If you have a jam-packed schedule, you likely have experienced scurrying to make on-the-go meals. By utilizing a blender, you can reduce your stress by saving both time and money. Furthermore, a common misconception is that blenders are reserved for smoothies, but they actually are wonderful tools that 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 so you’ll know exactly which ingredients will be going into your nut butter. Contrary to popular thought, homemade nut butter is incredibly easy to make, only requiring a few ingredients and taking as little as 15 minutes. You have the power to make it super creamy, extra chunky, unsalted, salty-sweet- it’s all up to you!
- 2 cups raw almonds
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- optional: 1/4 teaspoon honey
- optional: 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- optional: 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread almonds on baking sheet and toast for 10-12 minutes mixing them intermittently.
- Let almonds cool until they are warm.
- Transfer almonds to blender and blend until smooth. This can be modified if you like your nut butter more chunky or more creamy! During this step continually scrape the butter from the sides of the blender in order to blend mixture together.
- Once butter is smooth to your liking, mix in your add-ins. These can include more than just salt; for instance, you can include cinnamon, maple syrup, honey, and vanilla extract.
- 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 every day on your morning cup of coffee? Finding yourself drinking watered down iced coffee due to the excessive ice? Sounds about right. Luckily it is incredibly easy to make coffee at home in your blender.
- 2 cups whole coffee beans
- 3 cups cold water
- Coffee filter
- Optional: choice of sweetener
- Blend coffee beans in blender until they are sufficiently ground and blended.
- Add water to beans.
- Cover mixture and let sit for 12-15 hours.
- After taking out mixture, line your strainer with a coffee filter.
- 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 fuel or simply want to treat yourself but can’t afford to go out. Try making this yummy, chocolatey recipe for your next date night or spice up girls night with a baking activity.
- 1 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup whipped cream
- 3/4 cup milk (hot)
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- Over simmering heat, melt sugar with milk until sugar is dissolved.
- Blend chocolate chips and egg for about 45 seconds or until ingredients are mixed and chocolate is cut into small pieces. If you are inexperienced, use the “pulse” feature on the blender to ensure mixture does not get too blended.
- Add milk and sugar and blend at medium speed until ingredients are entirely blended and chocolate is completely melted.
- Add in the salt and vanilla and continue blending for 1-2 minutes while scraping the sides of the blender when necessary.
- Pour mixture into small glasses and chill in refrigerator for 2-4 hours or until adequately chilled and firm.
- Serve with chilled whipped cream and chocolate shavings if desired.
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