When it comes to making meal preparation easier, the culinary innovations just seem to keep on coming. From the Vitamix and the Instant Pot to the air fryer and chewable ice maker, Keeping Up with Kitchen Appliances may as well be the next new show to help us stay on top of them (Food Network, you reading?).
But today, we’re celebrating one of the OG cooking gadgets: the food processor. Practical, quick, and equally good for chopping carrots as for blending brownie batter, it may not be a novelty item, but it’s certainly a handy one. Whether you have a budget blitzer or a deluxe version with endless attachments, make the most of it with these 27 food processor recipes.
For guaranteed clump-free pancake batter, this recipe blitzes its ingredients in a food processor. Not only does the strategy yield super-soft results, but it also makes for really easy prep, so weekday pancake breakfasts can be a thing way more often.
Thanks to being pulsed in a food processor, this no-sugar-added bowl of apples, dates, and chia may have the texture of overnight oats, but there are actually zero grains in sight. Still, the combination of fresh and dried fruit, seeds, and nuts provides plenty of carbs and healthy fat to pass as a satisfying breakfast.
If you’re into the Paleo diet, chances are you always have a sweet potato on hand. Use it in this quick, filling, three-ingredient breakfast, where it’s blended with almond butter for fat and flavor. It’ll taste just like a smoothie-in-a-bowl, but will contain zero added sugar.
Grain-, dairy-, and egg-free, plus secretly stuffed with a full cup of kale, these veggie-packed powerhouses are bound together in a food processor with a healthy mix of honey and avocado. With so much goodness crammed into each serving, this recipe totally justifies eating cookies for breakfast.
You don’t have to turn on the stove, the toaster, or the oven for this recipe. All you need is a food processor and a sheet pan to make these fiber-filled bars—that taste like Rice Krispies treats, but way healthier—happen.
Don’t let that oatmeal-like appearance fool you. This porridge is very much Paleo-friendly and vegan, made from a protein-rich blend of coconut, seeds, nut butter, and apples. Just like regular porridge, you can make it as creamy or chunky as you’d like, depending on how much nondairy milk you add.
Dips and Sauces
Turn up the beet—literally—on snack time by replacing your regular tub of hummus with this radiant red version. Not only does puréeing beets into the mix lend some pretty awesome color to the usually beige dip, it also provides an easy extra serving of veggies.
For an even creamier alternative to chickpeas, try putting cannellini beans at the base of your dip. This recipe blends them up with artichokes and lots of lemons, giving you a flavor-filled, scoopable appetizer when regular hummus just won’t cut it.