Cinnamon-Spiced Almond Butter Dip + 40 Healthy Snack Recipes

Cinnamon-Spiced Almond Butter Dip | Savoring TodayDo you snack?

I do. I even plan to snack.

I know, it’s daunting enough to plan dinner and scrape together a few leftovers for lunch, but plan snacks too?

Absolutely!

Because most often it is the random things we grab for a snack (candy bars, donuts, granola bars, sugary yogurt) that wreck the good decisions we make at mealtime. Planning nutritious snacks for those morning and afternoon droops can help:

  • Increase cognitive function for decision-making tasks
  • Increase energy and alertness
  • Avoid the vending machine temptations
  • Level blood sugar between meals
  • Curb hunger leading up to a meal to reduce portion sizes
  • Provide energy for a workout
  • Reduce caffeine consumption—try a snack instead of an afternoon latte
  • Avoid over-buying at the grocery store on our way home from work

Cinnamon-Spiced Almond Butter Dip with sliced apples is my favorite snack right now. A tangy, crisp Fuji apple is ideal for dipping into this salted, lightly sweetened almond butter, spiced with cinnamon and generously topped with toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds). Although unrefined sugar is included in the recipe, I’ve made it many times without it. Of course, you can adjust any of the add-ins to your liking, but I highly recommend you don’t skip the salt. I had a hard time with almond butter when I first tried it because it tasted flat to me; salt made all the difference.

Creamy, crunchy, salty, sweet—nearly snack perfection right there—healthy too, so it’s all good and no guilt!

Cinnamon-Spiced Almond Butter Dip (served) | Savoring Today

Cinnamon-Spiced Almond Butter Dip
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Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons pepitas -- toasted
  • ⅓ cup almond butter
  • 2 teaspoons coconut palm sugar -- or 1 tsp honey
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • sea salt
  • 1 medium Fuji apple -- sliced
Instructions
  1. Toast pepitas in a dry skillet over med-high heat, stirring occasionally, until pepitas start to pop in the pan and are lightly browned. Remove from skillet and set aside.

  2. In a small bowl, mix the coconut palm sugar and cinnamon into the almond butter until well blended. Taste and adjust as desired. Sprinkle with sea salt and top with toasted pepitas.
Notes
The coconut palm sugar gives the dip an added little crunch, honey will be more smooth, but works fine too. In my opinion, the salt is very important with almond butter and is a nice contrast to the sweet.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: Serves 2

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Now for the other 39 recipes to inspire your snack time!

One of the aspects I enjoy about blogging is the ability to introduce my readers to the excellent work of other food bloggers. There is loads of creativity and variety in this long list of snacking genius ~ click on any photo or title to see the recipe.
Here’s to better snacking!

~ Dips & Spreads ~

Hummus {Hummus bi Tahini} by A Cedar Spoon

Hummus

Easy and Healthy Chocolate-Peanut Butter Dip by Renee’s Kitchen Adventures

Chocolate Peanut Butter Dip

Sweet Potato Hummus by Alida’s Kitchen

Sweet Potato Hummus

Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt Fruit Dip by The Kitchen is My Playground

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Spinach Artichoke Hummus by Shugary Sweets

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~ Chips ~

Easy Smoky BBQ Kale Chips by Ricki Heller

BBQ Kale Chips

Chili-Roasted Beet Chips by Nosh and Nourish

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Brussels Sprouts Chips by All Day I Dream About Food

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Baked Corn Tortilla Chips by The Lemon Bowl

Baked Corn Tortilla Chips

~ Granola & Nuts ~

Sweetly-Spiced Crispy Pecans or Walnuts
from our Savoring Today kitchen

Crispy Pecans Snack | Savoring Today

Rosemary Mixed Nuts by Everyday Maven

Rosemary Mixed Nuts

Coconut Sesame Granola [GF & V] by The Tomato Tart

coconut sesame granola

Honey Mustard Roasted Cashews by The Law Student’s Wife

honey mustard roasted cashews

Dark Cocoa Superfood Granola with Cawalnuts by Cupcakes and Kale Chips

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Rosemary & White Pepper Almonds by Seasonal & Savory

Roasemary and white pepper almonds

Vanilla Cashew Mix by An Edible Mosaic

Vanilla Cashews

~ Bars & Bites ~

Fruit & Nut Granola Bites
from our Savoring Today kitchen

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Dairy-Free Breakfast Bars by Sheri Silver

dairy free breakfast bars

D.I.Y. Larabars by Sheri Silver

DIY Larabars

No Bake Granola Bar Bites by Like Mother Like Daughter

no bake granola bar bites

Homemade Healthy Snack Bars by Roxana’s Home Baking

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Apple Cinnamon Granola Bars by Running to the Kitchen

