7 Creative Ways to Use Your Blender That Aren't Smoothies
Newsflash: That expensive blender you just "had" to buy does more than just mix up smoothies. Get your finger on the pulse and start whipping up these other blender recipe ideas.
If you purchased an expensive Vitamix (even if it was on Amazon Prime Day), and months later realize the lid is collecting dust because all you know what to do with it is make smoothies, it's time for an awakening.
The blender if one of your kitchen's most valuable players and deserves to take center stage in all of your meals (from appetizer to dessert). Here, we rounded up some of the most creative (yet easy) ways to use your blender.
Now go out there and put that purchase to good use.
Try using your blender to make a delicious soup. The blades can create the perfect creamy texture, or if you're more of a chunky soup kind of person, just use the pulse option. Either way, using your blender to make soup is a foolproof way to enjoy a nutrient-dense meal. Add some bone broth too for added benefits such as joint and gut health. This bright colored carrot soup is a great way to add color to your diet. (Related: Different Colored Vegetables That Pack a Big Nutrition Punch)
Get the recipe: Simple Carrot Soup
Buying condiments is a total rookie move when you have a blender to make your own. From salad dressings to mayo and even your own barbecue sauce, there are tons of recipes online to create tasty DIY spreads your meals. (See: 3-Ingredient Salad Dressings You Can Whip Up In No Time)
Also, when you make your own condiments you can be in complete control about what ingredients are used, and you can make swaps for dietary needs or for flavor preferences.
Get the recipe: Whole 30 Coconut Oil Mayonnaise
A blender can also be used in lieu of a meat grinder. Just cube your protein of choice, throw it in the blender with, say, garlic and other favorite spices, and you'll come away with a well-balanced blend of meat. Whether you're making a burger patty or a meat sauce, each bite will have a burst of flavor (so you can avoid that one bite that somehow has ALL the garlic in one place). For this, you'll want to use a medium setting to avoid grinding the meat too fine or smooth.
Get the recipe: Mini Mahi Burgers
Hand whipping mousse can be a lot of work. Make the blender do the work for you, and dessert will be ready in mere minutes. The blender adds the ideal amount of air to this classic dessert to make sure the results are light and fluffy. (Try: Avocado Chocolate Mousse with Peppermint Crunch)
Get the recipe: Almost Instant Blender Chocolate Mousse
We apologize in advance if this only fuels your nut butter addiction further—but did you know you can use a blender to make homemade nut butter? Now, you can personalize your nut butter in every which way (smooth or chunky? add cinnamon or honey?). You have the power of chop and blend at your fingertips. (Related: Everything You Need (and Want) to Know About Nut Butter)
Get the recipe: Easy Blender Peanut Butter
If your mixer is on the fritz, you can use a blender to make batters for baked goods. This method only works with liquid-based batters at a low speed (if there is a lot of flour in the batter, putting it in a blender will mix the dough too much and the baked good will end up with a rubbery texture.) Flourless recipes for muffins, pancakes, and brownies are blender-safe.
Get the recipe: Flourless Peanut Butter Banana Muffins
I scream you scream we all scream for ice cream made with your blender. Use lots of fruit with coconut milk for a sherbet, or heavy cream with chocolate for a more indulgent dessert. The hardest part of making homemade ice cream? Waiting for your personalized concoction to freeze so you can eat it.
Get the recipe: Instant Vegan Mango Coconut Ice Cream