Paleo Chips & Dips

March 14, 2011

If you ask Billy his favorite food, he’ll answer, “nachos”, every time.  On average, he makes nachos 3 times a week.  I share his heart with nachos, but standard Bee-style nachos don’t have a place in his Paleo challenge.

  • grains & dairy

Billy has become a big fan of hummus.  I make it at home a couple of times a week, and we eat it with toasted pita bread.  Pita and hummus?  Not Paleo-friendly.

  • grains & chickpeas

What’s a guy to do??

He came home with an eggplant, and after careful thought, he announced that he would substitute his love for hummus by making some homemade baba ghanoush.

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Genius!

He roughly followed THIS recipe.

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But what to eat with the baba ghanoush?  We aren’t easily satisfied with carrots and celery for dipping.  We crave a carb-like crunch.  A cracker of some sort.

So I searched for “paleo crackers”, and found several different nut-based recipes.  I decided to go for the one with the most basic ingredients:

  • almond meal
  • egg whites
  • salt

In my opinion, a dip should typically have more than enough flavor so that the dip-deliverer, in this case a cracker, is more about the texture.

1.5 cups roasted almonds.

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Processed to make almond meal (+ a dash of sea salt).

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Added 3 egg whites.

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Mixed until it looked like almond butter.  Tempting!  Minus the raw egg whites…

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Spread onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

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Baked at 325° for 20-25 minutes, checking for desired crispiness.

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While still warm, use a pizza slicer to cut into preferred size and shape.

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The crackers crisp up even more after they cool.  The flavor is simple and nutty, perfect for a strong, flavorful dip like garlicky baba ghanoush.

SO VERY DELICIOUS.

I’m excited to experiment with other grain-free cracker recipes.  We baked these in the oven for the sake of time and hunger, but I’d like to make some in our dehydrator as well.  We did use our dehydrator to make something yesterday.

Any guesses?

Do you like hummus?  Baba ghanoush?

Love both.  And happy to make them both homemade now.

What’s you favorite chip (or cracker, bread, etc.) and dip?

You know I’m not good at picking favorites.  I love chips & guacamole, and blue corn tortilla chips with jalapeno-cilantro hummus.  To be specific.

Today’s the last day to enter my Love Grown Foods granola giveaway!  The winner will be announced in tomorrow’s post.

~Bird

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Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons March 14, 2011 at 9:29 am

What a fabulous solution!!!! The crackers look delicious!! =) I’ll have to add them to my crackers-to-try list that is picking up some major steam in my bookmark section! hehe

chickpeas are not paleo friendly? ohmygosh! I had no idea! my paleo friend cheats so much I really don’t know the details of what is and isn’t paleo — only the basics!

kudos to you guys for trying a new way of eating!!!!
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Heather (Where's the Beach) March 14, 2011 at 9:32 am

I love hummus and make it often as well. I’ve never made Baba ghanoush though. I am loving that cracker idea though. Wonder if you could get away with using flax “egg” rather than egg whites…
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janae@hungryrunnergirl.com March 14, 2011 at 9:44 am

Billy is AWESOME!!! k, I want those crackers…..you have me drooling. You are AMAZING!!! I LOVE guac and chips……I could eat them until I die and be happy!! HUMMUS is amazing…I need to go get some for lunch:)
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dorrybird March 14, 2011 at 9:53 am

I usually use flax or chia eggs in my baking, but Billy was into the egg whites instead of a recipe with oil. There are so many recipes for nut-based, grain-free crackers and many of them didn’t call for eggs at all! Some call for olive oil, coconut oil, etc.

Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 14, 2011 at 9:57 am

I’m not a huge fan of hummus, although homemade hummus is really tasty!

I love tortilla chips/guac the best!
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Stephanie March 14, 2011 at 9:58 am

I wouldn’t know what to do with out hummus!!! Sounds like you guys made interesting AND tasty choices! Love the cracker idea! But now you have me wondering if they’d be tasty with hummus. lol

I love chips/salsa chips/guac crackers/cheese crackers/spread any of that! I honestly don’t like very many *chips* chips though. I do like Sun Chips…but that’s about it besides tortilla chips. :)
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Heather @ Dietitian on the Run March 14, 2011 at 10:24 am

I am passing this on to my paleo friends – those look good!! And so simple to make at home, assuming we have parchment paper, which is a “never”. ;)

My favorite is definitely chips & salsa!!! Hummus is a very very close second, but this Southwestern-raised girl doesn’t mess with her spicy first love.
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Kris @ spabettie March 14, 2011 at 10:38 am

mm, it has been SO long since I have had baba ghanoush – it reminds me of my first job after college… I was working downtown and would go to one of my favorite middle eastern restaurants for lunch.. :)

I made a new hummus this weekend – it was SO good… and crackers are really fun to make too – so many flavor possibilities! Go Billy!
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allison March 14, 2011 at 10:39 am

looks delish! thanks for the great recipes. i too love the crispness of a carb but don’t enjoy the gluten effect- what a great alternative:)

paleo power! i just had to – it’s the cheerleader in me-

have a lovely monday-
xo-
av
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Caree @ Fit-Mama March 14, 2011 at 10:48 am

I love homemade hummus!! never have had Baba ghanoush before..but I love trying new things!

