A couple of months ago, I shared on Facebook that I would be making my first trip to Trader Joe’s and wondered what I should get. I knew the store had quite the following, so I hoped SEBG readers would steer me in the right direction. Oh boy, did they ever! They introduced my family to a delicious phenomenon called Cookie Butter. And my friends, today I’ve created a delicious shake for you!
The reason I just had to try out a new shake and smoothie or two was because I was recently sent a Ninja Ultima Blender [free to review]. I had read rave reviews and listened to my best friend, Amy, rave about her Ninja for so long, so I was beyond excited to try out the new version of the Ninja Ultima for myself!
Let me just say that this thing was impressive the moment I took it out. The sheer size of the base and the XL 72 oz Pitcher carried a bit of a WOW factor. The base looks sleek, sophisticated, and really really easy to use. That’s the thing with blenders, you know the ones with 10 different buttons [Pulse, Chop, Mince, etc] – how do you know when to use what!?
The Ninja Ultima Blender is super simple – Pulse [a strong, whirl of the motor], Start/Stop [constant blending], PRO Variable Speed Dial [1-10], and a Single Serve option. Speaking of Single Serve, the Ultima comes with 160z Pro Single Serve Cups. Why is this so amazing, you may ask? Because they can go straight on the machine themselves!
No need to use the XL Pitcher if you’re simply making a breakfast shake for yourself, right!? The best part, not only can you blend in the 16oz cup, but you can drink from it too! Unscrew the blade and pop on a Single Serve Sip & Seal Lid for your shakes on the go!
And the blades… oh my the blades!
The Ninja Ultima Blender features dual stage blending, which gives it the ultimate shredding and blending capabilities. The top blades are removable, so you can easily blend soups and dressings. Adding in the top blades makes sure that your smoothies and shakes are completely smooth and the perfect texture.
So, now you see why the moment the Ninja Ultima arrived on my doorstep, I started dreaming about just what I could do with it. I scoured Pinterest and Ninja’s website for ideas and recipes!
And before I show you just how I came up with the Cookie Butter Banana Shake, check out all the things that the Ninja Ultima CAN do:
shakes * whole fruit smoothies * grind meat * soups * salad dressings * salsa * ice cream maker * nut butter maker * juicer * grain mill * ice crusher * cheese grater * food processor *
I was inspired to make the Cookie Butter Banana Shake, well, because of my love for Cookie Butter and from the amazing recipes that can be found on Ninja Kitchen’s Pinterest Page. I adapted their Mocha Banana Shake into a delicious shake for other Cookie Butter fans out there! The result was a delicious, cold shake that I thoroughly enjoyed sipping during the girls’ nap and one that I plan to make again and again!
Cookie Butter Banana Shake
Take the following ingredients and put them in your Ninja Ultima Blender:
- 3 tbsp Cookie Butter
- 1 tbsp Cocoa Powder
- 1 cup Almond Milk
- 6 Coffee Ice Cubes [I used regular ice and 1/2 cup of coffee, but freezing your coffee would make this even better!]
Pulse a couple of times and blend for about 25 seconds. Enjoy! Oh, and you’re welcome.
The Ninja Ultima Blender retails for $199.00, which is 1/3 of the price of it’s very expensive competition, which it boasts the same RPM and HP! You can purchase the Ninja Ultima at all major retailers, including online at Amazon.com.