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3 Blender Recipes that Aren’t Smoothies

Who said the blender was only good for smoothies?!

If you have a jam-packed schedule, you’ve likely experienced scurrying to make on-the-go meals. By utilizing a blender, you can reduce stress by saving both your time and money. Furthermore, a common misconception is that blenders are reserved for smoothies – however, they are quite useful in other ways and can be lifesavers. Try spicing things up with these blender recipes that are surprisingly easy and definitely delicious.

1. Almond Butter

Not only will this be better and cheaper than buying it, but you’re the chef! You’ll decide exactly how to craft your butter, knowing all the ingredients that will be included. Contrary to popular thought, homemade nut butter is very easy to make, requiring few ingredients and taking as short as fifteen minutes to prepare.

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups raw almonds
  2. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  3. optional: 1/4 teaspoon honey
  4. optional: 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
  5. optional: 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread almonds on baking sheet and toast for 10-12 minutes mixing them intermittently.
  2. Let almonds cool until they are warm.
  3. Transfer almonds to blender and blend until smooth. This can be modified if you like your nut butter more chunky or smooth! During this step continually scrape the butter from the sides of the blender in order to blend mixture together. 
  4. Once butter is as smooth as you like, mix in your add-ins. These can include more than just salt; cinnamon, maple syrup, honey, and vanilla extract, etc… 
  5. Let almond butter cool to room temperature and transfer to jar or container. Store final product in refrigerator.

2. Cold Brew

Sick of spending $5 dollars on your morning cup of coffee? Finding yourself drinking watered down iced coffee due to the excessive ice? Sounds about right. Luckily it is super easy to make coffee right at home in your blender. 

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups whole coffee beans
  2. 3 cups cold water
  3. Coffee filter
  4. Strainer
  5. Optional: choice of sweetener

Instructions:

  1. Blend coffee beans in blender until they are sufficiently ground and blended.
  2. Add water to beans.
  3. Cover mixture and let sit for 12-15 hours.
  4. After taking out mixture, line your strainer with a coffee filter.
  5. Optional: once your coffee is made, add your choice of sweetener or creamer.

3. Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate lovers! This is a great recipe if you’re looking for that sugar kick or simply want to treat yourself but can’t afford to go out. Try making this yummy, decadent recipe for your next date night, or spice up girls night with a baking activity. 

Ingredients:

  1. 1 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 3/4 cup whipped cream
  6. 3/4 cup milk (hot)
  7. 1/4 cup granulated sugar

Instructions:

  1. Over simmering heat, melt sugar with milk until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Blend chocolate chips and egg for about 45 seconds or until ingredients are mixed and chocolate is in small pieces. If inexperienced, use the “pulse” feature to ensure mixture doesn’t get too blended. 
  3. Add milk and sugar and blend at medium speed until ingredients are entirely blended and chocolate is melted.
  4. Add salt and vanilla and continue blending for 1-2 minutes while scraping sides of the blender when necessary. 
  5. Pour mixture into small glasses and chill in refrigerator for 2-4 hours or until adequately chilled and firm. 
  6. Serve with chilled whipped cream and chocolate shavings!

Feaured Image from Andrea Niosi on Unsplash.

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