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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Healthy Dessert Dips: Easy, Low Fat, and Sugar-Free

Geez! Every time I check out the recipes on Chocolate-Covered Katie’s blog, I immediately want to get in the kitchen and make them all! If only time was on our side…..like The Rolling Stones sing about; then I would make them all.

But, since that is not a reality, I picked one of the favorites among her viewers and set to make it myself; Brownie Batter Dip (the sugar-free version).

The pictures alone will make a full stomach create space to try this healthy recipe. Even better, the ingredients make it perfectly fine to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or…… *gasp* Dessert!

First, I set off to make the original SF Brownie Batter Dip from her website:

-1 1/2 cups chickpeas or white beans (1 can, drained and rinsed) (250g) - I used dried chickpeas that I soaked for 24 hours
-1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce – I used pumpkin puree and Greek yogurt
-2 tsp vanilla extract
-1/8 tsp baking soda
-heaping 1/8 tsp salt
-sweetener of choice, to taste – I used 3 packets of NuNaturals Stevia Powder and 12 drops of their Cocoa Bean Extract
-2 T cocoa powder
-optional ingredients: 1/4 cup quick oats or flaxmeal – Did not use
Blend all ingredients until very smooth.

Besides the notes above, I followed as prescribed and, well, look for yourself……

…it was amazing!

I devoured this immediately after I took the picture.
With the extra cup I had left, I mixed a 1/4 cup of peanut flour to make it really thick and used as a spread for pancakes, crepes, and a chocolate peanut butter sandwich. This WILL be made again!

With the success of the Brownie Batter Dip, I set off to make a similar version....
......here is what I came up with:

Creamy Peanut Butter Vanilla Dip!
-1 1/2 cups chickpeas (1 can, drained and rinsed) or dried chickpeas soaked for 24 hours
-1/2 cup steamed butternut squash puree
-2 tsp vanilla extract
-1/4 cup peanut flour
-1/8 tsp salt
-1 tsp cinnamon; plus more to sprinkle on top
-3 packets of NuNaturals Stevia Powder and 12 drops of their Vanilla Liquid Stevia

Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth; scrape down the sides once or twice to get everything.
PB & Cinnamon Dip should be enjoyed by everyone!

Needless to say, the flavor and consistency overwhelmed me with delight. So smooth, thick, and peanut buttery; it is a pleasure to eat by the spoonful or spread on fruit, bread, or crackers! Since it has wholesome ingredients like chickpeas, squash, and peanut flour; you can guiltlessly enjoy this treat anytime! These foods provide plenty of high quality fiber, protein, essential vitamins, and nutrients; unlike the lack of nutrients you’d get in a Nutella breakfast.

Try this recipe and let me know what you liked or didn’t like or if you changed the ingredients.

Do you try to avoid sweets? Is it forced or just something you don’t care for?

I rarely indulge in actual sweets because I’m too concerned over the non-nutritional calories from sugar and damaged oils, so making treats like this is how I manage. Plus, plain steamed Brussels sprouts are considered a good treat to me, so I’d say I’m managing quite well!


  1. The fact that you added artificial sweeteners on this, can be assured that these should be included in healthy easy recipes ?

  2. Hi Anne, thank you for visiting. There are no artificial sweeteners used in my recipes, just stevia which is an herb based sweetener.

    I hope you give them a try; they all taste so good! I checked out the link you posted; very interesting, is this something you are apart of?