This wonderful dip is 100% paleo despite the creaminess. It is also dairy and gluten-free, raw and vegan to boot. And it tastes incredibly delicious!
This is what I served the other day in the packed lunches… I love serving dips in the kids lunches because research has shown that it is a good way of getting your kids to eat more veggies… all I can say is that having seen what they bring back from school, it WORKS! They will eat far more veggies (and everything else too) on the days I serve a dip…
And with this dip, not only are they dipping and eating the veggies, there are veggies IN the dip as well….
It is great in packed lunches because it will not spoil if kept at room temperature for a few hours (the only issue is the presence of the nuts as some schools ban them), but it would also make a great appetizer or snack… heck, I suspect it would be fab piled on top of a burger as well!
This recipe contains nuts and tahini, both of which are AIP stage 2 reintroductions. When reintroducing foods on the AIP, I recommend this guide.
Creamy Spinach Dip
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1 cup blanched almonds
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 2 green onions – chopped
- 3 cups baby spinach leaves
- 1 cup coconut milk
- ¼ cup tahini
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
Put the cashews and almonds in a bowl and cover with cold water. Leave to soak for several hours. This not only deactivates some of the anti-nutrients in the nuts, but it also is what makes the dip creamy… the nuts will absorb the water and plump up. Don’t stint on the soaking time! Having said that, you don’t want to go mad – you don’t want those nuts starting to sprout or go bad on you… 3-4 hours is plenty.
Drain the nuts and put in a food processor. Dump in all the rest of the ingredients and process until thick and creamy. If it is too thick, add a little water (you could reserve some of the nut-soaking water for this).
Transfer to a serving dish and chill until needed.
This is great served with all kinds of veggies, veggie chips or homemade crackers.