These healthy [and vegan!] food processor recipes are the reason I can’t live without my favorite appliance.
If you’ve been reading TNB for a while, you’ve probably realized I’m obsessed with my food processor. It has permanent real estate on my kitchen counter, right next to my water pitcher – that’s how essential it is. A food processor is particularly transformative for a plant-based, health-conscious kitchen. It turns cashews into cheese, dates into brownies, and cauliflower into rice, for Christ’s sake. If that’s not magic, I don’t know what is!
I’m a proud owner of this Cuisinart model. It’s roomy enough for everything I make, but not so giant that it takes up too much counter space (of which, in NYC, I have very little). It’s also pretty lightweight, should you need to store it in a cabinet and pull it out as needed.
With the holidays coming up, you may find yourself asking Santa for a food processor – or gifting one to someone you love because you’re a very, very nice person. Below are 13 of my most magical vegan food processor recipes to get excited about…
Crispy Baked Falafel Patties
Falafel patties are great in pita sandwiches, on salads, and as part of a mezze platter.
Mexican-ish Black Bean Dip
Homemade dips are a breeze in a food processor. This black bean number is creamy, tangy, and bursting with herby freshness.
The Best Vegan Pesto
Basil, cashews, miso, lemon juice, and EVOO are all you need for homemade pesto.
Cauliflower Rice Curry with Chickpeas
Homemade cauli rice is way fresher and tastier than store-bought. Just put the florets in the food processor and blitz!
Peanut-Date Energy Balls
You only need 4 whole food ingredients to make these vegan treats. Perfect for midday snacking and eating on-the-go.
Carrot Fritters with Lemon Tahini
The shredding attachment means you’ll never need to fuss with a box grater again.
Caramelized Onion Crostini
A food processor is indispensable for cashew “ricotta”, a spreadable cheese for the best vegan crostini.
“Notella” (4-Ingredient Chocolate Hazelnut Spread)
An incredibly delicious chocolate hazelnut spread made with hazelnuts, dates, cocoa powder, and salt.
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