4th of July Spinach and Artichoke Dip (two ways!)

Let’s talk about nuts. It’s about time since I told you a while ago I would explain why I took them out of my diet. I’m an assh*le. Good spot to put an asterisk huh?

Anywho, nuts. So I cut out nuts lately. If you’ve read my blog before, you know I’m super down for nuts. Like, love nuts. Almond butter sings to me. I make homemade nut butters to calm my nerves. Or make me smile. BUT, my body doesn’t really like nuts. As I’ve talked about in past posts, my body has changed drastically within the last year. Along with how my body reacts to different foods. You see, when I first started eating almond butter, I lost a balls ton of weight and had a crap ton of energy. Now, when I eat almond butter, I’m bloated like nobody’s business, I don’t feel very good and I almost feel fatigued or weighed down. I wasn’t sure if nuts were the main culprit so I just decided to cut them out completely to test out the theory. I’ve also been told by many people that cutting out nuts can help with acne. Well, it’s been almost 3 weeks without nuts and feel awesome. I don’t feel like I’ve lost any weight nor do I feel like my skin looks better, but I’ve had compliments from a couple people saying I look leaner and my skin looks better. I think they are liars, but whatever. Laura cut out nuts with me and she says the same thing, she feels better and her body is working better. To say the least, our digestive tracts are working awesome. You’re welcome Laura, I’m sure you appreciate me telling the world wide web that.

I’ve still had a random nut tastes here and there. Making some nut butter for my crush last week and making sure it didn’t taste like crap was one of the times. He’s real good lookin. Then yesterday, I filmed some cooking videos with my wonderful friends Ian and Patrick from Again Faster, in hopes of making it onto the CrossFit Journal, fingers crossed!! But I cooked up some of my favorite paleo desserts and still didn’t even eat much of them. I didn’t even crave them that much. Very impressive for me because they were my favorite desserts. Ian even said my Sticky Apple Bars were the best thing he’s ever eaten. Badass. So I just left the rest of the desserts in the fridge for Rj of CrossFit Deco…since it was his kitchen. Thank you Rj, we would have literally died of suffocation or heat exhaustion in my little dink of a kitchen space.

So here is what I think about nuts. I’m not against them, I’m really not. I think they are great for some people. And almond butter was one of the things that helped me eat paleo in the first place. But I honestly do think I have an allergy to nuts. I don’t think my body processes them very well. Hopefully this f*cking acne clears up soon and nuts were the whole reason behind having adolescent zits. Fingers crossed twice!!

So since I just bashed nuts, I made a recipe with them today. Sorry no nut people, but it had to be done for this recipe. Somethings gotta give. I just wanted to say that. But I do give you guys TWO different options for this dip. A paleo-fied version and a cheese version. I eat cheese once in a while because it’s delicious and I don’t feel like poo poo after I eat it, so I thought I’d make a second dip version for you people out there that still eat dairy. Paleo purists, stop hatin’.

OH, omg I almost forgot to tell you…my buddy Jon will be providing you all with a wonderful celebrity guest post on Friday! Jon is pretty cool. He’s funny. And has abs that go for days. You will not find any lovey dovey sh*t on his post. Jon doesn’t love me. He loves CrossFit. And paleo. So he’s gonna get science-y on us. How cool is that? He’s going to talk about post workout nutrition. And make you all understand why you eat healthy. I don’t get that stuff. Nor care. Thank you Jon.


4th of July Spinach and Artichoke Dip (two ways!)

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 1x



Version 1 (no cheese)

  • 2 (14oz) cans artichoke hearts (mine were in brine), chopped
  • 16oz frozen spinach
  • 1 cup cashews, roasted and unsalted
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Version 2 (with cheese)

  • all of the ingredients above
  • 2 ounces goat cheese at room temperature


For Version 1:

  1. Add frozen spinach and artichokes to large saucepan over medium heat and sprinkle with just a bit of salt.
  2. While your spinach thaws and artichokes warm up, pull out your handy dandy food processor.
  3. Place cashews in food processor and turn on. Grind until your cashews become a flour then begin to pour in your olive oil until you get a creamy consistency. Kind of like a super creamy cashew butter.
  4. Once your spinach is completely thawed and it’s all good and warm, drain the excess water from your saucepan and add spinach and artichoke to a large bowl.
  5. Add your creamy cashews and seasons to the bowl and mix thoroughly.
  6. Serve with sweet potato chips or veggies!

