Holiday Treats Made with the Ninja Ultima Blender

I have never had much luck when it comes to kitchen gadgets. It probably has something to do with the fact that I often seem to purchase the most inexpensive model or whatever is on sale. Finally, I figured out that I’m not saving a dime when the darn appliance needs to be replaced every few months. I have since started reading more product reviews and making more educated purchases. I was truly thrilled to learn that I would be getting the Ninja Ultima Blender to review, because the blender I have been using is an absolute disgrace. My sister-in-law has a Ninja blender and I have coveted it so, for many months now. She is always raving about it. I love to cook and entertain, so it’s high time I have a kitchen appliance that is up to the task.

Ninja Ultima Blender

Preparing snacks and holiday treats will be so easy this year with my Ninja Ultima Blender. The very first thing I made with the Ninja Ultima is Pumpkin Hummus to serve with some homemade pita chips. It whipped up in no time at all, and I love that I’ll easily be able to double the recipe. The Ninja Ultima Blender pitcher holds a whopping 72 ounces.

Ninja Ultima Blender Review

It’s hard to describe just how powerful this blender is, unless you see it in action for yourself. I have never had a blender or food processor that has so easily and fully combined and pureed all of the ingredients.

Ninja Ultima Blender Review

Pumpkin Hummus is such a simple and delicious holiday treat!

Pumpkin Hummus

ingredients:

1 small clove garlic
1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
juice of one lemon
1-2 tablespoons olive oil

directions:

Peel the garlic clove and place it into the blender pitcher. Pulse until the garlic clove is finely minced.

Add the drained chickpeas, pumpkin puree, salt, cumin, paprika and juice of one lemon. Pulse until smooth. Pour in 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil and continue to pulse until desired consistency. There is a pour spout built into the Ninja pitcher lid that makes this super easy. Spoon into a bowl, add a dash of paprika for some color, and serve with pita chips.

Pumpkin Hummus Recipe

For the pita chips, I cut some flat bread into wedges. Tosses the bread with olive oil, salt, pepper and Italian season, and then toasted in the oven until crisp.

My family has been using the new blender to make all sorts of smoothies and shakes. The Ninja Ultima comes with 3 pro single serve cups with sips and seal lids that are perfect for making shakes and smoothies, and even taking them on the go. Peppermint Eggnog Milkshakes are our holiday favorite.

Ninja Ultima Blender Single Serve Cup

ingredients for one Peppermint Eggnog Shake:

1 peppermint candy cane
3 scoops vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup eggnog
1 teaspoon very good peppermint extract

directions:

Place candy cane into a Ninja single serve cup. Pulse once to crush the candy cane into pieces.

Add ice cream, eggnog, and peppermint extract. Pulse until smooth.

Peppermint Eggnog Milkshake

When crushing the peppermint in the blender cup, be sure to pulse only one time. That’s all it takes for the Ninja to pulverize the hard candy. The Ninja Ultima Blender uses total crushing and high speed cyclonic technology that will make holiday cooking and baking a breeze. The 2.5 peak horsepower motor is impressive, and has easily blended and crushed everything I have placed into the blender.

I used to dread pulling out appliances like blenders and food processors, because it is always such a pain to wash them. I am glad to report that the Ninja comes apart easily for cleaning.

The Ninja Ultima is perfect for baby food, dips, batters, purees, salad dressings, smoothies, milkshakes, and even juices. It comes with a booklet of healthy recipes, and easy-to-follow directions.

The blender itself is amazing, but the price point is even better and would make a perfect Christmas gift for someone who likes to cook or eat healthy. The Ninja Ultima Blender is $260, and considering that it has a lot of the same features as more expensive blenders, it’s well worth the cost.

What’s your favorite thing to make in a blender?

disclosure: About a Mom received the Ninja Ultima Blender to review. As always, opinions are our own.

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Comments

  1. ooh peppermint and egg nog two of my favorite flavors!

  2. Nice! I have heard such awesome things about the Ninja! We make drinks most often with our blender.

  3. Jennifer Speed says:

    We have a Ninja not this one but another model and we use it a lot. We especially like using it to make smoothies and cookies and some times we use it as a juicer.

  4. Wow! Love this blender. I’d love to have a new blender like that one of these days.

  5. Eggnog + peppermint =delicious

  6. I just got this blender a while back and I am pretty much in love with it! I have the Kitchen Ninja food processor already but this still managed to impress me!

  7. I like how well it pureed the hummus. My blender does not do that well of a job, apparently I need a new blender. :)

  8. I never would have thought to make pumpkin hummus, but it sounds amazing!

    And, it devoured that candy cane. That’s fabulous.

  9. I love to make a really great smoothie. I like this pumpkin hummus recipe, it’s a nice twist on hummus!

  10. Sandy Cain says:

    I really have to save up to get this. It gets SUCH good reviews everywhere. Our old blender is dying a slow, painful death. I need my smoothies!

  11. I like egg nog. I like peppermint. I want peppermint eggnog. Have to win a good blender like this.

  12. these are amazing machines. never before have i wanted an appliance i own to fall apart so i can get a ninja!!

  13. Pumpkin Hummus? My mouth is watering!! I love hummus but have never tried to make it myself. I will have to try this now- thanks for the great receipe!

  14. Both of these recipes sound great! What an amazing kitchen gadget very versatile!

  15. Richard Hicks says:

    This is an awesome blender. I want to try the Peppermint Eggnog Shake:

  16. Ooh! I’ve read all about this awesome blender! That Pumpkin hummus looks divine! I love making smoothies in the blender for my boys. Although my blender is not this nice! :)

  17. I am really impressed with the Ninja Blender. I’ve seen it make so many different dishes that my expensive blender can’t do without a different jar.

