Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor Day Picnic Eats: Frawnch Onion Dip and Rosemary Hemp Flax Crackers

Happy holiday Monday U.S. readers!  Today's recipe is perfect for picnics, potlucks, and snack time.  Actually, it's inspired by a dip that showed up at just about every gathering that involved food during my childhood.  French Onion Dip.  You know the one where you take a packet of dried soup mix and stir it up in a tub of sour cream then serve it with some potato chips?  Well, this one is even more tasty than the original and full of healthy raw vegan ingredients. And it blends up in less than five minutes.

Frawnch Onion Dip

2 cups raw cashews
Juice of 2 limes
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cloves garlic
the white portion of two green onions
1 1/2 cups water

Blend in a high speed blender until smooth & creamy.
Chop up the remaining portion of the green onions used above plus 2 more chopped green onions and stir into the dip.  Sample.  Season with salt  & pepper according to your taste buds.
Chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours before serving.  The longer this chills the more flavorful it becomes. 

Serve with Rosemary Hemp Flax Crackers (pictured above) or your favorite bread, cracker, chip, or veggie.

Rosemary Hemp Flax Crackers
1 1/2  cups flax
1/2 cup hemp seeds
1 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary

Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender.  Spread about 1/2 inch thick on a teflex sheet and dehydrate for 12 hours.  Flip onto a mesh sheet, score if desired, and dehydrate another 12 - 24 hours, or until completely dry and crispy. 

We've been enjoying a tub of Frawnch Onion Dip kept in the fridge for snack attacks at our house and the Rosemary Hemp Flax Crackers are great on their own too.  If you try these recipes let me know what you think! 

Are you going to any food related gatherings today?  What dish are you going to bring?   Do you have a favorite summer picnic dish? 


  1. That dip looks so good!!! I am bookmarking this page! :)

  2. Thanks! We're having fun eating it :)

  3. Man those crackers look great. I have actually never made hemp & rosemary combo. Have made each by themselves, but not together!! Always adore the cheeze dips. Hopefully more non vegans will discover how simple it is to make a healthier cheeze in a couple of minutes at home!

  4. The dip looks great. I'd probably try that with raw veg but I never really have the patience for making my own raw crackers and they're too expensive to buy often. Today was very low key as I was alone all day, haha, but I did have some tasty food.

  5. I was reading your posts out of order. This looks so good! I can't wait to try. Have to make a trip to RVS to pick up some cashews.

  6. Ha, well you didn't have to wait very long for the recipe :). We've been eating tubs of this stuff since the weekend. I should probably wait before making it again :)

  7. You're welcome! And thanks for stopping by! Love seeing your happy face in my comments :)

  8. It's great with veggies. My favorite is celery and carrot sticks.

  9. I love the hemp & rosemary combo. Actually, I like rosemary in just about anything.

    I'm going to take this dip to all the holiday gathering this year and spread the cashew cheeze gospel :). So easy & so healthy & so good.