For Version 2:

  1. Follow all steps above.
  2. Add goat cheese to your cashews and spinach and artichoke mixture. Mix well to combine.
  3. Serve with sweet potato chips or veggies!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


137 thoughts on “4th of July Spinach and Artichoke Dip (two ways!)”

  1. Yum!! Definitely going to make this soon. Are your chips homemade?

    I made your cherry browning tonight! Delicious, and my 8 year old (picky) son loved them, too. Thank you!

      1. I’m dying laughing. I too hate… HATE when people call me hun.

        But in other news… I will try this for sure… but minus goat cheese and including some cream cheese- because that’s what floats my boat 🙂

      2. See now, that’s the whole problem with texting and posting comments… You can never hear the person’s tone of voice and truly understand how they mean a comment. I myself call everybody honey… but I can truly understand how a word can be ruined by someone. My husband once have this friend who replied when asked to come and see our new home, (while rolling her eyes and through gritted teeth), “Although your house sounds… Quaint… I don’t think I would like to come over.”

        LMAO! Now every time someone says the word quaint, my head almost explodes…

        On the topic at hand though, having a girls night tomorrow and hoping to try this dip! By the way, I absolutely love your Facebook page and your cookbook❤️❤️ much love!

      3. You’re not alone, Juli. I hate being called “hun”, too. Most people do. Those who use that term should stop. Really. No one likes it.

      4. I guess you ain’t from “Bawlmer”, hon..
        Translation: “Baltimore” Maryland. We call everyone “Hon” because we luv ya. No harm intended.
        I do like cashews, though.

  2. Just had a question juli! What is sun butter exactly, and you still eat it when you’re avoiding nuts?

    This recipe looks awesome. And I love you.


  3. You have just changed my life forever! I freakin love spinach and artichoke dip and its my worst paleo cheat, I literally cannot help myself. Now I can put that internal conflict to rest. You are forever my hero and I will use the internet to only visit your site from now on, because all other sites are clearly useless :p

    1. I finally made this over the weekend. My husband and I are forever in your debt. It was amazing, I think I could serve that to anyone! We also for fun, compared your recipe to one from food network and almost vomited reading the ingredients!

  4. Maybe you have tried this, but I had a friend with horrible acne and her Dr. told her to wash her face with liquid dial soap (you know the amber-colored hand soap?). Well she did and it totally cleared up her skin! It might be worth trying if you haven’t tried it already?!

    Also, I got really bad acne in my hair line from my shampoo…I switched to sulfate-free shampoo and never get zits anymore! Maybe that would help too? :0)

  5. My digestion has basically been crappy for the last 7 or so years. I’ve made a couple of tweaks lately that have me feeling waaaaaaay better. I’ve pretty much cut out almonds, but am still eating a fair amount of cashews and cashew butter (from the grinder at Whole Foods). The cashews don’t seem to bother me like almonds/almond butter can. That might be because the cashew is more seed-like than nut-lke (at least as I understand it)? Anyway, I know we are all different, but if you dip the toe back into the “nut” waters, you might see how these treat you, since you know heavy almond intake disagrees with you.

    Glad to hear you are feeling well. That’s big-time.

  6. holy sweet baby jesus….I just keep finding ways for my inner fat kid to still enjoy life with all of these delicious recipes!!! MMMM!

  7. I found the same thing with nuts. I have cut them out for the most part and I notice a HUGE difference in how I look and feel.

  8. Made version 1 and it was delicious. I will do version 2 next time I have some Goat cheese. So super easy too! I bet its even better the next day when its had time to meld all the goodies together. Thanks again!

  9. I’m sooooooooooooo jealous that you’re hosting a women’s only lifting class in Colorado. I mean, I know that’s where you live and all but can’t you just make a quick trip to the east coast and hold this class at Crossfit Hoboken?!

    This dip looks amazeballs. Def trying it asap.

  10. This recipe looks delicious – my parents are visiting next week and I may need to make this for the 4th! I have to ask though – No more chocolate covered walnuts!?

      1. well it might not be chocolate and fully replace your love of chocolate covered walnuts, but lately when I want a “sweet treat” a little almond butter (but you could used sunbutter) on a few dried dates is delicious. Gives you that “sweet and salty” fix!

