Blend, baby, blend.
The following recipes use either blenders or food processors to create vegan deliciousness. Basically, it’s best to have both (or, OMG VITAMIX YESSS), but a lot of times you can use either/or.
1. Vegan pesto is a fantastic staple to keep on hand (it’s so yummy on sandwiches, too). If you make a big batch, you can also freeze half!
Full recipe at Fed & Fit.
(Can be done in either a blender or food processor.)
2. Want to make your own “milk”? Go beyond basic with this macadamia milk recipe.
Full instructions at Healthy Blender Recipes.
(This recipe calls for a Vitamix, however we’ve made nut milks to our heart’s content in even the most basic blender.)
3. Don’t forget the hidden second step in making almond milk. You can blend and dry out your leftover nuts to make almond meal flour.
Learn how at All Sorts of Pretty.
(Another blender-friendly milk!)
4. Dump a bunch of ingredients in, whizz ‘em around, and voila: vegan chocolate chip cookie balls.
Get the recipe at Averie Cooks.
(Suitable for Vitamix, food processors, or high-speed blenders.)
5. Wow. If you made your own vegan butter…that’d be some Martha Stewart magic right there.
Find out how at Produce on Parade.
(Recipe calls for food processor, but your blender would probably work as well.)
6. If there were no blenders in the world….then there’d also be no vegan nacho cheese. And that would be sad.
Full recipe at Vegan Yumminess.
(Recipe suggests using a blender or Vitamix, but a food processor would also get the job done.)
7. Perhaps an obvious reason, but one of the BEST reasons: Creamy soups. Especially handy for cold soups in summer!
Get the recipe for creamy roasted tomato gazpacho at Love and Lemons.
(Use your blender or food processor to achieve soupy yumminess!)
8. And the best vegan breakfast in hot weather is hands-down a refreshing smoothie, like this pineapple mango concoction.
Full recipe at Averie Cooks.
(By all means, use your normal blender for delish vegan smoothies.)
9. Hors d’oeuvres can get fancy when you know how to make a vegan garlic and walnut pate.
Find out more at Amuse Your Bouche.
(Food processor and blender-friendly.)
10. Vegan Nutella? Yes, please. PLEASE.
Get the recipe at Brown Eyed Baker.
(Use a food processor for this one.)
11. Not like this is a substitute for anything, but still a fresh and inventive side that will surprise your guests.
Find out how to make cauliflower rice at Cooking Rookie.
(For best results, use a food processor for this one.)
12. Parmesan cheese. This is getting too easy.
Recipe at E. Zontho.
(Use a food processor for this one, so you can handle hard nuts.)
13. Of course, most homemade vegan cheeses — like this brie — will require you to soak and blend nuts.
Full recipe at Peace Love Vegan Food.
(An ordinary blender will do the trick.)
14. Vegan sour cream will last up to three weeks in the fridge and is great for turning soups creamy, making potatoes richer, and of course, making chili better.
Get the full recipe at Healthful Pursuit.
(Use your high-powered blender or food processor for this one.)
15. Here’s an insta-dessert treat: blender pudding!
Recipe at Oh She Glows.
(A blender or food processor would do the job.)
16. Last but not least, blenders and food processors are your best friend when you want an icy treat. Blended frozen bananas = yum.
Find out more at Two Peas and Their Pod.