This is my thing, it is what I bring to every party, it is what I often serve when people come over. I debated not sharing this recipe! So I have one request - if you ever invite me to your house, or come to my house, or you know we are going to the same party, please do not make this dip! It's mine mine mine... but I like to share, so here is the recipe for when we are not celebrating and eating together.
The other week, I showed up at a party without it, and three people asked me 'did you bring your dip'?
This is a sweet and savory dip, that both kids and adult love. It is very hard to taste the individual ingredients, and people are usually surprised to find out what is in it! Serving it with vegetables and fruit and it is a great addition to any afternoon playdate or party menu.
If you want to make it nut free, you can use sunflower (or other) seed butter instead of nut butter.
- 1 - 1 1/4 Cups pitted dates (based on how sweet you want it), soaked 8+ hours
- 1 1/2 Cups chickpeas or white beans (1 can, drained and rinsed well)
- 1/4 Cup nut butter
- 1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/4 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons raw cacao powder
- 2 Tablespoons hemp seeds (added last for some texture)
- Optional: add some coconut flakes for variety instead of the hemp seeds
- Soak the dates for 8+ hours
- Add the dates to the food processor with the metal S blade and blend**
- Add the chickpeas and nut butter and blend more
- Add some of the liquid from the dates if needed (I always have to!)
- Add the rest of the ingredients
- Blend until smooth, and then add the hemp seeds and pulse a few times.
Put in the fridge and serve cold with fresh cut celery, carrots, cucumber,cherry tomatoes, strawberries and our favorite gluten free crackers.
Will last a couple days in the fridge, also goes great in the school lunch box with veggies to dip!
** I have also made this in my Vitamix - it comes out super smooth, but the food processor is easier to scrape every bit out with a spatula. When I use the Vitamix, I also find I have to add more liquid. It is up to you which you use, I use both depending on if I want smooth or a bit crunchy.