50+ Recipes to Make In Your Blender – That Aren’t Smoothies!

Alison Murray Recipes, Resources 8 Comments

50+ Recipes To Make In Your Blender That Aren't Smoothies @OmNomAlly

ATTN: As of 16.01.16 this post has now been updated with lots of new content!

Some links on this post had disappeared over the last two years so I’ve added lots of new recipes to bring the total well over 50+ links. I’ve also added more books covering the subject of blender recipes that I’ve bought over the past few years.

Enjoy! xx Ally

Nine times out of ten, when I’m plonking ingredients into my blender, it’s to make a morning smoothie. How boring and predictable! Stop thinking of your blender as a ‘smoothie making machine’  so I’ve gone and enjoy these 50+ recipe ideas to get your creative juices flowing! It’s time to think outside the jug!

All these recipes may be suitable for a Ninja Bullet-style blender, however  some of these recipes require pulverising hard materials (nuts, seeds) or using blade friction to quickly cook ingredients. For these more intensive tasks I would recommend a high-powered blender like the Optimum blender range for better results. Check out my blender review for more information on the Froothie Optimum range.

Best Healthy Blender Cookbooks

Since I first wrote this article, there have been some fantastic cookbooks that answer the question “What  can I make in my blender – besides smoothies?”.

For example, the following list are my favourite books for getting the most use out of your full-size or ninja bullet blender:

Blender Kitchen Basics

Some ingredients are just better home-made and from scratch – whether it’s fresh breadcrumbs, baking ingredients or breakfast. A good blender can help you with your kitchen adventures by easily turning day-old bread into breadcrumbs, whipping up cream, applesauce and jam or even scrambling your eggs for you for the quickest breakfast ever.

Blender Sauce

It’s probably no surprise that a blender can help you make pureed, silky sauces for cooking. What about using your blender to make the easiest mayonnaise ever? Read on!

 Blender Soups

When using a high powered blender, such as the Optimum range, you can turn whole vegetables into warmed soup in minutes thanks to the friction caused by the blades. Simply add your favourite vegies and seasonings, set the blender to high and watch it pulverize and cook your soup.

Cauliflower ‘Couscous’ and Cauliflower ‘Rice’

Great for raw or paleo, grain-free, gluten-free or rice-free diets, cauliflower is an easy alternative for couscous and rice when whizzed up in a blender. Simply cut the cauliflower into florets, pop it all in the blender and pulverise!

  Blender Nut Butters and Spreads

If you have a good quality blender, you should never have to buy nut or seed butters ever again. Add nuts of your choice to the blender bowl, and a little oil if needed to get the machine going and watch it all turn into your new favourite spread in minutes.

Blender Nut and Seed Milks

Home-made nut and seed milks have a few major advantages.

  1. They taste amazing – richer and fresher than their packaged counterparts.
  2. No nasties – no added oils, vegetable gums, sugar or carrageenan.

All you need it a high quality blender like the Optimum Blender range and a nut milk bag or very fine strainer. Check out the following links for a range of nut, seed and grain milks that are extremely simple to make yourself.

Blender Dough and Batter

Did you know that a high-powered blender can knead dough? Or that the easiest way to get out lumps in pancake, waffle or baking batter is to blitz it in your blender?

Try the following recipes next time you have a hankering for home-baked bread, muffins or pancakes and let that mixing arm have a rest!

Blender Ice Cream

You read that right, ice cream made in a blender! You don’t need a fancy machine or a frozen mixing bowl to make a chilly dessert – for these recipes your blender will do the hard work for you! Read on for dessert bliss:

Blender Juice

I’m not trying to trick you, but these juices somewhat resemble the process of making a smoothie. Some recipes may feature added water to thin out the drink for a juice-like consistency, while others are strained through a nut milk bag or fine sieve to remove the fibre. You can have all the benefits of a cleansing juice using these too methods without having to buy another expensive machine.

Got some favourite non-smoothie recipes to make in your blender that you believe should be listed? Email me at ally@omnomally.com or leave a comment below.

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Disclaimer: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers.

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      My pleasure Angela! Love your recipes 😀
      Speaking of juices, soups and smoothies – I would love if you would like to link up to my Smoothie OTW feature once week. It runs weekly and you can get more info here. We’re looking to create a blogger community around real food, drink recipes and I’d love to see you there 🙂

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  1. Awesome post Ally! Loving all the great ideas!

    Blenders are so versatile, when I’m stationed at home I reckon I use mine almost every day. I’d be lost without it..

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