    1. Those are ‘Food Should Taste Good’ sweet potato chips. they are awesome, only sweet potato, sunflower oil, and salt are the ingredients! I also eat Terra Chips sometimes.

  11. i’m glad that cutting out nuts is working for you! Personally, I’ve found that I can tolerate medium amounts of nuts just fine if I soak them first… for those of you out there questioning your nut consumption, it’s something that’s worth trying if you don’t want a life with zero almond butter.

    p.s. re: your skin. obviously it’s best to fix whatever diet/lifestyle issues are causing acne, but in the meantime I’ve had TONS of success using oil cleansing + manuka honey as a spot treatment. The only problem is putting the honey on my face, not in my mouth.

  12. Skin: I’m gonna throw it out there again because I’ve been doing it now for over a month with awesome results – Pantothenic Acid supplements. I also started the benz peroxide regimen from acne.org (after supplementing – started with a megadose but have tapered down), and my skin hasn’t looked this good since before adolescence (which was, uh, more than 20 years ago). I have had one or two spots but it is like a miracle. Happy to tell you more about it if you email me.

  13. Hi Juli, I just started following you a few weeks ago and I love your recipes. So, I just wanted to share that I used to eat nuts like they were going out of style. Then I had a boyfriend allergic to tree nuts and I stopped buying them all together (did you know kissing someone who just ate nuts can still cause an allergic reaction:) Well after we broke up I discovered nuts again, and I discovered how bloated they make me feel too. So I’ve struggled with having them in my diet as well. The one thing I’ve found is that some nuts seem to affect me differently and most importantly, I cannot have nuts more than once eery few days. I don’t believe in cutting anything out of my diet, but I do believe in moderation.

    Also, for you skin. I’m a native CO girl too and also had horrible acne for most of my life. In CO, even if your skin feels oily, it probably is actually dry (skin over compensates for being dry by producing more oils). So the best thing I’ve found is to use the most sensitive face washes (Aveeno daily detox is good) and a really good, mostly natural moisturizer (Clinique moisturizing gel or Alba is good). And up your vitamin A intake (keep eating those sweet potatos!). I swear it will help.

    Oh, I can’t wait to make this dip!

  14. I am so with you there on the nuts. I love them, but they don’t love me. A few bits of almond butter and my stomach is in major pain. My digestion is like 10929848363 times better without them too! And sadly coconut butter/oil is out for me too 🙁 What is a paleo girl to do?!

  15. I also have noticed that my body doesn’t like nuts very much… makes me so sad!

    I never used to eat nuts, but paleo recipes had turned me around, and the past few months I have been eating heaping bowls full of nuts/seeds/berries for breakfast or dessert. Then I realized how bloated they made me feel. Blah.

    So I have cut back, and feel much better. I will still use them for treats, or small parts of recipes, but will no longer indulge quite so much.

    Also – for this recipe, does it matter if the cashews are roasted or raw?

  16. Could you substitute almond/cashew/sun butter for making your own cashew butter concoction, or is the consistency different?

  17. Dont feel bad about the fingernails, I am a florist, and my nails are always so brutal I consistently look like a dirt ball who doesnt shower. We are throwing a redneck theme Bday party for my hubby, I was thinking this would be a good appetizer, but this isnt really redneck food? I suppose the dirty fingernails and nascar clothes will make up for the food being too fancy 🙂

  18. Kelly and I just made version 2 last night…..yum!!!! PS….really bummed that you will not be joining Sergio this weekend

  19. Have you ever heard of or looked into leaky gut syndrome? You might find that anything you eat a lot of will eventually give you allergy-like symptoms. You feel better once you stop eating it, your “gut” heals, and then you can have more. It’s a big reason that I try to rotate my foods often. I don’t want to screw around with having to “cut” things all the time. Just an idea! 🙂

  20. Hi! I’ve only been paleo for a few months, but nuts are pretty much my main source of calories when I’m not sitting down to large slabs of meat. I would love to try cutting them b/c I’ve still got some of those exciting “IBS” symptoms. So my question is – how do you avoid hanger without almonds? What are your fav prot-packed snack ingredients? Also, any tips for breaking a pushup plateau? They’re my WODs’ weakest link. Thanks!!

    1. My snacks are usually smaller meals, like some kind of protein and fat. But I’ll also eat a banana with sunbutter sometimes. And for pushups, the more you do, the better you’ll be at them. Promise you that.

