I am a firm believer that all foods are better when you have something to dip them in. Not only does it make it more fun, it can add extra flavour and nutrition to your snack or meal. In fact, I often suggest this to parents when they are trying to get their kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. Now don’t get me wrong – I think fruits and veggies are delicious on their own, and it’s important to appreciate their flavours au naturel – but if playing with your food and adding a little something extra gets you to meet your servings for the day, why not?
Of course, not all dips are created equal. Take a look at some of the dips available in the grocery store, and I’m sure you’ll see more than a few ingredients that make you scratch your head. Fortunately, making your own dips at home doesn’t have to be a complicated affair – if you have a bowl and a spoon, you can easily whip up an array of dips in no time flat. Throw in a good knife, or even a food processor, and your dip creations multiply!
While fruit is often a crowd pleaser on it’s own, it can be fun to serve with a tasty dip along side it, especially for a party or BBQ. I like yogurt as a base for fruit dips, because it’s just a natural pairing – we eat fruit and yogurt for breakfast (maybe with a little granola) all the time, so it’s a no brainer to use it in a dip. Greek yogurt is ideal, because it’s super thick so it won’t slide off the fruit, and adds a nice protein kick to your snack – helping you to feel satiated longer.
I’ve used some of my favourite flavours here – peanut butter, maple, and cinnamon – to create this tasty, subtly sweet dip. It pairs great with pretty much any fruit you put with it. And it even makes a great breakfast if you just want to eat the whole thing – I bet you can’t say the same thing for many other dips, now can you?
Maple Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt Dip
makes approximately 1 cup
Greek yogurt pairs with nutty peanut butter and maple syrup to create this dip that eats like a meal. The cinnamon gives it a subtle spicy kick that will have you licking the bowl clean. Plus dips are always more fun – so get out there and play with your food!
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used 2%)
- 2 tbsp natural peanut butter (no salt, no sugar added)
- 2 tbsp real maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and mix until well combined. Allow to sit for an hour to let the flavours meld…if you can. Otherwise, grab your favourite fruit and start dipping!
Notes: You can use a vanilla Greek yogurt if you like, just eliminate the vanilla extract, and adjust maple syrup to your tastes, as it might be sweeter. This also makes a great breakfast if you don’t want to share.
What’s your favourite dip – it can be for fruit, veggies, or whatever else you like dipping! I know I’m partial to my Dilly Beet Hummus!