pumpkin ice cream in the VMix

  1416. Noelle Noli

    I have made Elana’s pumpkin soup in the vitamix and it is my favorite – so perfect! It isn’t my vitamix though so if I win I am thrilled!!!!

  1417. Kristen

    I don’t have a favorite recipe yet, but the Gluten Free Pancakes sound wonderful and I would love to try them with a new blender :)

  1418. Skybluechic

    I don’t have a vitamix yet but they sound amazing! I would love to try one out!

  1419. Stacy

    Hi Elana!
    My 4 year old son has been having some respiratory issues and so i have been trying to make him gluten free. i have been trying your recipes and his favorite is the banana carrot muffins.i don’t have a vitamix and have been trying the recipes with a regular blender. A vitmaix would be an answer to prayer so i could make some of your other recipes for him, like the ice cream. Thank you so much for your blog. If it wasnt for you, I would still be mixing all different kinds of flours for 1 recipe.


  1420. Yvette hatfield @ Www.pncmiwest.org

    I love your blog and recipes. I was just looking at a vitamin and the clerk made us some home made peanut butter.
    It was awesome! I would make that at home if I won the vitamin swell as make my own flour!
    Your the best keep up the great work.

  1421. kristy

    I would use a Vitamix for smoothies. Soups. Salsas. Canning. Etc. We have a.vegetable stand and it would be very useful in our business.

  1422. Sue harford

    WOW, You are going to have a hard time picking from all these posts!
    My first try at gluten free cupcakes were the Chocolate ones, no one could believe how light and fluffy they were. You do a Great job with this website I am so glad I found it.Thanks.

  1423. Hands down all things pumpkin, and specifically the pumpkin ice cream! I just made the bars last night and they are so moist and perfect! I have twins with autism and that’s the first almond flour recipe I’ve tried that actually tastes wonderful. I’m so glad I found this site and have purchased the cookbooks!

  1424. Kristin

    I adore the Kale Creamsicle. Even without adding the protein powder, it’s delicious!

  1425. raini

    oh, what a wonderful machine! i am a chef turned mom and i do so miss the industrial equipment that we had in the kitchens i worked in. the vitamix was one of my favorites. every time i think i’m going to just bite the bullet and buy one, something happens- the car needs repair, someone has to go to the dentist, etc.
    i love your pumpkin ice cream and dips! and that pineapple green smoothie, yum! oh and the vegan chocolate chip cookies, those are in my constant rotation of treats! thanks for being my intro to gluten free foods and giving us great recipes everyone will enjoy.

  1426. Teri

    Definitely green smoothies made with homemade almond milk!

  1427. I LOVE the Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake and it has been a hit for friends, family, and coworkers. So many delicious and unique recipes on this site, I have been a fan for over a year now – keep it coming!

  1428. Dana Waldrop

    Spaghetti Sauce

    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 lg yellow onion, chopped
    2 garlic cloves, peeled
    10 or 12 tomatoes
    ½ cup chicken broth or tomato juice
    1 can tomato paste
    1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes (packed in oil)
    1/2 cup chopped fresh basil

    1) Place first 6 ingredients into the Vitamix
    2) Variable 1
    3) Increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
    4) Blend for 4-5 minutes or until sauce is hot.
    5) Add remaining ingredients through the lid plug opening.
    6) Replace lid plug and blend an additional 20 seconds.

  1429. dot

    love gulten free pancakes

  1430. Julie Jordan

    I love the almond flour pancakes. They are wonderful!

  1431. Joe

    The Chocolate Banana Cake is the best. My girlfriend makes it and I tear through it as soon as she sets it in front of me. Sooooo good. If I win the mixer I will give it to her so she can make more of your cake recipes :)

  1432. Nana

    You would make my dreams come true with the gift of the Vitamix blender. I would love to make the Hot Cocoa and I’ve been wanting to eat more raw foods that have been blended. Thank you for this opportunity! Your recipes are great. I make the bread every week and the Vitamix would help me to make other recipes. It has been a real challenge to go gluten free, but you are making it easier since I found your website and book. Thanks!

  1433. Katrina (gluten free gidget) @ glutenfreegidget.blogspot.com

    My favorite VitaMix recipe is a Flourless Black Bean Brownie recipe. I currently make it in my tiny blender, but it takes a while. A vitamix would be heaven!

  1434. jessica

    What a neat giveaway! I would LOVE to win the Vitamix 5200, since I burn through blenders like they are going out of style.

    It’s so simple, but I love your almond mylk recipe. I generally take the leftover almond meal and dehydrate it for ‘flour’ since almond flour is not readily available where I live. My poor KitchenAid blender does a pitiful job of it, and I would love the chance to make it in a Vitamix…I’d blend away all day long!

    Thanks for your inspirational site; it’s truly been a godsend in figuring out tasty recipes with so many food restrictions.


  1435. JeanMarie Breslin

    OMG definitely the Flourless chocolate banana cake. Wow what a great opportunity. Thanks for all your great ideas.

  1436. Skybluechic

    Oh I would love to have one of these to complete my kitchen! I love cooking!

    • Omali E Just

      My favorite Vitamix recipe would be the Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake! Thank you for the giveaway!

  1437. snowygreen

    i love the pumpkin ginger soup… thanks!

  1438. Gluten-free pancakes, absolutely!

  1439. Skybluechic

    I love cooking and a vitamix would complete my gf, df kitchen!

  1440. Jacob

    fruit smoothies are the best

  1441. Wow, I have wanted a Vitamix since the first commercial came out for them! I have always been intrigued by its ability to make soup and icecream in the same machine! I would love to have one to be able to make your -Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake! What better combination could there be? Thank you Elana for your blog and for the many recipes you have give us over the years! You truly are a blessing to so many and I thank you from the bottom of my heart! God Bless!

  1442. Jessica McKeown

    Love the gluten free pancakes! They are my Sunday morning treat. Love your blog!!