If you came here expecting a post about a vegan chocolate chia pudding, I'm sorry to disappoint, but that's not what today's post is about. The pudding is simple. Just put coconut milk, chia seeds, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and vanilla in a high speed blender and spin until you have a thick luscious pudding.
What I want to tell you about today is the blender that can turn a rustic chia seed pudding into a refined, silky-smooth dessert that wouldn't seem out of place in a fancy restaurant. While often times, the difference between kitchen gadgets is a matter of color or brand, in the jungle of blenders, there's one that's undeniably superior to the others: the Vitamix.
After using Vitamixes at different jobs for the past 4 years, I've always wanted one for my home. They're not the most fashionable blender, or the quietest blender, but what they lack in looks and subtly, they more than compensate for with raw performance. Put simply the Vitamix is the Ariel Atom of blenders; built without compromise for performance.
So what makes the Vitamix so special? It's the power of the motor and speed at which the blades spin. With models sporting motors from 2-3 horsepower that can spin as fast as 37,000 RPM (less at the blades), it will obliterate skin, seeds and fibers, making smooth purees out of things like chia seeds, ginger and raspberries.
While these blenders are really good at one they do, they do have one drawback. Like any high performance car, these high revving motors tend to burn out when they overheat. They're outfitted with a protection circuit that cuts the power when they start to overheat, but I've still managed to burn out a handful of the 2 horse power "pro" units trying to puree things like caramelized onions and hummus.
Thankfully Vitamix also makes a commercial line of blenders, and the Vita Prep 3 has a 3 horse power motor. It doesn't spin any faster than the home model, or hold any extra liquid, but that extra horsepower lets you mow through the stickiest, most viscous purees without starting an electrical fire.
I know someone is going to ask, so to set the record straight, this isn't a sponsored post (although I do those too) and I didn't win this in a giveaway, I shelled out $500 for this baby because she's worth every penny. If you work for another company that makes blenders and think you have a superior product, feel free to send me one and I'll run it through the pudding test and post an update here.
Getting back to the chocolate pudding, if you don't have a Vitamix, don't worry. You can still make this. Just use a spice grinder or mortar and pestle to turn the chia seeds into a powder before blending with the other ingredients. It's probably not going to be quite as smooth or thick, but it will still taste great.
- Put everything in the blender and blend, working your way up to the highest setting until the mixture is smooth and thick.