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Party Dips

Laura Miller

Stressed about what to bring to this year's holiday party? This week Laura whips up 3 easy and delicious dips that are bound to impress your pickiest party-goers.

Hummus

Ingredients

  • 3 medium-sized zucchini, peeled and roughly chopped

  • 1 cup nut pulp (left over from making almond milk!) or sesame seeds (grind in coffee grinder or high-speed blender)

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika

  • 2 teaspoons cayenne

  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients except the nut pulp to blender and blend.

  2. Add nut pulp a bit at a time (just to make sure it doesn't get too thick for your machine).

  3. Add a bit of water if necessary.

Hummus

Ranch

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cashews, soaked overnight

  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

  • 1/4 cup fresh chives

  • 3 tablespoons dried parsley

  • 1 clove garlic

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Strain cashews and add them to blender with the rest of the ingredients.

Ranch

Caramel Apple Dip

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pitted Medjool dates, soaked 10 minutes

  • 1/3 cups coconut oil

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Soak dates overnight

  2. Strain dates, then add to blender with the rest of your ingredients and pulse.

Caramel Apple Dip
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- Do you have trouble making friends at parties? Why worry about those losers when you can hang out with your friends? These raw, vegan and gluten free dips. Let's go make 'em. Let's start with the humus. So each one of these basically follows the same rule. I like to add my liquids first along with the spices and then add my solids in. This just makes sure that everything gets really well incorporated so we're gonna do that with each of these recipes. I'm gonna add my lemon juice, garlic, some paprika and some cayenne and a little bit of salt. Let's just blend this stuff first. You don't need to get crazy with this. You just want to get it all I have peeled and chopped up some zucchini. These are three small zucchinis. Just dump it in. Okay, and now we're gonna add in our last ingredient. Do you remember when we made almond milk? We just soaked some almonds, ran it through the blender and then squeezed out the pulp and we had our milk? Our milk is right here and this is that pulp. I got a lot of questions about what to do with it. This is a great thing to do with it. Use it as another base in your humus. You can just take it directly out of here. I'll just show you what it kind of looks like. It's just almond meatiness. That's not a word. Just put it right in, I'm gonna put a cup. Let's just blend it up one more time. Okay. Respect your machine. This looks great. It smells really good. Just looks like humus which is amazing because it has no chickpeas in it. Just gonna add it to my bowl here and get some veggies dip in it, it's gonna be great. Here's my friend number one, humus. Now onto our next dip, everyone's favorite, ranch. Ranch holds a very special place in my heart. My mom used to make my sisters and I eat five pieces of broccoli and five carrots every night and the only way I could deal with it was to dip it all in ranch. So we're gonna make a raw, vegan, gluten free version right now. We're gonna start with our liquids and herbs like we do. So here's our lemon juice, chives which I've kind of chopped up, a bit of dill. I actually meant to do parsley but we didn't have it so I'm using dill. Dill with it. Some onion powder, garlic and a pinch of salt. Let's blend this up. Okay, it's already looking good. So now for the base, super easy. I soaked these cashews over night. I am just going to drain them right here and dump them in. Oh, man this one smells amazing. Blitz it. Okay so this is actually not moving, it's a little too thick right now. So I'm gonna cheat and add a little bit of water. Which is not actually cheating, it's just adding water. Perfect. It smells amazing, I really want to eat all of this right now. Does it look like ranch? Yes. Does it taste like it? Probably kind of. I wanna dip all my broccolis and carrots in you. Okay, so here's our ranch. And now it's time for something sweet. Now we're gonna make our caramel dip or caramel dip, caramel dip. What do people call it? Cara, caramel, caramel, caramel, caramel, caramel, caramel, caramel, caramel. We are going to start with our liquids like we do. This is just a little bit of coconut oil, that's important. A little lemon juice, a little vanilla and a little bit of salt. Let's just blend it real quick. Just a couple seconds. Okay, now we are going to add in these dates that I have soaked overnight. Dates are nature's caramel. Just dump them straight in. Good thing I have my spatula, smush down the sides. Just gotta make sure that the liquid gets down there 'cause it can get stuck at the top. Okay, this actually is really perfect. So I can show you what it looks like but it's this like gooey, delicious, caramel that we are going to dip some apples in. So let's put it in this bowl. Oh, god, that looks delicious. Okay, so now for extra credit and extra cuteness, we are gonna do a fun, little project. Look at these adorable, little apples. What we're gonna do is make little caramel apples. So step one, get your adorable little apple and your candy stick, stick it in there. Dip, oh my god, it's perfect. And now you can either just stick it straight on to your wax paper which is great or roll it in some cacao nibs, right? Look how cute that is. Oh, my god, it's so cute. I also have some chopped pecans right here. So let's do that. I could do this all day. So once we've got these all done. We're just gonna stick them in the fridge until we wanna eat them. 'Cause the caramel, it has a little coconut oil in it so it's gonna set up a little bit more than it already is. It already looks great, but this will be great too. Now we're just gonna get a bunch of veggies and fruit cut up to dip in all of these things. I'm gonna cut up some peppers. Really for the humus and the ranch, you could really use any veggie. It's perfect to bring to like a party especially if you choose some really bright veggies. Really beautiful, I'm cutting up an apple right now that would be great in the caramel dip. Let's do some of these adorable cucumbers and I love putting radishes in a veggie platter. I'm just gonna leave that as is, they're adorable. Also we got some fennel here. I could eat this fennel like an apple, I love fennel. So we've got all of our veggies and our apples cut, now I'm gonna pull in all of our dips. We've got our gorgeous humus, our beautiful ranch, more adjectives coming. And the caramel which I'm most excited about. It's cool to make friends at parties, but really have you ever met a better friend than ranch? So bad.