Weekend snacks, 2 quick and easy dips

Now you might know that I don’t usually post at the weekend. I tend to use that time to try out recipes in the kitchen, turn off the social media, put my mobile away and spend time with my husband and the cats.

I am making an effort to write more in aid of National Blog Posting Month for October or NaBloPoMo as it is called. Ha, I even had to google that to find out what it meant. I am not sure I will keep to this after October, in fact, I know that I won’t. I work for a charity whose key month is November, and I have work to do for them as well as my volunteering that will take up a couple of weekends. I just want to get to a solid rhythm with my blogging so that I get used to writing more quickly and more concisely. Typically my blog posts take me over and hour to write, rewrite, etc. so this will hopefully prove to me that practice does make perfect, ok, better. 🙂

The weekend posts will tend to be things that I like to snack on, that are quick to make and fun to eat.

I love dips, all dips, sweet and savoury. I tend to use dips as a vehicle to get more fruit and veg in my diet. Houmous is a big one, white bean dips, and then there is Pumpkin!

Pumpkin & Greek Yoghurt Dip

Pumpkin and greek yoghurt dip - Steph Loves Cake


You can make this as healthy as you want. My typical recipe looks like this:

Pumpkin & Greek Yoghurt Dip

170g Total 0% Greek Yoghurt
3 – 4 heaped tablespoons of pumpkin purée
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of ground ginger
pinch of ground gloves
2 tablespoons of maple agave syrup (I use Hale & Hearty) or you can use maple syrup

Mix it all together, chill for a bit and serve with biscuits/cookies, apple slices, or over granola.

And one of my other regulars, Peanut butter and maple dip:

Peanut butter & maple dip - Steph Loves Cake


For this I use PB2, a powdered peanut butter for a lower calorie treat

Peanut butter and maple dip

1 tablespoon PB2 (you can use any nut butter you like, just don’t add the water)
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons maple agave (or maple syrup)

Mix it all up and serve with apple slices or celery slices.