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1. Sweet Bean Dips

They may sound weird, but sweet bean dips can taste really good and can add yummy protein into your family’s diet. Choosing Raw’s sweet bean dips include one that uses azuki beans and another that uses black beans. This type of dip is ripe for experimentation, but if your kids’ tastes are slightly tamer, you could always try one of many savory bean dip versions, which taste great with veggies and Mexican food.

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2. Hummus

Hummus is an amazing spread as is, and kids love its creamy, smooth texture. It makes a great canvas for other veggies and seasonings. Try this orange hummus or consider adding spinach, roasted red peppers, sundried tomatoes, even pumpkin. You can also get creative with what beans you use instead of the traditional chickpeas. We love making a black bean hummus seasoned with cumin and cilantro, for example.

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3. Ajvar

This sweet red pepper spread goes great with quesadillas, paninis, or even tossed with pasta. It’s exotic enough to keep kids and adults interested, but it’s also comforting and with a texture that even little eaters can enjoy.

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4. Fruit and nut dips

Use nuts such as almonds or cashews as a base to create a dip that veers into either the savory or sweet territory. Add soft fruits or veggies like apple or pears or cucumbers as well as seasonings. If you go with something sweet, try crisp apple slices or celery stalks for dipping. If you decide to make something more savory, serve with cucumber spears, green beans, pepper slices, or crackers.

For a quick and easy maple walnut pear dip that combines healthy fruits and nuts, try this: Put 1/2 cup of walnuts into the food processor and blend until finely ground. Add 1/2 cup vegan cream cheese, 2 Tbsp of maple syrup, 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, and 1/2 a pear. Blend until creamy and serve with fruit slices or on top of bread as a butter alternative.

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5. Guacamole

Guacamole is a party favorite for good reason. It’s filling, loaded with healthy fats, and can sneakily include other veggies like tomatoes and onions or even some bell peppers. Serve it with veggie sticks or organic corn chips. I like to add it as a layer to our vegan quesadillas and no one’s complained yet!

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6. Pesto

There are about a million different pesto recipes, and most of them are absolutely delicious. While pesto traditionally uses basil, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil, and lemon, we love how adaptable pesto can be. Try swapping out the usual suspects with cilantro, almond, and sesame oil version for some Asian flair, for example. Either way, pesto can be used to top pasta or layered in a favorite sandwich.

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