This may seem like a strange question - but do you love your food processor? I do! I had been wanting to buy one for years as many of the recipes that I wanted to try required a food processor, and I felt like I was missing out. When I finally did buy one, it opened up my eyes to all the things it could do. It is my new favourite toy, which I use every day.
These are my personal top 10 recipes that I make in my food processor - so far. I'm always trying more ideas, swapping over ingredients and trying to improve old recipes. Why don't you plug yours in and give it a blitz this weekend?
Ingredients: 420g can chickpeas (drained and rinsed), 1 garlic clove (chopped finely), 1 lemon (juiced), 1/4 cup Tahini, 2 Tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin and 3 Tablespoons water.
Combine Tahini and lemon juice in a food processor for 1 minute. Add olive oil, garlic and cumin to the mixture. Process for 1 minute, stopping half-way to scrape the mixture off the sides. Add half the can of chickpeas and process for 1 minute. Add the rest of the can and process for 1 minute. Add water if it gets too thick too move. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of paprika on top.
Ingredients: 1 cup granulated nuts, 15 dates, 1/4 cup sultanas, 1/4 cup cocoa, 1 Tablespoon olive oil, 2 teaspoons water and desiccated coconut.
Place all the ingredients into the food processor and blitz until thick. Take out the blade and roll tablespoon-sized balls before rolling them in coconut. Makes 10.
4/ Peanut Butter & Honey Energy Balls
Ingredients: 1 cup dates, 1 cup oats, 1/4 cup smooth and runny peanut butter, 3 Tablespoons honey, 1 Tablespoon water and 1 teaspoon vanilla essence.
Combine in the food processor and roll into balls. Makes 10.
5/ Chocolate & Chickpea Slice
Wet ingredients: 420g can of chickpeas (drained and rinsed), 1/2 cup milk, 1/3 cup peanut butter, 1 Tablespoon lemon juice and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Dry ingredients: 2 cups oats, 1/2 cup Stevia, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder and 1 cup dark choc chips.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Line a rectangle baking tin with baking paper. Mix together wet ingredients in a food processor. Add dry ingredients, except for choc chips. Add 2 Tablespoons of water to help it mix. Take off the lid, remove the blade and mix in 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. Spoon mixture into baking tin and press down firmly. Scatter remaining choc chips and press down into mixture. Cook for 25 minutes. Allow to cool in tin, before cutting up into squares. Store in an airtight container. Makes 12 - 15.
6/ Black Bean Brownies
Ingredients: 420g can of Black Beans (drained and rinsed), 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/3 cup honey, 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 Tablespoons raw sugar, 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder and 200g bag Nestle Choc Bits - Milk Chocolate.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Line a rectangle baking tin with baking paper. Combine all the ingredients (except for Choc Bits) in a food processor. Take out the blade and stir in 2/3 cup of Choc Bits. Pour into baking tin and scatter the rest of Choc Bits on top. Press them firmly down into mixture. Cook for 25 minutes or until cooked. Allow to cool in tin, then slice into squares. Makes 12.
7/ Banana Ice-Cream
Ingredients: 2 frozen bananas (cut into slices before freezing), 1 Tablespoon peanut butter, 1 Tablespoon honey and 1 Tablespoon milk.
Add the frozen bananas to your high-powered food processor and pulse. When it starts to get stuck, add in the peanut butter, a squirt of honey and milk. Blend until smooth.
Ingredients: 5 Weet-Bix, 1 cup dates, 1/2 cup unsalted cashews (or sunflower seeds), 1/2 cup desiccated coconut, 4 Tablespoons cocoa, 2 Tablespoons honey (plus one extra squirt it the mixture isn't forming) and 2 Tablespoons water. Icing: 50g milk choc buds and desiccated coconut.
Combine all the main ingredients in a food processor for a couple of minutes until it looks like it is sticking together (if it looks too crumbly, add a squirt of honey into the top). Meanwhile, line a loaf tin with baking paper and then spoon the mixture in, pressing down firmly. Melt the choc buds in the microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring each time, until completely melted. Spread over slice. Sprinkle with desiccated coconut. Set in fridge for at least 2 hours before slicing. Makes 10 small squares.
Raw Date & Weet-bix Slice
9/ Chickpea Patties
Ingredients: 420g tin of chickpeas (drained and rinsed), 2/3 cup breadcrumbs, 2 Tablespoons Tahini paste, 1 large egg, 1 teaspoon ground coriander, 1 teaspoon ground cumin and 6 spring onions, chopped.
In a food processor, add half the tin of chickpeas with the breadcrumbs, Tahini, egg, coriander and cumin. Blitz until smooth and it forms a ball. Place into a mixing bowl and add the remaining chickpeas and spring onions. Using your hands, mix until combined. Season with ground black pepper. Form the mixture into three large or 4 medium patties. Place on a plate and cover, leaving to sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Place in a frypan and cook for 5 minutes on each side until browned and cooked through.
10/ Turkey Burgers
Ingredients: 500g turkey mince, 3/4 cup breadcrumbs, 1/2 small red onion (finely chopped), 1/4 cup fresh coriander (chopped) and 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce.
Add the ingredients to the food processor, excluding the turkey mince. Blitz. Add the turkey mince last. Form into patties. Add olive oil to a frypan and cook until browned and ready in the centre. Serve on a bun with lettuce and spicy guacamole (number 2 on this list).
Did you find a recipe that you would like to try? Feel free to use these recipes as bases and experiment with your own ideas. Enjoy!