Smoky Pecan Dip

February 21, 2018

Smoky Pecan Dip by Faring Well #Vegan

This post was sponsored by the American Pecan Council. I feel like having a few good dips on rotation in your fridge is a way to ensure you always have a satiating snack. Seeing as so many of you have requested more snack ideas this year, I thought I would deliver today with a nut paté/hummus hybrid using toasted pecans and smoked hot paprika to wow you ;). It’s creamy and nutty with a good amount of spice to handle whatever veggies you have around for dipping. I would imagine this would be tasty spread on some crackers or a sandwich too. Maybe it could even be served on the side of a salad or with roasted veggies (yum!). I love using pecans here because they are so creamy and nutty. Their softness makes them easy to blend, and the bits that don’t get perfectly blended are pleasant to bite into. They deliver beneficial whole-food fats, fiber, thiamin, and zinc! I just extra love them, and think they go so well with the spices in this dip too.

Thank you to everyone who congratulated me this past weekend on my recent vegan-iversary! Even if it was just in your heart, thank you :) I was so excited to celebrate six years of this abundant and conscious lifestyle. I ended up celebrating Scott too for having supporting me (and being 98% plant based himself) from the very beginning. He has been such a trooper and I’ve seen such a transformation in him that I am so proud of. I think it’s important to celebrate these kinds of things, the choices you make to better yourself, someone else, the planet, or for another positive reason – celebrate! Whether it’s been a week, a month, or a decade, every bit of time commitment is worth recognizing. It gives you an opportunity to reflect upon how far you’ve come as well. Everyone’s journey looks a little different, and we all have our own set of challenges to overcome along the way. Know that wherever you are at, I’m cheering for you. Because if we aren’t cheering for the good of each other – what are we doing, right?

Lately I’ve been focusing on a few areas of my health that need to “get better”. A few internal scars leftover from years of bad habits and poisoning my body, but also areas of my life I haven’t touched upon yet that are just as poisoning – such as my thoughts, ways I manage stress (or don’t), and really overall my emotional well being. This last part has been huge, can you relate? Yoga and deep breathing exercises have been transformative. Also realizing areas of my life that caused me stress, and analyzing how I really just don’t handle them at all. Things get buried, my nerves get sensitive, and instead of dealing with these feelings I let them accumulate until they manifest themselves physically. So I’ve been working on handling this better, and really applying myself fully to reorient my habits and priorities. Hence this bit of quietness here and on other platforms since the new year. I had no idea how much effort it would take! But its too worth it to ignore. I hope this is encouraging to you in some way if you’re currently battling with any of the struggles above. Being gentile with yourself is key, as I’m trying to do, because healing takes time. But as long as we are all rooting for each other, I have total faith in both the process and the results being used for good :). Sending love and encouragement to you this week. – xo

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This post was sponsored by the American Pecan Council. All words and opinions are my own, and I absolutely love pecans. Thank you for supporting Faring Well through your support if its sponsors.

Makes about 3 cups.

3 cups chickpeas, rinsed & drained
1 cup raw pecan halves
2 cloves garlic
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 heaping teaspoon smoked hot paprika
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
sea salt, to taste
1/4 to 1/2 cup filtered water

to serve: raw veggies, roasted veggies, or add to a salad/sandwich

Preheat the oven to 300F. Spread the pecans on a parchment lined baking sheet, and toast in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove and let slightly cool.

Make the dip. Add the cooled, toasted pecans to a food processor with the remaining ingredients for the dip. Blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides and help the mixture along as needed. (You could alternatively use a Vitamix/high speed blender for a creamier consistency, I preferred more of a texture in this dip so I used the processor).

Add any additional amount of the ingredients above if needed to suit your taste buds, and blend again. It can be served immediately, or stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.

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  • Abby @ Heart of a Baker February 21, 2018 at 6:01 am

    Ohh I love this! I had a smoky walnut pate recently at a restaurant and it was SO GOOD! I can’t wait to try this next!

