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Pumpkin Spice Dip

My kids will definitely eat fruits and veggies by themselves, but for some reason in my head I think that if they have a dip they will eat more.  Kids love to dunk their food into dips, right?  I have discovered that my kids love the dip more than they like the food they are dipping.  So what ends up happening is that they bypass the dipping and just go straight to eating the dip by itself.  The problem is, a lot of the common 'kid' dips aren't very healthy: ketchup, ranch, bbq sauce, fry sauce.........full of fat, sodium, and sugar.  

The good news is that there are a lot of dips that you can make that are healthy! And this is definitely one of them.  Not to mention delicious.  I was eating it with a spoon.  My kids love hummus and so I decided to put a fall twist on this recipe.  So yes, this dip is actually a type of hummus.  But you don't have to tell your kids that.  All they need to know is that it is a delicious dip.  And the part you will love is that you can whip this up in about 10 minutes.  It stores well in the fridge for about a week.  Make it once, eat and repeat (just the eating part).

Measure out your ingredients.  

Put everything into your food processor.  If you have a powerful blender and you want it really smooth,

then you could use your blender over a food processor.  

Blend until smooth and creamy. 

Serve it with crunchy sweet apples. 


You could also dip toasted whole grain bread, crackers, and pears.  

You can also just eat it with a some people around our house did.  


You may also like:

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins  
 7 Grain Pumpkin Biscotti Ghosts     Pumpkin Pie Shakes 



Pumpkin Spice Dip


1 can drained Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans) Canned
1 cup Pumpkin, canned
1/4 cup Nuts, almond butter, plain, without salt added
2 tbsp Canola Oil
3 tbsp Honey
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/8 tsp Nutmeg
1/8 tsp Cloves
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Spices, ginger, ground


Combine ingredients in a food processor or blender.  Process until smooth.

Serve with your favorite fruit or whole grain. 

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10/05/2012 9:17am
Wow! This looks great! And so festive for fall :) Love.
10/05/2012 10:46am
Wow, this looks tasty and I love that it has the added healthy bonus of chick peas. I will be making this for sure!
10/05/2012 12:00pm
Looks yummy and we just happen to have all the ingredients at home! Bonus!
10/05/2012 4:24pm
Looks delicious!
10/06/2012 3:05pm
Just made this. Soooo yummy!
10/07/2012 5:03pm
Just made a batch in e blender! Really delightful and great for kids! Thanks for he recipe.
10/24/2012 6:00pm
What about sesame butter or apple butter instead of almond? (can't do almond, peanut, pecans, walnuts in my house due to son's allergy. Sesame is ok, though!)
09/10/2014 7:43pm
Did you ever try sesame or apple butter? I'd like to bring this to school but all of our schools are peanut/tree nut free!
10/30/2012 1:20pm
Just made this..the kids and I can't stop eating it. LOVE IT!
10/31/2012 10:35am
I have never tried sesame or apple butter but I would love to know how it turns out!!

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