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Jalapeno Poppers Dip (Dairy-Free, Whole30, Paleo)

This healthy Jalapeno Poppers Dip is the best dairy-free, Whole30, and Paleo appetizer with no mayo and lots of bacon! When you’re dairy-free, easy appetizers can be challenging, but this creamy dip is so good you’ll never miss the dairy!

A cast iron skillet of jalapeno poppers dip with a hand dipping celery

I was dairy-free for almost a year because my baby had an issue with dairy. And my husband and I have done multiple Whole30 rounds where dairy is not allowed.

And both times, the hardest moments to stick to a dairy-free lifestyle are when you’re at a party faced with a whole table of amazing appetizers. I loooooove appetizers and fully consider a plate of them an entire meal.

When foods are off limits, you can bring your own, but it can get boring to make the same ol’ thing. This Jalapeno Poppers Dip is a fun new recipe to add to your repertoire.

What’s in Jalapeno Poppers Dip?

ingredients for jalapenos popper dip like cashews, jalapenos, etc.

Everything in here is totally real food with simple and common ingredients. We’re rocking:

  • Cashews – the creamy base of this dip
  • Jalapenos – doy
  • Smoked paprika – the magical fairy dust of the spice cabinet
  • Green onions
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh garlic
  • Bacon – optional but delicious. Feel free to leave out to make this vegan or vegetarian.

Is This Dip Whole30 Compliant?

Yep! All the ingredients are allowed under the Whole30. However, if dip or creamy snacks are a trigger for you and leads to constant snacking, it is best to stay away from this. But, if you’re just looking for something zesty and spicy to enjoy with some veggies, then go for it!

Here’s How to Make It

In a deep vessel, cover cashews with 4 cups of water. Let soak for 2-12 hours. Pro tip: If you are using a food processor or conventional blender, 12 hours is best.

Drain the cashews, and place them in a food processor or high-powered blender along with 1/2 cup of water. Pro tip: f you are using a food processor, you’ll want to make sure the 1/2 cup of water is pretty hot.

Blend, blend and blend until the cashews are incorporated and silky smooth. A food processor will likely take about 5 minutes and require a lot of pauses to scrape down the sides. A Vitamix still needed almost 2 minutes, and I scraped the side down once.

Cashews in a vitamix (whole and blended)

Combine the cashew cream with the diced jalapeno, bacon, green onion, garlic, and smoked paprika, and place in a small oven-proof baking dish.

A bowl with ingredients for jalapeno poppers dip and a cast iron skillet

Bake and serve with sliced fresh veggies, use as a topping for crispy baked potatoes, or roasted vegetables (related: the ultimate guide to roasting frozen vegetables).

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • If you have a nightshade or nut allergy, sub in the cashews with roasted cauliflower. You’ll need to add a drizzle of olive oil during the blending process to create a creamy base.
  • Leave the bacon out to make this totally vegetarian/vegan.
  • Feel free to adjust the amount of jalapenos to make it as spicy or mild as you’d like.
  • This is best served fresh, but you can mix the dip ahead of time and bake right before serving.

a cast iron skillet with jalapeno poppers dip on a grey cloth

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Jalapeno Poppers Dip (Dairy-Free, Whole30, Paleo)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy-free appetizer, jalapeno poppers dip, whole30 appetizers
Servings: 10
Calories: 111 kcal
Author: Sarah Cook - Sustainable Cooks
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 4 1/2 cups water divided
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 jalapenos seeds and ribs removed, diced
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 4 strips bacon cooked and chopped
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • kosher salt to taste
Instructions
  1. In a deep vessel, cover cashews with 4 cups of water. Let soak for 2-12 hours. If you are using a food processor or conventional blender, 12 hours is best.

  2. Drain the cashews, and place them in a food processor or high-powered blender along with 1/2 cup of water. Pro tip: f you are using a food processor, you'll want to make sure the 1/2 cup of water is pretty hot.

  3. Blend, blend and blend until the cashews are incorporated and silky smooth. A food processor will likely take about 5 minutes and require a lot of pauses to scrape down the sides. A Vitamix still needed almost 2 minutes, and I scraped the side down once.

  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  5. Combine the cashew cream with the rest of the ingredients (reserve a few slices of green onions), and place in a small oven-proof baking dish.

  6. Bake for 10 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Sprinkle with reserved sliced green onions.

Recipe Notes

Serve with sliced fresh veggies, a topping for baked potatoes, or a garnish for roasted vegetables.

 

If you have a nightshade or nut allergy, sub in the cashews with roasted cauliflower. You'll need to add a drizzle of olive oil during the blending process to create a creamy base.

 

Leave the bacon out to make this totally vegetarian/vegan.

Nutrition Facts
Jalapeno Poppers Dip (Dairy-Free, Whole30, Paleo)
Amount Per Serving (4 tbsp)
Calories 111 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 66mg 3%
Potassium 120mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 1.6%
Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 1.2%
Iron 5.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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4 comments on “Jalapeno Poppers Dip (Dairy-Free, Whole30, Paleo)”

  1. “I loooooove appetizers and fully consider them a plate of them an entire meal.”

    Ditto!! If it’s on a napkin or has a toothpick in it, l am on it like white on rice!! #allthelittlefoods

  2. Curious? How much cauliflower if opting out cashews?