So, you’ve recently started whipping up your own smoothies but did you know that there’s so much more that you can do with the beloved blender you used to make them? That’s right, there’s no need for expensive food processors and all sorts of other gadgets in the kitchen if you’ve got a reliable blender then the sky’s the limit! Heck, with the right ingredients you can make a full meal in just a few minutes! Here are 5 super easy recipes to make using your blender! 

Sugar-free Protein Balls

Protein Balls

When it’s time to treat yo’ self the last thing you probably want to do is reach for sugar-laden sweets and snacks. For a healthy bite that is a breeze to prepare, try whipping up a batch of sugar-free protein balls. This recipe is so easy to make if you have a blender on hand, all you need to do is toss in the ingredients, blend, and then shape into balls or bars. This almond butter version from JS Health is beyond delicious – get the full recipe here

Healthy Dips like Hummus or Guacamole

Homemade hummus

Dips and blenders go hand-in-hand. If you have a blender and aren’t already making your own dips then you need to get cracking. Most recipes will call for a food processor, but if you have a powerful blender then you can definitely use it instead. If you’re craving a Mediterranean treat then try this easy recipe for homemade hummus – get the full recipe here. If hummus isn’t your thing then you can also try making a delicious guacamole!

Fancy Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower rice

By now you’ve probably heard that you can substitute your usual rice side with cauliflower. That’s right, with a quick blend you can turn the veggie into a fluffy bowl of rice to serve alongside curries, chicken, a roast or anything really. The most low-tech way to make cauliflower rice is, of course, with a simple grater but if you’re not keen on the hard graft them you can easily do it with a blender. Try this delicious recipe for Curry Cauliflower Rice from the Ultimate Paleo Guide and wow your friends and family with its delicious turmeric and ginger flavour. Get the full recipe here.

Easy Peasy Tomato Sauce

pasta sauceThere’s almost no sauce you can’t make with your blender! We love the idea of making your own no-cook tomato paste or sauce to use on pizza bases or in pasta. It’s so easy – simply toss in your ingredients and blend! We love this easy no-cook gluten-free version from Fluffy Chix Cook or this homemade sugar-free version from Low Carb Yum

Banana Ice Cream Done 5 Ways

banana ice creamCraving ice cream? This easy dessert recipe will help you beat the cravings. All you need to do is chop, freeze, and blend! This easy and healthy ice-cream alternative is a must-try for those who love a guilt-free treat after dinner. We love this version from The Kitchn which can be done five different ways with either honey & peanuts, Nutella, Dark Chocolate, Cinnamon, or Strawberries – get the full recipe here