You can make your own bitchin' sauce recipe right at home. This creamy almond dip is a healthy, easy dip made with almonds, lemon and garlic and is perfect for a snack or appetizer.
Do you love snacks? Dips are one of the best snacks because they are so versatile and can be eaten with veggies, chips, crackers, pretzels and more. This creamy almond dip will be one your new favorite ways to snack.
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What is Bitchin' Sauce?
The original Bitchin' sauce is is a popular dip made from almonds, garlic, lemon and other spices. It is available at many groceries and health food stores (like Whole Foods). It can be a little pricey, so let's make an affordable homemade copycat of the original flavor that tastes just like it!
A great budget friendly homemade dip!
At my local grocery stores, Bitchin' Sauce can cost between $6-8 per tub. To make this almond dip recipe homemade it costs $4.32 to which is 72 cents per serving!
This is based on local grocery prices and may vary based on your location.
- Raw Almonds: In this recipe we use raw almonds that are soaked for 2 hours. I have not made this with roasted and salted almonds. If you do, consider decreasing the salt in the recipe.
- Grapeseed oil: We use expeller-pressed grapeseed oil because it has a neutral flavor and it is also used in the original Bitchin' Sauce recipe. You can substitute for olive oil but it might create a slight olive flavor to your dip.
- Tamari: To keep. this recipe gluten free, we use tamari. If you are not gluten free you can use soy sauce.
- Nutritional Yeast: This helps create a slight cheesy, salty flavor to your creamy almond dip. If you don't have this ingredient you can omit it and add a touch more soy sauce.
- Garlic cloves: This adds a good balance to the tamari and nutritional yeast without an overpowering garlic flavor.
- Spices: sea salt, onion powder
How to Make Creamy Almond Dip
- Soak your almonds for 3-4 hours in water. Make sure almonds are fully submerged.
- Drain almonds and place in high speed blender with other ingredients. You can also use a food processor but it's a little harder to achieve as smooth a dip. It's still tasty though!
- Blend on high for 1-2 minutes, scraping sides, blending again. This process may take up to 5 minutes to achieve the texture you want. Add in additional 2-3 tablespoon of cold water if needed to obtain creamy texture. If using a food processor blend on the highest setting and scrape down the sides every minute.
- High Speed Blender (such as a Vitamix) or Food Processor
- Ruber spatula
- Airtbight Container
Substitutions & Variations
- Raw almonds: You can try roasted and salted almonds, but decrease the salt addition in this recipe.
- Grapeseed oil: You can use extra virgin olive oil instead, but it's flavor may be slightly different. You can also make this oil-free if desired.
- slightly different.
- Tamari: Soy sauce or liquid aminos soy protein is a great substitute.
- Nutritional Yeast: If you don't have nutritional yeast add an extra tablespoon of soy sauce or a teaspoon of miso paste.
- Add in other nuts such as cashews or walnuts for a different flavor and texture.
- Top with some diced green onions for more flavor
I highly recommend soaking your almonds for this recipe. It helps them process in the high speed blender or food processor for a creamy flavor. If you don't have time to soak your almonds, consider putting them in hot water for 15 minutes. You may have to spend a little extra time blending in the processor to get the creamy texture you desire
You can make this recipe in a food processor but your dip may not be as creamy. This dip still tastes amazing even with a thicker texture!
What to eat with Creamy Almond Dip
There are lots of ways to enjoy this dip! One of my favorite ways is as a dip with fresh veggies or a sandwich spread for a loaded veggie sandwich.
Here are some great dipping options:
- Tortilla chips
- Pita Crackers or bread
- Raw Veggies: Peppers, carrots, celery
This almond dip also is a great spread for:
This dip is great at holiday gatherings or parties. I love to make different flavor variations such as basil or chipotle almond dip (see below for some other fun flavors!). This dip is also great for those with allergies to gluten or dairy and provides guests with vegan-friendly options.
- Store this almond dip in the fridge up to 7 days.
- I do not recommend freezing this dip.
Consider trying out some fun flavors for this almond dip by adding ingredients to the original recipe:
- Basil Almond Dip: Add in some fresh basil for a "pesto" flavor.
- Cilantro Chili Almond Dip : Add in some cilantro, chili powder, and jalopeño (to taste) for a spicy dip.
- Chipotle Almond Dip: Add in chipotles with adobo, smoked paprika, vinegar and some tomato paste (to taste) for a flavorful chipotle dip.
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Creamy Almond Dip (Bitchin' Sauce Recipe)
- 1 cup raw almonds soaked for 3-4 hours in hot water
- 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil or olive oil
- 1 medium lemon juiced
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- ⅓ cup water plus 2-3 Tbsp
- 1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce if not gluten-free
- 2 tablespoon Nutritional yeast
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Start by soaking your almonds for 3-4 hours in water.
- In a high speed blender add your drained almonds and the rest of your ingredients.
- Blend for a minute, scrape down sides, and blend again. Repeat until smooth and creamy. Add in a 2-3 extra tablespoon of water of needed to attain texture and creaminess.
- Serve with crackers, pretzels or veggies.
- If using a food processor, your blending process may take longer. Your dip may not be as smooth compared to using a high speed blender, but it will still be creamy with amazing flavor!
- Don't skip soaking the almonds. This is what gives the dip its creamy texture.
- Pita chips or bread
After trying other imitation bitchin' sauce recipes, this takes the cake! It is now my go-to.
It is a great base to build upon; there's plenty of room to add more (i.e spices) to it if you wanted, but you don't need to.
Allie Petersen says
Thanks so much! Glad you enjoy it 🙂