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Creamy Dairy-Free Spinach Dip (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

This post is part of our restricted diet series from Beth of Tasty Yummies.

Here is a quick and simple recipe that is a perfect snack for watching the big game this weekend. A great alternative to all the typical junk food.  It is not only both gluten-free and vegan, but it’s also raw and super easy to make. Great served on raw veggies or your favorite gluten-free cracker.

If you haven’t yet played around with using raw cashews to create a creamy dairy-free sauce or dip, you have been missing out!  You would swear this dip had ricotta cheese in it. It has a nice flavor from the garlic and the nutritional yeast brings an almost “cheesy” taste. Nutritional yeast is low in sodium and it is one of the few non-animal sources of B-12. It is rich in folic acid and many other nutrients and amino acids. This is not your typical yeast and is free of the Candida Albicans strain, making it safe for those concerned with candida. Per ounce nutritional yeast packs in 14 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber.

Do you plan to watch the big game this weekend? What snacks and treats do you plan to serve or make?

vegan spinach dip

Creamy Dairy-Free Spinach Dip (Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free)

1 cup raw unsalted cashews, soaked for 1 to 3 hours and drained
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1-2 tablespoons of water
4 cups baby spinach (split to 3 cups and 1 cup, roughly chop the 1 cup)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Add the cashews, garlic and nutritional yeast to the food processor, puree until thick, creamy and smooth. You can add a tablespoon or two of water to the mixture as needed to make it more creamy. Add 3 cups of the spinach and continue pureeing until smooth. Fold in the remaining chopped spinach and stir by hand to combine. Pour the creamy spinach mixture into a serving dish and serve with fresh cut raw veggies, tortilla chips, gluten-free crackers, toasted bread, etc.

For more of Beth’s recipes visit her blog Tasty Yummies.

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Roxy Roundhouse -January 31, 2014, 7:25AM

Sounds so yummy. Does anyone have a good site for raw/vegan tips? i have been switching between raw and vegan for years but ideas are starting to run dry. If you do please msg me on my store linked below.
thanks bunch

Roxy xox

Flourish Design Co. -February 1, 2014, 1:18PM

You guys make the best vegan recipes. As always, thanks for sharing!

JEnna -February 1, 2014, 4:03PM

Just made this~ So good, and easy! Thanks for sharing!

Juliette Laura -February 1, 2014, 8:11PM

YES finally a recipe without mayo or cream cheese. Sounds ideal.

Maddie -February 2, 2014, 9:22PM

How many people does this recipe serve?

Michelle -February 4, 2014, 4:38PM

thanks for this recipe . SO GOOD!
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Carigan -February 14, 2014, 9:28AM

This looks amazing!

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Eva -April 2, 2014, 7:49PM

Hi there,
What if I leave out the yeast? Would the texture change completely?

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