Can You Put Ice in a Blender Bottle? (Plus Other Ideas to Shake Up…)

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Quick Answer: Yes you can put ice in a blender bottle, even if you put it in with the wire ball. Personally, I like my protein shakes cold, so I always add a few cubes in before shaking the bottle.

There is one thing you should be aware of: adding too much ice can prevent the ball from moving around. If the ball can’t move around, you can’t properly mix in your protein powder and other ingredients. So yeah – be careful!

Wait…Don’t leave yet! Before you go check out some other cool things you can put in a blender bottle…

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Things to Put in Blender Bottle

Nondairy Yogurt

I love to shake in some non-dairy greek style yogurt when I want my protein shake to be a little bit thicker and creamier. I just get the unsweetened kind because I prefer to control the amount of sugar that I add to a protein shake. Personally, I prefer Kite Hill because their vegan greek yogurt is high in protein and delicious.

Maple Syrup

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I don’t do this all of the time, but sometimes I like to splurge and add a little bit of maple syrup to my blender bottle. It mixes really well even in cold liquids. It also adds sweetness without the need to go overboard and add a whole ton of syrup to my drink. Plus, it has antioxidants and some nutrients which is unusual for liquid sweeteners.

Allspice or Pumpkin Pie Seasoning

If you don’t know what allspice is, it’s basically a combination of “warm” spices such as cinnamon and cloves. It’s similar to pumpkin pie seasoning, but a little bit more intense in my opinion.

Both of them are great little additions to add to a blender bottle. If you prefer vanilla protein powder, it’s a great way to make it feel like fall any time of the year. I’ve never tried it with chocolate or any other flavor, but I won’t fault you for wanting to give it a try.

Lately, I’ve been enjoying this Vanilla Chai protein powder.

It already has those kinds of spices blended into it, but I like to add a little bit extra to make it super Chai like.

Related Article: Can An Immersion Blender Crush Ice?


microwaved bananas

If you have a bland protein powder, a banana can help make it go from “blah” to delicious. You can throw a mashed banana into your blender bottle and shake things up like you normally would.

NOTE: Be careful if you’re throwing in too many bananas in at once. It’s best to add a little bit at a time.

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Powered Greens

Even though I try to eat veggies as much as I can, the truth is I sometimes struggle to get my greens.

The other thing is, I’m often times too lazy to pull out a big blender and start liquefing kale in it. That’s why I’ll sometimes go for the powdered greens inside the blender bottle.

However, I don’t normally buy them seperately. That Chai protein powder luckily already has tons of greens and superfoods built in so I don’t even have to worry about it.

But if you do have extra time, I recommend getting one of these blenders to make acai bowls.

Oil and Vinegar

Balsamic Vinegar

Everyone knows that oil and vinegar don’t mix. But they make such a delicious combination for pouring onto a salad.

It just so happens that the steel ball in the blender bottle really blends up oil and vinegar quickly and easily. Turn it into salad dressing by adding salt, pepper and your favorite dried herbs and spices. Way cheaper, easier and healthier than getting the stuff at the store.

Iced Coffee

You don’t have to go out and spend $3 or more for an iced coffee at Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks. You can use your blender bottle ot make the stuff right in the comfort of your own home.

Simply make coffee the way you like it and let it cool or cool it in a seperate container with some ice cubes (don’t put hot stuff in the Blender Bottle).

Then, just throw in some non-dairy milk, your sweetener of choice and shake, shake, shake!

Oh and consider trying some of that allspice or pumpkin pie seasoning I mentioned earlier if you’re in that kind of mood.

Pancake Batter

Pouring maple syrup on stack of pancakes

Let’s face it, making pancake batter is annoying. You need to get your mix, add water and then whisk everything up. I know that when I do it there tends to be flour flying all over the place. It’s a mess!

When you put all of the ingredients in a blende rbottle, the mess is contained to a small space. The ball makes it super easy to combine everything quickly without the need for a whisk or a mixer.

Also, if you use the top of the bottle it also makes it easy to pour.

Ponzu Sauce

One of my favorite sauces to make is ponzu sauce. It’s a tangy and salty soy sauce mixture that goes great with rice or any sort of Asian-cuisine. Because the soy sauce is cut with citrus it’s light and refreshing. Here’s the way to make it in the blender bottle.

Simply add the following and then shake…

  • 1/4 cup of brown rice vinegar
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce or tamari
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (add more to taste)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1-2 tbsp of toasted sesame seeds if I have them on-hand.

Further Reading: Can You Put Sparkling Water in a Blender? (Yes, But Be Careful)

Wrap Up

When I first got the Blender Bottle, I didn’t realize that there were so many different things you can do with it. Now, I’ll often use it over my Nutribullet or other small blender to get small blending jobs out of the way.

It really is quite an amazing tool considering that it doesn’t cost very much and that you don’t need to plug it in. It fits neatly into my cubbards and it’s also very easy to clean.

Consider me a happy customer!