Cherry & Almond Energy Bites and Froothie Blender Review

Cherry & Almond Energy Bites and Froothie Blender Review

I often get asked what kitchen equipment I use and recently I have been telling everyone about the latest addition to my kitchen; a high speed blender by Froothie. I am incredibly excited to this product for review as I had been contemplating investing in a new blender for a while.

I have had a cheap blender for the past few years and it has always served me well. However, I did start to find the more that I used it that it was just not performing as well as I needed it to. Liquids were not as smooth and silky as they should be and the motor would often overheat meaning I could only use for short periods of time. It therefore became evident to me that I needed to upgrade.

From there I went to a Nutribullet which is a really good mid range option and is perfect for doing quick smoothies and dressings. I still however felt I needed something which would cover all of my kitchen needs in one; step forward The Optimum 9200A Next Generation Blender by Froothie.

What does it do?

Let’s get started by taking look at what it does. There are six pre-set options for things such as soups, smoothies, grinding, nut milk, sorbets and sauces. Alongside this you can also set the time and speed manually to suit whatever it is you are making. There is a great LED display that makes it easy to use and with the pre-set options it is as simple as just one touch of a button.

You get a two litre jug which is very sturdy but also not too heavy. I know it might sound trivial but I really like the fact that you just place the jug back onto the stand; no twisting involved. Having had many a battle with a blender jug in the past I appreciate how user friendly they have made the Optimum 9200A. The jug is suitable for hot or cold contents.

The brochure states that the blade is a state of the art “two in one” stainless steel 6-blade that is capable of crushing ice, nuts and fruits in seconds. Having tested it out on various products I would wholeheartedly agree with this. Nuts were ground within seconds and frozen fruit for my smoothies was certainly not a problem.

One of the things which used to worry me on my old blender was the motor overheating. It is therefore helpful to know that the Optimum 9200 has a built in “over-use” sensor so I would be alerted if there was an issue.

What can you make?

I have used the blender to make energy bites, soups, smoothies, yogurt, nut milk, nut butters, sauces and ice cream. I have had no issues with making any of them. The blender is fast, efficient and I love using the pre-set functions.

You also get a 104 page recipe book with the Optimum 9200 which has some great ideas for recipes; many of them Paleo or Paleo adaptable. If you need some ideas for smoothies, juices, dips and even cakes then there is plenty to keep you going in here.


Another important factor when it comes to blenders is cleaning; we all hate having to do it but it is unavoidable. With the Optimum 9200 you add some warm water and washing up liquid to the jug then place on a medium speed – how long for depends on what you have used it for. Obviously the sticker and heavier the contents the longer it will need.

The most difficult thing that I have made in terms of cleaning is probably the nut butter. It took about 2 minutes on a medium speed but nearly all of the mixture had come away from the sides and most importantly the blade was completely clean. You then rinse and leave to dry. For cleaning it really could not be much easier.

Where to buy

The Optimum 9200A can be purchased from the Froothie website for £429.00. This is very well priced in terms of high speed blenders and I personally think it is well worth the money. It is a big decision whether to invest in a high speed blender and I agonised over the decision myself for years. What I would say is that I wished I had done it years ago as it would have made my life so much easier. I make so many of my recipes using the blender and it really does out perform anything else I have tried.

If you are toying with the idea but are still not too sure then you might be interested to know that Froothie offer a 30 day Money Back Guarantee which also includes return postage. In addition to this you also get a 5 year warranty.

Recipe: Cherry & Almond Energy Bites

Energy bites are without a doubt one of the easiest ways to make a nutritious Paleo snack. They are perfect to eat on the go and a great nutrient boost before or after a gym session. I have used dried cherries with dates, nuts and coconut oil to create this recipe.I mixed it all together using my Froothie blender and it was ready within 30 seconds.

Cherry & Almond Energy Bites


Cherry & Date Energy Bites

Cherry & Almond Energy Bites

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Servings: 8- 10 energy bites

  • 100g dried cherries
  • 100g Medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 50g cashews
  • 30g almonds
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  1. Blitz the dates, cherries, nuts and coconut oil until it binds together.
  2. Place onto a plate or bowl and place into the freezer for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from the freezer, split into sections and roll into balls.
  4. Chill for at least an hour to make sure that they are set.
  5. You can either keep in the fridge or the freezer.
* The preparation time includes time needed for setting in the freezer.

*Please note that I have not been paid to write this post. All of my opinions are my own and detail my own personal experience with using The Optimum 9200A.  


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  • Róbert Flórián

    I liked your Cherry & Almond Energy Bites. I think from now on this is my number one Paleo snack. It’s nutritious, tasty and looking good, delicious. I also tried some chocolate recipes from Living Healthy With Chocolate: Paleo/primal Dessert Cookbook. You can find it here:

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