  21. Have you tried using coconut oil on your skin? I was hesitant to try it at first because I have super acne-prone skin, but I figured if it didn’t work, I’d just stop using it. I’m not a model or anything so a few extra zits wouldn’t be the be-all-end-all. I broke out at first (the oil drawing out toxins maybe?), but now about 2 months later my skin has never looked better. I also use Dr. Bronner’s tea tree oil castile soap, which also works wonders.

  22. Kathryn Palmateer

    I have only just recently started following your blog so you may have already covered this….but do you eat dairy? I ask because I had terrible acne for a time up to my early twenties, was on topical antibiotics which cleared it up to some degree but it wasn’t until I cut out dairy that my skin cleared up. Completely. I am a redhead with super fair, sensitive skin and no more breakouts! I was able to tolerate goat and sheep dairy for a bit but eventually had to cut that out as well. Headaches and tummy upsets gone too.
    Anywho, I am sure you have probably had a million people suggest ditching dairy (and perhaps you already have) but just thought I would pipe in. Just in case. Wish I had considered dietary changes back then but it was rarely even brought into the equation. Sure hadn’t heard of paleo when I was 16!
    All the best!

    1. Rarely. I sometimes do heavy cream in my coffee but mostly coconut milk is my go to at this point. Thanks for the tip though!! I’m trying everything at this point haha!

      1. Rebecca Barrilleaux

        Made this for the Super Bowl, with goat cheese, and it was fantastic! As rich and yummy and indulgent as the “regular” dip would be. Thank you!

  23. I just made the non-cheese recipe and it is really fantastic! Juli, thank you for posting a wonderful alternative to a party staple. I will make this over and over again:)

  24. I just recently started paleo and found your website and LOVE it!!! You are too funny!! I made this and the sweet potato brownies yesterday and they are awesome. I am a horrible cook so was really excited that I didn’t screw up your recipes. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to making many more of your recipes.

  25. I was skeptical about this recipe but it was soo amazing!!!! I loved every bite of it. I added the cheese in since it was a holiday 🙂

  26. I made this for my part of the 4th of July BBQ and it was a huge hit! I decided to wait to tell people it was actually good for you until there were just scrapings left in the bowl. Then I said, HA it’s Paleo!!! For some reason I have family members give me crap about eating paleo so it was great to pull a fast one on them. Afterwards I had to pass out this website to everyone so they could make it themselves. Thanks for another hit!

  27. Yummy!! I pretty much made a meal out of this dip and celery sticks!! Great recipe, thanks.

  28. Hey hun.. so I posted this recipe on my instagram and my blog (ALWAYS give you credit) but I got asked to put the recipe in an article.. I said I wouldn’t have a problem with submitting it as long as you got recognized for it. Tasty25.com if you want to check it out.. just thought Id throw it your way.. pretty much my excuse to talk to you because I have an e-crush on you 🙂 and think your recipes are KICK ASS! Best wishes!

  29. Hey! Totally feel you on the acne thing. I’m like, okay, I got through my teens, why can’t I just leave this shit behind?! A few months ago I found acne.org – it’s this guy in SF who has perfected this simple regimen that works wonders. He formulated a cleanser, strong benzoyl peroxide, and moisturizer. In just a few weeks, my totally fucked up face has been 99% cured of all blemishes. It’s incredible. I can go outside again without feeling like a 13 year old!!!! Now I feel obligated to pass the wisdom on to anyone else having this issue! I know I sound like a crazy ad but this stuff really changed my life. Good luck + keep the awesome recipes coming!

  30. This dip is amazing! My wife has been making all of your recipes and so far, this dip and paleo berry bars are can’t live without items. I just was co winner of a paleo contest at my affiliate, and the credit goes to my coaches, your recipes and my wife for making them. You are awesome!

  31. I’m sure the dip is amazing, but you turned me on to sweet potato chips with this post.

    When I first saw the post I thought that looks good, but I am SO OVER eating dip from celery sticks. When I saw the sweet potato chips I headed to the store for the ingredients for the dip and these nummy, nummy chips.

    My chunky, chip loving butt managed to eat most of the chips on the ride home, so alas I haven’t tried the dip, but I love you oh so much for introducing chips back into my life.

