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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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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.

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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.

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For a creamy mixture, let it blend.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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Pour these into a filter and start the brew.

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Blenders can do the same with whole peppercorns.

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

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

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A little green, but a sweet, healthy snack.

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

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

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