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Holiday Favorite Creamy Cranberry Dip (GF, DF, VG)

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During sophomore year of college, one of my best friends Kayla introduced me to the cream cheese + jam combination. I was so skeptical at the time, but she kept telling me how delicious they were together! So 10 minutes later, we found ourselves at the cracker section of our local TX grocery store looking for Wheat Thins to go with our cream cheese and raspberry jam we had in our cart. And 20 minutes later, I took my first bite of this seemingly odd combination – and WHOA!! Talk about flavors bursting in your mouth!

Fast forward 5+ years later, we’re STILL loving this sweet and salty dip combo! And since then, we’ve also created a vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free version to accommodate all your dietary preferences!

This Creamy Cranberry Dip takes (healthy) holiday dips to the next level! Using a combination of creamy cashews, dried cranberries, chopped walnuts, and other delicious ingredients, this vegan dip mimics the classic cream cheese and jam combo and pairs SO well with homestyle meatballs, turkey bites, and other holiday appetizers and snacks! Gluten-free, dairy-free, AND vegan.

What You Need to Make Creamy Cranberry Dip

  • 1 ½ cups raw cashews, soaked in water 4-8 hours, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice 
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 2 tbsp almond milk, if needed 
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • 3 tbsp chives, chopped
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How to Make Creamy Cranberry Dip

  1. Add cashews, lemon juice, salt into a food processor or a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth. If desired, add almond milk to thin and blend until combined. 
  2. Pour the dip mixture into a serving bowl, then stir in the cranberries, walnuts, and chives.
  3. Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed. 
  4. Serve immediately, or keep the dip covered in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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creamy cranberry dip

Holiday Favorite Creamy Cranberry Dip (GF, DF, VG)

DWELL by Michelle
This Creamy Cranberry Dip takes (healthy) holiday dips to the next level! Using a combination of creamy cashews, dried cranberries, chopped walnuts, and other delicious ingredients, this vegan dip mimics the classic cream cheese and jam combo and pairs SO well with homestyle meatballs, turkey bites, and other holiday appetizers and snacks! Gluten-free, dairy-free, AND vegan.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 124 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ cups raw cashews , soaked in water 4-8 hours, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp almond milk , if needed
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup walnuts , chopped
  • 3 tbsp chives , chopped

Instructions
 

  • Add cashews, lemon juice, salt into a food processor or a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth. If desired, add almond milk to thin and blend until combined. 
  • Pour the dip mixture into a serving bowl, then stir in the cranberries, walnuts, and chives.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed. 
  • Serve immediately, or keep the dip covered in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Keyword cashew cream cheese recipe, cashew dips, christmas dip, cranberry cream cheese dip healthy alternative, cranberry dipping sauce, dairy-free, easy holiday dip, Gluten-Free, healthy dip ideas, holiday dips, paleo, thanksgiving dip, vegan

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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe! My daughter just became vegan and I wanted to make something she can eat with our Thanksgiving appetizers. We made a test batch yesterday and she already ate through half of it this morning!