Friends, I am seriously excited to share these recipes with you today! You read the title correctly—I’ve got not one, not two, but THREE dessert-inspired dips to share with you. Get ready to get your snack on!
For this post we are working with Tostitos and pairing these dessert dips with their new limited-time chip flavor joining their Cantina lineup: Cantina Sopapilla Cinnamon & Sugar. I was pretty stoked when I heard about this new flavor because I am a big sopapilla fan and these chips did not disappoint. They are lightly sweet with a little bit of cinnamon—so perfect for my dessert dips.
So, what’s the deal with these dips? Oh, I’m so glad you asked…
Each of these are made of mostly whole ingredients and lightly sweetened. They are totally dessert worthy, but actually fairly light. We’ve got a sweet and spicy strawberry salsa, cookie dough hummus, and chocolate avocado dip. Whoa.
Probably none of you are scared off by the strawberry salsa (right?), but maybe a few of you are like, “What?!” and “Huh?” to the other two flavors. I hear you… let me explain a bit more. So I was aiming to create a few dips that might go well with Cinco de Mayo. And as I started brainstorming, I thought back to this time I was over at a friend’s house for a party and everyone kept passing around this “cookie dough hummus.” It was store-bought and I don’t remember the brand, but I thought it sounded totally weird until I tried it. And then I spent the rest of the party causally returning to the hummus every two minutes. No big deal. 🙂 It was good, that’s my point. So that was the inspiration behind that one.
I actually thought about calling the chocolate one something like “chocolate guacamole”, but in the end I didn’t think that really described the flavor, although it would have been a more PROVOCATIVE title. (Imagine Ron Burgundy saying that.) Guacamole makes me think of garlic, lime, and cilantro while this dip is all about the avocado, but it gets flavored with cocoa and sweetened with coconut sugar and ends up tasting more like brownie batter (!!!!!!!).
Have I convinced you yet? If not, just make these, they are seriously so good.
Sweet and Spicy Strawberry Salsa, makes about 3 cups
12 oz. strawberries
1/3 red onion
1/4 cup cilantro
2 cloves of garlic
1 jalapeño, seeds removed
juice from 1 lime
1/2 teaspoon salt
Remove any leaves from the strawberries, and the stem and seeds from the jalapeño. In a food processor, combine all the ingredients and pulse until combined. You don’t want to process so long that the mixture becomes a smoothie, but just long enough to get everything well chopped. Taste and add more salt if needed.
Cookie Dough Hummus, makes about 3 cups
15 oz (1 can) chickpeas
1/3 cup almonds or 1/4 cup almond meal
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon almond milk (if needed)
6 oz. mini chocolate chips
Drain and rinse the chickpeas. To the bowl of a food processor add the chickpeas, almonds, vanilla, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt. Pulse until well combined and smooth. If the mixture is too thick to process well, add a tablespoon of almond milk. Taste and add another tablespoon of maple syrup if you think it needs it. Then stir in the chocolate chips.
This one is really SO good, probably my favorite of the three (but I love them all!). It really does taste a lot like edible cookie dough—yum!
Chocolate Avocado Dip, makes about 1 1/2 cups
1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
fresh mint for garnish
Cut the avocados in half, removing the pit and scooping out the flesh. Add this to a food processor along with the almond milk, sugar, cocoa, and vanilla. Process until a smooth, thick paste (like brownie batter) forms. Garnish with a little chopped fresh mint.
Just a few notes about each of these:
-For the strawberry salsa, if you want more heat, leave some or all of the seeds from the jalapeño in before processing.
-You can use any kind of milk you prefer in either of the above recipes that call for it, but I used (and liked) unsweetened almond milk here.
-You can use granulated white sugar instead of coconut sugar in the chocolate avocado dip, but if you’ve never used coconut sugar before, I highly recommend buying a small bag and trying it out in a few things. It’s awesome, a great alternative, and works well here.
If you try these, let us know what you thought in the comments! I don’t know if you all have seen, but since our site makeover, we are trying out leaving comments open for way, way longer. So even if you try this a few months from now, you can still leave us a comment with what you thought. Hooray! xo. Emma
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman.
just made the strawberry salsa for taco night and it was so good we made it for our friends the next day!
These all look really yummy!
wow!!! I can’t wait to try to make the cookie dough hummus. I’ve been addicted to buying the edible cookie dough from the Cookie Dough Cafe and I’m so happy to have finally found a healthy alternative 🙂
I’m going to need this cookie dough dip ASAP!
I love the cookie dough hummus idea! Any thoughts as to what to substitute for the almonds as we have nut allergies in the house?
How fun would these be to bring out on a girls night, or as dessert at a dinner party over some board games?
Digging these haaaard!
How amazing are these combinations?! I bet they taste amazing, although you wouldn’t think that when first reading the ingredient list!
These look so unique and good, and I’m stoked about the chips. My best friend and I used to deep fry tortillas and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on them. So yummy!
I am following your website, and this looks amazing, A Beautiful Mess! I am going to try it at home right away! I am www.lifeproductsreviews.com
Desert dips? Yea please! Trio desert dips? Yes please! Every day? Yea please (I will regret that later but worth it) <3
Any tips for an alternative to the chips? Living in New Zealand there is no way I’ll find these, as amazing as they look! Nom nom.
For the cookie dough hummus or chocolate avocado dip graham crackers (like I mentioned in a comment above) would work well. Also, just plain (not flavored) tortilla chips would be good with all these as well. But I won’t lie, these particular chips really are awesome alongside these.
Love the unique combinations. This is definitely something I will try next time I’m having a party! Thanks for the inspiration!
I am 100% convinced – all three sound delicious!
One of my best friends is having a BBQ next weekend so I am definitely going to try these out. The only thing is, I am based in the UK and don’t think I’ll be able to get the chips, boo! Xx
Boo indeed! Well, if you can’t find the chips where you live I already had a friend try this (she read the post ahead of time because she proofs our site) and she said her and her kids tried the cookie dough hummus alongside graham crackers and it got the thumbs up. Just a thought!
Perfect! Thanks for the suggestion. I’m really looking forward to trying these! 😀
Yum yum yum!! We are obsessed with chips and salsa at my house, this is a great idea for when we are wanting something more sweet!
Such unique combinations! This feels like the type pf dish I would serve and then tell guests what they are once they’ve fallen in love with the flavors!
The ol’ sneak attack… I feel ya. 🙂
Cookie dough hummus? That’s like, two awesome things rolled into one. Can’t wait to try the creative recipes out!
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Wow! These look awesome. I probably would never have come up with these combo’s on my own. Can’t wait to try them.