Thursday, September 15, 2011

Maple Sunbutter Apple Dip (vegan)

Hey all, how's your week going? Need an end-of-the-week pick me up snack? Or maybe an after school treat for the kids? It may only be a few weeks into the new school year, but there is always room for fresh ideas for snacks in the kitchen. Why not try the teacher's favorite snack?
I have talked to countless momma's out there that are looking for ways to feed their kids nutritious snacks without spending a bunch of time (or money). It is also easy to buy all of those gluten-free packaged snacks for your needy special-diet kid, and sometimes you just have to be reminded to eat fresh and only buy the GF pack snacks if you must. Besides, a bag of fresh local apples is much cheaper than buying a gluten-free cereal bar box. And probably better for them too...
Also, if you haven't yet season is upon us and I am starting to dream in apples again. One of the apples that is the first to get ripe here in Michigan is the Ginger Golds. They are my absolute favorite eatin' apple. They are tart, but also sweet and crispy-crunchy. Always good when you chill them in the fridge before cutting into. They may not be your go-to apple for applesauce and pie, but they are perfect for snacking on raw, and perfect for this sunflower seed butter dip.
Also, I don't know about you, but where I live, you can buy a whole grocery bag full of apples for under 10 dollars. So they are cheap, healthy and also get your body ready for the winter hibernation season. Apples have a nutritious combination of fiber, vitamins, and the ability to help grow good bacteria in your gut. They obviously live up to their common tag of 'an apple a day, keeps the doctor away...'
Maple Sunbutter Apple Dip Recipe (vegan)
1/3 to 1/2 cup of sunflower seed butter (other nut butter would work too if you prefer nuts)
3-4 TB of hemp milk with vanilla for an added touch of flavor (other vegan milk works too)
1/4 ts. of ground cinnamon or apple pie spice, and more to sprinkle on top
2-3 TB of pure maple syrup

Whisk all together in a bowl to get a creamy dip, or for best results- whip up in a small food processor or magic bullet. This will result in a very creamy and whipped up dip. This dip serve about 2 people with about 2 apples, if you are making for a crowd or party, I suggest you triple the recipe.
Cut up your favorite apples and serve :)

Perfect for an afternoon snack, with tea, or a fun kid's snack.

Much love to you as always!


  1. I just discovered Ginger Golds this past month, and I absolutely agree - one of the best apples I've ever had. I almost want to keep it to myself since their season is so short.

    Thanks for sharing, Stephanie. Looking forward to trying this. :)

  2. Jonathan- Thanks for the comment. Glad you have ginger golds too! So good this fall!