Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is a must for a healthy diet, but it can be hard to get kids to reach for them. This creamy nut butter dip recipe is the ultimate fast and easy side that goes well with fruits and vegetables for a fun dip that is healthy and nutritious. Packed with protein in the nut butter, a simple creaminess from yogurt, and natural sweetness from maple syrup, this dip is one you can feel good about serving.
Creamy Nut Butter Dip
In our house, getting in fruits and vegetables is important, and sometimes that means you need a little extra help. Dips make bland vegetables more palatable, and sometimes fruit is just more fun when you can dip it into something. After trying a variety of ready-made options, making something on your own just brings more flavor and fewer preservatives to the idea.
There are some other options that may fit your menu better if peanut butter isn't your favorite. For something totally different, the brownie butter dip is delicious. You might also like something like homemade hummus, jalapeno dip, or blue cheese dip for savory options.
Can I Make This With Plain Yogurt Instead of Greek Yogurt?
Greek yogurt is preferred since it is higher in protein, but you can also use plain yogurt instead if you want. Plain yogurt would not have the added sweeteners and flavors, so would work well for this.
You can use flavored yogurts if you prefer, but you need to make sure the flavor is complementary to the nut butter. Vanilla, honey, and plain work best, but I have also seen chocolate options work well in this recipe.
Can I Use Different Nut Butters?
Yes! Since many people have allergies to peanut butter, or just prefer something different, you can definitely use a variety of nut butter for this recipe. This is a great time to try unique types of nut butter. There are more choices to consider using than you may realize. Below are some options to consider.
- Almond butter
- Cashew butter
- Macadamia nut butter
- Hazelnut butter
- Sunflower butter
- Pecan butter
- Pistachio butter
Some of these may be harder to find, but this is a great time to test them out in recipes to give your diet variety. All of them include high amounts of protein so they are great choices for snacking.
Can I Customize This Dip with Different Flavors?
Yes! One of my favorite things about making things like this myself is that I can so easily customize it to suit my needs and preferences. The basic recipe is delicious, but as mentioned above you can change out the two main ingredients for similar items with the same results. That means adding in a bit of different spice or even a mix in for texture works perfectly. Below are some great ideas to try!
- ½ teaspoon of cinnamon, apple pie spice, or pumpkin pie spice.
- Mini chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, cinnamon chips, butterscotch chips, caramel chips, or white chocolate chips.
- Chopped peanuts, pecans, walnuts, macadamia nuts, or sunflower seeds.
- Unsweetened shredded coconut.
- Sprinkles or candy pieces.
What Should I Serve With This Dip?
Whatever you want! Eat it with a spoon, dip it with fruits or vegetables, or more! Below, there are some great ideas that work well with this, but you can use them with anything you want!
- Sliced apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, apricots, or plums.
- Orange slices, grapes, cantaloupe, watermelon, or honeydew melon.
- Celery, carrots, sugar snap peas, or snow peas.
- Broccoli, cauliflower, or romanesco.
- Hard or soft pretzels.
- Animal crackers, vanilla wafers, graham crackers, sugar cookies, or shortbread cookies.
This dip is both sweet and savory, so it works wonderfully with both fruits and vegetables. You can also, of course, serve this with cookies, pretzels, and other snack items if you prefer.
How Long is This Dip Good For?
This dip is best used within the 4 to 5 days of making. It is best the first two days when freshest, but the main things to look for are the mixture separating or if the yogurt used is close to the end date.
I like to put this in mini containers in 2 tablespoon portions that can easily be packed into a lunch box or kept on hand in the snack drawer of your refrigerator. Keeping it portioned ahead of time makes it super easy for the kids to grab when they want a snack. Plus, it saves you time in the kitchen.
Can I Freeze Extra Yogurt Peanut Butter Dip?
While you can freeze this recipe, it is not ideal. The flavor may remain the same, but the texture may change when thawed. While it can be done, it is not something I personally would recommend. Especially since this recipe is so fast and easy to make. You can make this in smaller batches so no need to freeze it typically.
- Greek yogurt
- Peanut butter
- Maple syrup
- Vanilla extract
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How to Make Creamy Nut Butter Dip
In a medium bowl, combine the peanut butter and yogurt whisking until combined.
Add in the maple syrup and vanilla extract and stir until combined.
Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
Serve with fresh fruits and vegetables.
More Easy Recipe Ideas
When it comes to snacks and dessert ideas, I have tons to share with you. From the perfect savory treat to a sweet bon bon style confection, we have you covered. Below you will find some favorite snack ideas that are delicious, easy to make, and ideal for sharing with kids of all ages. Make sure you bookmark these recipes or print them to use in your meal plan later. You can even pin them to a snacks board on Pinterest for easy access later!
- Copycat Auntie Anne's Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites
- Easy Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls Recipe
- Decadent No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Balls Recipe
- Classic Coconut Macaroons Cookie Recipe
- The Easiest White Chocolate OREO Cheesecake Truffles
- 1 cup full-fat Greek yogurt (285 gm)
- ¼ cup all-natural peanut butter (60 gm)
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (30 ml)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (2.5 ml)
- In a medium bowl, combine the peanut butter and yogurt whisking until combined.
- Add in the maple syrup and vanilla extract and stir until combined.
- Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
- Serve with fresh fruits and vegetables.
Serve with any fruits or vegetables you prefer.
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