Super-Simple Basil + Bean Dip

Basil and bean dipLet’s talk about beans!!!

Beans beans the magical fruit…the more you eat…

Do I really need to finish that line for you? I think we all know where the song is headed, and come on now…this is a food blog. Don’t make me say the f-word here!

Now, before I go ruining this perfectly good post with terrible jokes (I know it’s only Monday guys, I’ll go easy, promise) I have something to tell you: If you tend to avoid beans because of this one little troublesome factor, I want to let you in on a secret:

Boiling them with kombu helps with [ahem] gas!  Kombu tenderizes the beans, aids in easier digestion, adds flavor + nutrients + minerals.  You can find it in the Asian section of larger grocery stores, or an Asian specialty store.

Not one to make your own beans? Eden Organic makes theirs with kombu, and no added salt to boot! So if you’re in a time crunch (or simply fall to the lazier side of weekend recipe planning, like yours truly) in luck you are! The cans they use are also BPA free, just an FYI.

Anyway, back to the matter at hand.

Basil and Bean Dip

I cannot freaking wait to share this dip with you guys.

You have no idea!

I realize the f-words are flying oudda my mouth…err…fingers on this post. Bear with me. I’m excited.

Excited because this recipe is made with fewer than 5 ingredients (that makes it quick + dirty in my book.)

Excited because I haven’t made a good dip in quite some time, and there happens to be a huge container of fresh great northern beans in my fridge.

Problem.  Solution.

To take this appetizer a little further, I thought I would add some freshly cut mini peppers on the side, for a few reasons.

  • flavor
  • crunch
  • color


Although I won’t lie, you can eat this with just about anything…tortilla chips…yes…crackers…YES…cucumbers…you’re feelin’ healthy…yes…carrots…ditto…pita…always…celery…yes…even celery. (I am not a huge celery fan, if you hadn’t noticed.)

Heck, put it on a sandwich or use it as a base for wraps.

Bring it to a party.

Or just eat with a spoon…like I did…from the bowl of the food processor.

Either way, it’s not going to last long.

Super-Simple Basil + Bean Dip
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Ultra creamy + thick with a hint of basil + "cheese", this is one appetizer that will surely please any crowd.
  • 3 cups cooked great northern beans (or 2 15-oz cans, drained + rinsed)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 4 TBSP nutritional yeast
  • 3 to 4 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt (or to taste
  1. Add all ingredients together in a food processor; blend until thick and creamy!
Depending on the dryness of your beans, you may need to add more olive oil or a splash of non-dairy milk (or water, in a pinch) to the mix to achieve your desired texture/consistency. I find that freshly made beans tend to be a bit dryer than the canned varieties, so if using canned you probably need not worry.


Someone did a little happy dance in the kitchen today.

And that someone was me.