Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Dippin' Through January~ Rocky Road Brownie Batter Dip

Do you guys remember the 12 Cakes of December? Where I teamed up with some really awesome bloggers and we each shared one new cake recipe, for 12 days? Well, we had so much fun doing cakes, that we decided to bring you guys a round up of new recipes every month. With the Super Bowl fast approaching, we decided to go with DIPS for the month of January.

Hubby and I are BIG fans of dips. You can bet that any time we go out for lunch, or dinner, we're ordering shrimp and lobster dip, or spinach artichoke dip as an appetizer. Heck, I'd be happy with a bowl of dip and chips/crackers for dinner! There is just something so comforting about dipping into a nice smooth flavourful dip. While most people think of dips as something savoury, I decided to go with a sweet dip.

Hun... What's for Dinner? Rocky Road Brownie Batter Dip. Perfect for Game Day!

I knew I wanted to try making a chocolate dip, but I wanted it to be a little healthier. So, I went with a vanilla Greek yogurt as the base. This dip with SO awesome. My kids dove right in and I loved that they were enjoying the healthy dip-ables that I served with it. The texture is smooth and there is a slight tang to the dip, thanks to the yogurt and cocoa powder. The pecans and marshmallow bits add a nice crunch and texture contrast. If you can not find marshmallow bits, you can use mini marshmallows, which have been cut into thirds, using clean kitchen shears.

Rocky Road Brownie Batter Dip
printable version

1 C vanilla Greek yogurt
1 1/2 Tbs cocoa powder
1 Tbs flour
1/4 C powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 Tbs milk, if too thick
1/4 C pecans, finely chopped
1/4 C vanilla marshmallow bits
red and green apple slices
sliced bananas
graham crackers

In a bowl, whisk together the yogurt, cocoa powder, flour and powdered sugar; until smooth. Whisk in vanilla and almond extract and 1 Tbs of milk, if the dip feels too stiff and thick. Fold in pecans and marshmallow bits and transfer to a pretty bowl. Serve with apple slices, banana slices and graham crackers. When in season, strawberries would also be good with this dip.

Notes: to prevent apples and banana from browning, submerge into a bowl containing 2 cups of water and 3 Tbs lemon juice; and let soak for a few minutes. Remove to a paper towel and pat dry before placing on serving platter.

Hun... What's for Dinner? Rocky Road Brownie Batter Dip. Perfect for Game Day!

Check out how my fellow bloggers are Dippin their way through January!

Jalapeno Popper Dip- Moore or Less Cooking Blog
Melting Pot Swiss Cheese Dip- Tampa Bay Cake Girl
Rocky Road Brownie Batter Dip- Hun... What's for Dinner?
Prosciutto Artichoke Spinach Dip- Crumbs in my Mustachio
Crab Rangoon Dip with Wonton Chips- Lemony Thyme
BLT Dip- Cooking from a Stay at Home Mom
Apple French Toast Brunch Dip- Baking in a Tornado
Succulent Salmon Dip- The Rowdy Baker
Yum Yum Dipping Sauce- Manila Spoon

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Nettie Moore said...

Love your Rocky Road Dip Loo Hoo! My kids would be blown away when I served this for the kids Happy Hour!
Fabulous! Nettie

Karen @ Baking In A Tornado said...

Love not only that you went with a kid-friendly chocolate dip, but that you incorporated the yogurt. Genius. Pinning it!

Anonymous said...

I will take a large bowl please! :)

Terri Henkels said...

This sounds so good. I love chocolate with graham crackers. I will have to give this a try! Having a very stressful week so it's a good thing I don't have it on hand right now - the whole bowl would be gone!!

Lorinda - The Rowdy Baker said...

Wow, Cindy, this looks delectable! I like the idea of the Greek yogurt in there, too, to keep it from being too sweet. I need a spoon. A BIG spoon!

Rebecca @ Dorm Room Baker said...

Great idea using Greek yogurt as a base to make it a bit healthier! I'd love to eat this with some apple slices or animal crackers :).

Angela Muir said...

YUM! thanks for sharing ;) http://www.handmadeintheheartland.com

MommyonDemand said...

You had me at brownie! Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Retreat, hope to see you back on Thursday night!

Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes said...

What a fun dip! Thanks for linking up to Freedom Fridays - pinned and shared on my FB page :)

Libby with LemonyThyme.com said...

The picture of your kids hands is priceless and makes me want to come dip with you/them. This is such a fun dip.

Marsha Baker said...

Wanted you to know I've chosen this lovely dish for my personal favorite at Weekend Potluck today. Come on over and check it out...trust you'll link up some more YUM. =) Thanks for being a part of our party.