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Butternut Squash and White Bean Dip

Savoury, creamy and addictive, this Butternut Squash and White Bean Dip is the perfect healthy appetizer to add to your Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving menus.

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White Bean Dip served with toasted pita chips

I love this time of the year, there's a refreshing crispness to the air, the trees begin to get all beautifully coloured and the markets are bursting with fresh and local produce that I get to transform into delicious meals.

I also love it, because my favourite holidays are quickly approaching and this means that I have plenty of occasions to prepare some fabulous food to share with family and friends.

Canadian Thanksgiving is less than a month away, and this year I'm doing something very special. I'm having a Friendsgiving celebration! Have you heard of Friendsgiving yet?  If you haven't, it's the celebration of Thanksgiving with your friends!

My Friendsgiving celebration will be a virtual one, and will be sponsored by none other than Vitamix! Needless to say, I'm very excited to be working with Vitamix and some amazing Canadian Food Bloggers to present you with a variety of autumn dishes that are perfect for Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving celebrations.

My contribution is this vegan Butternut Squash and White Bean Dip, and I'll be sharing that with you today. I'll be sharing the rest of the contributions next week, so do make sure to come back, because not only will there be some incredible recipes, but there will also be a Vitamix giveaway! This contest is now closed.

Butternut Squash and White Bean Dip in white bowl served with pita chips.

Healthy Bean Dip

Now let's get back to this delicious and healthy Butternut Squash and White Bean dip.  The white kidney beans and the butternut squash are rich in dietary fibre and antioxidants which make this dip actually good for you! Spices such as cumin, coriander and cayenne help to flavour this dip and make it savoury and delicious.

How to Make it

The best part is this dip couldn't have been any easier or faster to make than in my blender. In very little time, the Vitamix effortlessly blended all of my ingredients into a creamy and ultra-smooth dip.

Butternut Squash and White Bean Dip Vitamix Collage

Here's a picture of the ingredients and one of the Vitamix in action.

Ingredients Overview:

  • White kidney beans 
  • Butternut squash approx. 950g.
  • Tahini
  • Lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • Extra-virgin olive oil 
  • Garlic 
  • Ground coriander
  • Ground cumin
  • Sea salt
  • Ground pepper
  • Ccayenne pepper (optional)
  • Pepitas for topping (optional)

Steps Overview:

  1. Place a rack in the middle of your oven and preheat oven.
  2. Cut a butternut squash in half (lengthwise). Using a spoon, scoop the seeds out of the squash and discard. You will only need 1/2 of the squash for this recipe.
  3. Rub the flesh of the butternut squash with a touch of olive oil and sprinkle it with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  4. Place the squash cut side up and bake for approximately 35 to 45 minutes or until the flesh of the squash is easily pierced with the tip of a knife. Remove the squash from the oven and let it cool to room temperature. Once cool, scoop out 1/2 cup of the roasted butternut squash.
  5. Drain the kidney beans, reserving the liquid as you will need some for thinning the dip.
  6. In a high powered blender, add all of the dip ingredients and blend on high to purée, thinning with the reserved liquid, a little at a time until the desired consistency is reached.
  7. If desired, you can garnish the dip with pepitas, a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of smoked paprika or cayenne for some heat.
  8. Serve the dip with pita chips, vegetables, or crackers.

To make pita chips:

  1. With a sharp knife cut pita bread into desired chip size.
  2. Place on a baking sheet and lightly brush chips with extra-virgin olive oil, sprinkle with a bit of paprika and place under the broiler to crisp and colour the pita chips. Watch the chips carefully to avoid burning them!

Here's a video so you can see how quickly a high-performance blender like this can get your dips and soups smooth. See how creamy and smooth this white bean dip is?

This is my first cooking video. The sun kept appearing and disappearing on me that day. Let's just say I still have lots to learn when it comes to making videos!

A close up of a chip with White Bean Dip on it.

How to Serve

Transfer the dip into a shallow bowl and garnish it with pepitas, a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and a pinch of smoked paprika or cayenne for some heat. Serve it with homemade toasted pita chips, veggies and crackers.

Butternut Squash and White bean Dip served with toasted pita chips.

How to Store

Store the white bean dip in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

A great thing about this dip is that it's easy to bring along to potluck gatherings so you can share with family and friends.

Enjoy!

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A close up of a chip with White Bean Dip on it.

Butternut Squash and White Bean Dip

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits
A savoury creamy dip made with roasted butternut squash and white kidney beans. 
4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 10
Calories 203 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 19 oz can white kidney beans 540 ml.
  • 1 small to medium butternut squash approx. 950g.
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 2-3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil plus 1 tsp. for rubbing onto squash (for roasting)
  • 1 clove garlic medium
  • 3/4 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper optional
  • 1 tbsp. pepitas for topping optional

For Pita chips:

  • 2 pitas
  • 2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika

Instructions
 

  • Place a rack in the middle of your oven and preheat oven to 400ºF.
  • Cut a butternut squash in half (lengthwise). Using a spoon, scoop the seeds out of the squash and discard. You will only need 1/2 of the squash for this recipe.
  • Rub flesh of butternut squash with one teaspoon of olive oil. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Place the squash cut side up and bake for approximately 35 to 45 minutes or until the flesh of the squash is easily pierced with the tip of a knife. Remove squash from oven and let cool to room temperature. Once cool, scoop out 1/2 cup of roasted butternut squash.
  • Drain kidney beans, reserving the liquid (you will need some of it for thinning the dip).
  • In a high powered blender, add the kidney beans, roasted butternut squash, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic clove, coriander, cumin, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper (if using). Blend on high to purée, thinning with the reserved liquid, a little at a time until the desired consistency is reached.
  • If desired, garnish the dip with pepitas, a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of smoked paprika.
  • Serve the dip with pita chips, vegetables, or crackers.
  • To make pita chips:
  • With a sharp knife cut pita bread into desired chip size.
  • Place on baking sheet and lightly brush chips with extra-virgin olive oil, sprinkle with a bit of paprika and place under the broiler to crisp and colour the pita chips. Watch the chips carefully to avoid burning them!

Notes

*The quantities of ingredients in this recipe were written for use with a 48 ounce (1400 ml. or 6 cups) blender container, if you own a smaller container, I recommend you make this recipe in two batches to get the best results possible.
**If you don't own a high powered blender, you can also use a food processor to make this dip.

Nutrition

Calories: 203kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 6gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 300mgPotassium: 493mgFiber: 5gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 8085IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 81mgIron: 2.2mg
Keyword Butternut Squash and White Bean Dip, White Bean Dip
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