Spreads, soups, dips and tipples are a whizz with these recipes and suggestions for your blender.
If you're all smoothied out and wondering, "Is my blender good for much else?" then we have some tasty ideas for you to try. We all have kitchen equipment that sits unused at the back of the cupboard but your blender needn't be one of them. Cocktails for a night in with friends, soups for a quick and healthy lunch, and dips for party nibbles can all be yours at the touch of a button.
You don't need specialist cocktail kit to whip up a boozy blend. If you're catering for a crowd, blitzing everything in a blender is ideal. Whizz up a batch in bulk, leaving yourself plenty of time for catching up and chilling out. This frozen strawberry daiquiri has only four ingredients and is a perfect summer thirst quencher. Keep it fresh with a lychee & mint cocktail, while this bellini granita is super-speedy and sure to impress. When you've tried these, why not get adventurous with your own creative concoctions?
An easy way to make sure your pancakes are perfect and lump-free is to enlist the help of your blender. If you feel like making an extra effort, combine summer berries and icing sugar for a berry compote to top your stack. These protein pancakes are the perfect way to start your day or make an energy-boosting treat after a workout. Mix it up with these showstopping pancake recipes...
Chocolate-filled pancakes with caramelised banana
Pumpkin pancakes with salted pecan butterscotch
Treat your toast to something special, like our homemade peanut butter. These delicious spreads are easy to make and can be a great option for vegans looking for something indulgent. You can blend to the desired consistency, flavour just how you like it, and keep in the fridge until needed. These nutty butters can be made in minutes:
Hazelnut & chocolate spread
Pistachio & cardamom butter
If you want a silky smooth soup, reach for the blender. Soups are so versatile and easily adapted for all seasons and occasions. Once you've whizzed one up you'll wonder how you ever managed before. This roasted sweet potato & carrot soup has two of your five-a-day and makes a great meat-free starter or lunch. Give these nourishing soups a go...
Roast carrot soup with pancetta croutons
Red lentil, chickpea & chilli soup
This no-churn ice cream in all its delicious glory doesn't require an ice cream maker, just blend and freeze! Let your blender do the hard work, the results will be just as thick and creamy as with a machine. If you're looking for a summery dessert, try these fabulous, fuss-free recipes:
Honeycomb ice cream
Healthy banana & peanut butter ice cream
Pesto, houmous, pasta sauces and a whole host of easy spreads and dressings are just a blend away. Pack in the veggies with this beetroot houmous or mix up your standard pasta dish with our alternative pesto recipes. Tasty dips are great for serial snackers and look oh-so tempting on a party platter...
Artichoke & lemon dip
Smoky aubergine & coriander dip
Falafels may seem like a labour-intensive lunch option but they're surprisingly easy. Chickpeas, seasonings and spices combined in the blender make the base. Formed into balls and baked, these easy snacks are perfect for pittas, vegetarian burgers or a mezze platter. Give our veggie variations a try...
Sweet potato falafels with coleslaw
Spinach & feta falafel bites
Your blender isn't usually the first thing that comes to mind when making dessert but, believe it or not, this crafty piece of kit makes the creamiest, smoothest chocolate mousse imaginable. Our chocolate, peanut butter & avocado pudding couldn't be easier; everything is whipped into a creamy delight. Simply scoop and serve!
Do you have any blender-friendly recipes you love? Let us know in the comments section below...