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Blending outside the box

Guacamole

Guacamole

Guacamole

Whipped cream

Chocolate frosting

Mayonnaise

Pancake batter

Nut flour

Nut butter

Coffee beans

Coffee beans

Peppercorns

Shredded cheese

Applesauce

Applesauce

Ice cream

Ice cream

Turns out, high-powered blenders are more than just smoothie makers. Here are 12 extracurriculars you can task them with. Click through for lots of blender possibilities; no other appliances required.

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Blending outside the box

Guacamole

Guacamole

Guacamole

Whipped cream

Chocolate frosting

Mayonnaise

Pancake batter

Nut flour

Nut butter

Coffee beans

Coffee beans

Peppercorns

Shredded cheese

Applesauce

Applesauce

Ice cream

Ice cream

Blenders can make it easy to fix a good guac. Save yourself the hassle of chopping the onions and tomatoes. The blender can do that for you.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Blending outside the box

Guacamole

Guacamole

Guacamole

Whipped cream

Chocolate frosting

Mayonnaise

Pancake batter

Nut flour

Nut butter

Coffee beans

Coffee beans

Peppercorns

Shredded cheese

Applesauce

Applesauce

Ice cream

Ice cream

I recommend starting off on a slow speed. It helps the blender catch all the ingredients and leaves you time to stop if you want a chunkier guac.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Blending outside the box

Guacamole

Guacamole

Guacamole

Whipped cream

Chocolate frosting

Mayonnaise

Pancake batter

Nut flour

Nut butter

Coffee beans

Coffee beans

Peppercorns

Shredded cheese

Applesauce

Applesauce

Ice cream

Ice cream

For a creamy mixture, let it blend.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Blending outside the box

Guacamole

Guacamole

Guacamole

Whipped cream

Chocolate frosting

Mayonnaise

Pancake batter

Nut flour

Nut butter

Coffee beans

Coffee beans

Peppercorns

Shredded cheese

Applesauce

Applesauce

Ice cream

Ice cream

Blenders are more graceful than I initially thought. With a little sugar and vanilla, most blenders successfully can aerate cream into a frothy whip capable of holding a shape.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Katie Pilkington/CNET

Blending outside the box

Guacamole

Guacamole

Guacamole

Whipped cream

Chocolate frosting

Mayonnaise

Pancake batter

Nut flour

Nut butter

Coffee beans

Coffee beans

Peppercorns

Shredded cheese

Applesauce

Applesauce

Ice cream

Ice cream

Take advantage of that whipping power by mixing cream, chocolate, sugar, vanilla and butter together for a delicious cake topper.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Blending outside the box

Guacamole

Guacamole

Guacamole

Whipped cream

Chocolate frosting

Mayonnaise

Pancake batter

Nut flour

Nut butter

Coffee beans

Coffee beans

Peppercorns

Shredded cheese

Applesauce

Applesauce

Ice cream

Ice cream

You can even whip eggs and oil into something you'd be happy to spread on your sandwich.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Blending outside the box

Guacamole

Guacamole

Guacamole

Whipped cream

Chocolate frosting

Mayonnaise

Pancake batter

Nut flour

Nut butter

Coffee beans

Coffee beans

Peppercorns

Shredded cheese

Applesauce

Applesauce

Ice cream

Ice cream

In addition to smoothies, blenders can help make a sweeter breakfast by mixing your pancake batter.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Blending outside the box

Guacamole

Guacamole

Guacamole

Whipped cream

Chocolate frosting

Mayonnaise

Pancake batter

Nut flour

Nut butter

Coffee beans

Coffee beans

Peppercorns

Shredded cheese

Applesauce

Applesauce

Ice cream

Ice cream

Turn up the speed, and high-powered blenders can really impress. Many were able to turn whole almonds into powdery flour in no time.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Ry Crist/CNET

Blending outside the box

Guacamole

Guacamole

Guacamole

Whipped cream

Chocolate frosting

Mayonnaise

Pancake batter

Nut flour

Nut butter

Coffee beans

Coffee beans

Peppercorns

Shredded cheese

Applesauce

Applesauce

Ice cream

Ice cream

Keep the blades to that nut flour -- the best blenders will break it all the way down into an almond butter.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Andrew Gebhart/CNET

Blending outside the box

Guacamole

Guacamole

Guacamole

Whipped cream

Chocolate frosting

Mayonnaise

Pancake batter

Nut flour

Nut butter

Coffee beans

Coffee beans

Peppercorns

Shredded cheese

Applesauce

Applesauce

Ice cream

Ice cream

If you don't have a burr grinder but want a quick way to pulverize whole beans for a fresh brew, your blender can come through for you.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Blending outside the box

Guacamole

Guacamole

Guacamole

Whipped cream

Chocolate frosting

Mayonnaise

Pancake batter

Nut flour

Nut butter

Coffee beans

Coffee beans

Peppercorns

Shredded cheese

Applesauce

Applesauce

Ice cream

Ice cream

Pour these into a filter and start the brew.

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Blending outside the box

Guacamole

Guacamole

Guacamole

Whipped cream

Chocolate frosting

Mayonnaise

Pancake batter

Nut flour

Nut butter

Coffee beans

Coffee beans

Peppercorns

Shredded cheese

Applesauce

Applesauce

Ice cream

Ice cream

Blenders can do the same with whole peppercorns.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Blending outside the box

Guacamole

Guacamole

Guacamole

Whipped cream

Chocolate frosting

Mayonnaise

Pancake batter

Nut flour

Nut butter

Coffee beans

Coffee beans

Peppercorns

Shredded cheese

Applesauce

Applesauce

Ice cream

Ice cream

Some blenders include unique attachments. The Oster Versa actually lets you shred cheese.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Colin West McDonald/CNET

Blending outside the box

Guacamole

Guacamole

Guacamole

Whipped cream

Chocolate frosting

Mayonnaise

Pancake batter

Nut flour

Nut butter

Coffee beans

Coffee beans

Peppercorns

Shredded cheese

Applesauce

Applesauce

Ice cream

Ice cream

Ideally, I should have peeled these apples. Fortunately, the blender still made the applesauce taste just fine.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Blending outside the box

Guacamole

Guacamole

Guacamole

Whipped cream

Chocolate frosting

Mayonnaise

Pancake batter

Nut flour

Nut butter

Coffee beans

Coffee beans

Peppercorns

Shredded cheese

Applesauce

Applesauce

Ice cream

Ice cream

A little green, but a sweet, healthy snack.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Blending outside the box

Guacamole

Guacamole

Guacamole

Whipped cream

Chocolate frosting

Mayonnaise

Pancake batter

Nut flour

Nut butter

Coffee beans

Coffee beans

Peppercorns

Shredded cheese

Applesauce

Applesauce

Ice cream

Ice cream

For a less healthy, but more coveted snack, your blender can actually make great ice cream.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Blending outside the box

Guacamole

Guacamole

Guacamole

Whipped cream

Chocolate frosting

Mayonnaise

Pancake batter

Nut flour

Nut butter

Coffee beans

Coffee beans

Peppercorns

Shredded cheese

Applesauce

Applesauce

Ice cream

Ice cream

With ice cubes, vanilla, sugar and milk, we made a tasty dessert.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Tyler Lizenby/CNET
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