Don’t get us wrong—we love a good smoothie. But blenders are capable of so much more than that. We’re talking salad dressings, dips, soups, sauces, AND desserts!

If you don’t already own a blender, it’s time to take your cooking game to the next level.

Don’t let the initial cost of the purchase scare you, as you’ll end up saving money in the long run. Making food at home is cheaper and healthier than dining out, and experimenting in the kitchen is super-fun and rewarding.

Ready to impress your friends with your new and improved home-cooked meals? Here are some of our favorite vegan foods that you can make with a blender:

1) Chef Chloe’s Avocado Pesto

Give your pasta sauce a nutritional boost by blending avocados, pine nuts, and a few other ingredients that you probably already have at home.

2) Easy Mac & ‘Cheese’

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Ready to be pleasantly surprised? Make this “cheesy” sauce by blending cooked potatoes, carrots, and onions.

3) Gluten-Free Vegan Banana Oat Blender Pancakes

These pancakes get a healthful boost from using oats instead of flour.

4) Cruelty-Free Queso

One of our favorite comfort foods ever.

5) Chipotle Hummus

Have 10 minutes? Hummus is yummus!

6) Easy Vegan Falafel

Now that you’ve made the hummus (above), it’s time to add falafel for a match made in heaven.

7) Vegan DIY Ice Cream

This is one exciting way to get your potassium. ?

8) Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing

Just one of many recipes you can make using soaked cashews and a blender.

9) Almond ‘Milk’

Badam Milk on top of Cappuccino!!! | Natesh Ramasamy | CC by 2.0 

 

Nondairy beverages are available nearly everywhere these days, but have you ever made your own?

10) Peanut Butter Mousse

Vegan peanut butter mousse

Need a quick dessert? This is great with peanuts or chocolate chips.

11) Loaded Baked Potato Soup

This hearty soup will leave you feeling full and satisfied.

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Are you ready to mix up your usual cooking routine? Recipes that involve a blender often use fewer kitchen tools and take less time. Happy blending!