It’s that time of year when strawberries from the garden are just begging to be picked, frozen, and blended into a delicious dessert! We’re baking a homemade graham cracker crust and topping it with a homemade strawberry ice cream… Bam! Just like that, summer is here!
I’m partnering with Blendtec for today’s recipe. They sent me their latest and greatest Designer-Series Blender to test out and I have one to giveaway to one of YOU! See below for giveaway details!
The blender is the Designer 725 with WildSid+ jar plus Twister jar, and it’s fantastic. I’ve been a long time fan of Blendtec, but now I have the Twister in my life. It’s really the best. I blended 1-1/2 cups of whole almonds into almond butter last night… in 60 seconds. It’s a dream come true! It comes with a side scrapping lid that allows you to twist as it’s blending, getting the job done so much more efficiently. Hooray!
Recipe for Graham Cracker Crust:
- 1 ½ c. graham crackers – 1 package of 9-10 crackers
- 1/3 c. sugar
- 6 Tbs. butter, melted
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- ice cream – any flavor
How-to Make Graham Cracker Crust in a Blender:
1. Add all your ingredients to your jar, starting with the liquid first.
2. Place your jar onto your base and put it on the “puree” setting. Let it blend. Twist your lid as it blends, helping the sides scrape down. NOTE: if you find you still have a few whole graham crackers in the center, blend again.
3. Get out your baking dishes and a spoon. I used these fun mini dishes and split my mix in half. NOTE: add a little vegetable spray to the bottom of your dishes to help it come up a little easier after baking.
4. Press your mix into each dish with your spoon. Smooth it out and press it down. Even press it up the sides of the dish as well.
TIP: set aside a little of the graham cracker mix for a sprinkle topping!
5. Bake your crust in a 375 degree oven for 7 minutes. Let these cool completely before adding topping.
6. While your crust is baking and cooling, get your ice cream ready. If you’re using store-bought ice cream, let it sit out on the counter for up to 1 hour to thaw out a bit. You want it to be soft when you add it to your crust so it’s easier to spoon out and serve.
You can also make homemade strawberry ice cream too. I used the recipe from the Twister Jar Recipe Book for the Dairy-Free Strawberry Ice Cream.
- 1/4 c. coconut milk, 2 1/2 T sugar, 1/2 tsp. lemon juice, 8 oz frozen whole strawberries.
- Add all the ingredients and set it to the speed 7 setting for 50 seconds, turning the Twister lid while blending.
Pour your ice cream into the graham cracker crust dish and add a little of the extra graham cracker mix for a topping.
It’s ready to eat! You can also put these in the freezer for the day if you make them ahead of time.
My toddler loves milkshakes and smoothies
I would love this so I could make smoothies for my grandchildren.
I am blending up green smoothies for my kids.
Our family loves to have banana bok-choy smoothies for breakfast and our current blender is having trouble keeping up with thick smoothies for 3.
Fresh fruit and a cool-down snack in one? Yes, please! Gotta love blendtec!
I’ll be blending up some smoothies with summer fruits-mangoes, strawberries, pineapples and the works!
I am a big fan of pureed soups, anytime of year.
Hoping to blend up some nice, cool coffee drinks!
I will be blending to make salad dressings and fruit
Strawberry daquiris :)
I want to make ice cream, slushes and snow cones
Would love to upgrade my blender– I love making homemade frappuccinos in the summer.
I blending up milk shakes
I would like to be able to make my own nut flours and quinoa flour. I want to blend my fave strawberry banana smoothie.
We love blending strawberry and banana smoothies!
Wow! I love how fine it chops the graham crackers. Thanx for the chance, Marie!
Amazing!!! I really hope its my turn to win!
Oranges, pineapple and ginger
A lid that also scrapes the sides is genius!!
I can’t find where to enter the contest?
Love the ice cream idea! I would make strawberry and banana ice cream
Thanks so much for sharing your experience with an awesome machine! Would love to make ice cream as needed/wanted. I never have any on hand when craving strikes.
This is what every well stocked kitchen needs!
