After watching the demos for the new Ninja Duo blender system at International Food Blogger’s conference this year, I was pretty excited to find out that I had won the drawing to receive one of these bad-boys for myself!
My old blender has seen better days, so the timing couldn’t be better.
I have a slew of recipes I want to try out, and the unit came with a beautiful little cookbook, but I’d promised my daughter that the first thing I’d make would be our traditional blackberry-banana smoothies, which we make from the berries we pick here on our little farm.
While probably not the fanciest thing I’ll make in the new Ninja, it’s a treat we make often here, and would be a make-or-break recipe for any blender in the Perkins’ house.
Needless to say, the Ninja Duo passed the test with flying colors. It’s triple blades and Auto-IQ blending made short work of my smoothie ingredients, finishing up in about half the time that the food-processor took on the same dish.
The frozen berries, which sometimes bogged down the Cuisinart, pureed with no noticeable effect on the Ninja.
You can read more about the specs and features of the Ninja Duo here.
I think this would be an ideal set up for families who have food-allergy issues, as they could use the the smaller Nutri Ninja blender cup solely for non-allergen foods, helping to reduce the risk of cross contamination when the larger unit is used for foods that some members of the family may need to avoid.
Oh, speaking of the larger blender unit, another awesome thing about the Ninja is that it’s capacity is great enough to make enough smoothies (or anything else) for the whole family.
Blackberry Banana Smoothies
Place all ingredients into the Ninja blender.
Blend on high for about 15 seconds (using the “Frozen Drinks Smoothies” button – how awesome is that?), or until it is creamy and smooth!
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Garnish with some banana slices or whipped cream. and serve immediately.