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Chili Lime Sunflower Seed Dip

Chili Lime Sunflower Seed Dip is creamy, tangy, fresh and flavourful. Sunflower Seed dip is made from wholesome ingredients including raw sunflower seeds, a whole large carrot, olive oil and fresh citrus juice. This dip is rich in protein.

I find sunflower seed dip is a great alternative to hummus. Sometimes you just want to switch it up. Sunflower seed dip is much creamier than homemade hummus and is much easier to get the flavour balance just right. 

If you omit the chili powder and maple syrup, you will have a great base recipe for getting creative and experimenting with your own dip flavours! The options are endless. 

What to Serve with Sunflower Seed Dip

  • Tortilla chips 
  • Pita bread or Naan bread 
  • Veggie Tray – cucumbers, carrot, celery, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, peppers, cherry tomatoes, snap peas, zucchini 
  • A spread for savoury toast or crostini 
  • A delicious spread to pair with your avocado toast
  • Apple slices
  • Veggie Straws
  • Crackers or Pita Chips
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Great topping for quinoa salad or rice and beans
  • A protein rich pasta sauce

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Protein is Found in 100 grams of Sunflower Seeds?

According to Healthline, there are 21 grams of protein in 100 grams of sunflower seeds.

What Are the Health Benefits of Sunflower Seeds?

Sunflower seeds are a significant source of copper as well as magnesium and iron. They are also especially good sources of Vitamin E and selenium. Selenium is a trace mineral that is great for the thyroid and immune system. If you eat a vegetarian diet, it can be especially difficult to get sufficient amounts of selenium.

How Long Does Sunflower Seed Dip Last?

Sunflower Seed Dip will last 3-4 days in a covered container in the fridge. But I think you will eat it before then!

What is Evoo?

Evoo stands for Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

How to Make Sunflower Seed “Hummus”

Several hours before making the dip, place the sunflower seeds in a small bowl, cover with water and leave to soak.

Bring a small pot of water to a boil on the stove. Peel and chop up the carrot into 1-inch pieces. Boil until fork-tender and then drain.

In a food processor or blender, combine the drained and rinsed sunflower seeds, olive oil, water, chili powder, lime or lemon juice, sea salt, maple syrup and boiled carrot. Blend until totally smooth.

Taste the dip and adjust for seasonings as necessary. Add more lemon juice, maple syrup or salt if necessary until the dip is tangy and delicious. Enjoy!

Tips for Making Sunflower Seed Dip

  • If you want a creamy dip, use a blender and if you want a dip with more texture, use a food processor.
  • Taste the dip to adjust for seasonings. This is an important step in every recipe but especially for dips. The size of the carrot may change from batch to batch so this is why adjusting seasoning is so necessary.
  • I have made this dip without presoaking the sunflower seeds which does work in a pinch.

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Chili Lime Sunflower Seed Dip

Chili Lime Sunflower Seed Dip

Chili Lime Sunflower Seed Dip is creamy, tangy, fresh and flavourful. Sunflower Seed dip is made from wholesome ingredients including raw sunflower seeds, a whole large carrot, olive oil and fresh citrus juice.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 people
Calories 152 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup raw hulled sunflower seeds pre soaked
  • 1 large carrot boiled
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp water more if needed
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp lime juice (or lemon) more if needed

Instructions
 

  • Several hours before making the dip, place the sunflower seeds in a small bowl, cover with water and leave to soak.
  • Bring a small pot of water to a boil on the stove. Peel and chop up the carrot into 1 inch pieces. Boil until fork tender and then drain.
  • In a food processor or blender, combine the drained and rinsed sunflower seeds, olive oil, water, chili powder, lime or lemon juice, sea salt, maple syrup and boiled carrot. Blend until totally smooth.
  • Taste the dip and adjust for seasonings as necessary. Add more lemon juice, maple syrup or salt if necessary until the dip is tangy and delicious. Enjoy!

Notes

  • In the photos I had doubled the recipe.
  • To get the dip really smooth, just keep blending and blending. 
Keyword appetizer, dip, Healthy snack

‘Til next time,

Christy

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Hi! I’m Christy, a happy wife and mother to three boys, a nutritionist, a food lover and a Canadian. Creating and experimenting in the kitchen is my idea of an afternoon well spent. To me, a clean kitchen is an empty canvas of possibility and that means my kitchen never stays clean for long. My dream is that one or more of the recipes I share here will inspire you, perhaps even becoming a cherished family favourite.

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