If you’ve got a blender in your kitchen, you probably fall into one of two camps: those whose machines have accumulated a solid layer of dust after years of non-use and those whose blades are about to fall off from pureeing smoothies every morning. No matter what team you’re on, you might not realize just how versatile your blender can be. Read on for 16 mouthwatering recipes that use your handiest tool--and have nothing to do with kale.

blender bread
She Wears Many Hats

Peanut Butter Bread

Sure. you need an oven, too, but when the result is this salty and sweet and perfect, it’s totally worth it.

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blender crust
Nutrition Stripped

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Proving that healthy pizza doesn’t have to be gross pizza.

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blender nutella
Blender Babes

Homemade Nutella

This is what dreams are made of.

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blender hummus
The Wholesome Dish

Simple Hummus

Ready in five minutes, this dip is an absolute no-brainer.

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blender pudding
Always Order Dessert

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding

No word yet on how to make a vat of this stuff.

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blender almondbutter
Amy's Healthy Baking

Homemade Almond Butter

Is the new peanut butter.

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blender almondbars
Divine Healthy Food

Almond Butter Chocolate bars

You know, to make use of your blender-made almond butter.

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blender fudge
Purely Twins

Carrot Cake Fudge


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blender tomatosoup
A Couple Cooks

Tomato Artichoke Soup

OK fine, the croutons are not made in the blender.

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blender spinachdip
Our Four Forks

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

This version of the usually unhealthily creamy and irresistible dip is healthily creamy (vegan, with cannellini beans, cashews and coconut milk) and irresistible.

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blender salsa
Averie Cooks

Restaurant-Style Salsa

Fresh and chunky and as spicy (or as not spicy) as you want it.

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blender mayonnaise
Easy As Apple Pie

Homemade Mayonnaise

Take comfort in knowing exactly what went into your condiments.

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blender butter
Sugar & Soul

Homemade Butter

Same here.

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blender nachos
Veggie Primer

Plant-Based Nacho Cheese Sauce

Wait, nachos don’t have to make us feel really bad about ourselves? Not when made with carrots, turnips and cashews (plus nutritional yeast for flavor).

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blender rice
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Cauliflower Rice

The pairing possibilities are endless.

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blender mushroom soup
My New Roots

Chanterelle Cream Soup

Don’t let the “cream” in the title fool you: This hearty dish is vegan.

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