Bean dip is a quintessential football food. This healthy white bean dip is so creamy and perfect for chips, vegetables, or crackers.
It is very similar to a hummus, but focuses more on the beans as the base.
If you are a hummus lover, check out another favorite of mine: sweet and spicy carrot hummus.
The best part about this white bean dip is it only takes a few minutes to make! You can eat it cold or warm too. We love it cold! My husband loves it with corn chips, and I love it with gluten-free crackers or a vegetable tray.
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- 1 (15oz) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 tsp minced garlic**
- 1/2 lemon, squeezed
- 1/4 tsp lemon zest
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1 tsp tahini (optional)
- In a food processor (or really good blender), cream the beans until almost smooth.
- Add in the lemon juice, lemon zest and garlic. Blend a little.
- If you want to add tahini paste for more of a hummus flavor, add in 1 tsp now. It is more of a bean dip without it. Good both ways.
- While blending on low, drizzle in the olive oil until completely incorporated.
- Add in the spices to taste. We add in a dash of each one.
- Serve cold or you can slightly warm it in microwave. Top with a little olive oil or seeds.
- ** You can substitute 2 fresh glove of garlic for the minced.
Chemist Tips for This Bean Dip
This recipe is so easy, there really aren’t many things that can go wrong. I have made this without and with tahini paste, both are good.
Tahini is a traditional component of hummus dip along with chickpeas. It’s made from toasted, ground up sesame seeds, so it gives the dip a little bit of a nutty flavor. My husband prefers the dip without tahini, so that is how we typically makes it.
Cannellini beans are also known as white kidney beans. The reason they are best in this recipe is their texture is firm. When you process up this bean it will cream up really well without getting too mushy. If you wanted to create a darker bean dip, you can also use regular red kidney beans. Oddly enough, I have trouble finding cannellini beans at my grocery story. Sometimes they have them, but other times they don’t. If you have trouble finding them, you can try substituting great white northern beans.
If you haven’t read this post on my love of lemons and their chemical benefits, check it out! I love adding in a little lemon zest to snacks when I can since it is really good for you!
This white bean dip is healthy for you since it has a great mixture of healthy fats, proteins, and carbohydrates!