After a few years of debating with myself over whether or not I needed a food processor, I decided that yes, owning one was a must. Lucky for me, Santa and his elves stuck a Cuisinart under the tree for me this Christmas. And so grew my obsession with making homemade snacks, nut butters and hummus. Before I get to all the goodies I’m planning on whipping up with this bad boy, let’s take a step back.
Last summer (remember summer?! Come back now, please) I decided enough was enough when it came to shelling out $1.29 for a granola bar and set out to make my own. While the end result was totally delicious, the path to get there included three small kitchen electronics, a pretty big mess and a lot of transferring ingredients back and forth. (See the aftermath below.) It was then that I realized all these problems could have been solved by simply biting the bullet and getting a food processor.
So here we are. On the verge of food processing all the things — not to be confused with processed food. In fact, quite the opposite. One of the things I’m most excited about is using the food processor to cut out some of the processed foods I do buy. While I try my best to keep these types of foods to a minimum, sometimes you just need a Larabar or some TJs hummus. And that’s totally fine, but why not replace some of these things with homemade as time allows? Plus I’m pretty sure you’d save money in the long term. Boomshakalaka!
In case you need some food processing inspiration, I’ve gathered up a handful of recipes I’m dying to try asap… Hope you love them!
No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars (Hummusapien)
So these don’t technically need a food processor, but I’ll probably use mine anyway for the dates. Don’t they look scrumptious?
Copycat Cashew Cookie Larabars (Fit Foodie Finds)
No-Bake Cinnamon Roll Protein Bars (The Healthy Maven)
Homemade Nutella (Lexi’s Clean Kitchen)
Confession: homemade Nutella was the first thing we made in our food processor and it was wonderful. Much, much better than store bought if you ask me. Plus it makes for the perfect after work snack with some pretzels… just sayin’.
Cake Batter Cashew Butter (Edible Perspective)
This look like funfetti in a glass… seriously!
Dark Chocolate Almond Butter with Sea Salt (Ambitious Kitchen)
Just looking at all these recipes makes me hungry. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Now I must go and process things!
Speak up: Do you have a food processor? What’s your favorite thing to make with it?