Optimum 9200 Next Generation Blender Review + Choc Maca Nana Ice Cream Recipe

I am super excited to announce that I was recently asked to be an ambassador for Froothie! Froothie have an exclusive range of blenders in the UK and Ireland, one of which I had the pleasure of adding to my collection of kitchen appliances a few weeks ago – The Optimum 9200 Next Generation Blender. I have been absolutely desperate for a high powdered blender for a while – you just can’t make nut butters or nana ice-cream (vegan ice cream made from frozen bananas) very well in a regular food processor without putting it at risk of motor failure! I had already broken one food processor before when attempting to make almond butter and I was devastated. So when Froothie contacted me and asked me to try one of theirs I was over the moon and started dreaming of all of the foodie creations I would now be able to make. It has taken me a little while to review it but that’s because I really wanted to put it through its paces first before I passed on my view to you!

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Before I was aware of Froothie, I had been lusting after a Vitamix and I was very tempted to invest in one but I just couldn’t justify the pennies. But the Optimum 9200 actually rivals the Vitamix very well and it is much cheaper! Below is a comparison chart put together by Froothie:

specsrealThe Optimum 9200 Next Generation is currently £429 whereas the Vitamix pro 500 is quite a bit more at £599. I know £429 is still a fair bit of money but it is definitely a good investment if you are a foodie like me and make something in it every day whether it be a smoothie, some pesto or a nut butter! As you can see in the chart above, the Optimum 9200 also has a more powerful blade and motor than the Vitamix pro 500 so I think it’s a no brainer if you were deciding between the two. It can even pulverise paving stones! Watch here on the Froothie Youtube channel where you can also find lots of recipes and blender comparisons. I like watching the head to head challenges between the two blenders.

I am really enjoying playing around with lots of different recipes in my new blender. So far I have made two different types of hummus – Lime, Coriander & Chilli and Simple Healthy Garlicky Hummus, plus Honey & Sea Salt Toasted Almond Butter. It probably took around two minutes in total to make nut butter – I could not believe it! I switched between the medium and fast settings which worked a treat. Using the damper tool during the process ensures that all of the ingredients are reached by the blades so you get the perfect smooth consistency too… amazing! You will need a long handled spoon to get all of the mixture out of the jug as some of the mixture can get stuck under the blades.

The Optimum 9200 is very easy to clean too. All you have to do is rinse out the jug, fill it halfway with warm soapy water, and blend on ‘fast’ for 20 – 30 seconds (or more if you have been making sticky things like nut butter). Then just rinse it out and hey presto you are good to go again!

The Optimum 9200 comes with a 6 year warranty, along with a unique No Questions Asked 30-Day Money Back Guarantee, where Froothie will organise and pay for the return of your product for free if you’re not happy with it. Now thats what I call great customer service! It also comes with a raw food recipe book that you can get some ideas from to start you off.

Today I made the most delicious nana icecream in my new blender – Choc Maca flavoured! And I am so excited to play around with lots of other ice cream flavour combinations this summer :) I can see a mint choice chip on the horizon! Also on the list to make next are cashew cheese and nut milk.

Choc Maca Nana Icecream (Vegan)

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Ingredients
4 frozen bananas,
2 tsp maca powder,
1 tbsp raw cacao powder,
1 tsp raw honey,
Splash of almond milk (or other plant based milk).

Instructions
Add the bananas and milk to your blender and blend on medium, using the damper, until the bananas have formed a thick ice cream mixture. Add in the maca, cacao and honey, stir with a spoon and then blend again on slow until combined. Serve in a tea cup with some frozen raspberries. Enjoy!

If you would like to buy the Optimum 9200, please click here, or to browse the other Froothie appliances click here.

Disclaimer: I was very kindly sent this blender by Froothie to review but I was not paid. Everything I have written is my honest opinion. I hope you like it as much as me! 

5 Comments

  1. Lorna April 22, 2015 / 2:35 pm

    Yay! I love love love mine too!

    When I made nut butter in my food processor before, it vibrated so furiously that the lid broke off, so from then on I had to cling onto the lid for dear life… Then it totally died. Then I tried making pesto in my last blender (due to dead food processor) and it just wasn’t having any of it…. It literally just choked!!

    In fact, actually, I used my food processor to blitz some nuts recently (while my blender was blending something else!) and I was so disappointed! It was so coarse, compared to the fine powder you get with the Optimum. I actually don’t know how I managed without it!

    I love making nana ice-cream in it too! I’ll have to try this chocolate maca creation of yours!

    Lorna | naturally-bee.blogspot.co.uk |

  2. Hayley-Eszti April 22, 2015 / 4:17 pm

    Oh wow, check you out you lil ambassador! That’s amazing! This piece of kit sounds so good, you are the perfect owner. P.S can we appreciate how amazing your food photography is, you always have the power to make me feel ridiculously hungry!

  3. berrystylegirl April 22, 2015 / 6:20 pm

    Happy for you and this opportunity! I can relate to your desire of a good blender, so really pleased you had one – and thank you for an honest review:)
    Just one thing about nana icecream – if for some reason you won’t have a proper blender, you can put frozen nanas (as other fruits and berries, too) in the fridge for two-three hours (maybe more-less, depends of your fridge) and it will help you to get the same ice cream without burning blender:)

  4. nadiashealthykitchen July 4, 2015 / 12:28 pm

    Great review Sophia :) and the nana ice cream is perfect! I linked to this recipe on my latest blog post ‘banana almond baobab nicecream’ 😉 x

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