Healthy and Easy Pumpkin Yogurt Dip
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Previously published in 2015, and enjoyed by many since then, I thought I would give this Pumpkin Yogurt Dip a makeover. It is still super easy (just mix everything together, and add your dippers), but I thought I could talk a little bit more about the ingredients and how you can customize with what you happen to have on hand. Especially since it is 2020, and many of us are trying to limit trips to the store and making do with what we have.

Canned Pumpkin

This ingredient is essential. The amount you use can be tweaked, but in order to make a Pumpkin Yogurt Dip, pumpkin is necessary. Other than adding deliciousness, canned pumpkin is full of nutritious vitamins and minerals like Vitamin A, Potassium, and Fiber, to name a few.

Yogurt

Another essential ingredient, but there are so many different types of yogurt you can use. I prefer plain non-fat Greek or Icelandic yogurt without added sugar or artificial sweeteners. A regular yogurt may make the dip a little thinner as both those yogurts are thicker. Choosing a plain yogurt without added sweeteners allows me to flavor it as I would like. If you do use a yogurt that is flavored, such as vanilla, you can omit the vanilla extract and maple syrup as it will probably be sweet enough. Whatever yogurt you happen to have on hand will likely work.

Cream Cheese

Adds flavor and thickens up the dip. If preferred, you can use a reduced fat cream cheese.

Vanilla Extract and Maple Syrup

Both ingredients are important for flavor and sweetness. However, if you use a vanilla flavored yogurt, you likely can omit these. Additionally, honey, agave, or any sweet syrup can be used in place of the maple syrup.

Spices

If you have a pumpkin spice blend instead of cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg, you can definitely use that instead. I would probably add a teaspoon and see how the flavor is, then add more if needed.

Dippers

I love apples with this dip. You can slice them up and soak them in a solution containing 2 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice and 2 Cups of Water to help prevent browning. Apple chips would also be good with this if you happen to have them or like to make them. I also like to dip gluten free ginger snap cookies (Pamela’s brand is my favorite), and gluten free pretzels for a little salty flavor (Quinn’s is made with sorghum flour and is my favorite).

Easy and Healthy Pumpkin Yogurt Dip

Pumpkin Yogurt Dip

Ingredients

15 oz Can of Pumpkin Puree

1 Cup Yogurt of Choice

4 oz Cream Cheese

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup

1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon

1/4 Teaspoon Ginger

1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg

1/4 Teaspoon Allspice

Directions

Mix all ingredients together using either a food processor or a hand mixer. Cover and keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Pair with your favorite dippers such as apple slices, ginger snap cookies, and pretzels.

Want more pumpkin recipes? Check out my mini pumpkin cheesecakes for a sweet bite sized dessert or my pumpkin flaxseed bread for a quick on the go breakfast.

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Gluten free and Healthy Baked Spinach Chickpea Fritters
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Originally posted in November of 2017

A few weeks ago I made some spinach chickpea fritters and froze the leftovers. I could have just gobbled them down even though I was no longer hungry, because they were delish, but I am so glad I chose to freeze them instead. I am a huge proponent of making things ahead of time and freezing them (you kinda have to when you work full time, have over an hour long commute and a ten month old), and my frozen foods have come to the rescue several times over the past month.

 

Spinach Chickpea Fritters with Dip

 

Anyways, I am super happy I froze some of my spinach chickpea fritters because we spent last week in the hospital (baby v had bronchiolitis and pneumonia but is doing great now) and came home very tired to a house with a limited food selection. I searched through the freezer looking for something easy to feed baby v (I did not want to have to run to the grocery store) and was ecstatic when I found a tupperware full of my spinach chickpea fritters. Now I know what your thinking….is she posting a recipe for babies? Yes and no. This is a recipe for everyone. It does work great for babies because the patties are easy to pick up, and they contain iron from the chickpeas and spinach, which growing babies need a lot of. However, they also make a healthy, delicious and good looking appetizer for adults. It’s a win-win for all!

