I Love My Food Processor More Than My Blender — Here Are the 26 Healthy Recipes I Make
I know, I know. Everyone is obsessed with their high-speed blender. But not me — I'm on team food processor! I find I can make everything that a blender can make, plus even more recipes that a blender isn't great for (scooping nut butter out of the bottom of a blade-infested blender is an ER trip waiting to happen). From desserts to pasta to snacks, here are the healthy, plant-based recipes I make using my beloved food processor.
Whip up these chewy chocolate vegan protein bars at home. They're egg-free and cheaper, too!
Get the recipe: Vegan RXBars
Got an insatiable sweet tooth, but you're trying to cut back on processed sugar? Head to your kitchen and bake these right now! Just throw the ingredients in your food processor and you can make these as chunky or smooth as you want, depending on how long you let the machine run.
Get the recipe: flour-free, sugar-free cookies
Cauliflower Rice and Beans
Use a food processor to make cauliflower rice for this lower-carb, yet filling dinner.
Get the recipe: cauliflower rice and beans
A traditional melt-in-your mouth, decadent pudding recipe is made with white sugar, whole milk, egg yolks, and butter — definitely not the healthiest dessert, but man, is it delicious! Make a healthier dairy-free chocolate pudding.
Get the recipe: dairy-free chocolate pudding
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Protein Balls
Made with just five ingredients, these vegan protein balls remind me of a Reese's.
Get the recipe: chocolate chip peanut butter protein balls
Oat Banana Bread
I use a food processor to grind oats to make oat flour for this delicious, hearty banana bread recipe.
Get the recipe: gluten-free banana bread
Vegan Chocolate Salted Caramels
No candy thermometer needed! These babies couldn't be easier to whip up. Just place sunflower seeds, dates, and sea salt in a food processor. Press the mixture into a pan, freeze, then top with melted chocolate and a sprinkle of pink sea salt.
Get the recipe: chocolate salted caramels
Vegan Tofu Lasagna
Since I don't eat dairy, I swap regular ricotta in my lasagna recipe for homemade tofu ricotta. Just add tofu to a food processor, and a pinch of garlic powder, a dash of sea salt, and some basil, then puree until smooth and creamy. Sometimes I add spinach and Trader Joe's vegan pesto for added flavor. This dairy-free version has totally fooled my lasagna-loving family and friends!
Get the recipe: vegan lasagna
Pumpkin Spice Cashew Butter
If you've never tasted freshly made nut butter, warm from being made in a food processor, you haven't lived! It tastes so much fresher and you can make it more fancy by using a mix of nuts and seeds instead of just peanuts or almonds. You can also add spices, vanilla, or cocoa powder for extra flavor.
Get the recipe: pumpkin spice cashew butter
Skip the saturated fat and cholesterol you'll find in regular cheesecake and make this healthier version made with soaked raw cashews.
Get the recipe: vegan cheesecake
Since pesto is made with parmesan, I make my own using avocado, fresh basil, garlic, and lemon juice. It gets so incredibly creamy thanks to the magic of the food processor.
Get the recipe: avocado pesto
Vegan Almond Joys
Make these Almond Joys and Mounds at home — all you need is a few ingredients and a food processor. It's easy, I swear!
Get the recipe: Almond Joys
Pumpkin Pie Bars
If you're a fan of Larabars, make different variations at home using your food processor. These pumpkin pie bars are made with cashews, dates, and spices. I like to make a batch to keep in the fridge for snacks or dessert.
Get the recipe: pumpkin pie bars
Black Bean Brownies
These bite-sized brownies are made with black beans, but you can't detect them at all — the food processor gives the beans a creamy, smooth texture.
Get the recipe: black bean brownies
Skip the oats and use a food processor to make cauliflower rice for this sweet and creamy, must-try breakfast.
Get the recipe: cauliflower porridge
Chocolate Raspberry Protein Balls
Soft, creamy, and chocolaty, these protein balls are dusted with powdered freeze-dried raspberries (ground in a food processor), giving them a gorgeous, bright look and a bold, fruity flavor that complements the chocolate perfectly.
Get the recipe: chocolate raspberry protein balls
Vegan Mac and Cheese
For a warm, comforting bowl of mac and cheese, I love to make this dairy-free creamy cheesy sauce in my food processor made with cashews, cooked carrots, and cannellini beans.
Get the recipe: creamy cheesy sauce
Chocolate Almond Protein Bars
These bars are vegan and made with just five ingredients (plus salt and cinnamon for flavor), and come together in less than 20 minutes.
Get the recipe: chocolate almond protein bars
For a satisfying, spoonable breakfast or healthy dessert, use a food processor to make a thick and sweet smoothie bowl. Adding healthy fats like avocado, nut butter, and seeds, and a protein source such as tofu, beans, or protein powder makes it even more filling.
Get the recipe: smoothie bowl
Vegan Stuffed Shells
The filling for these stuffed shells is made with tofu, spinach, and garlic so they're dairy-free — they totally fooled my husband!
Get the recipe: vegan stuffed shells
Pumpkin Pie Pudding
If you're more in the mood for pumpkin pie flavor, this pudding recipe substitutes silken tofu for heavy cream.
Get the recipe: pumpkin pie pudding
Just throw everything into a food processor, press into a pan, pop it in the fridge to firm, and within an hour you'll be biting into these decadent, delicious brownies.
Get the recipe: no-bake brownies
Black Bean Hummus
Nothing beats the fresh flavor of homemade hummus. It's easy to make if you have a food processor, and you can get creative with the ingredients. This spicy hummus is made with black bean instead of chickpeas.
Get the recipe: spicy black bean hummus