    • Faring Well February 21, 2018 at 12:47 pm

      That is so neat Abby! I love that you experienced it at a restaurant, and hope this homemade pecan version lives up to your taste buds’ standards too! :)

  • Abby February 21, 2018 at 10:57 am

    The Pecan Council should give you a bonus – I’ve bought pecans twice now to make your recipes and I’ll definitely be buying more to make this dip!

    • Faring Well February 21, 2018 at 12:49 pm

      Oh my goodness – I’m blushing, Abby! I’m so touched you made the previous two recipes too <3 thank you for taking the time to comment here, makes my day.

  • Gemma February 21, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    I love dips! I recently made a similar one for a client but never tried using pecans…though I really like them. Perhaps it’s time. ;-)
    Lovely photos as usual, and I so relate with your story, I’m a mess when it comes to deal with my stress and control my anxiety; I keep it all inside and soonee or later it all comes out in a way or another (heartburn, acid reflux, breakouts, blisters on lips, etc).
    Thanks for this post! <3

    • Faring Well February 22, 2018 at 12:00 pm

      Oo yes I hope you give pecans a try, they are so fantastic in dips! And I’m so sorry to hear you struggle similarly with stress, and hope you feel encouraged to not keep it inside as often too – its a daily commitment that I struggle with! Know I’m cheering for you too <3.

  • Hollie February 21, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    The long time follower inside me is taking a huge sigh of relief knowing there’s a reason you’re a little quieter. Ha!

    It’s super admirable to see you share that you are taking a well needed break, especially as you’re actually doing them for you and not just posting about your yoga breaks all over the platform like the millions of other well-being blogs.

    Take all the offline time in the world, we’ll all be here waiting! 🌞

    • Faring Well February 22, 2018 at 12:01 pm

      Oh my goodness, you’re so sweet, thank you Hollie! I appreciate you <3 and its such a privilege to write and share with you all here!

  • Jan February 21, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    Such gorgeous photos!! Wow… love this recipe. Toasted pecans are so yummy and what an innovative idea to incorporate them into a dip. Congrats on your 6 yr anniversary!

    • Faring Well February 22, 2018 at 12:01 pm

      Thank you so so so much Jan! :)

  • Jess | Nourished by Nutrition February 22, 2018 at 2:55 am

    You know I support you 100%. Committing to complete wellness is hard (struggling here too!) especially when you feel the pull to be sharing and keeping up with an online platform…but taking time to figure it out and really focus on yourself is so important (so much easier said than done…). Thank you so much for sharing. It’s a wonderful reminder and encouragement for me. Thank you for being you, for sharing (always!) and, of course, your incredible recipes. Sending you the biggest virtual hug, Jessie!

    • Faring Well February 22, 2018 at 12:03 pm

      Aw Jess! Hugging you back, you are just too sweet to me. I appreciate your encouraging words, it really is such a commitment! Especially when your habits take you away from dealing with the stress when on autopilot (that’s me). Appreciate you and am so happy this was a positive read for you in some way <3.

  • Emily February 24, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Dear sweet Jessie, I admire you for taking the space you need, and for digging deep to restore physical and emotional health. The pressure to keep up with the online world is tough, and I believe time away is necessary to continuing the with joy. I do not handle stress well, and it’s something I’ve realized I need to work on too. You always inspire with you authenticity and beautiful recipes. :) So genius to pair pecans and smoked paprika with chickpeas! Big hugs and love. xo

    • Faring Well March 5, 2018 at 10:49 am

      Thank you Emily, I really appreciate your words of encouragement – and am thinking of you as we work through this anxiety together <3. Big hugs being sent right back to too.

  • Natalie February 24, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    You really deserve for what you have done so far :)
    and the dip is amazing!

    • Faring Well March 5, 2018 at 10:49 am

      Thank you Natalie, very sweet of you!

  • Jess @choosingchia February 27, 2018 at 6:39 am

    This is like next level hummus! Sounds so decadent and I bet the smoked paprika tastes so delicious!

    • Faring Well March 5, 2018 at 10:50 am

      Thanks tons Jess! <3

  • Maria Koutsogiannis March 9, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Oh my! This looks so good. Like hummus but 10X better. Can’t wait to make it and try it!

    • Faring Well March 12, 2018 at 9:04 am

      Aw yay, thank you Maria!

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