“Why were you in the kitchen at 6:00 this morning?!”
I did try to be discreet, but the sound of the blender gave me away. I can’t help it. I like smoothies in the morning. They are an excellent way to start off the day with healthy foods mixed into one delicious drink.
Sometimes a family member would come into the kitchen later on in the day, hear the blender whirring, and ask in confusion, “Why are you making a smoothie now?”
My reply is always the same: The blender is not designated for smoothies! There is a whole array of foods you can make with this appliance! I’m actually making ice cream/cheesecake/soup/see below for more options.
I guarantee when you make your first muffin batter in the blender, your cooking will never be the same.
20 Blender Recipes That Will Change Your Life
I cannot tell you how many times I have made this in the blender. Buying nut butter from a health food store can become expensive, but bags of walnuts, cashews, and pecans are much cheaper, and they go a longer way. Here’s an easy recipe for creamy almond butter. Try it with toast and crackers, or spread over hard fruit like apples and pears. You will become addicted!
Gluten-free and grain-free flours can also become costly especially if you love making homemade bread and baked goods. We all have those moments where we think we have enough almond flour for this cake, but we are half a cup short and have to scramble to find a decent substitute. Now you can make your own! Place the almonds in the blend and give them a whirl! Be careful not to mix them for too long because they will become butter. I find that using pulse works best.
Chia seeds are full of incredible health benefits, such as antioxidants, promotes good digestive function, heart health, and weight loss. When they are soaked a bit before consumption, they tend to ‘sprout,’ releasing enzyme inhibitors which make them easier for you body to absorb the nutrients. (1) Here are two excellent recipes that use your trusty blender to enjoy chia’s incredible benefits, Chia and Almond Parfait and Coconut Chia Seed Pudding.
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If you are dairy-free, don’t let that stop you from having a slice of this Blueberry Cheesecake recipe. It contains no milk products, and you don’t even need an oven to make it. Yet you will require a blender. Cheesecake has just become a lot simpler.
If you are a chocoholic (like me), your blender is about to become your best friend. I love truffles, and now I can make them on my own without the regretfully unhealthy ingredients of the store-bought brand. You will have people begging for these recipes. You don’t have to tell them how simple it is to make these Raspberry Chocolate Truffles and Raw Coconut Chocolate Balls.
This is a nice change to cold smoothies. Frigid winter mornings are not conducive to cold smoothie breakfasts. Make soup instead! It may not be a typical breakfast food, but try it once, and you will be hooked. Cook these simple recipes for other meals too, Summer Squash and Coconut Milk Soup and Raw Avocado-Cilantro Soup.
If you have never made homemade ice cream, you’ve never lived! I automatically freeze my aging bananas so I can prepare this delicious Banana Ice Cream. You can change it up to suit your taste. Try the chocolate variation. Add your favorite nuts, cacao nibs, or drizzle on your homemade nut butter. Ice cream doesn’t have to be a health splurge!
I’m a big advocate for homemade dressing. Commercial brands can slip so much junk into one bottle, causing you to gain weight even as you pound lettuce and carrots. Sometimes a thin vinaigrette isn’t satisfying enough, so out comes the handy blender. Here’s a recipe for a creamy avocado cayenne salad dressing that can boost your weight loss efforts.
If you are not sold on the soup for breakfast idea but still want a warm alternative to smoothies, have muffins. This recipe is so easy you can whip them up in you blender, bake them, and have one fresh from the oven. Nothing can compare to the divine aroma of baking muffins in the morning. Here’s the recipe: Flourless Banana Nut Butter Muffins.
Pesto is easy and versatile. It’s a great dip for bread, crackers and a simple sauce with pasta. If you feel like a change the next time you bake pizza, use pesto instead of the tomato sauce. You won’t believe how good it tastes. This recipe requires a blender and only five minutes, Basil Garlic Pesto. Save time on dinner tonight!
Coffee shop frappuccinos are sugar bombs waiting to destroy your health, but your blender can help satisfy the cravings. Brew a strong black coffee and let it cool. Add some ice, coconut milk, and maple syrup to taste and blend! Cocoa powder is also an option for a mocha frappe.
Hummus is a great protein go to for crackers and veggies. Be sure to have some around the house whenever you feel yourself getting the munchies. There are so many ways to make delicious hummus, so here’s a recipe that fights inflammation while you are snacking, Beet Hummus. It tastes amazing, and you will feel even better!
Every dessert needs a finishing touch, whether it’s smoothed over a strawberry shortcake, piped onto ice cream, or dolloped onto a hot chocolate. Being healthy should not restrict you from that kind of pleasure. Your blender can stir up whipped cream to suit those with dairy intolerances and even vegans! Click here for the whipped cream recipe.
This is not a joke. One can never joke about something as important as cheese. We all love it, but the salt and dairy quantity doesn’t love us back. Here is a terrific alternative you can make in your blender made out of cashews. You don’t have to take my word that this is amazing. Blend it for yourself: Cashew cheese recipe
If you love pancakes but suffer from busy mornings, your blender can fix that. Throw the ingredients together, whirl them up, tip them into a frying pan with some coconut oil, and you are all set! This method can work for any pancake recipe where there’s no time for whisking. Don’t forget to drizzle on the maple syrup!
Popsicles are a childhood favorite, so don’t let them go! Most store=bought brands are loaded with sugar and toxins, but you can make your own. In the blender. Try the Chocolate Banana Funky Monkey Popsicle recipe to feel like a kid again.
Brownies are a no-fail dessert. They are hard to mess up, and everyone loves them. Use your blender to whip this Black Bean Brownie recipe for the next time something scrumptious and simple is needed. If you’ve got the five minutes, make some whipped cream to go along with it!
Burgers are always a welcome dinner. The blender has just made your life even easier to please your family with burgers without getting your hands dirty! Here’s a great Cauliflower Turmeric Burger recipe that is perfect for a light supper or lunch, especially when you are watching your calories. You won’t even miss the meat!
Milk is a kitchen necessity but that it can become complicated for those who have given up cow’s milk for their health. Almond milk is a great substitute when needed for baking, cereal, and even just to drink by itself! For those who like to make their food from scratch, here is a simple almond milk recipe you can whip up in your blender today!
We’ve covered cheesecake, milk, and cheese, so it is only fair to present to you a dairy-fee yogurt recipe. Yogurt can be a very hard thing to give up when one discovers a lactose intolerance or other harmful reactions with dairy since it is light, satisfying, and delicious. That changes today, using coconut and cashews and your newly favorite kitchen appliance. Your blender will bring dreams of yours back into reality.
(1) Dr. Axe. 9 Chia Seeds Benefits + Side Effects. https://draxe.com/chia-seeds-benefits-side-effects/. Accessed: October 21, 2016.