Add some ice cream or yogurt and I have a happy family. New blender would be great
That looks delicious! I have heard great things about Blendtec blenders. I don’t currently have a blender but some of our favorite things to make when we did were blender wheat pancakes, smoothies, and the sauce for my apricot chicken.
I love making smoothies, but I need a better blender!
We love blending up smoothies over the summer months…yum!
What a great blog and wonderful recipes. Thanks and thanks for the great giveaway! I would use this mainly for making smoothies.
We would love this blender to whip up some smoothies, ice cream, and snow cones this summer!
My son LOVES strawberry ice cream, and the addition of this yummy graham cracker crust looks marvelous! Can’t wait to try it out and have him taste-test it for me! :)
Love making smoothies for breakfast! This blender looks awesome.
Looking for new blender…. this would be great!!
This sounds so good and I’d love to win a bledtec!!
I would love this!
Looks so yummy!
I want to start making smoothies. The Blendtec would be perfect for that.
I would love to win please:)
I love making smoothies using tropical flavors and sneaking in spinach or kale but I love the idea of being able to utilize a machine for other purposes than a smoothie!!
The ice cream looks delicious and I’d love to use that blender to make it! Thanks for the opportunity!
My blender doesn’t really blend well … cake mixes and maybe ice cream of softened enough – ugh!
Yum this looks great, a blenders and smoothies would be perfect for my kids!
Our blender is an integral part of our food routine, and ours just broke! :/ It hasn’t been long, and we’re already feeling the loss…Thank you so much for this giveaway!
That looks sooooo yummy
Smoothies are so refreshing for summer, especially avocado smoothies!
What an awesome giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win. This would be great for all graham crackercrumbling, along with shakes, orange julius’, smoothies. . Mmmm!
I have a green smoothie daily. I have a super cheap blender and have been waiting for the day I can afford a nice new one. I would love to win this!
Greens – tons of greens blended up.
Gallons of smoothies!
Fruit smoothies of course and using the leftovers to make popsicles. ;)
I’m making mango yogurt smoothies
This sounds fabulous! I would love a quiet, beautiful Blendtec!
I would love to have one of these machines so I could make my grandchilden smoothies.
I’m doing banana and strawberry smoothies.
This looks delicious!
Attempting smoothies, but my poor blender isn’t really up to the job. I couldn’t even blend frozen bananas when my daughter wanted them after seeing them on a show. This would be such a wonderful addition to our kitchen.
Lots of smoothies!
What a sweet, easy treat to make for BBQ’s and summer picnics! Love it!
Strawberry watermelon popsicles for my kiddos!
I am blending strawberries and lemon concentrate for summer drinks.
This recipe looks like a perfect summer dessert, and I am going to try it!
I would love to have a Blendtec! I would LOVE to make gazpacho this summer in one!
I have had my eye on a Blendtec for awhile now. :-)
Would love to use this to whip up a batch of ebelskivers!
I would make dutch pancakes. Umm.
Wow need to try !!
That looks like an amazing machine. Wow!
I like my smoothies SUPER THICK – the twister jar would be awesome!
Looks yummy and the blender would make it much easier to make.
Mmm that looks so good!
Lots of smoothies, while I still have access to a good blender! This would come in quite handy after I move :)
I’ve been blending up fresh fruit to add to smoothies and yogurt. I can’t wait to try this recipe! It looks delicious!
Smoothies are a huge summer favorite at my house! I am so looking forward to having my own BlendTec!
We have been having smoothies every morning this summer. It is a great way to start the day:)
I use a blender every morning post workout for my shakes. It’s not a very good blender, so this would be divine to have! Also, reading all of the many things to whip up make me want one even more!!!!
I would make peanut butter banana smoothies!
This looks amazing. Too bad my blender isn’t strong enough.
Love to make smoothies and homemade ice cream
Would love to use this blender! My $20 one is not quite cutting it…literally!
Lots of Smoothies and Sauces for our grilled summer foods!
