I always try to make my spreads and dips easy enough to use in a bowl or a sandwich, so I can use what I make all week. I'll blend up a big batch early in the week or on the weekend, and then use it all week to dip healthy foods in, spread in my sandwich as a main component, or throw into a bowl or pita with a bunch of vegetables and rice. This one is no exception. This chili and carrot centered spread is usable in tons of different ways. This afternoon I was spreading it on crackers, and using it as a baked chip dip. The recipe passed.
It's oil free of course, and low fat despite the nuts and seeds (thanks, carrots!). I am offering a couple of substitutes below if you want to make it lower fat (so you can eat more!). I have a similar spread that I purchase, and this recipe makes about 4-5 containers worth of this spread. So, this recipe makes about $36 worth of spread, were I to buy it in the store. Not too shabby! No where close to what these ingredients cost, and done in under 10 minutes.
Oil Free Spicy Carrot and Chili Spread
- Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend thoroughly. You can also use a high speed blender, this will adjust the texture to be a bit creamier. I used a food processor for the photos, as I prefer the texture somewhat.
Super easy to make.
Substitutions and additions
To make this recipe lower fat (or, lower cost), substitute the tahini and/or cashews with white beans.
If you are omitting salt, you may want to add extra lemon juice (to taste). Citrus hits the same flavor spots cognitively (I've heard) as salt. I usually do citrus and hot sauce or red pepper flakes to replace salt for a variety of dishes (when applicable), and this seems to work.
You can add a bit of maple syrup if it's too tangy for you.
If you want it a bit spicier, add some red chili flakes!
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