Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

This GAPS-friendly (lactose-free, sugar-free, and grain-free!!) holiday treat has me completely in love!! It might actually be the most delicious thing I have EVER made... and you all know how much I love my ice cream. But this GAPS holiday appetizer is just so good. The salty, crunchy crackers; the sweet, tangy cranberry sauce; and the smooth and rich cream cheese. IT'S JUST SO GOOD!!! You've got to try this. And it's super easy to make.

The crackers, sauce, and cream cheese only take a few ingredients each, making this recipe quick and simple so you can focus on enjoying the holidays with those you love. Last night while the cranberry sauce was simmering, I slipped over to the family room where my sister was, to curl up in some blankets and read under the Christmas lights. I obviously didn't get any reading done--what would be the point of reading when you've got a sister around? We giggled away, listening to the popping of the cranberries and breathing in the wafts of cranberry-orange that drifted in from the kitchen. It was just wonderful. I'm telling ya... this recipe is magical:)

So try this out. Your family and friends might just want to invite you over every holiday after you serve them this oh-so-delicious, healthy, gut-friendly appetizer. 

GAPS cranberry cream cheese dip and grain-free crackers

GAPS holiday appetizer

 

 

Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip and Grain-Free Crackers
Author: Amy MoffatPrep time: 10 minCook time: 45 min,total

Cranberry Sauce:

6 oz cranberries
1/2 c honey
juice of 2 oranges (about 1/2 c)

Flax Seed Crackers:

1 c almond flour
1/2 c ground flax seeds (preferably soaked and sprouted)
2 egg whites
1/2 tsp salt
butter or coconut oil for greasing

Cream Cheese:

2 c homemade sour cream, strained overnight
(if not on GAPS, you can use grass-fed cream cheese)

Directions:

Make the cranberry sauce. Combine all ingredients in a saucepot over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, until the cranberries have "popped."
Remove from heat and place in the refrigerator to cool completely. Sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.
Make the crackers. Preheat the oven to 350.
Lightly grease two large pieces of parchment paper
Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir to incorporate. Add the egg whites and mix together with a fork (alternatively, you can mix all ingredients in a food processor).
Place the dough between the two pieces of parchment paper and roll out as thinly as you can without creating holes. Peel back one of the parchment papers.
With a pizza cutter, cut the dough into squares. Sprinkle sesame seeds and more salt on top. Press them just slightly into the cracker so they will stay.
Transfer the entire parchment paper with the crackers on them to a large baking sheet and bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes, until crackers start to turn golden.
Remove from the oven and carefully separate them while still warm. Let cool for 10 minutes to crisp up.
Place cream cheese on a plate and scoop the cranberry sauce on top. Serve the crackers and watch them disappear before your eyes!!

2 Responses to “Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

  • Catherine
    1 year ago

    Hello! I am wondering if you have any suggestions as to where to buy grass fed cream cheese?
    thank you!

    • amoffat
      1 year ago

      Hi Catherine!

      I am not familiar with where to by grass-fed cream cheese, as most store-bought dairy products are more dead than alive. I prefer to make my own cream cheese to keep the nutrients and enzymes in tact and also preserve the bacteria for gut health. If you don’t have a lot of time on hand to culture your own local cream, Cultures for Health has a mesophilic culture that will make a thick cultured cream overnight that you can strain for cream cheese. But if time is just not available (which is definitely a common occurence on GAPS) you can check at your local natural foods market (whole foods, real foods market, good earth natural foods, etc.). Does that help at all?

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