Spiced floppy carrot and almond dip
This is a great way to use up any floppy looking carrots and saves them going to waste. The dip makes for a delicious and healthy snack. Pop it in a little Tupperware or jam jar and enjoy it with crackers, oat cakes or chopped veg. Add a spoonful to spruce up a salad or spread on bread or toast to pimp your sandwich. The almonds give it a wonderful nuttiness and wonderful creamy element too. If you like spice you can add a touch more cayenne pepper but if not the ½ a teaspoon won’t blow your head off so don’t worry.
| makes one small bowl of dip |
350g carrots chopped (about 2 large carrots)
½ tsp mixed spice
¼ tsp cayenne pepper (or ½ tsp if you like it hot)
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp olive oil
Preheat your oven to 200° fan setting and spread your almonds on a clean, dry baking tray. Roast for 10 minutes until they begin to smell nutty. Remove and allow them to cool.
Bring a medium sized saucepan to the boil, add your carrots and cook until soft enough to pierce with a fork. Drain and allow to cool.
Place your roasted almonds into a food processor and process until they begin to form a smooth paste. Be patient at this stage. It may take up to 7 minutes.
Once your almonds are well broken down and smooth add your carrots, mixed spice, cayenne pepper, salt and olive oil. Process again until everything has broken down to a hummus like consistency. You may need to scrape down the sides of the food processor a few times with a spatula.
Enjoy as a tasty snack with crackers, oat cakes, toast, chopped veg.
Store in the fridge for up to 5 days. This is delicious with my almond and herb oat cakes too.