5 Ways Your Smoothie Maker Doubles as a Meal Maker

You all know that I love to use my blender to make smoothies. But, what I love even more is how I can also use my smoothie maker to make delicious and healthy dishes to enjoy with my family.

As well as avoiding the additives and sodium packed into store-bought foods such as canned soups and sauces, I also get to experiment with new combinations and flavors in my cooking.

Here are five of my favorite recipes to show how your smoothie maker also doubles as a meal maker.

Smooth and Creamy Hummus

This hummus is so delicious, cheap and easy to make you’ll never have to resort to store-bought hummus ever again!

14 oz of cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 cup of water

1 clove of garlic, chopped

2 tbsp of tahini

splash of lemon juice

paprika

salt and pepper

Blend the chickpeas with the tahini, garlic and a little water. Add more water as necessary until you get a smooth and creamy consistency. When the texture is right, add the salt, pepper, paprika and lemon juice to taste.

And, if you’re feeling adventurous, why not add some red pepper, caramelized onion or eggplants for a twist on this basic hummus recipe?

Sun-dried Tomato Pesto

This tasty pesto is the perfect sauce to enjoy with pasta, or even zucchini noodles for a healthy low-carb meal.

7 oz jar of sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil

1 tbsp of pine nuts, toasted

2 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 cup of basil leaves

1/4 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese

Simply add all of the ingredients, including the oil from the jar of sun-dried tomatoes, into your smoothie maker and blend!

The recipe makes around six to eight servings, but you can keep the pesto in the freezer for up to a month if you can’t use it all at once.

Peanut Butter Bread

Great for breakfast or as a snack, this peanut butter bread is sure to disappear from your kitchen as soon as you take it out of the oven!

1 cup of fat-free milk

2 large eggs

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1 cup of peanut butter

1 tsp of salt

1 tbsp of baking powder

1 3/4 cups of plain flour

Preheat the oven to 350?F. Add the milk, eggs, sugar and peanut butter and blend until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse the mixture until the flour blends in. Pour the batter into a greased 9 x 5-inch loaf tin and bake for 50 minutes, or until a wooden cocktail stick comes out clean.

Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

I’ve whipped up no end of soup recipes in my blender, but this is a firm favorite with my family. And anything that gets kids to eat broccoli is a winner in my eyes.

4 cups of broccoli florets, steamed and divided

1 cup of vegetable broth

1 cup of water

1 clove of garlic, chopped

salt and pepper

pinch of ground nutmeg

4 oz mature cheddar cheese

Add the broccoli, broth, water, garlic and cheese and blend until you have a smooth liquid. When you’re ready to eat the soup, warm it over a low heat and add the nutmeg then season with salt and pepper to taste.

Black Bean Chocolate Brownies

For gooey chocolate fudge brownies, you can’t beat this recipe! The black beans might sound like a strange addition, but trust me, these brownies are delicious and pack in extra protein and vitamins too!

14 oz of cooked black beans, drained and rinsed

5 tbsp raw cacao powder

1/4 cup of nut butter

4 tbsp maple syrup

1 tbsp of Truvia

1/2 tsp of baking powder

2 tsp vanilla extract

2-4 tbsp fat-free milk

pinch of salt

1/2 cup of chocolate chips/broken chocolate pieces

Preheat the oven to 350?F. Add the black beans, cacao powder, maple syrup, nut butter, Truvia, baking powder, salt and vanilla extract.

Slowly add the milk and blend until a smooth consistency forms. Stir in the chocolate pieces, and then transfer the mixture to an 8 x 8-inch dish or loaf tin lined with parchment paper. Bake for 40 minutes, or until a wooden cocktail stick comes out clean.

Make the Most of Your Smoothie Maker

If you’re thinking of buying a smoothie maker, it’s worth considering how much of a versatile kitchen tool it can be.

The right blender for you is one that you can use easily to make smoothies and other delicious healthy recipes like the ones we’ve shown you here.

And if you’ve only ever used your blender to make smoothies then what are you waiting for? Get cooking and let us know what you think of these recipes, and feel free to share some of your own here too!