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07/24/2015 09:59 am ET Updated Jul 24, 2015

A Simple Dip That's Perfect As A Breakfast, Snack Or Dessert

 

Struggling with an insatiable sweet tooth? Here's a dessert-like indulgence you can enjoy at just about any point in the day -- without an ounce of guilt. This sweet nut butter dip is just the right balance of creaminess and crunch, great to eat as a breakfast, mid-day snack or nighttime treat. Pair it with tart apples or salty pretzels to create a robust flavor profile you really won't be able to get enough of.

Creamy, Crunchy Nut Butter Dip

Recipe by Cara Tannenbaum and Andrea Tutunjian, authors of In A Nutshell: Cooking and Baking with Nuts and Seeds

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Makes 3 cups

Ingredients

2 c. reduced fat Greek yogurt
1 c. natural nut butter (almond, peanut or cashew)

4 Tbsp. maple syrup or honey

1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

1/2 c. (2.5 oz.) chopped nuts (almonds, peanuts or cashews)

Sliced apples or bananas, and/or salted pretzels

Directions

Combine the yogurt and the nut butter in a small mixing bowl and stir well.

Mix in the maple syrup, vanilla and nuts, reserving a few of the nuts to sprinkle on top. Serve immediately with apples, bananas and/or pretzels.

Wrap any leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to one week.

Craving something more salty than sweet? Try these Smoky Paprika-Baked Garbanzo Beans.

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