Have it Both Ways: Savory Peanut Butter Dip or Spread

Lately, I’ve been shying away from actual recipes and increasingly drawn to taking inventory of my kitchen and figuring out what combinations of foods could produce something edible. Before moving out on Saturday, I had been getting a lot of satisfaction out of taking the odds and ends ingredients and foods from my apartment that I was trying to use up, and turning them into something interesting. Some of my attempts were admittedly better than others, but one of my favorites was this peanut butter spread/dip. I tend to pair my peanut butter with sweeter foods – fruit, yogurt, and chocolate more than anything else – but every once in a while I like throwing my taste buds a curveball and tying in some more savory flavors to a peanut butter meal, which is exactly what I did for this spread. I made it two ways – first as an actual spread and the second time bulked up with some yogurt to make more of a dip, and both were equally delicious. The spread is perfect for sandwiches, pancakes, or vegetables; the dip is much creamier – vaguely reminiscent of a sour cream & onion dip – and would be fantastic with some fresh vegetables like broccoli or carrots. You may even want to toss it in some pasta with vegetables if you’re feeling particularly wacky. I’ve included both alternatives below, but only have a photograph of the dip. 


Savory Peanut Butter Spread or Dip
This recipe packs some seriously intense ingredients, but together, they blend into one savory, healthy and downright delicious dip or spread. Serve it with your favorite vegetables or crackers at your next party, and you won’t be sorry.

Yield: 1 serving (approximately 2 tablespoons spread, ⅓ cup dip)
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes

The Ingredients (Spread)
4 teaspoons (natural) peanut butter
2 teaspoons unsweetened (vanilla) almond milk
¾ - 1 teaspoon lite soy sauce
¼ teaspoon horseradish

The Ingredients (Dip)
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons plain greek yogurt
½ tablespoon chia seeds
4 teaspoons (natural) peanut butter
½ teaspoon lite soy sauce
¼ teaspoon horseradish

The Method
Regardless of whether you want more of a thick spread or a thinner, creamier dip, whisk all of the appropriate ingredients together and refrigerate until needed. Due to the chia seeds in the dip version, this will especially benefit from some chill time before serving.

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