I tried a variation on this simple recipe years ago and thought, “I have to remember this for when I have kids! What a healthy snack option!”
I’ve whipped this little dip up on occasion over the years, but it wasn’t until the other day when I was skimming through my cookbooks and stumbled upon it again that I thought, HEY!! You have a kid now!! SNACK TIME!!! Hehehe…
The original snack recipe just called for peanut butter, yogurt and cinnamon, but I found it a bit too bland and nowhere near sweet enough for my tastes.. so I added honey and a tad more cinnamon and voila! Crazy yumminess right there.
This dip is perfect for apple slices, various fruits, pretzels, crackers, or even spread on toast! And yes.. my little Tessa approves!
I love that this is a healthy way to spruce up the organic fruits we receive in our weekly local co-op basket. A quick breakdown of each ingredient:
Natural Peanut Butter
While, like most nut butters, peanut butter is high in fat and calories, you get a lot of nutrition for your calorie investment. Peanut butter is a great source of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals.
Likewise, honey is a veritable health elixir… as long as it’s raw! Heating honey through pasteurization destroys all of the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals, and aromatics… so make sure it’s raw! We used buckwheat honey for this recipe, it’s especially known for it’s healing properties.
Containing antibiotic and body warming properties, cinnamon contains fiber, calcium, iron, and manganese. Research at the University of Texas, published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer, showed that cinnamon may reduce the proliferation of cancer cells!
Natural, unsweetened yogurt provides animal protein, plus several other nutrients found in dairy foods, like calcium, vitamin B-2, vitamin B-12, potassium, and magnesium. Not to mention the beneficial probiotics! Probiotics are friendly bacteria that help to boost the immune system and promote a healthy digestive tract. Buy yogurt made from raw milk for a bigger boost of probiotic health!
Honey and Cinnamon Peanut Butter Dip
½ cup natural chunky peanut butter (you can use creamy, but we love us out crunchy peanut butter over here!)
½ cup of unsweetened, plain yogurt (find raw dairy yogurt if you can)
2 tablespoon of raw honey (we used buckwheat honey)
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
Mix all the ingredients until smooth and creamy, then serve with your favorite fruit slices, crackers, or spread on toasted bread! Enjoy!