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Five Things To Make In Your Blender (Other Than Smoothies)

20/09/2017 15:23 BST | Updated 20/09/2017 15:23 BST

Thanks to today's powerful and high speed blenders, making smoothies at home is simple and fast. We can easily throw in all kinds of ingredients, from frozen fruit, to nuts and seeds. We can be confident that the blender will work it's magic, and produce a smooth lump free meal in a cup.

But did you know you can make so much more in your blender? As much as we love smoothies, it's nice to be able to make a variety of recipes. Read on to discover what else you can make;

Please note: your results will very much depend on the type of blender you are using. The more powerful the motor the easier these recipes will be to make.

Nut Butters

As we become ever more aware of the benefits of nuts, the selection of nut butters and spreads has grown to beyond the trusty (but oh so tasty) peanut butter. And the great thing is, just like peanut butter, all nut butters are easy to make. What's more, you can have lots of fun experimenting with different flavours, swapping out sugar for honey, reducing or completely leaving out the salt, and even adding swirls of caramel or shavings of coconut to further enhance the taste.

How To Make Nut Butter In A Blender

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1. Grab about 200g of your nut of choice (almond, cashew, brazil or peanut all work well)

2. Place nuts in blender jug and put lid on.

3. Switch blender on and blend for about 30 seconds and stop. Using a spatula, scrape the ingredients off the side of the blender walls, back to the bottom of the jug. Blend again for a further 30 seconds.

4. Repeat this process until the oils have been released in the nuts and have blended into a smooth consistency.

5. If you want to add anything extra such as coconut oil, honey, maple syrup, salt etc, pop it in now and blend again.

Note: Be careful not to over run your blender or you might overheat the motor. Always double check with your blender manual.

Storing Your Nut Butter

Homemade nut butter can last for 2 to 3 weeks in a covered jar in the fridge. You can also freeze nut butters for up to 4 months.

Ice Cream

Although making this delicious treat is super easy in an ice cream maker, it's also simple to make a guilt free ice cream in a high speed blender. The ultimate (and easiest) ice cream I have ever made in our Nutri Ninja is banana ice cream.

Banana Ice Cream In A Blender

1. Chop up a banana (or 2) and put it in a freezer bag (or suitable container) and place it in the freezer for 2 to 3 hours, or until frozen.

2. Place chopped up banana in your blender and whizz until smooth and creamy. You may need to stop occasionally to scrape the sides down.

3. Serve in a cold bowl or alternatively put in a container and freeze until ready to eat.

All the pleasure of ice cream without any of the bad stuff!

Dips

You can make so many dips in your blender. It really takes the hard work out when making them from scratch. They are quick to make and you know exactly what is going in them.

How To Make Hummus In A Blender

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1. Add 400g chickpeas (drained and rinsed), 3 cloves of garlic (peeled and crushed), 2tbsp lemon juice, 1 red pepper (deseeded and sliced) and a pinch of salt to your blender.

2. Blend until smooth. Add a little water if the consistency is too thick. You should end up with a creamy mixture. If the ingredients keep sticking to the side, stop the blender, scrape off and blend again until smooth.

Homemade Beauty Masks

You don't need to just restrict your blender recipes to foods you will consume. Your blender can be used to make some fantastic homemade beauty masks, deep conditioning treatments as well as body scrubs and other natural beauty products. Just try and stop yourself from eating them!

Banana Hair Mask

This mask is particulary great for dry hair, providing lots of strength and shine.

1. Grab a small ripe banana (the spottier the skin the riper it will be!)

2. Place it in your blender and blitz until it is completely smooth and lump free.

3. Add 1 tbsp of olive oil and 1 tbsp of honey. Mix it in well with the banana.

4. Apply to wet hair. Comb it through so that all of the hair is covered.

5. Leave for up to 1 hour.

6. Rinse out (make sure it all comes out!) and then shampoo and condition your hair as usual.

What else do you make in your smoothie maker?

This post first appeared on Liana's Kitchen.