Spicy Almond Dip

Thank you to those of you who have sent well wishes with the recent San Diego fires. Our house is fine for now, but I’m sending thoughts and prayers to everyone affected. You can see the smoke from the freeway, and it’s heartbreaking to hear of those who have had to evacuate their homes.

Snack Rut

This morning, I have a new snack option to share. We’ve gotten into a bit of a snack rut. I’m a creature of habit, and if I wasn’t determined to switch things up for Livi’s sake (and create fun things for this little blog here), I’d probably eat the same.exact.things every single day. It would look something like: breakfast (egg burrito + coffee), snack (green smoothie), lunch (giant salad and green juice), snack (amazeballs, coffee, some kind of chocolate) and dinner (grilled chicken, sweet potato, asparagus, and wine).

Spicy almond dip

Also, if you ever hear me talking about “being busy,” you can say I’m full of lies. I still have time to make my coveted almond bracelets:

almond bracelet (This is not real)

and read articles such as “What does your brunch order say about you?”

I was hoping for a good one like “you walk on the wild side,” “you’re creative and energetic,” etc. Apparently my brunch order says I’m a creature of habit. Thanks for nothing, quiz 😉

soaked almonds

Spicy Almond Dip

Anyway, I decided to change things up in the snack rotation and try a new almond-based hummus-ish recipe. At the farmer’s market last weekend, there was a creation called “Bitchin’ Sauce,” which is basically almond hummus (minus the tahini). I gave it a whirl, decided should go back to purchase some on the way out, and spaced it. Since then, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it!
It inspired me to use almonds as the base for this vegan dip, which is absolutely delicious on top of crackers or fresh veggies. It will make a bomb wrap filling too.

spicy almond dip

Let me know if you give it a try!


Spicy almond dip

A nutritious and savory dip for veggies or crackers. A fun way to switch things up from the usual hummus.

  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5


  • -1 cup raw almonds, soaked in water overnight
  • -1 cup almond milk
  • -1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/41/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • pepper and cayenne to taste


  1. Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. Store covered in the fridge.


  • Feel free to add any spices or flavor variations you enjoy!


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  1. Megan @ The Skinny-Life on May 15, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Yum! This sounds amazingly good. I understand what you mean when you say you’re a creature of habit. If it weren’t for my blog, I wouldn’t venture too far away from my routine either.

  2. Alex @ Kenzie Life on May 15, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Yeah, this looks awesome! I’ve been craving dips and spreads lately and the easier the better (not that dips and spreads are rocket science, but you know what I mean). I bet this would be awesome with some crumbled feta, lettuce, and tomato on a sandwich! Have a great day, Gina!

  3. Angie on May 15, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    OMG that looks SO good. I’m going to have to try that. Glad to hear you’re safe. I think I’m a creature of habit as well. At least we’re consistent 🙂 And YES to chocolate!!

  4. Heather on May 15, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    sounds amazing! I wonder if I could use the raw almond butter that’s been sitting in my pantry as the base and just add the spices! yum!

  5. Tracy on May 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    omg I’m SUCH a creature of habit, too. Sometimes it’s just easier than thinking of something different to eat, right?

    The dip sounds delicious! I’m a big dip fan so will definitely give it a try. I always have a traditional hummus on hand but lately I’ve also been making a sweet hummus for a change. It’s great with apples or carrots or on toast, basically anywhere I use nut butter.

    Here’s how I make it:
    1 can garbanzos, drained & rinsed well
    2-3 T any nut butter (almond or sunflower both very good)
    pinch sea salt
    1/2 t vanilla
    cinnamon (optional)
    stevia or honey to taste
    1/4 – 1/2 cup water (add in to desired consistency)

    Put all ingredients in blender and blend away!

  6. Livi on May 15, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Im so intrigued! Maybe its time to change up my hummus addiction!

  7. Britt@MyOwnBalance on May 15, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    I love Bitchin’ Sauce. That is hilarious! This looks really yummy and very creative!

  8. Jennifer on May 15, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Yum, great recipe! I’ve been meaning to recommend one of my favorite San Diego spots, if you haven’t already discovered it – It’s called Noon Design Shop in Ocean Beach, on Niagra Avenue. The shop, the goods, the gals, everything about it is amazing! They did my wedding jewelry and I own several, several of their pieces. Love.

    Tonight they are having a special event, too. Here’s the website – http://www.noondesignshop.com/. ‘

    Hope you like it, have a great day. xo

  9. Polly @ Tasty Food Project on May 15, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Oh yum! I always like adding a little cayenne. I even add it to my smoothies for a little extra kick!

