Once relegated to the back of a kitchen cabinet, the blender is having a renaissance in a big way. The smoothie trend has helped, sure, but one main reason for the rebirth of the appliance: the shift toward bitty blenders. Because they require much less muscle to maneuver — not to mention they take up much less space — mini high-speed blenders like the Magic Bullet and Nutribullet have become kitchen staples.
Plus, thanks to inventive chefs and bloggers, we’re realizing the prolific possibilities that these tools provide. When you’re ready to concoct some unique, healthy and delicious Nutribullet recipes, start with these eight options for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert.
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8 Nutribullet Recipes to Mix Up Your Meals
1. Lemon-Poppy Seed Protein Pancakes
Yes, it’s possible to enjoy a piping-hot plate of pancakes on a weekday morning! A muffin-flavored shortstack for two can be on the table in 20 minutes when you follow this healthy breakfast recipe. Blend bananas and eggs with protein powder and flour for light, fluffy and diet-friendly flapjacks. Photo and recipe: Kim Lee / Kim’s Cravings
2. Strawberry Colada Smoothie
The standard fruit and yogurt smoothie is basic blender fare, but this candy cane-hued drink is like smoothie 2.0. Using two blender cups — one for the strawberries and the other for the banana-pineapple blend — you can mix up the eye-catching swirl in a matter of minutes. Photo and recipe: Jaclyn Bell / Cooking Classy
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3. Blender Roasted Vegetable Marinara Sauce
Crank up the flavor in your Italian dinner with this simple sauce recipe. After blending, it looks like a classic marinara, but the recipe sneaks in way more veggies than your typical tomato. Onion, garlic, carrots and squash also blend in, for extra flavor and nutrition. Scoop the finished product atop noodles, zoodles or swirl it on a pizza crust before finishing with more veggies, grilled chicken and a bit of cheese. Photo and recipe: Becky Rosenthal / The Vintage Mixer
4. No-Cream Creamy Basil Spinach Soup
A high-speed blender is the secret to transform a heap of vegetables, a handful of herbs and some broth into a creamy, decadent soup. Cut this zucchini-leek recipe in half to easily process the skinny starter in a Nutribullet or Magic Bullet. Photo and recipe: Mel / Mel’s Kitchen café
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5. Easy Apple Cider Vinegar Aioli
Use your blender to whip up this small-batch aioli recipe. Simply add olive oil, a quarter cup at a time (blending between each addition), to the egg yolk, apple cider vinegar and garlic until the sauce reaches a creamy, emulsified consistency. Try this aioli as a dipping sauce for oven-fried fish or as a sandwich spread. Photo and recipe: Alison Murray / Om Nom Ally
6. Creamy Vegan Pasta with Sauteed Kale and Tomatoes
Cheese-free Alfredo sauce does exist! It may sound crazy, but it tastes crazy-amazing. Soak cashews in water overnight, blend with oil, herbs and garlic, and mix with your noodles or zoodles of choice. Now vegans and paleo devotees can partake in the pasta party, too. Photo and recipe: Lee Hersh / Fit Foodie Finds
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7. 3-Minute Key Lime Pudding
Never toss your leftover avocado again. Instead, toss together this easy dessert recipe to give it a happy home. This sweet and tangy pudding looks like it’s made the classic way with milk, sugar, cornstarch and limes, but its blended texture actually hides an avocado and an overripe banana, too. Lots more nutrition; even better flavor. Photo and recipe: Lorena / Green Healthy Cooking
8. Simple Maple Pumpkin Puree
Similar to pumpkin butter, this warmly-spiced pumpkin puree calls for a blender to evenly incorporate the maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and water (for easy spreading). Stir a spoonful into your coffee for a DIY PSL or add a dollop to your Greek yogurt or oatmeal. So good, you’ll want to make multiple batches. Photo and recipe: Jenn / Blender Happy