The powerful, compact Nutribullet is a popular blender among health-conscious cooks. You are probably familiar with the Nutribullet’s ability to whip up a wholesome smoothie, but what else can you use a Nutribullet for? We’ve researched the diverse uses of a blender to get the answer for you.
Use the Nutribullet to:
- Purée fruits, vegetables, soups, and sauces.
- Liquify fruits, vegetables, yogurt, and nut butters.
- Froth milk.
- Blend smoothies, shakes, cocktails, and punch.
- Emulsify dressings and sauces.
- Grind coffee beans, nuts, herbs, and seeds.
- Mill grains and spices.
If you still have some lingering questions about the Nutribullet's capabilities, don't worry. Keep reading, and we’ll divulge how to put the Nutribullet to use in your kitchen.
Can You Use The Nutribullet As A Food Processor?
Blenders and food processors are designed for different uses. The Nutribullet is a blender designed to liquefy ingredients, so it isn't suitable as a food processor. Let’s take a look at how each appliance works and the best ways to use each in your kitchen.
How Blenders Work
A blender’s powerful motor turns an extractor blade in order to change the consistency of foods. Extractor blades are not terribly sharp, but the spinning motion of the four-pronged blade creates a vortex of fluid and air inside of the blender’s cup.
Ingredients are sucked downward through the center of the vortex toward the extractor blade. Rapidly pulverized by the blade, crushed bits of food at the base of the blender are forced outward and recirculate into the vortex for repeated encounters with the blade until you stop the blender.
The tall, narrow shape of the blender cup is designed for liquids so that ingredients do not overflow.
How Food Processors Work
A food processor’s motor turns a flat, disc-shaped blade to quickly change the consistency of foods. The razor-sharp blade rotates beneath dry ingredients that are either pressed directly onto the blade via a feeding-chute or repeatedly tossed over the blade via circulating airflow in the bowl.
Because the food processor bowl is shallow, liquids can easily overflow the sides and seep over the top of the blade shaft to create a mess beneath the base of the bowl.
Because you do not add liquid when you process foods, the final result is textured. Use a food processor to make chunky salsas, pasty pesto, thinly sliced vegetables, robust dips, and shredded cheese. You can also knead dough for pizza, bread, and rolls with the optional dough blade.
Food processors come equipped with multiple interchangeable blades to slice, shred, and julienne foods. Optional attachments include a dough blade and a French fry blade.
Can You Use The Nutribullet As A Juicer?
Although the Nutribullet does liquify foods and blend beverages, it cannot be used as a juicer. Simply put, the Nutribullet is a blender. There is one fundamental difference between a blender and a juicer: pulp.
Blenders Make Smoothies
Blenders do a great job of pulverizing fruits and vegetables into a soft, mushy consistency. Adding liquid as you blend transforms the finished product into a thick, yet drinkable smoothie. But blenders do not remove the remaining pulp or bits of ground seeds from the mix.
Juicers Extract Juice
Juicers extract fruit and vegetable juices by a process of pulverizing, squeezing, and straining the ingredients. Without adding any liquid, the finished product from a juicer is thin and pure, ready to drink.
Nutribullet vs. Juicer — The Pros & Cons
Choosing between a Nutribullet and juicer for your kitchen depends on how you intend to use either appliance. If you are looking for a glass of freshly squeezed juice every time, a juicer is for you. If you are looking for a multipurpose appliance, the Nutribullet is the way to go.
- The Nutribullet will extract nutrients from all parts of raw foods to produce edible and drinkable products. A juicer extracts juice to consume, and the remaining bits of raw foods are discarded.
- As a multipurpose appliance, the Nutribullet can also purée, emulsify, and grind various foods. A juicer can make juice.
- The Nutribullet is easy to clean. Simply hand wash the blade in warm, sudsy water and toss the cup and lid into the dishwasher on the top rack. Cleaning a juicer is tedious. Juicers must be disassembled and all bits of pulp, seeds, and peels need to be cleared from the strainer by hand-washing using a tiny brush.
