Must-Try Blender Recipes That Aren't Just Smoothies
Tomato Artichoke Soup
All it takes is thirty minutes to whip up this flavor-filled meal in a bowl. The Tomato Artichoke Soup from A Couple Cooks takes everyday tomato and fancies it up with the addition of artichoke and spices. After simmering the veggies in a soup pot to soften, just throw them in the blender for a perfectly smooth puree. Serve with a loaf of bread for a low-effort, high-flavor meal day or night.
Sneak some greens onto your breakfast plate with this playful take on the classic scramble from Elana's Pantry. Combine entire kale leaves and raw eggs in a blender prior to cooking so that the greens spread evenly throughout. Then throw the mixture into a frying pan and cook to perfection (meaning however you prefer it) and in just a few minutes you'll have a nutrition-packed breakfast that looks almost as great as it tastes. Psst...keep this recipe on hand for your next St. Patrick's day party for the ultimate themed meal.
Peanut Butter Bread
Take your PB&J to the next level by making the bread just as flavorful as the fillings. By throwing everything into the blender (most notably, huge spoonfuls of peanut butter), this Peanut Butter Bread recipe from She Wears Many Hats takes all the legwork out of making a homemade loaf. Serve it with jam for breakfast or pair it with your favorite sweet spread for dessert. Craving an extra flavor boost at lunch? Replace your normal bread with a slice of peanut butter goodness for a serious mid-day treat. Worth it? We think so.
Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice
Even if you haven't hopped on the paleo train, we promise you'll love this Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice from Skinny Taste. The low-carb, grain-free hack takes all the guilt out of diving head first into a plate full of rice, and the simple taste of cauliflower gives you a blank slate for any flavor combo you can dream up. Skinny Taste took their inspiration from Latin cuisine by adding cilantro and lime for a bright pop of flavor that doesn't up the calorie count.
Raw Hazelnut Chocolate Coconut Spread
Sometimes, your sweet tooth gets the best of you. When that time comes, turn to this Raw Hazelnut Chocolate Coconut Spread from Rawsday for all of the flavor without any of the diet-busting downfalls. What you see is what you get—coconut, hazelnut, cocoa powder, and dates show off their natural sweetness and work together to create a good-for-you treat that feels all kinds of indulgent.
Classic comfort food gets a healthy revamp with these Oat Waffles from Veggie on a Penny, filled with vegan goodness that comes from just five simple ingredients. Throw it all into a blender for a smooth batter that you can store in the fridge to use throughout the week. The best part? You can jazz up the base batter with your favorite fruits and spices to keep things interesting. We love adding pomegranate seeds or bananas and cinnamon.
Peanut Butter Banana Muffins
A peanut butter banana muffin is the kind of thing that you should never eat for breakfast under any condition, right? Wrong. This gluten-free version from The Kosher Foodies takes the tried-and-true combo and makes it the perfect breakfast or mid-day snack for even the most health-conscious adults. Even better? You can ramp up the health benefits by swapping in a different organic nut butter or spicing it up with your favorite add-ins, like chopped nuts or ground nutmeg.
Grain-Free Granola Bars
Forget about store-bought granola bars—they're filled with sugar, empty carbs, and mysterious ingredients that we can't pronounce. Instead, give Ditch the Carb's grain- and sugar-free granola bars a shot. While you can create your own mixture of fibrous grains, protein-packed nuts, and natural sweetness, we love their use of sunflower seeds and walnuts paired with vanilla and shredded coconut.
Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Say goodbye to unhealthy tailgate food and party apps. Our Four Fork's vegan and gluten-free Spinach and Artichoke Dip amplifies the flavor and pumps up the nutritional value of this bar food staple. The makeover includes the addition of cannellini beans, cashews, and coconut milk instead of unhealthy creams and frozen veggies. The end result? A filling and festive dip with all of the flavor but none of the regret.
Hazelnut Chocolate Avocado Mousse
We're all about today's avocado craze, so any chance to sneak it in we're willing to try. Enter the Hazelnut Chocolate Avocado Mousse from Produce on Parade. Melted chocolate chunks mixed with blended avocados, cocoa powder, honey, almond milk, and a few other absolutely delicious ingredients make for a decadent, rich, creamy, thick (insert any other drool-enducing adjectives here) dessert that will get you through the best girls' night, the worst breakup, and everything in between.