One of my favorite memories of growing up around my grandparents house was the yummy food my Grandma Lois always had around. She cooked everything from scratch and baked the most delicious treats. Its the memories of her kitchen that smelled like fresh hot buttered rolls, or sour cream twists, or maybe her buttermilk biscuits, that I hold so dear to my heart.
Not only was she known to be a Martha in the kitchen by her family, you would often find a friend or citizen of our small town, stopping by to request a treat from her. She knew no stranger and made everyone feel like they were one of her own family.
She also sometimes had some unique snacks that all of us grandkids just loved to come over and raid her kitchen and eat! My all time favorite snack she always had on hand in the pantry was “French onion dip”. All it was, was a French onion dip packet that you mix with a tub of sour cream. Since eliminating dairy from my diet, I so missed that savory flavor from my childhood so I set out to recreate it in a dose wholeness way.
The end result was a creamy, flavorful, protein packed dip that will be gobbled up so fast! We love eating it with Jacksons Honest Coconut Oil potato chips or some sweet pepper strips!
Grandma Lois’s Creamy French Onion Dip
(Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan)
3/4 CUPS RAW CASHEWS SOAKED FOR AT LEAST 2 HOURS
1 TBSP FRESH LEMON JUICE
1 TBSP APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
1 TSP DRIED DILL
1/2 TSP SALT
1 TSP ONION POWDER
1/2 TSP GARLIC POWDER
1/2 TSP PEPPER
1 TSP COCONUT SUGAR
1 SMALL CAN OF COCONUT CREAM
Put all ingredients into a high powdered blender, like the vitamix, and blend on low and then gradually turn to high. Blend for about 2 minutes until all ingredients are mixed and the mixture is smooth and creamy. At this point you can take a lick but it will be warm from the heat of the mixer blade. Chill in the fridge at least 2 hours!
EAT AND ENJOY and picture my Grandma Lois in her kitchen serving you with warmth, kindness, and peace!
Cashews: Cashews have heart healthy monounsaturated fats, similar to that found in olive oil. A healthy dose of protein too! They also contain copper, an essential nutrient, which provides a healthy dose of antioxidants benefits, energy production and bone health. They can help prevent gallstones and also aids in weight loss! Eat your cashews sparingly; some of them can contain high amounts of mold depending on the way they were grown.
Coconut Cream: Coconut cream contains antimicrobial compounds that can improve your immunity. They also give you a good dose of “healthy” fats which give you energy, not make you fat. It hydrates your body and can also stimulate your bowels for a natural detox and cleanse.
Here’s to you grandma! Thank you for being one of my biggest fans, teaching me to love the Lord, and showing me that all that really matters at the end of the day is that you showed kindness to those around you. Love you and miss you <3
In memory of my grandma Ada Lois 1933-2011