If you think your mini food processor is just good for chopping onions or making quick sauces, think again! As someone who spends a lot of time experimenting in the kitchen, I can tell you there are a million and one ways to use it.
Need a few examples?
I’m talking about things like:
- Chocolate truffles
- Energy bites
- Fruit jams
- Mango relish
- Vegan cheese
- Gazpacho and the list goes on and on!
In this guide, I’ve compiled 26 genius (and my favorite!) ways to use a mini food processor that will change the way you look at this compact but mighty tool.
Let’s get started!
Homemade Nut Butter
Process nuts like almonds, cashews, or peanuts until they turn into smooth, creamy butter. Add a touch of honey, cinnamon, or salt for flavor.
Savory Spice Blends
Create your own spice mixes by grinding whole spices. Mixes like garam masala, taco seasoning, or a coffee rub for meats can be made fresh in minutes.
Turn cauliflower or broccoli into ‘rice’ by pulsing them in the food processor. It is a great low-carb alternative to traditional rice and an excellent way to add more veggies to your diet.
Blend fresh herbs like basil, rosemary, or thyme with olive oil for a flavorful infusion. You can use these oils in salad dressings, marinades, or as a finishing touch on dishes.
Blend frozen fruits like berries, mango, or banana until smooth for an easy, healthy dessert. You can add a bit of honey or maple syrup for sweetness if needed.
Quickly chop tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and jalapeños for a fresh and zesty salsa. Perfect for parties or as a snack with tortilla chips.
Blend dates, cocoa powder, and nuts to create a base for healthy chocolate truffles. Roll them in coconut, nuts, or cocoa powder for finishing.
Process stale bread to make breadcrumbs. You can add garlic powder, dried herbs, and olive oil for extra flavor. These are great for coatings or as a topping for casseroles and soups.
Make your own baby food by pureeing cooked vegetables, fruits, or meats. This way, you can ensure your baby is eating fresh and wholesome meals.
Gourmet Hummus Variations
Beyond traditional hummus, experiment with flavors like roasted red pepper, beet, or avocado. Just blend chickpeas with tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and your choice of added ingredients.
Whipped Feta Dip
Blend feta cheese with a bit of cream or yogurt to create a smooth, tangy dip. Add herbs or spices for extra flavor. This is great for vegetables, crackers, or as a spread on sandwiches.
Make a quick pesto by blending basil, garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil. It’s perfect for pasta, as a sandwich spread, or drizzled over roasted vegetables.
Flavored Cream Cheeses
Whip up your own flavored cream cheese by blending plain cream cheese with ingredients like smoked salmon, dill, chives, or sun-dried tomatoes.
Mirepoix or Sofrito
A mini food processor can finely chop onions, carrots, and celery (mirepoix) or onions, peppers, and tomatoes (sofrito) to use as a flavor base for soups, stews, and sauces.
Fresh Fruit Jams
Create small batches of jam by blending fresh fruits, a bit of sugar, and lemon juice. These homemade jams lack preservatives and can be customized to your taste.
Blend tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, and herbs for a refreshing cold soup, perfect for hot summer days.
Combine oats, peanut butter, honey, and your choice of mix-ins, like chocolate chips or dried fruit, to make energy bites. These are great for a quick snack or breakfast on the go.
Homemade Spice Pastes
Create spice pastes like curry paste, harissa, or adobo by blending fresh herbs, spices, and aromatics. These pastes can be used to marinate meats, flavor stews, or as a base for sauces.
Blend coarse sea salt with dried herbs, citrus zest, or even dried edible flowers to create your own gourmet flavored salts. Perfect for adding a unique touch to dishes or offering as a gift.
Vegetable Patties or Fritters
Process vegetables like zucchini, carrots, or sweet potatoes along with herbs and spices to create a base for veggie patties or fritters.
Chutneys and Relishes
Make your own chutneys or relishes using fruits like mangoes or tomatoes, adding vinegar, sugar, and spices for a balance of sweet, sour, and spicy flavors.
DIY Almond Flour or Meal
Grind almonds until they reach a fine, flour-like consistency. This is great for gluten-free baking or as a healthy alternative to breadcrumbs.
Fresh Fruit Coulis
Puree fresh berries or other fruits to make a smooth coulis. This can be drizzled over desserts, pancakes, or mixed into yogurt.
Whip up quick marinades for meats or vegetables by blending together ingredients like soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and citrus juices.
Nut-based Vegan Cheese
Blend soaked nuts like cashews with nutritional yeast, lemon juice, and spices to create a creamy, vegan cheese alternative.
Mousse and Whipped Desserts
Make small batches of chocolate mousse or fruit-based whipped desserts by blending ingredients until smooth and creamy.
What Will You Make First?
A mini food processor is a versatile tool, one that I use almost every day. Most days, it just helps me chop up my fruits and veggies or whip up quick sauces, but every now and then, I want to try something new.
This list is the result of my experiments, and it’s full of delicious things you probably never thought of making. From flavored cream cheeses to herb-infused oils and salts, I hope you found something that sparked culinary creativity within you!