And yet I develop this new vegan artichoke spinach dip.
Why? (Because I’m half-mad, that’s why! But that’s just between you and me.) Madness aside, I wanted to create a creamy, full-bodied vegan artichoke spinach dip – but using only whole foods and no added substitutes (such as vegan mayonnaise) — and also no oil.
I like to challenge myself – and this one developed a little easier than I anticipated! When I first posted this idea on facebook it received a LOT of comments. See, I had this idea of doing a dip like the bread bowl dips you find at potlucks and summer parties, but without (of course) the wallop of dairy products.
So, it started as that spinach bread bowl dip… until artichokes called to me from the freezer “we’re here, we’re here, have you forgotten about us?” (half-mad, remember)
How could I forget about artichokes! They are one of my very favorite plant-powered ingredients. I especially love the frozen artichokes from Trader Joe’s. They taste FAR fresher than canned, and you can bypass the steps of draining/rinsing that comes along with the jarred/marinated artichokes.
This vegan artichoke spinach dip tastes best warm, so I bake it for a short time. Not too long, or the spinach turns off-color. Just long enough to warm it through. You might say it’s um, half-baked. 😉
Creamy Artichoke Spinach Dip (from Plant-Powered Families)
- 3/4 cup raw cashews unsoaked
- 3/4 cup plain unsweetened non-dairy milk I like almond or soy, but your choice
- 2 1/2 - 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1-2 medium-large cloves garlic I typically use 1 to make it family-friendly; use less/more to taste
- 3/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp dry ground mustard
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 2 cups frozen artichoke hearts partially thawed (helps for pulsing in blender)
- 2 cups loosely packed spinach leaves
- Preheat oven to 425. In a blender, first add cashews, milk, lemon juice (I like the full 3 tbsp for tanginess), garlic, salt, dry mustard, and pepper. Blend until very smooth. (If using Blendtec (purrrrr, meow!) or other high-powered blender, this will only take a minute or so. If using a standard blender, keep blending until very smooth. Add artichokes and spinach and just PULSE through. Do not fully blend, keep some chunky texture! Transfer to an oven-proof baking dish, and bake for 17-20 minutes. Remove, let cool for about 4-5 minutes, and serve.
Have you ever made a vegan artichoke spinach dip? What artichoke dishes do you like to make?