  10. Marion on May 15, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    I don’t understand the almond bracelet reference. Huh? (I know it’s photoshopped, but what is the joke here?)

  11. Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} on May 15, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    I love hot dips so this is great! I can’t wait to try it out! Great way to get out of that rut!

  12. Abi@AbsofSteel on May 15, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    ooh, that sounds so good! Like some sort of almond butter and hummus hybrid.

  13. Alicia on May 15, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    I love bitchin sauce, so addicting! Their bars are good too, although nothing you can’t make at home. Also, when you buy the sauce they tell you to have a bitchin day 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 15, 2014 at 2:52 pm

      haha well now i HAVE to go back for some 🙂

  14. Meg @ A Dash of Meg on May 15, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    wow babe i will love this! cannot wait to give it a try 😀

  15. Tara | Treble in the Kitchen on May 15, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Yum! This looks really great. I am new to the whole “nutritional yeast” idea, and I made a dip similar to this with cashews…I am such an almond lover, I am sure I would love this too!

  16. Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit on May 15, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Oh yum, what a fun and creative new way to use almonds! De-lish!

  17. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on May 15, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Oooh, this sounds so good!

  18. Danielle on May 15, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Oh this looks good! I get stuck in ruts too when it comes to food.

  19. Chicago Jogger on May 15, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    I love the addition of smoked paprika to this recipe! I’ve never thought to spice up ‘almond butter’ – yum yum.

  20. Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome on May 15, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    What a yummy snack! I cut out legumes awhile back and often miss hummus. This would be a great replacement!

  21. Mila on May 16, 2014 at 3:08 am

    This looks absolutely delicious. As does the almond bracelet 😉

  22. KA on May 16, 2014 at 9:24 am

    We love “Bitchin Sauce” in our house also. They have a punch card for purchases that qualifies you for a free sauce after buying 10 or so. I have also seen it being sold at Jimbos.

    I was curious which green smoothie recipes you like as my family and I are just getting into smoothies.


  23. Courtney Bentley on May 16, 2014 at 10:29 am

    OMG that almond bracelet is TOO CUTE! Lots of Love and Happy Weekend! Xo C

  24. Cassie Vaughn on May 16, 2014 at 11:51 am

    I totally get in ruts too.

  25. nickee on May 16, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    “It would look something like: breakfast (egg burrito + coffee), snack (green smoothie), lunch (giant salad and green juice), snack (amazeballs, coffee, some kind of chocolate) and dinner (grilled chicken, sweet potato, asparagus, and wine).”
    I now eating that day in and day out may be boring and “stuck in a rut” but man! That’s a healthy well rounded meal plan:)

  26. Jennifer on May 16, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I feel so out of the loop! I don’t get the almond bracelet joke!

  27. Holly on May 16, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Totally confused about the almond bracelet…

  28. haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine on May 16, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    OH YUM! this sounds greeeaat. And I may have to make one of those bracelets?! Hahahaha

  29. Shaina Anderson on May 18, 2014 at 12:48 am

    yum that looks so good!! I’m totally a creature of habit too but little miss has been dictating what I eat lately. 🙂

  30. laura on May 19, 2014 at 9:29 am

    We absolutely live Bitchin sauce. We buy it every week from our local farmers market (poway.) It would be fairly easy to replicate but we bought a shirt and get $1 each Bitchin sauce. Plus I enjoy the ease of just having it on hand. I focus on making or replicating foods that are less pure. 🙂

    Glad to see you’re adjusting to San Diego so well. It is a great city.

    • Fitnessista on May 19, 2014 at 11:07 am

      wait, if you buy a shirt, it’s only $1? i love that idea! i’m definitely buying it next time we’re at the market
      thank you <3 yes, we're loving it here!

      • Laura on May 19, 2014 at 11:46 am

        They shirt costs like 15 or something. And every time you wear it they give you a dollar off. I mistyped above. That is what I get for commenting on my phone that early in the morning!

  31. Anna Claudia Sette on May 19, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    It sounds delicious. I love almonds, and am crazy for hummus. So, can’t go wrong with a hummus-ish almond dip!!

    I will try it tonight, but will go easy on the chili powder, since I’m afraid it can get too spicy.

    Thanks for sharing!

  32. Shaina Anderson on May 20, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    So my almond dip came out a little more liquidy than I expected. I thought it would be thick like hummus….how was yours? I’ll just do less milk next time but I was just curious. The flavor is amazing though!!

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