Sometimes, after a long day at work, the last thing we want to do is come home and start cooking. So what’s a girl to do? Reach for a few fresh, wholesome ingredients and a blender. Yep – you read that correctly. You can make almost anything in a blender. From soup to dressing, pesto to smoothies, you can find dozens of healthy recipes that require no more effort than the push of a (blender) button. Check out these five foods to make for easy to make snacks and meals you can enjoy in minutes (or seconds!).

Raw Cookie Dough Smoothie (via The Blender Girl)

Raw Cookie Dough Smoothie

Whether you’re craving something cold and sweet as an afternoon snack or want something decadent and delicious to start your day off, this raw cookie dough super food smoothie is absolutely perfect. Made with pecans, dates, pear, and chia seeds, this smoothie is packed with fiber, fruit, and healthy fats. Indulge the nutritious way!

Easy Hummus (via Kitchen Stewardship)

easy hummus

Having spur-of-the-moment company over and need a quick fix recipe? This easy-to-make blended hummus can be ready in no time, and it’s healthy! Throw all of the ingredients in a blender, give it a quick spin, and you’re ready to go. Pair this hummus with a variety of fresh veggies or homemade pita chips for a dip that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Kale Pesto (via Creative Culinary)


If you’re looking for an easy to make semi-fancy dinner, you’ve come to the right place. Make some pasta and toss it with grilled chicken, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, and this delicious homemade kale pesto for a home cooked meal that will feel super sophisticated. Your friends and family will be impressed by this simple concoction that requires nothing more than a few ingredients and a blender.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream (via Whipped)

banana ice cream

When you’re looking for something sweet and healthy after dinner, don’t reach for a boring apple or a low-cal ice cream bar loaded with chemicals. Instead, reach for a bowl of this decadent healthy chocolate chip peanut butter banana ‘ice cream’. Made in a blender with only a few simple ingredients, this super creamy ice cream is satisfying and wholesome.

Vegan Corn and Red Pepper Soup (via Averie Cooks)

corn red pepper soup

This easy to make vegan soup is perfect for a super quick dinner any night of the week. Great for winter time or to keep in your freezer, this recipe makes plenty of soup for your friends and family to enjoy. You can serve this delicious creamy corn and red pepper soup either hot or cold and it is amazing topped with some cheesy croutons. Yum!


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Carlie is a rising senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a communication major and psychology minor with a focus in interpersonal communication. She loves working out and being outside. She also loves to cook and experiment making delicious recipes and favorite foods healthier. Her guilty pleasure is watching cartoon movies (Despicable Me is probably her favorite). Her absolute two favorite foods are peanut butter and frozen yogurt. Someday she would love to write for a food magazine or a fitness magazine. Email her with any questions about the site.