I don’t know about you ladies, but I’m all about easy, delicious holiday recipes that don’t take up a lot of time, or create stress. You can still have delicious holiday recipes made right in your own home, without the need for hours over the stove, or resorting to buying all pre-made dishes. There is a middle ground, and it all lies within the amazing container called your blender! Ah, where was my life without a high powered blender? The Blendtec Blender is my personal blender of choice, but you can make any of these recipes in any blender you have on hand. Though recipes turn out better in a high speed performance blender such as a Blendtec, I’ve chosen 9 holiday recipes you can make in any blender you already have. You’d be surprised how many delicious holiday recipes you can make all with just a few whirls in the blender! Enjoy!
1. Holiday Hollandaise Sauce
Hollandaise sauce is one of the most famous holiday recipes many people enjoy during this festive time of year, and you can easily make it in your blender. Whether you’re enjoying this on hot biscuits, a meat entree, or as a sauce for dipping, this is one of the most simple holiday recipes in a blender to make.
Serves: 6 servings
½ cup butter
¼ tsp. dijon or regular mustard
1 tbsp. lemon juice
½ tsp. Tabasco or your favorite hot sauce
3 egg yolks
Directions: In your blender, add al the ingredients except the butter. Cover and blend for about 5 seconds. Next, put the butter in a glass measuring cup like a Pyrex cup, and heat it in the microwave for 1 minute. It should be completely melted and hot at this point. Turn your blender to high speed and pour the butter into the egg mixture in your blender as it’s blending, in a thin, slow stream. It will start to thicken immediately. Keep the sauce warm until serving by placing the blender container in a pan of hot tap water, or you can put it in a dish and put the dish in a small pan of hot tap water until serving.
2. Cranberry Orange Smoothie
One of the best flavors during the holidays is cranberries. When combined with bright, citrusy orange flavors, cranberry’s tart taste just shines. Make this simple smoothie recipe as a breakfast treat, or afternoon treat during the holiday season. It’s sure to please whatever party you’re catering to!
1 cup plain orange juice
1 cup frozen or fresh cranberries
1 ½ cups of plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tbsp. your favorite sweetener like honey, maple syrup, or 5 drops of liquid stevia
2 frozen bananas
½ cup ice
Add all the ingredients to your blender and blend on low, then high for about 30 seconds. When it’s nice and thick with a frosty appearance, you’re ready to serve! Consider garnishing your glasses with a few orange slices for a pretty appeal.
3. Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Who doesn’t love pumpkin pie, right? Well, try making it in your blender for a twist on the original! This pumpkin pie smoothie is just brimming with delicious ingredients and offers a sweet, yet hearty taste, just like the pie. Enjoy this as a breakfast treat, or even for dessert!
1 cup of plain Greek yogurt
1 cup plain canned pumpkin puree, or fresh pumpkin
2 tbsp. honey ( or sub in your favorite sweetener)
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ a frozen banana
1 cup ice cubes
Add all the ingredients to your blender, and blend on low, then high for a minute or so, until nice and frosty. It should be thick, much like ice cream somewhat, due to the pumpkin and banana’s plumping feature. Serve with a spoon and enjoy!
4. Raw Cranberry Sauce
If you’re a fan of raw food, this recipe is for you! You can also heat this up if you’d like your cranberry sauce warm, but it’s perfect to use right out of the blender, with no cooking at all.
½ cup of fresh squeezed orange juice
1 sweet apple ( Gala or Fuji), cored and quartered
1 orange, peeled and cut in half, seeds removed
1 cup of dates, about 10 pitted
2 cups fresh cranberries.
Directions: Add all the ingredients to your blender and blend on low for about 30 seconds, then progress to high for 15 more seconds. Serve anywhere you would use your cranberry sauce, or heat it in a saucepan for about 2 minutes to serve warm.
5. Holiday Fruit Crisp
Who doesn’t love a warm fruit crisp this time of year? It was always one of my mom’s specialties, and everyone we knew always requested it. Well, if you’d like to make one yourself, how about giving it a go in the blender? This is a simple dish to make, and full of yummy ingredients. It also gives you some freedom to use whatever fruits you have on hand, or prefer.
½ cup of plain apple juice
½ tsp. guar gum or arrowroot powder ( to thicken)
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
½ tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
8 pieces of fruit ( either peaches, pears or apples, or a mix)- peeled, pitted and quartered
2 cups raw almonds, unsalted
½ tsp. sea salt
2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
⅓ cup your choice sweetener like coconut sugar, baking stevia, plain brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, etc.
Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F. Add apple juice, guar gum or arrrowroot powder, lemon juice, and ginger to 8- or 9-inch square baking dish and stir together. Add your fruit of choice to the baking dish, and toss it in the juice mixture. Add the almonds, salt, oil and sweetener to your blender and secure the lid. Blend on low for 25 seconds. Sprinkle this topping over fruit mixture in the baking dish and cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 5–10 minutes or until top is golden brown and bubbly.
6. Apple Compote
Hot apple compote is another one of my mom’s specialties in our home each year, and you can easily make this in your blender and then just bake away! It is great served with ice cream and is a great twist on the original apple pie most of us are accustomed to.
8 apples, cored, and quartered
2 tbsp. coconut sugar or brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
¼ cup non-roasted pecans or halves
3 tbsp. orange juice
1 tbsp. honey or maple syrup
pinch of nutmeg or cloves
Directions: Add half of your apple slices to your blender and pulse about 10 times. Pour this into a medium saucepan. Then add the rest of the apples and all the other ingredients to your blender and secure the lid. Pulse 10 more times and add this mixture into the same saucepan. Cook on low heat for 20-25 minutes or until the apple pieces are soft and the mixture is nice and thick. Serve with your favorite ice cream.
7. Cranberry VINAIGRETTE Dressing
Try serving a huge fresh salad this holiday alongside all the heavier dishes most of us sit down to. If you’re a healthy eater, be sure to make enough for everyone and it will be sure to be a hit, especially with this delicious dressing. It’s sweet, tangy and perfect for the holidays.
Serves: 2 cups
⅔ cup of fresh or frozen cranberries
¼ cup your choice sweetener
½ cup of vinegar( white wine, red wine or white)
1 tsp. your favorite mustard, preferably Dijon
¼ cup fresh orange juice or plain
pinch of salt
¾ cup of light olive oil or canola oil
Directions: Combine the cranberries, sweetener, and vinegar in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until the cranberries start to pop, which should take about 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and sit aside to cool for at least 10 minutes. Place the mixture into your blender and add the mustard, OJ, salt and pepper. Blend on low and increase to high for about 20 seconds. Turn the blender back to low and stop the blender. Drizzle the oil into the mixture in the blender and then blend on low again for a few seconds until completely emulsified. Serve over a fresh bed of greens with perhaps some pears, feta or goat cheese, and walnuts or pecans.
Making simple holiday blender recipes is so simple, and I hope you’ll give them a try. You can literally mix any batter in your blender, along with soups and stews for whatever you’re making. Have you ever used your blender to make holiday recipes?