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December? Bring on the… **Candy Cane Dip**

Hello friends! Welcome to December!

Healthy Candy Cane Peppermint dip

Candy Cane Peppermint Dip

December has snuck up on me this year. I’m guessing this is due to my BFF from high school not sending me my annual candy canes for my birthday. She usually sends me the first box of *Candy Canes* that she sees because she thinks of me- and it’s usually around the time of my birthday. I guess since I am married, have a job, and am old enough to buy my own candy canes, she decided she’d save some money on shipping and have me dip into my own savings and buy a box 😉

Also, it is the first Friday in December, meaning I have contribute to the teacher’s lounge to help celebrate the birthday’s that are in December. I have expressed this dilemma to you all before. The teacher’s lounge dilemma. …..Apparently I’m a fan of bringing dips to the teachers lounge. They will never see this healthyness coming! The snickerdoodle dip was a *HUGE* success! I wrote out the snickerdoodle recipe more times than I care to admit, a couple of the teachers were in love!

I decided to get all sorts of festive on the teacher’s lounge!  So, I made this candy cane dip to be served with gram crackers, apple slices, or a thin chocolate wafer!

♥Candy Cane Dip♥

  • 1 can of white beans (rinsed & drained!!!)
  • 1/3 c. unsweetened applesauce- I probably put in a little more for bulk, I like a lot of food!
  • Sweetener of choice- I used 3-4 packets of Stevia
  • 1/3 tsp baking soda
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract- plus more for me, I like the peppermint to knock me out of my seat!
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Xanthan gum for thickening

…I have one friend, *cough, cough –you know who you are, cough cough* who will freak out when seeing the ingredient list. She thinks it is out of the box- in a bad way. DoNOT knock it till you try it! Do you hear me?!?! 

Candy cane dip ingredients

What you'll need for CANDY CANE DIP!

Put all of the ingredients, except xanthan gum, into a food processor and let it blend things together for quite awhile. You don’t want a single chunk. Then, add the xanthan gum and allow it to process for about 45 seconds- 1 minute until the mixture is smooth and no longer runny. Put into dish. Cool/let stand in refridgerator (optional). Enjoy!

Ways to enjoy:

  • On a spoon (or finger, I won’t judge!)
  • On a gram cracker
  • On some sort of fruit
  • On a thin chocolate wafer
  • ANYTHING ese your little heart desires!


Healthy peppermint candy cane dip

Candy Cane Dip

After making this dip and sticking in a spoon or two, I am *really* into the holiday spirit! 🙂 Welcome to December, friends. Welcome to December! Make this **candy cane dip** to welcome December into you life, you won’t regret it– it is quite delicous! 

QUESTION: What helps you bring in the holiday spirit?

Answer to the teacher’s lounge….

First off, I  ‘THANK YOU’ all a million times over for all of your ideas and showing some California love,  our ♥honeymoon re-do♥ is bound to be great with all of your help! Keep ’em coming if you think of anything! You are all soooooo AWESOME! Thank you!

So, some of you know I’m a teacher. Yes, this wild and crazy girl is in charge of 15-25 children EVERY day during the months of August-May. I make them just as wild and crazy, incase you were wondering…..

Seconds after Mrs. H got pied in the face!!! .... Maybe I'll share this for another day. (Look close, you can evens see part of the crust falling, it's not a spot on my pants)

Well, teachers around here have this thing called ‘FAT FRIDAY’! …..Does this sound like something you would like to take part in?... I for one cringe when I think of things like this. Everyone is responsible for bringing a dish and we all share. (Sharing is caring) Fat Friday happens about once a month or so, when something special comes up. We share our food and talk. That is what happens….

If you are a cool kid, you bring food to ‘Fat Friday’ and chit-chat.  I want to be a cool kid… really, I do! I usually eat my spinach salad and apple in my classroom. I want to be friendly, but I just don’t eat the kinds of things that they eat.  NOT that I’m judging them! I just don’t want them to judge me because I don’t eat their food and I bring my own food. ….I want to bring food and share in the experience, really, I do!

Thanks to Katie over at chocolatecoveredkatie.com I have an answer! ….Her snickerdoodle dip is HEAVENLY!!!  Thank you Katie! (who is now in NYC, so jealous!)


The goods!

  • 1 1/2 c -OR- 1 can of white beans
  • 1/4 c unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Sweetener: she suggests 3/4 c. brown sugar –
    • —I added 2 packets of stevia! I don’t want to feel guilty about eating the batch. If I’m sharing, I’ll add the brown sugar. If it’s at home, I’ll do stevia.
  • 2 1/4 tsp cinnamon (I always go waaay overboard when it comes to cinnamon)
  • large, large pinch of cream of tartar

Here is the goodness! 😛 Yumm!

Put them all in a food processor or blender and go to town! Soooo good!!! 😛

So when I’m trying to be a COOL KID I’ll add a gram cracker to entice the stressed teachers, it brings us back to happy days……….. Days where children are studying and laughing at all of their teacher’s jokes! 😉 HA!

This is a MUST TRY!!!

Personally, I’m a fan of this stuff on APPLES! ….Mom & sister said it was really good and tasted *JUST* like snickerdoodles! SCORE!

It is saying "Try me.... TRY ME!!!!"

This is so healthy, I’ll have something to eat AND share of ‘Fat Friday’. This is Charlie & myself refer to as WINNING!!! (I scolded myself for the Charlie reference) ….In all seriousness, THIS is my solution to make ‘Fat Friday’ not so fat! 🙂 

QUESTION: Are there any situations where you feel like I do on ‘Fat Friday’? What do you do? –OR– Recipe to share for potluck?