Cocoa Almond Butter Dip Recipe

Cocoa Almond Butter Dip
Stephanie Lang, MS, RDN, CDN

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

Calories 137
Fat 12g
Carbs 5g
Protein 4g
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Total Time 10 min
Prep 10 min, Cook 0 min
Servings 4 (2 tablespoons each)

This dairy-free chocolatey dessert is prepared using almond butter to give it body and a filling dose of protein. Coconut oil adds a touch of extra fat and flavor.

Want even more chocolately flavor? Go ahead and add an extra tablespoon of cocoa powder. It'll provide additional health benefits, too. Cocoa powder has fewer calories, fat, and sugar than a typical chocolate bar, plus it contains a similar profile of cancer-fighting antioxidants typically found in foods like fruit and beverages such as tea, coffee, and red wine. An optional touch of flaky sea salt helps enhance the chocolatey flavor in this recipe.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1½ teaspoons maple syrup
  • ¼ cup water
  • flaky sea salt, to garnish the top
  • sliced/chopped fruit, crackers, or pretzels for dipping

Preparation

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond butter, cocoa powder, melted coconut oil, maple syrup and water.

2. Enjoy immediately at room temperature, or chill at least 1 hour or overnight in the refrigerator for a cool, creamy dip. Serve with a garnish of flaky sea salt and sliced or chopped fruit, crackers or pretzels on the side.

Ingredient Variations and Substitutions

Instead of dipping, use this as a spread for dessert sandwiches (instead of Nutella, for example).

Mix up the flavor by using peanut butter or sunflower seed butter in place of the almond butter. All nuts and seeds contain vitamins and minerals, and they are also good sources of unsaturated healthy fats, plant-based protein, and fiber, so choose your favorite. Just stick to the portion size, no more than 2 tablespoons nut butter or an ounce of nuts, so as not to go overboard in calories and fat.

Cooking and Serving Tips

On warmer days your coconut oil may already be in liquid form. On colder days the coconut oil will be more solid, so scoop out what you need and heat in a microwave safe bowl for a few seconds, or warm it in a saucepan on the stove.

Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 (2 tablespoons each)
Amount per serving  
Calories 137
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 37mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 3g  
Includes 2g Added Sugars 4%
Protein 4g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 60mg 5%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 146mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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