I seriously want this blendtec. I have kitchen aid it is just not the same. I love spinach, banana, and pineapple smoothies as wells as strawberry and protein shakes. Yum.
ICE COLD SMOOTHIES
Wow, I’d love this prize!
I have been wanting one of these.
My daughters and I are not big breakfast eaters but I know how important it is so we have a protein smoothie every day. We also make home made pet food (allergies) for our animals. We’re on our third blender this year. :/
Will have to try this yummy recipe too!
I love to make smoothies and salsa with my blender, but it would be so much easier if I had a quality blender!
Love making smoothies!
I will be blending up fresh fruit smoothies!
I’m sold!! I would love to experiment with this awesome appliance!
I don’t even like strawberries but cannot wait to try this! :)
I’ve always known the Twister Jar to make nut butters, but never thought about the use for a graham cracker crust. Genius!
This looks great! My kids would love this recipe too!
I am currently researching new blenders and have been leaning towards a Blendtec! Would love to win.
Would love to have one of those!
I’m working with an early 2000’s hand-me-down blender, but this recipe looks amazing!! Top it with a dollop of lemon curd, and I’m a happy girl!!
I sooo need a blender. My brand new never been used Ninja disappeared when we moved last year and my son is wanting Jamba Juice every day. I need a new blender to make smoothies at home!
Just in time for summer smoothies – my blender broke ages ago, I’d love a replacement!
I blend up lots of smoothies for the kids and hubby! :)
We’ve been blending smoothies!
Nice cool smoothies for afternoon treats!
I would love to have a good blender like this one.
I would love to be put into your drawing for this. I love smoothies and this would help me not to have to do them handmade :)
Smoothies and salad dressing!
I am hoping for one of these for my birthday;)
Can’t wait to make some fun!
My kids love this dessert we learned from my sister – blend up frozen bananas, a splash of vanilla, some coconut or almond milk and a teaspoon (or more) of cocoa powder. Call it ‘chocolate ice cream’ and yum! :)
I love to blend smoothies, but I’d love a blender that’s up to the task of making some icy drinks!
Gotta blend up some homemade orange juliuses.
We need this in our lives! My kids would love to help me with the smaller twister. We love green smoothies, plain fruit smoothies, ice cream, and more in the blender! This would make life so much easier.
I have needed an amazing blender for so long! This recipe looks beautiful and delicious. Cant wait to try it!
This recipe looks AMAZING! I would blend up some nice cold green smoothies.
This is such a great way to get inspired for summer cooking!
I love blending up mangos, strawberries & bananas with some fresh orange juice!
I want to make ice caps so badly with this.
I would use to make my own smoothies and juices!
We love blending mango and pineapple for a refreshing smoothie or some ice cubes and strawberries with lemon for a strawberry lemonade!
Lots of green smoothies are my thing!
I have been blending up iced coffees almost everyday! I would love to try this blender!
Want to try that twist jar, cool idea!
This looks great. What a fun way to make a quick dessert.
homemade veggie dips!
Thanks for the wonderful recipe and giveaway Marie!
Smoothies, homemade orange julius, and milkshakes!
I love love love graham cracker crust
I would blend up apricot sherbet and berry smoothies.
I would love to whip up some Popsicle and smoothies to beat the heat!
Lordy – I’m still using the Waring Blender that was my grandparents, so it’s got to be 60 years old. It smells of burning oil — or maybe it’s rubber (?) every time I use it. It’s time I hit this Century, however late I may be. The Blentec system sounds like the ticket!
I love the twister jar! thank you!
That looks delicious! I make a smoothie for breakfast every day! Yum!
We are blending up banana smoothies with almond milk- yumm! We would love to have a blendtec!!! Thanks for the giveaway! :)
I love to make fresh fruit and greens smoothies, mmm!
Wow! That twister looks amazing!!!!
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Yum! What a delicious recipe! I had no idea blendtec was making this new kind of jar.
Love the idea of the twister jar with the scraper built in!
I like blending up berry and soy smoothies
I’m already making smoothies to cool us down. My blender’s not great though!!!