  32. Once again you have rocked my face off! My husband is a major foodie and he loves this … he thinks it is “so much better than all the other junk out there” … keep them coming girl … and we will keep following!

  33. INCREDIBLE. Best Spinach and Artichoke Dip I’ve ever had, and there wasn’t even any cheese in it. AWESOME.

  34. Whoa! This is super delicious, like, better than the dairy-laden real thing! I’m going to sear whole button mushrooms in coconut oil, then stuff them with this dip and stick the whole thing under the broiler. To serve at a 1920s theme murder mystery party. Yum, thanks for a great recipe!

  35. Hi! I just came across this while doing a Google search for a paleo appetizer and I am SOOOO excited to try it! I have two questions:
    1. Would walnuts work? I know they’re very different from cashews, but I have a whole bunch of them so…
    2. I loooooooove goat cheese, but my BF does not… how “goat-cheesey” is version 2?

    Also – I LOVE the Food Should Taste Good chips, especially the sweet potato ones, good call on that!

    Thanks! I’ve made a bunch of stuff off of your site and have loved everything, keep it up!!

  36. So interesting! When I first switched to whole foods back in May I felt horrible, sluggish. I thought it was the detoxing but I didn’t really eat horribly before that. I told my hubby I wondered what it was. I ate a lot of almond stuff and was starting my day with a nut cereal made with almond milk. So I switched to oatmeal for breakfast (I’m whole foods, not solely paleo) and I have been totally better. I haven’t cut out nuts. I just don’t start my day with them. Glad to find this post because at the time I couldn’t find anyone on the net saying they had that problem. On another note, I will be trying to make the cheese free version of this spinach and artichoke dip tomorrow:) I hope it is as delicious as my mouth wants it to be:) Merry Christmas!

  37. This is amazing! My mom made a chicken and rice casserole at Christmas that was full of stuff I can’t eat. So when I got home I made this and added 2 cut up cooked chicken breasts and am mixing in some brown rice (not Paleo, I know, whatevs!) so amazingly delicious!

  38. hey juli. i’m gonna make this and wanted to know if the cheese melts or if it stays in hard little blocks? i noticed you didn’t bake it and I’ve usually always baked my spinach dip before to melt the cheese. thanks!

      1. this was a HUGE hit at easter. we usually have the typical heavy, creamy dips so i was happy that my family embraced a lighter dip. even my stepdad loved it and he usually stays far away from any weird “paleo” things i make.

        i ended up using sheep’s milk pecorino and a little goat’s milk gouda to mix in. probably 1/3 cup total. i thought it was very rich and tasty.

  39. I made without cheese but doubled the cashews for more creaminess. Used fresh crushed garlic and added a little fresh lemon juice. Next time I will make with goat cheese. Fantastic recipe!!

  40. This is my absolute FAVORITE app to order whenever we go out. I WILL be trying this soon! Btw- you are hilarious and I secretly look around random bars in Denver hoping I “run into you” and we become bff’s. Keep up the awesome work! 🙂

  41. Holy Crap this is good!!!!! I used to be Vegan before I got pregnant with my daughter. I have never had such an amazing vegan version of spinach and artichoke dip in my life!!!!!! Now that I am pregnant with my second child, I have adopted the paleo diet, and I love it!!! Thanks again Julie for your creativity and food knowledge! All your recipes Rock!

  42. I used to have really bad acne problems (I mean 3 zits in one bad); have you ever tried minocycline? I take minocycline, differin gel (you can get an awesome coupon from a dermatologist to get a ton of money off), and acanya gel (you can get a bad a** coupon on the internet to pay a lot less). I have a super clear complexion now and freak if I get 1-2 zits, but if you are opposed to the meds/gels understandable but I hope you clear up!!! By the way I have tried 2 of your recipes so far and I love them, I have tried the pumpkin granola (best cereal EVER) and the pecan coconut butter (I ate a double batch in less than a week………..oops). I am thinking of tweaking your recipe to make a date pecan coconut butter.

  43. Juli,

    Alright you are a culinary genius!!! I just tried this recipe and it was so fantastic that I could have eaten it all but thankfully I didn’t. So after I pried my spoon away from the dip, I then mixed it with chopped chicken and put all of that on tomato slices and a basil garlic omelet to make a sort of pizza. It was so good I am having it for breakfast tomorrow (because I got 3 more portions of the dip phew). Next time I make it I think I am going to put a little garlic in the dip because lets face it everything is better with garlic. Anyways long story short I am so glad I bought your cookbook and that I stalk your blog on a daily basis. Thanks Juli for being a paleo culinary genius!!!! And I’m done.

