10 Creative Ways to Use Your Blender

Ah, the blender. The quintessential summer appliance.  In the mornings, it gets you ready for the day the right way with healthy superfood smoothies, like this one, made with kale and cherries. At the cookout, it’s by your side, mixing up the pina coladas or frozen daiquiris to please. It stuns your dinner guests with refreshing tomato gazpacho. It’s your sous-chef at the backyard barbecue, your partner-in-crime at cocktail parties. And in the thick of bumper crop produce, it smiles from its spot on the counter with a silent but reassuring “Don’t worry – I’ve got your back.”

Today, we celebrate our summertime superhero with ten cool, creative ways to use your blender. For those of us who see the blender as the smoothie machine, get ready for us to blow your mind. For those of us who have been using the blender for more than just milkshakes since the 20th century, consider this a roadmap through you and your old friend’s shared past. However you use your blender, we’re here to give you a guide to your Vitamix Vigilante, your Cuisinart Companion, or your Magic Bullet Buddy.

1. Smoothies and Milkshakes

Of course. A blender roundup couldn’t be complete without a blended drink! There’s nothing like a big, frothy milkshake with lots of ice cream or a fruity smoothie complete with a frozen banana to make you feel like a kid again. We have a two-for-one special here today: a dairy-free kid’s Honey Bear smoothie by Courtney of NeighborFood, and a grown-up’s boozy take on a banana cream pie milkshake by Claire of The Realistic Nutritionist. Drink your way back to childhood with these two tasty treats! (Recipes and Photos: NeighborFood and The Realistic Nutritionist)

Honey Bear Smoothie and Boozy Banana Cream Pie Milkshake

2. Lassi

India’s version of a smoothie, lassi is a sweet, creamy drink made by combining yogurt, honey, aromatic spices and fruits in – you guessed it – the blender. Shana of Pineapple and Coconut makes her lassi with mint, saffron and cardamom for a fragrant, addictive summer elixir. (Recipe and Photo: Pineapple and Coconut)

Sweet Mint Lassi

3. Cocktails

It’s time for a NoshOn.It redux! The list of cocktails that can be made in a blender is endless, but margaritas are the fan-favorite to which we always return – specifically, Jackie of Domestic Fits’ Strawberry Sriracha Margarita. We featured Jackie’s margarita for Cinco de Mayo, but it’s such a genius summer drink, we decided to bring it back. (Recipe and Photo: Domestic Fits)

Strawberry Sriracha Margaritas on NoshOnIt

4. Salsa

What’s a summer party without a bowl of fresh salsa? Your blender can help you make salsa smooth and silky, while still flavorful. Try out Corelyn and Jennie of Garlic My Soul’s classic red salsa, or for a little twist, Morgan of For Reals Life combines cucumber and tomatillo for a crisp and refreshing take on salsa verde. (Recipes and Photos: Garlic My Soul and For Reals Life)

 Red Salsa and Green Salsa

5. Hummus and Dip

A high-quality blender is the secret to making ultra-creamy dips for game day or happy hour. Hummus is a classic for scooping with pita chips, slathering on celery or spreading on sandwiches, and Diana of Appetite for China makes hers with a Sriracha twist. Talk about tasty! (Recipe and Photo: Appetite for China)

Sriracha Hummus

6. Soup

Gazpacho, the classic Spanish tomato soup served cold, is a classic blender entree. We love cold soups (as you can see here)! They’re perfect summer dinners or hot day lunches, and they’re a super quick and easy way to utilize fresh produce. Steve of Oui, Chef makes a beautiful gazpacho the way we like it – with lots of ripe tomatoes and garlic. (Recipe and Photo: Oui, Chef)

Gazpacho

7. Hollandaise

Ever tried to make hollandaise? It’s no easy feat. But there’s nothing like Sunday morning and eggs benedict with homemade hollandaise. Now, there’s no reason to be afraid of this tricky sauce. John of Kitchen Riffs offers two recipes for hollandaise (one to be made in the blender, one without) so you can pick your favorite and learn to master brunch once again. (Recipe and Photo: Kitchen Riffs)

Hollandaise Sauce in the Blender

8.   Ice Cream

Ice cream makers are pricy and making ice cream from scratch is time consuming – but not with your trusty blender! Heather of Making Life Delicious combines Frangelico and Nutella for her droolworthy chocolate hazelnut blender gelato. But we can go even more simple – try sticking a frozen banana in a blender and boom: banana ice cream. See here. (Recipe and Photo: Making Life Delicious)

 Chocolate Hazelnut Blender Gelato

9. Nut Butter

Get ready: We’re about to blow your mind. You can make nut butter in the blender. We know. It’s crazy. What’s even crazier is that Izy of Top with Cinnamon created a Toasted Coconut-Hazelnut Butter in the blender that might have you swearing off peanut butter altogether. Spread this on toast, mix it into smoothies (like the one above), or heck, maybe just eat it with a spoon, straight from the jar. (Recipe and Photo: Top with Cinnamon)

 Toasted Coconut-Hazelnut Butter

10. Mousse/Pudding

NoshOn.It Redux, part two! Avocados and cocoa, surprisingly enough, make for a creamy chocolate dessert without the cream. We featured Katie of Produce on Parade and her Easy Avocado Chocolate Mousse in May, and we decided to go for seconds. Katie uses a food processor to make her mousse, but it’s just as easy to make in a blender, while staying creamy and delicious. It’s not often you can make mousse this delicious without dairy – especially in a blender. (Recipe and Photo: Produce on Parade)

Easy Avocado Hazelnut Chocolate Mousse on NoshOnIt

Those are our top ten, but let us know what you think. How do you use your blender? Share with us in the comments.