  18. This blender is AMAZING.. I have one and couldn’t live without it..it really does it all and if you keep it on the counter, you will use it that much more and for EVERYTHING!!! LOved your peppermint eggnog.. YUMMM and look at that peppermint powder..LOVE it need to try that

  19. saminder gumer says:

    looks like a great blender that would come in handy not just for the holiday. i would be able to make a lot of things with this blender. maybe you will have a giveaway for it soon.

  20. Wow. I don’t think my current blender would chop up a candy cane, or at least not into a fine powder. Mine doesn’t work well at all. I shared your Pumpkin Hummus recipe with my mom as she doesn’t much like Hummus but she loves Pumpkin, maybe she’ll like your version!

  21. When I had a blender I use to love making myself smoothies. I need this blender. I have a Ninja slow-cooker, and love it. Sounds like this is a great blender to have.

  22. Wow, that seriously looks like a beast of a blender! It whipped that hummus up like no ones business. I think it would be great to have one of these in my kitchen, I may just have to have a little chat with Santa…

  23. I love to make fruit smoothies, but my brother-in-law borrowed my blender and never brought it back. lol. That Peppermint eggnog looks delish!

  24. Ooooohhhh! You have a Ninja! I have wanted to try one of those. It looks awesome – - and so does your recipe!

  25. I have the Ninja Cooker and I love it. They make great stuff!

  26. Great recipes, although I think I’m over pumpkin for the year! The peppermint eggnog sounds great though!

  27. I am adding this to my wish list. I like to make smoothies and virgin margaritas.

  28. I really want one of these! I make smoothies every day, so it would be used a lot. Hoping Santa Hubby brings me one!

  29. I will love to have this reliable blender if i can afford to buy!!

  30. We love hummus. I’m in awe of this blender’s ability to crush those candy canes!

  31. Awesome posts awesome photos. I love coming here to see both!! Great job.

  32. Oh wow that’s impressive, such a powerful machine. I need this in my life now!

  33. Wow it’s so powerful! I definitely see an improvement since their original model.

  34. Good to know this blender is so powerful!!! I have gone through way too many blenders making smoothies.

  35. I have been hearing a lot of good things about this machine. I am glad to hear it comes apart easily for cleaning.

  36. I have been begging my husband for a Ninja! Crossing my fingers Santa brings one…

  37. I got my college age daughter one of these for Christmas, glad to hear you like yours!

  38. I have been wanting one of these for the longest time. Maybe Santa will bring me one.

  39. We love making smoothies in our blender. Like you, we have an inexpensive model and I think it’s ready to give up on us. I have been researching the Ninja blenders lately, and think it may be time to make an investment in one so we can have a reliable blender for more than one year!

  40. I have heard that the Ninja is awesome. I will have to try this eggnog peppermint shake! YUM!

  41. never thought of ever doing peppermint and egg nog, now im off to try it

  42. I desperately want one of these! In my current little bullet blender I use it to make salsa most often.

  43. Give me anything Peppermint please!

  44. I love making chocolate shakes or malts!

  45. We LOVE our ninja! Makes some recipes a breeze

  46. oh I don’t know how I feel about peppermint egg nog! I love them both so much but I’m such a purest. maybe I could just try it this once. tee hee

  47. Julie Wood says:

    These recipes look so delicious to make for the Holidays. I like the Pumpkin Hummus and the Peppermint Eggnog Milkshakes. I love peppermint in recipes, and this looks so tasty!

  48. I had never heard of pumpkin hummus so thanks for sharing! We will definitely try out the peppermint egg nog as well.

  49. I’m a sucker for a good protein shake or smoothie, so I could easily explore all of my options with a Ninja blender.

  50. I love our Ninja system. Would love to have the Ultimate blender. Very impressive that it turned a candy cane into dust. It is on my wish list.

  51. That looks like it would be awesome for a party!

  52. Wow, looks yummy! My sister has a Ninja and some more great ways to use it.

  53. Allison Downes says:

    I really enjoy making smoothies in blenders. I have heard a lot of great things about Ninja! And yum, that Pumpkin Hummus looks really delicious. I love hummus so I will most likely give that recipe a try myself! It sounds really different, and I like making home made hummus :) Thank you for sharing.

  54. Taylor Allen says:

    This blender is so awesome!!! My fiancé and I registered for on on our wedding registry. Hopefully we get it.

  55. Ah, I’ve been looking for a new blender! This sounds great.

  56. I have never thought about Peppermint eggnog before! It sounds delicious! Yum! I love the multiple blades on the ninja blender. It can really handle a lot more than my OLD blender could.

  57. Loving the idea for the peppermint eggnog!

  58. Lee Wei Liao says:

    This is a nice Blender set with a fair price, I have them in my kitchen for my holiday funs:)

  59. Ioana Hampton says:

    I just bought a Ninja blender as an alternative to a Vitamix and I love it! This peppermint+eggnog recipe will need to be made stat! :)

  60. This looks like a handy little contraption to have in the kitchen! I can see it coming in handy.

  61. I so agree with you on this .im a single mom cant afford much for myself . My old blender quit so I dont even have one now .you do get what you pay for most of the time the cheap I nes usually dont work good and dont last long I have always wanted to try the ninga blender to make healthy smoothies and get healthier im diabetic and have other health problems would love to try it just to feel better thank you for this review!!

  62. I am going to have to try this awesome hummus recipe. It is very healthy and a good dip coming up for the Holidays. Thanks for sharing this easy recipe!

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