Tag: Dip

Asian-Inspired Cilantro Pesto {Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free}

Pesto sauce is one of my all-time favorite condiments.

I was never a big fan of sauces or anything on top of my food for most of my life, but I always had a heart for pasta and all things Parmesan, so, naturally, I liked pesto sauce 🙂

I shared a basil walnut pesto recipe a few months ago that has been a BIG hit among my friends and in my cooking classes.

You should check the recipe out by clicking here!

plate of pesto

This recipe is from my wonderful teacher, Meghan Telpner, whose culinary nutrition program I just finished this winter. She comes up with some amaaazing recipes (all of which are also dairy-free and gluten-free), and this pesto is no exception.

I was a little thrown off at first glance because she calls it Coriander Pesto. Cilantro is the Spanish word for coriander leaves, so when a pesto recipe calls for coriander, grab a bunch of cilantro (kinda confusing, right?).

I wasn’t sure what to expect before making this recipe because I’m not a HUGE fan of cilantro – I do like it, but a little goes a long way.

I became a believer very quickly once I dipped my finger in to the bowl to taste test the pesto after blending.

From the “bite” of the fresh ginger to the rich taste of the toasted sesame oil (one of my fave flavorings!) to the saltiness of the tamari and sweetness of the honey, this pesto is a flavor-packed, anti-inflammatory powerhouse!

cilantro pesto

Ingredients (try to use organic ingredients as much as possible)

  • 1 bunch cilantro, leaves and stems washed and spun dry
  • 1 inch fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped coarse
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped coarse
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium tamari (use coconut aminos if paleo)
  • 2 teaspoons raw honey* (the original recipe calls for agave, but I used raw honey)
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste (the original recipe called for 1-1 1/2 teaspoons which is WAAAY to spicy for me, but do what makes your taste buds happy!)

*Notice I used raw honey instead of agave and WAY less cayenne than the original recipe called for.*


Click here for the full recipe!

Protein-Packed Pumpkin Spice Dip {Gluten-Free, Vegan}

I’ve been experimenting with lots of dips/spreads recipes lately. I enjoy guacamole, hummus and salsa as much as the next person, but sometimes I want something different!

Besides, I like any excuse to use pumpkin when it’s in season 🙂

There are some secret ingredients in this recipe that might surprise you…like chickpeas!

I know it might sound strange, but you can’t taste the chickpeas, even though they pack in protein and fill-you-up fiber.


The health benefits of this dip don’t stop there:

  • Pumpkin is an excellent source of filling, energy-boosting fiber and vitamins C and A, both of which support a healthy immune system.
  • Almond butter is a great source of protein, healthy fats (good for our brain, skin, heart, and joints!), as well as several other vitamins and minerals like magnesium, vitamin E, and manganese.
  • Ginger and cinnamon are anti-inflammatory and are warming spices, perfect for the cooler, drier weather of fall and winter.

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Pumpkin Spice Hummus

This sweeter spin on a traditionally savory dip makes for a great appetizer option for a fall party.

Course Snack
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 people
Author Rachel Druckenmiller


  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas (AKA garbanzo beans) rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt


  1. Process all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Add more spices, if you prefer. Serve as a dip for fruit or your other favorite snacks.

I enjoyed this dip with pear and apple slices. Sprinkle crushed pecans on top and mix some raisins in for an extra treat 🙂

Everything ready to go in the food processor. A blender will work, too!

Everything ready to go in the food processor!

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