5 summer snacks made easy with a blender



Want to whip up some classic summer snacks with minimal effort? With a blender you can make everything from smoothies and mousses to dips, soups and spreads.

We reveal 5 amazing summertime treats and tell you how to make them…

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Want to whip up some classic summer snacks with minimal effort? With a blender you can make everything from smoothies and mousses to dips, soups and spreads.

We reveal 5 amazing summertime treats and tell you how to make them…

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1) Houmous 

Served with warm flatbread, marinated olives and diced raw vegetables, houmous is a tasty but healthy snack. Making your own is very easy with a blender, and it usually tastes much better than shop-bought varieties - you can control just how chunky it is too.

Ingredients:

• 200g/7oz canned chickpeas, drained
• 2 tbsp lemon juice
• 2 garlic cloves, crushed
• 100ml/3½fl oz tahini (optional)
• 4 tbsp water
• salt to taste
• 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 1 tsp paprika

Blend the chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, tahini, water and salt into a creamy paste. Transfer the houmous to a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with paprika. 


2) Ice cream

There's something extremely satisfying about indulging in homemade ice cream on a balmy summer's afternoon. Start off with a basic vanilla recipe and add your own flavours as you become more creative.

Ingredients:

• 60ml/2 fl oz milk
• 480g/17oz crushed ice
• 60g/2oz sugar
• 1 tsp vanilla extract

Blend all the ingredients together until the mixture is thick and creamy. Put it in the freezer and leave for 2-3 hours.


3) Gazpacho

Who says you can't have soup in summer? Gazpacho is a Spanish soup made from raw vegetables and served cold. Packed with vitamin C, it's a tasty way of getting one of your five a day.

Ingredients:

• 1 kg/2 lbs 2oz tomatoes, cored and chopped
• 1 cucumber, roughly chopped
• 1 shallot, peeled
• 2 garlic cloves, peeled

 

4) Falafel

Homemade falafels are delicious and easy to make with a blender. They're crispy balls of spiced chickpeas, traditionally served with cucumber sauce.

Ingredients:

• 1 tbsp sunflower oil
• 1 small onion, chopped
• 1 garlic clove
• 400g/14oz canned chickpeas, drained
• 1 tsp cumin
• 1 tsp coriander
• chopped parsley
• 1 egg, beaten

Method:

Roughly chop the chickpeas, spices, parsley, onion and garlic in a blender and season to taste. Avoid over-processing - you don't want it to turn into a houmous.

In a small bowl, combine the egg with the mixture and mould into 6 balls. Then flatten them into patties. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the falafels on a medium heat for 3 minutes on each side until golden brown.

Blenders for perfect falafel and houmous: You can enjoy perfect control over the consistency of your houmous or falafel with the Ninja Ultima blender. It has 10 different speed settings and powerful precision blades. Check out the Ninja Ultima

5) Smoothie

Smoothies make a refreshing breakfast drink or cooling treat on a hot summer's day. They're also a great way of getting some vitamins into your kids. Try this recipe for a basic banana smoothie, and experiment by adding your own ingredients to the mix.

Ingredients:

• 1 banana, peeled and sliced
• 240ml/½ pint milk
• Handful of ice
• 1-2 tbsp honey

Blend all the ingredients together until smooth, and transfer to a serving glass.

Blenders for perfect smoothies: With an ice-crushing function and a large 1.6 litre jug, the Kenwood kMix is perfect for making smoothies. Check out the kMix

Not ready for summer? Have a look at our range of blenders.