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By Paige Green, Hy-Vee Dietitian on Thursday, December 2, 2021

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4 healthy ways to use your food processor

The food processor. This go-to kitchen gadget may be used during the holidays more than anytime of the year. Its cookie-, cake- and pie-prepping capabilities are unmatched.

Yet give the food processor some healthy credit as it can also be used to make scrumptious, low-sugar concoctions with the simple press of a button. From nut butter to cauliflower pizza crust, allow the processor to lighten the load.

Nut Butters

Turn this countertop pulverizer into a nut-butter-making machine. Add any nut you desire to the base of the processor, then mix. Watch the nuts go from whole, to meal, to clumps, and finally to the perfect creamy concoction you’re dreaming of. (Note: This process can take up to 10 minutes.) Spread nut butter on apple slices, whole-grain waffles, or simply enjoy a spoonful for a perfect sticky snack.

RECIPE: Homemade Honey Almond Butter

The Proof Is in the Pudding

Is there anything avocados don’t pair with well? Even if you aren’t fond of this creamy green fruit, you might when it’s combined with chocolate. Avocado pudding (click here for the recipe) is rich, silky, smooth and downright sinful – you’ll completely forget you’re eating so many health benefits. Avocados contribute nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. 


When cauliflower is pulsed in a food processor, it magically turns into a veggie that resembles white rice (which makes it easy to sneak into casseroles and soups without your family even noticing). Chalk that up for a veggie win!

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Who Screams for Nice Cream

Whirl up frozen bananas for a sweet dessert that doesn’t include the sugar crash. Adding some peanut butter to the processor adds a perfect touch of flavor and you won’t even question where the real stuff is.

This holiday season, be part of the process using the handy-dandy food processor for all your cooking (and baking) creations.

paigePaige Green received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management at the University of Northern Iowa in 2012. She pursued her passion for nutrition at Iowa State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics during the spring of 2015. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Paige truly sets out to educate individuals on finding a healthy balance in life and her passion for people and nutrition inspires clients of all ages. You can find Paige at the Ames Hy-Vee on Lincoln Way.