Nutribullet Fail (And Smoothie Recipes)

beet grape nutribullet smoothie
Beet Grape Nutribullet Smoothie

Last April, I received in the mail the nutribullet for my birthday. It was one of the best gifts I’ve gotten in my adult life. I used it almost every day to make breakfast smoothies. It started being the only thing we had for breakfast. It was yummy, healthy, and filling. I noticed good changes in my energy and my body almost instantly and it was fun coming up with new creations.

So when our move to India happened, I decided to pack my nutribullet despite the lack of space in our suitcases.

I couldn’t use it in India until today, 23 days after our arrival, because we had been moving around and settling down and needed to get the ingredients and chlorine solution to wash them.

Today I was excited to make my first nutribullet smoothie in India consisting of: banana, apple, cashews, yogurt, peanut butter, milk, water, and honey. Quite simple compared to the ones I made in the US.

Little did I know, my nutribullet would spark up, smoke and burn after maybe 3 seconds of use. The watt voltage in India was too high for the nutribullet, a plugadapter was not enough to make it work. The nutribullet is so awesome, that after 3 seconds I still had a smoothie, yet not a smooth one but drinkable. But not good enough to repeat, especially since it started burning. I am actually not sure if it is dead because I turned it off before it stopped working by itself.

Now we have to find a way to try to convert the voltage, or forget about the nutribullet forever.

It was a sad moment for me.

I can always buy an Indian blender but it is not the same than the nutribullet. The nutribullet was tough, it would blend raw beets, all kinds of nuts and fruits and vegetables into a smooth drink. Now it sounds like I am advertising but I have fallen in love with it back in the US during its 3 month use.

I might as well share some of my smoothie recipes with you:

Papaya Cucumber Mint smoothie

Papaya Cucumber Mint Smoothie: papaya, english cucumber, banana, orange, greek yogurt, honey, mint leaves, and walnuts.

Purple smoothie

Purple Smoothie: spinach, banana, blueberries, raspberries, silken tofu, honey, and goji berries.

Papaya Green Smoothie

Papaya Green Smoothie: spinach, banana, papaya, lime, ginger, mint leaves, greek yogurt, flaxseed, cashews, and orange juice.

Berry-Beet Smoothie

Berry Beet Smoothie: spinach, banana, raspberries, strawberries, beets, vanilla greek yogurt, goji berries, almond coconut milk, and green tea.

Mango Green Smoothie

Mango Green Smoothie: spinach, avocado, orange, mango, vanilla greek yogurt, flaxseed, and coconut milk.

pink smoothie

Pink Summer Smoothie: spring greens, mango, raspberries, carrots, vanilla greek yogurt, ginger, flax seeds, coconut water and almond milk.

tropical celery smoothie

Tropical Celery Smoothie: spring greens/spinach mix, banana, celery, tropical fruit mix (pineapple, mango, strawberries), cashews, goji berries, and coconut water.

blueberry beet smoothie

Blueberry Beet Smoothie: spring greens, beets, blueberries, vanilla greek yogurt, oats, sunflower seeds, and orange juice.


Blueberry Immune Boost Smoothie: spring greens, banana, blueberries, whole orange, goji berries, vanilla greek yogurt, and almond milk.


Cucumber Grape Smoothie: spring greens, avocado, banana, cucumber, red seedless grapes, mango, cashews, coconut water.


Morning Mocha Blast: spring greens, banana, cacao powder, goji berries, cashews, honey, coffee, almond milk, and coconut water.

mango carrot ginger smoothie

Carrot Mango Orange Smoothie: spring greens, carrots, mango, ginger, vanilla greek yogurt, lemon, and orange juice.

beet grape nutribullet smoothie

Beet Grape Green Tea Smoothie: beets, carrots, red grapes, green tea, orange, lemon, ginger, flax seeds, and almond milk.


Cucumber Mango Smoothie: spinach, cucumber, mango, banana, cashews, lime, and dragon fruit tea.

Here are more amazing nutribullet recipes for your heart and body’s content.

Update: I have made lots of research and found what you need to know to use your nutribullet in a 240 Volt country. 

26 thoughts on “Nutribullet Fail (And Smoothie Recipes)

  1. I fried a hair dryer in Italy and it now visits with your Nutribullet , well if you know what I mean. The lessons of travel. Your smoothies as always look delicious! Also many thanks for having me on your sidebar. Today there were a heap of visits from your site. Much appreciated. 🙂

  2. Hey Mani

    Bit of an off topic question..but have you found the NB to be effective for Indian cooking? Like grinding masalas, making purees, grinding lentils and making pastes or chutneys? I just moved to the US and am looking to buy a mixer / blender and chanced upon the NB while searching online.

    Your thoughts will be much appreciated if you have come across friends using the NB for indian cooking.

    Thanks in advance,


    1. Hi Supriya, I mostly use my nutribullet for smoothies, blending soups and hummus. It is pretty powerful but the one requirement is that it needs to have liquids. For example, you can’t just blend dry nuts or legumes. The older version of the nutribullet comes with a grinder blade. I never used it but that could work really well. The newer version comes with only an “extractor blade” that requires liquids.
      For all of the things you mentioned I think you would do better with a food processor like this one which I just got for Christmas: It has many uses in the kitchen. You might want to look at all the size options, they come smaller and bigger than that.
      I hope this helps.

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      1. This is E&B Giftware, LLC
        MODEL: 1393
        Dual Wattage Converter
        There is one button you can turn on Low or High
        Low setting up to 50 watts Max
        High setting 51 to 1600 watts max
        Converts 220/240V AC to 110/120V AC

        I also have seen this adapter in Mayer or Sears not sure exactly where, there was it for $34.00 but in the walmart $20:00.
        I hope you will find it online too

  5. i also had bought one last year, it did not worked in Germany because I find out nutribullt works with lower voltage 110v. always after 3-4 seconds sparks, smelled so badly. this year I found a voltage converter in the Walmart. hopefully it will work when I get back there. let you guys know for your next abroad..

  6. Any luck yet with the correct voltage converter which can take the power of the motor. My nutribullet is still lying in the box til I can come up with a solution.

  7. i had bought my girlfriend in australia a nutribullet but i bought it in the united states. i brought it to her and she attempted to make her first smoothie with it and after 3 seconds or so it sparked and smoldered and she turned it off immediately. needless to say im taking it back to the states and try and get my money back. we bought a global converter which should have been good enough. will not buy another one thats for sure!!

    1. Yeah, the power adapter is not enough because the voltage and wattage is still different which kills the nutribullet. To use it abroad it would have to be with a voltage converter which can apparently be found at electric shops. I live in a small town where I did find a converter but it wasn’t the right voltage. So my nutribullet is collecting dust until maybe one day I find the correct voltage and wattage converter or transformer at a bigger city nearby.

    1. Nah, I wish. All these recipes are from back in the US when I used to use the nutribullet daily. Here in India, I am having a hard time finding any berries. Which is too bad because I LOVE berries. But they have all kinds of other fruits and, thankfully, all kinds of nuts. The nearest big city from here is Pune, about 2 and half hours away, maybe 3.

  8. try looking for a voltage converter. if there is a cell phone/electronic repair shop around then they should have one, I use one all the time when I’m in India.

    1. I will. My husband mentioned it too, (when it was too late). We live in a small town near a small city, but I think I can still find it. I only used a plug adapter without thinking about the voltage, because all other electronics where fine.
      I will try to get the voltage converter and hopefully find out that I didn’t kill my nutribullet.
      Thank you Pearly!


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