  44. Just made version 1 — it was SOOOOOO good! Spinach artichoke dip has been my downfall for so long…no more! I love creamy dairy stuff, but am avoiding it now for health reasons. Didn’t even miss the dairy in this one! Thanks Juli!

  45. Do you think you could substitute sunbutter for the cashew butter (since that’s basically what you’re making)? I am still on a detox called the RepairVite diet, but I’m so sick of only having one or two snacks to eat and this looks yummy! Just not sure if sunflower seeds would be too strong of a taste compared to cashews? I LOVE your blog, by the way!

  46. I made this exactly as version 1 and took it to a non paleo party and had 6 requests for the recipe. I thought it was amazing and so did everyone else! As I was making it my husband walks up and says “you know I hate artichokes right?” No I did not…..he loved this and told me several times how good it was.

  47. Hi. I found Cashew Meal at Trader Joe’s and wondered if that could be used instead of processing my own cashews. If so, how would I go about that? Just add olive oil? Thank you!

  48. OH! God Bless you, Juli!!! I’m right there with you about the nuts! For whatever reason, my body (and skin) responds wonderfully to grass-fed and raw dairy, but nuts (in any form…with the exception of macademias now and then) give my body and skin much grief! There are so many great looking paleo recipes I would love to try, but sadly I must always seek ways to replace the nuts! 🙁 I can’t wait to try the “dairy” version of this favorite dip of mine!!! 😀 Thank you!!!

  49. HOLY CRAP-OLY! I made this tonight, and my 7 year old daughter who is a spinach and artichoke dip guru, ate the fadoodle out of it. She said it tastes better than what she gets in the restaurants. I adamantly agree! She is usually so picky with everything and wow! She scarfed this stuff down.

  50. WOW!!!! This amazing! Spinach Artichoke dip was always our go to appetizer at restaurants pre-Paleo days. So glad to find a recipe that fits in our new lifestyle. This beats the pants off of the “regular” type.

  51. Actually, cashews may be fine for people who can’t tolerate nuts. Cashews are not nuts, but legumes. My son-in-law is deathly allergic to tree nuts but is fine with cashews–again, they’re legumes! 😉

  52. You glorious gorgeous She-Warrior. I made this tonight and it ROCKED my life. I love spinach artichoke dip but my ass-blasting dairy intolerance does NOT.
    I couldn’t get my POS processor to do the cashews right, but I had a ton of thick cashew cream so I used that and it worked beautifully – it really gave it that super creamy texture I love In a good dip. And I housed like, half the bowl.

  53. Ohmigod holy crap! I never comment on blogs but I am so frickin’ pleased with this recipe I HAD too. I did a different paleo spinach/art dip last weekend(testing for Super Bowl , GO HAWKS!) and was very disappointed. Another commenter on that blog mentioned yours so I decided to check it out. You are amazing! I’m doing whole 30 right, but I can’t wait to try it with cheese. So delicious as is I can only imagine the cheese makes it pure heaven:)

  54. I’m a paleo wannabe, but am heavily leaning in that direction bc of food intolerances, mainly dairy.
    This is fan-freakin-tastic!!
    Since I learned of the food intolerances cow, goat & sheeps milk!), I’ve been craving a savory, creamy, cheesy something. Well this fit the bill! So creamy and yummy! I actually prefer it now to the mayo based dip.
    Love your site and all it’s recipes!! My iphone won’t let me give you 5 stars.

  55. This sounds amazing! I have a ton of artichokes I couldn’t figure out how to use, but now I know what to do with them. Do you think pine nuts could be subbed for the cashews? (I have a ton of those, too, and no cashews unless I hit the grocery store on Super Bowl Sunday – ew).

  56. Just made this last night and wanted to love it. It was good but seemed to be missing something.. It wasn’t until my hubby said to add some mayo that it really kicked it up a notch! I didn’t have any paleo mayo on hand, so I used regular (gasp!), but that made all the difference in the world.

