Baba Ganoush: A Creamy Dip You’ll Love More than Hummus 

Aug 10, 2022| By JOI team

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Aug 10, 2022| By JOI team

Baba Ganoush: A Creamy Dip You’ll Love More than Hummus 

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Are you in need of a seriously delicious dip that is also seriously healthy?  Put baba ganoush on your "Cook This!" list.  Smoky eggplant, spices and the creaminess JOI adds makes it a nutritious, mouth-watering addition to your dip repertoire.

What is Baba Ganoush?

Think of baba ganoush as a cooler cousin of hummus—same basic concept, but with a different flavor, and a less mainstream vibe.  

Like hummus, baba ganoush is a vegan’s snacking dream, made with simple meat- and dairy-free ingredients that are dense with nutrients. 

The difference is that roasted eggplant forms the base for baba ganoush while chick peas are the backbone of hummus. The roasted eggplant lends this eggplant dip a slightly sweeter, smokier flavor, and a lower fat and calorie count than hummus. Plus it can be easier on the tummy than hard-to-digest chickpeas.

And in this variation, we’ve swapped out the traditional tahini for protein-packed, whole-food JOI plant base to make for an extra creamy finished product.

Creamy Vegan Baba Ganoush Made with JOI | Tahini-Free

Is Baba Ganoush Easy to Make?

Yes, baba ganoush is easy to make. Just muster the patience to let your eggplant roast for 30 minutes!  The eggplant flesh needs to be quite soft; you can just discard the skins.

And from there all you need to do is blend the eggplant with:

  • JOI almond or cashew base (or a JOI and tahini mix),
  • some olive oil,
  • a few squeezes of lemon, and
  • whatever seasonings your heart desires.

How Do I Serve Baba Ganoush?

Serve with fresh pita bread, fresh sliced veggies (we love red pepper wedges or cucumber slices), a handful of hearty crackers or pita bread, or spread on toasted baguette slices to really impress your guests. We’re confident you won’t be going back to store-bought hummus anytime soon.

 

Creamy Vegan Baba Ganoush Made with JOI | Tahini-Free

What Are Some Variations for this Recipe?

  • Grill the eggplant instead of roasting it for an even more smoky flavor
  • Swap a portion of the JOI nut base for a tablespoon of tahini...if you're a fan of its strong flavor and bitter edge
  • Substitute smoked paprika instead of chili powder for a smokier dip, or urfa chili or silk chili for more depth of flavor coupled with spicy notes
  • Sprinkle the dip with za'tar or sumac for a distinctively Middle East concept
  • Instead of a serving in a bowl, spread the baba ganoush on a flat plate and top with herbs, chopped tomatoes or other veggie, seeds or even some ground lamb.

Here’s the recipe for healthy and hearty Baba Ganoush:

Ingredients

Yields 2 cups 

2 medium eggplants
1/3 cup JOI Almond or Cashew
¾ teaspoon sea salt
Juice of 1 lemon (add zest if desired)
2 cloves fresh garlic, peeled and smashed
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/8 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
½ cup parsley, mint or other fresh herbs 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prick each eggplant a few times, then char the outside by placing on the flame of a gas burner, turning, for about 5 minutes. Alternatively, char the eggplant on a baking sheet under a broiler for 5 minutes, checking frequently.
  2. Place eggplant on a baking sheet and roast for 25-30 minutes, until they are completely soft.
  3. Remove eggplant from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  4. Split each eggplant and scrape out the pulp (If you prefer a more charred and smoky flavor, use the skin as well).  
  5. Puree eggplant in a blender or food processor with JOI plant base of choice, salt, lemon juice, garlic, chili powder, and any desired herbs. 
  6. Taste and adjust seasoning. 
  7. Remove from blender into a bowl and drizzle with olive oil and parsley to serve and enJOI!

Looking for more inspiration to round out the appetizer tray at your next dinner party? Give our Healthy and Indulgent Vegan French Onion Dip a try!

Creamy Vegan Baba Ganoush Made with JOI | Tahini-Free

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