During the March basketball season you may find yourself parked on the couch with your friends cheering on your alma mater. Whether you are hosting a viewing party at your home or going to watch with friends, snacks will definitely be necessary. This Avocado Pine Nut Dip is a healthy and sophisticated snack that takes only 10 minutes to make. It is the perfect dip to accommodate people with different diets, since this crowd pleasing snack is both paleo and vegan.

Avocado Pine Nut Dip is a fun alternative to guacamole. The pine nuts in the dip are packed with protein, which will give you plenty of energy to cheer on your favorite basketball team as they (hopefully) win their way to the finals. The dip has a smooth creamy texture that pairs well with a bit of crunch either in the form of chips of fresh vegetables. The flavor is just slightly nutty; even my husband who claims not to like pine nuts couldn’t stop eating this dip.

Pair this dip with pita chips, sweet potato chips, vegetable chips, tortilla chips, or baby carrots. Or spread it on a sandwich.

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Kit Graham spends her time cooking up new creations in her kitchen and exploring Chicago’s ever-evolving culinary scene. She began blogging in 2011 when her friends gifted her a blog as a way to get her to share her recipes. In 2013, Kit wrote her first cookbook, The Gourmet Grilled Cheese Cookbook, which is an ode to her favorite meal from childhood. Kit was raised in Kennebunk, Maine, went to college in Massachusetts, and lived in New York City before settling in the Windy City. For more, head over to thekittchen.com where Kit shares original and practical recipes and Chicago restaurant reviews.

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  • 0.25 Cup pine nuts
  • 3 large avocados
  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 0.25 Cup water
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 0.25 Teaspoon pepper


  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: N/A
  1. Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Spread pine nuts on a baking sheet and bake for 2 minutes. Pine nuts cook very quickly. Keep your eye on them. They will be toasted after 2-3 minutes; by 4 minutes they may be burned. Remove the toasted pine nuts from the oven, and place them in a bowl. Don’t leave them on the hot baking sheet, because they could burn if left on the hot pan. Slice the avocados in half, remove the pits, and then scoop the avocados into a blender. Then add the toasted pine nuts, olive oil, water, salt, and pepper. Blend together on the chop setting. Stir frequently, and add more water if needed. You want the mixture to spin in the blender. The puree should have the same consistency as humus, and all the pine nuts should be completely blended into the dip. Either serve immediately, or cover the surface of the puree and then refrigerate. I wouldn’t make this more than a couple hours ahead of time since avocados brown easily.