Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Sweet Creamy Peanut Butter Dip {S}

Have you ever had a jicama? [pronounced HEE-ka-ma or HIK-a-ma]. It had been years since I'd tried one and I didn't remember being a fan.  However, I got a new cookbook this week that had a recipe for a peanut butter dip and "apples". The "apples" are actually slices of jicama for a great low carb replacement.

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Jicama is rather bland, though it does have a flavor but it is not sweet like an apple...but the mouth feel is just like an apple!  A second option is the Chayote squash.  I had only ever had it once before, but it was cooked.  I didn't realize it could be eaten raw.

One nice advantage to using either of these is that they don't turn brown like an apple.  Fabulous for cutting up ahead of time.

I didn't take a picture of the Jicama before I cut it up but this is what the Chayote looks like:

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The outside. This is the size of a small piece of fruit.

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A Chayote Squash-cut in half.  
This is my lightened up version of the recipe in the book.

Sweet Creamy Peanut Butter Dip

4 oz. 1/3 less fat cream cheese (softened or beaten in the Kitchen Aid which is what I always do)
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup peanut flour (I used PB2 because I have some I am trying to use up.)
6 packets Truvia and a little stevia extract (I used one scoop of NOW Better Stevia.)
2 T. almond milk (add a little more if you'd like the dip a little less thick)

Cream dip ingredients together and serve with Jicama or Chayote squash slices. (This would also be great on celery.)

I have been able to find both Jicama and Chayote squash at local grocery stores but not in EVERY grocery store.  I couldn't tell you which one I like better, but it is definitely easier to cut up the Chayote.

Linking up with Trim Healthy Tuesdays at Stacy Makes Cents where she is sharing a recipe for Blueberry Fritters and at Gwen's Nest where she has a Breakfast Berry Cake.

Also linking up with Try a New Recipe Tuesday.


Learn How To Make Quilts said...

I grew up in Belize and we had the Chayote all the time. We used it in chicken potatoes zuchini and chayote stew all the time. I don't believe I have seen it yet here in Oklahoma.

Stacy said...

Karen, this looks fab! I bet it would be sooooooooooo good on some lavash crackers! Gonna try it. :-)
Thanks for linking at Trim Healthy Tuesday!

Lisa said...

Thanks so much for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday!" I am featuring you this week! Congratulations! The post should go live around 11pm Eastern on Monday evening. Be sure to stop by and grab an "I've been featured" button from my sidebar for your blog. I hope you will be able to share with us again this week. Many blessings, Lisa

Stacy said...

You were featured at Trim Healthy Tuesday !!! It was YUMMY!

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