If you’ve recently transitioned into a plant-based or vegan lifestyle and are looking to learn all about the wonders of vegan cooking, you may be on the hunt for some kitchen appliances that will help make your transition just that much simpler. If we had to pick just one appliance that every vegan foodie needs, it has definitely got to be the humble food processor.
There is more than meets the eye with this must-have kitchen gadget and today we’ll look at 5 amazing reasons as to why food processors are a must-have appliance for vegan cooks, so keep on reading to find out more!
1. Prepping Vegetables Has Never Been This Simple
As a vegan, chances are you’ll be spending a lot of time preparing a variety of different fruit and vegetables for your meals. If you’re more of a junk food vegan, we bear no judgement! However, if fresh and healthy meals are your go to, a food processor is the best way to cut down preparation time by more than half. Most food processors come with a number of attachments such as a shredder, slicer and so on, making it easier than ever to shred a whole head of cabbage in seconds. Hello delicious vegan coleslaw!
2. Create Healthy Dessert In Seconds
A food processor is the king of kitchen appliances for anyone who is looking to create delicious, healthy plant-based desserts. If you’re a chocolate fiend, all you need is a handful of ingredients – an Avocado, Dark Chocolate and Maple Syrup – that your trusty food processor will be able to turn into a diving Chocolate Pudding in a matter of seconds!
Some other healthy desserts that you can prepare in a food processor include Banana “Nice Cream”, Smoothie Bowls, Vegan Bliss Balls and Granola/Muesli Bars that are sure to keep that sweet tooth at bay!
3. Wow Your Friends With Raw Cheesecakes and Tarts!
Raw and Vegan Cheesecake have gained a cult-like following over the last few years thanks to the sheer simplicity behind them in terms of both ingredients and preparation. Most raw cheesecakes are made with just a handful of ingredients including Cashews, Agave Nectar, Coconut Oil and frozen fruit, making them not just impressive but also a much healthier alternative to dairy and egg based cheesecakes. Why not try this Raw Vegan Cherry Cheesecake or No-Bake Lemon Tart for your next birthday party or gathering and see if anyone can tell the difference!
4. Create Amazing Vegan Cheese
Take a trip to the supermarket and you’ll probably be amazed at just how expensive vegan cheese can be. Thankfully, all you need is a food processor to create affordable, delicious and healthy vegan cheese in your very own kitchen. With just a few ingredients, you’ll be able to make amazing Vegan Mozzarella, Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce or even some yummy Tofu Ricotta that is amazing in any homemade pasta dish. The great thing about making your own vegan cheese is that not only can you control exactly how much salt you use, but you’ll be saving hundreds of dollars each year on a vegan staple that you’ll be able to customise to your personal taste and preferences.
5. Be The Master Of Your Own Nut Butters
Last but not least, we need to talk about nut butters. Whether you’re a Peanut Butter, Almond Butter or fancy Pistachio Butter lover, we can all agree that the majority of store-bought nut butters contain a lot more than just nuts. Many commercial nut butters contain added sugars, additives, preservatives and palm oil that do more harm than good for our bodies.
Thankfully, with a food processor, all you need is a few cups of roasted nuts and salt to create the silkiest healthy homemade nut butters ever. Learn to make your own Peanut Butter or do something a bit different by whipping up a hearty Walnut Butter or – better yet – everyone’s favourite Chocolate Hazelnut Butter.
And there you have it — 5 incredible reasons for any vegan or plant-based foodie to have a trusty food processor in the kitchen. You’ll be amazed at the number of recipes and dishes you’ll be able to make with the help of a food processor, and we hope that this article has inspired you to head out and purchase one of your own! We promise you won’t regret it!