Apple cinnamon granola bars

Banana Nut Bread Granola Bars by Cupcakes and Kale Chips

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Cashew Cookie Larabars by 52 Kitchen Adventures

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Almond Date Bites by Everyday Maven

Almond Date Bites

~ Crackers, Muffins & Munchies ~

Coconut Curry Popcorn by The Tomato Tart

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Homemade Sesame Rice Crackers by Confident Cook, Hesitant Baker

Rice Crackers

Gluten-Free Pretzel Sticks by Confident Cook, Hesitant Baker

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Grain-Free High Protein Raw Cookie Dough Snack by Ricki Heller

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Banana Chia Bites (Muffins) by Running To The Kitchen

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Spicy Oven Roasted Chickpeas by My Catholic Kitchen

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Cheese-Wrapped Olives by Seasonal and Savory

Cheese wrapped olives

Taco-Spiced Roasted Chickpeas by Shugary Sweets

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Goat Cheese Herb Stuffed Tomatoes by All Day I Dream About Food

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Candy Apple Wedges by An Edible Mosaic

Candy Apples

Banana Date Pecan [No Sugar] Muffins by Farm Fresh Feasts

Banana Muffins

Dehydrated Pears & Fruit Roll Ups by One Creative Mommy

Dehydrate Pears

Beef Jerky
from our Savoring Today kitchen

Beef Jerky

Pumpkin Pie Spice Sprouted Wheat Muffins
from our Savoring Today kitchen

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17 Responses to Cinnamon-Spiced Almond Butter Dip + 40 Healthy Snack Recipes

  1. Lizzy (Good Things) February 5, 2014 at 11:02 pm #

    OMG, how absolutely delicious!
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    • Judy Purcell February 10, 2014 at 7:07 am #

      The only problem is keeping it “snack size”. ;)

  2. John@Kitchen Riffs February 6, 2014 at 9:32 am #

    I love your dip! Perfect with apples. And such a great roundup of healthy snacks! I don’t plan my snacks carefully enough — too easy to pick something up at the supermarket, which usually tends to be a bad decision. Good post — thanks.
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    • Judy Purcell February 10, 2014 at 7:09 am #

      Hi John, I’m with you, without a plan I don’t usually make the better choice.

  3. Jed Gray (sportsglutton) February 6, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

    Tons of flavor, no guilt and a colorful presentation to boot! Sharing this one with Liz for sure.

    Sorry about the Super Bowl and hope you guys are recovering well. :-)
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    • Judy Purcell February 10, 2014 at 7:12 am #

      Hi Jed! Ugh, the Super Bowl … we are recovering fine, wasn’t terribly surprised by the loss though the lopsided score was hard to fathom. Hopefully, it will be a wake up call to focus on a more balanced team. Hope all is well with you and Liz ~ happy snacking. :)

  4. mjskit February 6, 2014 at 10:22 pm #

    I think we’re going to have this for lunch tomorrow! Just bought some organic pink lady apples and they would be perfect with your almond butter. Love the pepitas for some extra crunch!
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    • Judy Purcell February 10, 2014 at 7:28 am #

      Pink Lady apples are perfect for this snack, MJ, I love how crisp and tangy they are. Hope you like it. :)

  5. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef February 9, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

    I love anything with cinnamon in it and I’d stand at the front of the line for this!
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    • Judy Purcell February 10, 2014 at 7:30 am #

      Me too, Maureen, I will sometimes choose cinnamon desserts over chocolate — and that is sayin something.

  6. Raymund February 9, 2014 at 3:23 pm #

    This looks so delicious and healthy, I would love to try cantaloupes in this one
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    • Judy Purcell February 10, 2014 at 7:31 am #

      Oh, cantaloupe, now that is an interesting idea … gonna have to try that this summer when we can get one that is ripe. :)

  7. sonia February 17, 2014 at 8:09 am #

    Hey, This post is looking so good and Amazing! A very well made post with beautiful pictures. I’ve bookmarked this special recipe of yours and would love to give it a shot soon. Thanks for sharing your well prepared and presented recipes. Shall look forward to your next post.
    Have a wonderful week ahead. Take care.
    Thanks & Regards, Sonia!!!
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  8. Karen (Back Road Journal) February 25, 2014 at 5:19 pm #

    Now I’m looking forward to picking our apples and it is not even spring. :)
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    • Judy Purcell March 4, 2014 at 10:05 am #

      Oh yes, the apple blossoms that promise crisp, sweet apples to fill our hands … perfect.

  9. Mandy - The Complete Book March 3, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    I would happily snack on this all day. Lovely.
    :-) Mandy xo
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