Blenders…They’re Not Just for Smoothies

Blenders: They're Not Just for Smoothies

Ah, the common household blender — friend, not foe, to the beginning cook, it is capable of more than what one might think at first glance. With powerful abilities to chop, grind, and blend, your blender can be key in making your most prized culinary creations.

But, you’re not a smoothie person, you say? Well I’m here to tell you that’s ok. Feast your eyes on this list of goodies you can make with a blender. Don’t say I didn’t warn you about becoming addicted to this kitchen must-have!

Here are my top five favorite things to make in a blender:

1. Pesto
PestoTired of the same spaghetti with marinara sauce routine? Yeah, me neither, it’s a classic. But, sometimes you get the urge to shake things up and that’s where this garlic and basil pesto recipe comes into play.

Using your blender add 3 cups of fresh basil and 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, and blend into a paste. Slowly add in ½ cup of pine nuts, ⅛ cup of brazil nuts, ⅔ cup of parmesan cheese, 2 tablespoons of minced garlic, ½ teaspoon of chili powder, and a little less than a cup of extra virgin olive oil. Once blended smoothly, voila, you have your pesto! This makes 12 servings.

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2. Whipped Cream

Want to add a little more sweetness to your fruit, or just love fluffy sugary goodness? Make some homemade whipped cream in a snap using your blender.

Stir 1 cup of chilled heavy cream and 1 tbsp of powdered sugar in a container, then pour into your blender. Blend for 15-30 seconds until you get a desired consistency. Done! This quick recipe can be made in any blender, but is especially easy using a handheld immersion blender.

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3. Hummus
HummusCreamy, flavorful, and just plain yummy. From garlic, red pepper, to jalapeño there is a hummus flavor for most anyone. Hummus is the “it”’ dip right now and you can easily create the perfect one for you. I like my hummus classic.

To create one, first rinse a can of garbanzo/chickpeas and blend them using 8 tbsp of lemon juice, 4 garlic cloves, 2 tbsp of tahini, salt and pepper to taste. Chill, then serve.

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4. Peanut butter

It’s always peanut butter jelly time in my house! I can never have enough of this stuff and my obsession has only grown since I learned I can make it in my blender.

This recipe takes a little bit of work but is worth the effort. First, pre-heat your oven to 350F. While your oven is heating, rinse 3 cups of raw peanuts and toss them with 2 tbsp of olive oil and 1 tbsp of sea salt. Spread these peanuts evenly on a baking tray (or 2) if needed. Roast the peanuts for 30-35 minutes and rotate the pans halfway through the roasting period. Remove them from the oven and cool. Once cooled add the peanuts, another 2 tbsp of oil, and 1.5 tsp of either honey or maple syrup. Blend on high and store in a jar. This will last 2 months in your refrigerator.

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5. Salsa
SalsaGot 15 minutes? Love chips and salsa? Well you’re in luck, because you can make a delicious restaurant style salsa faster than picking out something to watch on Netflix.

Combine two 10 ounce cans of diced tomatoes and green chiles, one 28 ounce can of whole tomatoes with juice, ½ cup of fresh cilantro leaves (the more the better I say), ¼ cup of chopped onion, 1 minced garlic clove, 1 quartered and sliced thin jalapeño, ¼ tsp of ground cumin, ¼ tsp of salt, ¼ tsp of sugar, and ½ juiced lime. Depending on the size and power of your blender, you can either blend all of these ingredients together at once or do it in batches. Pulse the blender about 10 to 15 times and add any extra seasoning to your taste. Refrigerate for an hour before serving. This yields 12 servings.

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If you loved these blender recipes, be sure to check out what you can do with a slow cooker! Want more awesome blender recipe ideas? Check out our Pinterest page. And, of course, don’t forget to snag great deals on kitchen appliances on BLINQ.

Author: Dianna

Dianna originally hails from North Carolina and is a proud alum of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Go Heels! Skilled at finding deals on everything from clothing to travel, she uses these super powers to help the BLINQ eCommerce team. When she isn't at BLINQ you can find her perfecting her salsa moves.

2 thoughts on “Blenders…They’re Not Just for Smoothies

  1. AvatarAshley Winkler

    GREAT JOB! will try the peanut butter, my lovely assistant Luna loves it.

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