Pine Nut, Tomato and Apple Dip

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tomato pinenuts dip

This recipe is simple to make, 100% raw and delicious.  It’s jam packed with flavor, using a combination of sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts and an apple.  You can enjoy this as a snack with rice cakes, beef jerky, biltong, crackers, and vegetable sticks.  I love using it as a sandwich spread.  You can even mix in some hummus for an even tastier treat!  This dip is chock-full of enzymes and ideal for weight loss!

Ingredients

3/4 cup pine nuts – preferably organic (soaked for 2 hours, then drained)
1 apple, peeled, cored, and quartered
5 baby tomatoes or 1 tomato, chopped
4 sun-dried tomatoes
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp tamari soy sauce
1 tbsp lemon juice
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and process until creamy, adding a little water as needed if you want it thin. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Transfer to a bowl and serve with vegetables sticks, crackers, biltong, beef jerky, bread, or rice cakes.

Soaking Time: 2 hours/Preparation Time: 10 minutes/Storage: will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days

Health Benefits of Pine Nuts

  • Pine nuts are a dieter’s dream! They contain pinolenic acid, which is thought to stimulate two hunger suppressant hormones that help to diminish your appetite.
  • They are loaded with vitamin C, which is great for giving your immune system a boost.
  • These nuts are loaded with vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin K, iron, copper, magnesium, potassium, iron and manganese. You’d be silly not to eat pine nuts!
  • Pine nuts contain lutein, a powerful antioxidant that helps prevent eye diseases, such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
  • They provide an excellent source of B-complex vitamins: thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), vitamin B-6 and folates.
  • Pine nuts will contribute in making you feel and look young. Thanks to its antioxidants, pine nuts will help protect the cells of your body from free radical damage.
  • Energy powerhouse! Thanks to iron and magnesium, pine nuts will give you energy and alleviate fatigue.

 raw food dip

A variation from Christine Bailey’s book The Raw Food Diet