- Streamlined design means the lightweight Nutribullet takes up little space either on the countertop or in a cupboard. As a standing appliance, the cumbersome juicer is not easily removed from the cupboard for frequent use. Juicers need ample countertop space.
Can You Use The Nutribullet Without Liquid?
The Nutribullet can be used without liquid only when using one of the optional two-pronged blades. Aptly named, both the milling blade and grinding blade can be used dry for spices, herbs, coffee beans, nuts, grains, and seeds.
Use a short duration blend or pulse for a coarse grind. The longer you blend, the finer the grind. Be careful not to run Nutribullet’s motor for longer than recommended by the manufacturer, because without pausing, it can overheat.
Blend a spreadable almond butter using freshly milled almonds.
Can You Use The Nutribullet For Smoothies?
Smoothies are the Nutribullet’s specialty. In fact, this simplistic blender was designed specifically to extract the nutrients from whole foods by breaking down all of the components like tough peels, woody stems, and hardy seeds.
Your body quickly and easily digests blended foods so you benefit from highly absorbent, extracted nutrients in the form of a drinkable, delicious smoothie.
What’s your flavor? The Nutribullet’s extractor blade effortlessly blends fruits and vegetables like berries, citrus, bananas, leafy greens, beets, avocados, and so much more.
Simply pick your produce, and prep by thoroughly washing and chopping coarsely. The extractor blade will grind through seeds, but large pits should be removed prior to blending.
Want to add wholesome protein? Use the Nutribullet’s milling blade to prepare finely ground nuts, seeds, and spices. Prepare ahead of time to add a healthy dash of milled pumpkin seeds, pistachios, sesame seeds, cashews, nutmeg, anise, and others to your smoothie.
Finally, add a liquid and/or nut butter for an ultimately smooth, nutritious drink. The Nutribullet blends either dairy milk, soy milk, coconut milk, yogurt, water, or ice into your primary ingredients to create a creamy smoothie.
Get a smooth start, check out Nutribullet’s luxurious Carrot Cake Smoothie.
Can You Use The Nutribullet For Protein Shakes?
Did you know that both men and women should get between 10% and 35% of your daily caloric intake from protein?
Although protein is an essential nutrient, our bodies do not actually make it. We need to get protein from our diet. It is time-consuming to cook protein-rich foods in-between a hectic schedule. The Nutribullet makes it easy for you to get a sufficient dose of protein and stay on the go.
Using the Nutribullet, blend natural ingredients to make a protein shake within minutes. Add protein-rich foods like peas, soybeans, tofu, milled nuts, milled seeds, nut butters, and supplemental protein powder to your shakes and smoothies.
For an exhilarating boost of energy, try Nutribullet’s Chia Zucchini Protein Supreme.
Can You Use The Nutribullet To Grind Coffee Beans?
If you want an eye-opening experience, start using the Nutribullet to make your morning coffee from freshly ground, whole coffee beans. Use either the milling blade or the flat blade to grind coffee beans.
Whip up a quick, pick-me-up shake using the Nutribullet by adding coffee as an ingredient. Make sure to let freshly brewed coffee cool before adding it to the blender. Sip on this Hazelnut Mocha Shake to put a little pep into your next steps.
Can You Use The Nutribullet To Make Baby Food?
Because the Nutribullet does purée foods, it can be used to make baby food. You might consider purchasing the Nutribullet Baby blender that has been specifically designed to prepare, serve, and store baby food.
Nutribullet Baby is equipped with Nutribullet’s durable motor and extractor blade. Blend in the batch bowl, then serve baby from the short cup (with lid). Fill six storage cups (with tray) from your batch. Freeze baby food for longer-term storage in the freezer tray (with lid). All plastic-ware is top shelf dishwasher safe.
Once you start using the Nutribullet, you won’t want to stop! Check out our blogs for helpful food serving tips and food storage ideas for your blends.