This easy to make Pumpkin and Coconut Dip with an Asian flavour twist is a real crowd-pleaser. Enjoy with crackers or raw veggies. (gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, dairy-free option).
When I was trying to figure out what to bring to an end of season barbecue lunch over the weekend, I thought to myself: what would I be happy to eat?
My thoughts immediately turned to raw veggies, plenty of green ones and a couple of veggie-based dips to compliment the traditional sausage sizzle and white bread it would be served in. Before you begin to judge me as some sort of a food-prude I want to say that I did enjoy a handful of crisps on the day and devoured my snag wrapped in a slice of white bread as eagerly as everyone else. Yum and a treat.
So yes, I brought a whole platter of fresh veggies and two of my favourite junk-free dips to the lunch. At least I knew if no one else ate them I would have had a more healthful lunch. But, then something else happened. To my surprise – and probably to that of one soccer dad who jokingly told his son to have a piece of broccoli to celebrate, most of the kids actually reached out for some veggies (in between mouthfuls of lollies, but still!) and so did most of the parents. A few even asked me for the dip recipes.
It just proves that we should not limit our food choices, and those of our kids, to stacks of lollies, cupcakes, sugary chocolate or processed savoury snacks because if given the opportunity to have something healthier and more nutritious as well as regular party treats, they probably will. Without prompting and of their own accord.
Here are 5 Other Homemade Dip Ideas you might like:
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Pumpkin and Coconut Dip | Plus 5 Other Homemade Dip Ideas
- 1 cup pumpkin purée see note
- 1/2 cup cream cheese
- 2-3 tbsp coconut flour
- 1/8 cup finely chopped fresh mint
- 2 tsps fish sauce
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- Place all ingredients in a jug or bowl and mix well. If you prefer a thicker (cream cheese consistency) dip, add extra coconut four to the mix.
- Serve with crackers, veggie sticks or as a flavouring for mash potato.