TANGY COCONUT DATE DIP (vegan, paleo, AIP)

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Today we threw a good old fashioned birthday party for Nikhil and Felix, who are both January born.  The party was in the afternoon between lunch and dinner, so I put together an array of healthy and yummy snacks that all happened to be vegan, and gluten-free of course.  This Coconut Date Dip is a little treat that I whipped up on Friday afternoon with ingredients I already had in my fridge and pantry.  I served it with Granny Smith apple slices and it was a big hit at the party, especially amongst the parents.  Sweet and tangy with complex notes of warm ginger and cinnamon, it boasts a great texture that would also work well as a spread for toast or crackers, paired with strawberries or pear, or just straight from the spoon for an energizing, fiber-filled bite.  I’m not sure if my boys had a chance to try out this snack today (they were too busy having a blast with all of their pals), but I’m guessing they’d love it.  I think I’ll offer it up with crackers tomorrow after school. We’ll see what they say!

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup dried unsweetened coconut

10 Medjool dates, pitted

3 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice or calamansi or sour orange juice

1 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 cup water

Pinch of fine sea salt

Place all ingredients in a food processor fitted with an “S” blade, and blend until a thick paste has formed.  If your Medjool dates are a bit dry or tough, you can soften them up  by soaking them in a bowl of hot water for 5 minutes before adding to the food processor.  Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.  For best taste and texture, let your dip come to room temperature before serving.

Enjoy!

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