    Love your cookbook and site, btw-can’t wait to discover all the gems in your book 🙂

  57. Wow!! This was soooooo delicious! I LOVE the little kick the cayenne pepper adds to this recipe! I made Version 1 and absolutely love it! Plus it makes such a large amount so I will be munching for days! The only thing I think I did wrong is that I didn’t drain the artichokes when I put them in the pan. I could taste the solution the artichokes had been marinating in and it made me think I should probably have gotten a different brand or maybe just drained some of that juice. Any suggestions as far as brand or what not?? Thanks for such an awesome recipe!!! 5 stars!! (my phone won’t let me check the stars for some reason…)

  58. Tried version one, delicious! I have a gastroenterology appt coming up to hopefully find some answers, thinking celiac disease or IBS. Love your recipes and they never hurt my stomach. Thank you 🙂

  59. Tyler Ferguson

    This. Is. Awesome. I am no cook but I’m taking this to the family get together and they will have no idea who this man who made something from scratch will be. Thank you 🙂

  60. Today I made this as a snack for my sister who is vegetarian. .. except I ended up eating most of it because it was incredible! For dinner I made the salmon with dill and mayo, also incredibly. Not sure how you come up with so many amazing recipes but I love them! It became so much easier to eat healthy when everything I cooked tasted so good! So thank you 🙂

  61. Is there any other nut you can use for the 1st option, and any other cheese you can use for the 2nd option? (I am currently doing the 21DSD, and would love to try this recipe — but i can’t eat cashews on the detox, and i hate goat cheese 🙁

  62. Hi Juli, I know this is an older post but I’m going to try this recipe this weekend for a superbowl party, can’t wait!

    I’m still new to paleo (proudly wearing my Week 3 badge like a dork) and I am suspicious that nuts may be leaving me bloated, too. I have definitely been eating more – not so much handfuls of nuts – but almond butter and also replacing flour in certain recipes with almond flour or almond meal. So my question is, do you generally cook with either of those and find that they bother you less than whole nuts? Or do you substitute with coconut flour or something else?

    Thank you!! Love your site and will continue to visit regularly!

    1. Substitutions depend on the recipe, but you can’t replace almond flour with coconut flour. Try eliminating nuts for a little bit to see if that’s really it. Could be your body just adjusting to your new way of eating.

  63. Hi Julie, I am making this today for Super Bowl Sunday (looks delish!). Question, have you ever made it then reheated? Any tips? Thank you, love all your recipes!

  64. Excellent recipe, thank you! I had whole artichokes in water so after they cooked down a bit with the spinach I added the whole mess to the food processor with the ground up cashews and pulsed a few times to incorporate and break down the artichokes. I think 1 tablespoon of garlic powder is way too much – I used 1 teaspoon and it was plenty! I also added some crumbled up bacon. Really really tasty!

  65. Made this great recipe several times now….followed recipe except spinach came chopped and frozen in 10oz packages, so I used two of those packages, a total of 20oz of chopped frozen spinach. I made the nut butter with almonds and coconut oil in food processor. Used cashews once, both were delicious. This is fantastic hot or cold, we used it as omelet and crepe stuffing for breakfast, also used crisp bacon chunks as “chips” for dipping. Crazy good food here, thank you for the delicious recipe. This recipe is 5 stars as is, I will try adding fresh sliced garlic cloves next time for more punch.

  66. Made this in my fondue pot last year to go with our anniversary dinner. Served it with plantain chips and it was to die for! I’m revisiting the recipe today and making it with cream cheese for a Christmas party tonight.

  67. This is delicious! Unrelated:I know the post is from years ago, so maybe you figured out your acne thing, but I did an elimination diet a year ago and found out that eggs were causing my acne.

  68. I found this recipe years ago when I was still in high school and wanted something quick and easy to make to bring to a party. It was absolutely delicious and there weren’t any leftovers for me to keep (a good feeling as a cook but a sad feeling for the midnight snack I intended to have later lol). We ate it on fluffy french baguettes and it was heavenly. I’m the only vegan in my group of friends (I’m also the only one who knows how to cook worth their salt), so they’re used to eating vegan when I cook for them. This dip really surprised the crowd they had no idea it was vegan let alone paleo. I’ve never put much thought into a paleo diet but with food like this I can see how you’re not missing out on much. I have always used fresh spinach and it’s always turned out great! I’ve made this recipe dozens of times over the years to the point where cashews, artichokes, and spinach are pretty much on hand in my house at all times!

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