Marci March 14, 2011 at 11:14 am

I love making hummus at home. The best! I would be at a loss without it too. Interesting cracker solution! Funny that it is basically almond butter that you stop short or the creaming phase.

lindsay March 14, 2011 at 11:50 am

oh so yummy! I made some pecan and herb crackers like that before. The only problem was that I didn’t make enough. hehe.
I’m thinking you made some paleo energy bars in your dehydrator? am i right?
xxoo
LC

p.s.
Billy makes the best faces!
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Lisa @ Thrive Style March 14, 2011 at 12:00 pm

The baba and chips look awesome!

My fave dip is guacamole…mmmm.
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Abby March 14, 2011 at 12:13 pm

You guys are so resourceful! I think I have to make those crackers for myself!
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Susan (Oliepants) March 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm

The picture of Billy with the eggplant made me laugh. I never saw someone express so much love for a veggie before! :) I love baba ghanoush! I made it once and now you’re making me rethink why I didn’t make it again. I think I love hummus and baba ghanoush equally – I have a thing for eggplant – sorta like Billy! :)

CathyK March 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm

i do like hummus to throw in a salad, or to dip carrots in!
i love love your cracker idea/recipe!! i honestly did not know you could make a cracker that wasn’t grain based…thanks for the info, dorry!
i’m not really a chip n dip fan…i would choose a sweet (like a choco chip cookie) over a salty snack!
good luck with your packing! :)
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Erin March 14, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Great cracker idea! I love it. :) I like the nutty flavor you get in some crackers so this would be perfect.

dorrybird March 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Billy is doing this Paleo challenge on his own – I’m just along to help him out, but I can’t imagine not being able to eat chickpeas or hummus! The crackers are really simple and tasty. I’m excited to experiment with more varieties – I’m thinking rosemary!

dorrybird March 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm

The crackers are yummy! I’ll add that to the list of things we eat together when we meet. :) Hope you found some hummus for lunch!

dorrybird March 14, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I don’t know what I’d do either – I’m impressed with Billy’s discipline during his Paleo challenge – I couldn’t survive on Paleo because I don’t eat meat! Beans, lentils, etc are a big part of my diet. I don’t like chips as much as crackers either! Never really have…

dorrybird March 14, 2011 at 4:53 pm

They were super easy and taste great! Fun that you can spice them up however you want. How about chips dipped in hummus, then dipped in salsa? I’ve been known to make a mess of the individuals bowls in an attempt to combine the 2!

dorrybird March 14, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Ooooh, a new hummus? Yummus! I’m excited to start making more crackers – not just nut-based, but with some GF flour, too.

dorrybird March 14, 2011 at 4:57 pm

They were so easy to make! And I can imagine they’d be great with a variety of different nuts, too. Billy is kicking butt on this Paleo challenge so far!

dorrybird March 14, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Oh you should try it if you like eggplant! It’s really good.

dorrybird March 14, 2011 at 5:01 pm

And it has egg whites in it! ;) But, there are a lot of versions of nut-based crackers that can be made vegan as well, and those are a lot like nut butter. Homemade hummus really is the best! You can tailor it just the way you like it.

dorrybird March 14, 2011 at 5:02 pm

I want to try some with different nuts – pecan and herb (rosemary!?) sounds great. We’re making plantain chips in the dehydrator!

dorrybird March 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm

His days as an actor haven’t quite faded. He likes to ham it up for the camera! Hummus and baba are both so good and satisfying.

dorrybird March 14, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Hummus is so good on a salad – I mix it in with red wine vinegar to make a creamy & tangy dressing. Delicious! I think my sweet and salty tooth is about even these days – it definitely used to favor the sweets!

Paige @ Running Around Normal March 14, 2011 at 7:11 pm

I love this idea!! I will be making baba ganoush very soon! :)
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Laura March 14, 2011 at 10:25 pm

That’s so freakin’ cool that you made both diet-friendly things at home! I love the idea of those crackers!! Me? I’m obsessed with those Mary’s Gone Crackers, crackers. I could easily eat a box to myself in 2 or 3 days!!
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Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine March 15, 2011 at 6:54 am

I looooove hummus and baba ghanouj. I haven’t had the baba in far too long though. As much as I love it, I think cooking eggplants are kinda gross!! I’m such a picky brat, I know :)
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Christin@purplebirdblog March 15, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I am such a huge fan of baba ganoush but never make it! And I totally found a recipe for almond meal crackers that I had bookmarked last week, but this one is even easier and probably what I’ll end up making instead! :)
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jenATX March 18, 2011 at 9:09 am

yummus-lol

barb April 19, 2011 at 1:52 pm

I found your website while looking for paleo + dehydrator. :-)
I have a replacement for the chick peas in hummus. Peel a zucchini, cut it up in to manageable chunks, buzz it up in a food processor – then add the rest of your hummus ingredients – garlic, lemon juice, tahini, etc. Process until it’s the texture that you prefer. Believe it or not, it’s pretty darn tasty, looks like hummus (as long as you peel the zuke!) and I’ve even passed it off to non-paleo hummus eaters who didn’t even know the difference. Put a dollop of the zucchini hummus on a big leaf of lettuce and roll it up with some grilled chicken for a fantastic light lunch.
Enjoy,
Barb
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Mark Doyle August 18, 2011 at 12:53 am

I love this post! You have a great blog here!

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