I love watching a movie with a snack, but most snacks you buy off the shelf are packed with sugar, fat and other guilt-inducing ingredients.
That’s ok once in a while, but if you’re looking for a healthier option, I’ve recently discovered Original flavour Popchips, which have all the flavour of fried crisps with less than half the fat and less than 100 calories per serving. They’re also suitable for vegans. Now that’s already a big win, but when Popchips asked me to create a dip to accompany them, I knew I had to think healthy!
This vegan creamy pesto dip is made from silken tofu, nuts and basil for a creamy, super satisfying dip that you can enjoy guilt-free.
How to make the pesto dip.
- 350g silken tofu, drained
- 100g cashew nuts soaked in 250ml water for 2 hours, then drained, or pine nuts straight from the pack or lightly toasted. Cashews will give the creamiest consistency, while pine nuts will be chunkier, but with a more pesto-like flavour. I like both!
- 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 3 tbsp nutritional yeast (this adds some crucial B vitamins and amino acids to your dip and helps lend a cheesy flavour)
- 45g fresh basil leaves (not the stalks)
You’ll also need a selection of veg crudities and some Popchips Original Potato Chips to serve.
1. Blend the tofu, olive oil and nuts together until smooth. The longer you blend, the smoother it will become, so go by personal taste. I like a little bit of texture.
2. Add the nutritional yeast and basil leaves and blitz again until pale green.
3. Season to taste and serve with the veg crudities and Popchips and enjoy!
You might have spotted Popchips in coffee houses across the UK. I like these heat-popped potato crisps because they’re lower in calories than standard crisps and are completely free from no artificial flavours or colours.
This is commissioned recipe for Popchips.