 

Blended Chickpeas

 

These spinach chickpea fritters are incredibly easy. Basically you blend and mix everything together and then plop the batter down on a parchment paper lined pan, add a little olive oil, and pop them into the oven. And the only thing I really had to clean afterwards was my blender and a few measuring instruments. These fritters are also super customizable. You can use this recipe as a template and switch out different flavors and spices. I’m thinking next time maybe adding some cumin or curry, or maybe even experiment with adding some feta.

 

Gluten free and Healthy Baked Spinach Chickpea Fritters

 

Spinach Chickpea Fritters

 

Ingredients
1-16 oz Can Reduced Sodium Garbanzo Beans
1 Cup Raw Baby Spinach
4 Tablespoons Almond Flour
1/4 Teaspoon Baking powder
1 or 2 Cloves Chopped Fresh Garlic
1 Egg
Olive Oil
 

 

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add beans and garlic to food processor or good blender and pulse until well blended. Add egg and spinach and continue to blend until you get a uniform green mixture. Remove blade from blender and stir in baking powder and flour. You should have a pasty green mixture that smells garlicky. The mixture should be too thin to roll into balls but thick enough to plop on a pan without running. Line baking pan with parchment paper and use a spoon to scoop out 12 large fritters in the baking sheet. Lightly brush or drizzle with olive oil and bake for 15-20 min. Turn on broil and broil for another minute or so until edges brown slightly.
 
 Gluten free and Healthy Baked Spinach Chickpea Fritters
 
 
*And if you need some dip just mix the ingredients below…
1/4 Cup Greek Yogurt
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
1 Teaspoon Parsley or Dill
Dash of Ground Black Pepper
 
 

Looking for more spinach recipes? Try my Healthier Spinach Artichoke Dip… it is so easy and delicious you may not be able to eat the store bought version again.

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Easy Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip
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It’s been awhile since I posted a new recipe here on my website, so today, I wanted to share with you a super delish and amazingly easy spinach artichoke dip. And I promise you, it is well worth the wait. I have been wanting to make a healthier spinach artichoke dip for awhile now but just hadn’t had the time or the right occasion to do it. A last minute get together for New Year’s Eve provided me the perfect opportunity to try my hand at lightening up the usually high saturated fat, calorie laden dip, without decreasing its delicious factor.

 

How did I do this? Well, a lot of spinach artichoke dips contain boatload of cream cheese, mayonnaise, or both, which adds a lot of calories and saturated fat. Not that these ingredients are inherently bad, but when you are shoveling a delicious dip in your mouth, the saturated fat and calories can really add up quickly. So instead of cutting out the cream cheese completely, (cause you gotta have some creaminess factor for your spinach artichoke dip), I used a combination of reduced fat cream cheese, nonfat greek yogurt, and parmesan cheese. I felt that it was the perfect amount. The dip wasn’t too dry (all veggies and no “dip”), nor were the veggies over saturated. It also had great flavor, and no one could taste the yogurt. After I gathered all my ingredients I just mixed them all together in the pan I was going to bake it in (less clean up) and popped it in the oven…. and that is pretty much it!

Easy Healthier Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

 

Let me know if you try this recipe and how it turned out! You can do this by commenting here on my website or snapping a pic and tagging me @delishnnutrish on instagram or on my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/delishnnutrish/.

 

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

 

Healthier Spinach Artichoke Dip

Ingredients
10 Ounce Box of Frozen Chopped Spinach
9 Ounce Box of Frozen Artichoke Hearts
2 Minced Garlic Cloves
4 Ounces Reduced Fat Cream Cheese, Softened
1/2 Cup Nonfat plain Greek Yogurt
1/4 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Pinch of Salt
Dash of Ground Pepper

Directions
Thaw frozen veggies according to package directions and ensure spinach is drained well. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Chop up artichoke hearts into bite sized pieces. Add everything to a 8×8 glass baking dish and mix well. Bake in oven for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.

Easy Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe
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