- 10-oz container of store-bought hummus (I like Sabra)
- 2 15-oz cans navy beans, rinsed, drained, and patted dry with a paper towel
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp salt (optional)
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Run for at least 2 minutes, stopping and scraping the sides as needed, until dip is creamy and smooth.
Meet Frank, the frightful Frankendip. Okay, he’s a little more monster (mummy?) than Frankenstein, but Frankendip has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?
Inspired by this fun post on WholeFoodMommies.com, Frank is a snap to throw together, and can stand up to even the scariest Halloween eats. In fact, I took him to a Halloween party this past weekend, and despite the fact that there were candies and cupcakes and goodies galore, pretty much all that was left of Frank when we headed home were his eyeballs. Win!
How to Make a Monster Dip Veggie Tray: 7 Steps
1. Find a cheap plastic Halloween mask. (I got mine at Party City.) Cut about ½ inch of plastic off off all the way around, so the mask is a bit smaller. (This will also remove the strap attached to the back.)
2. Make a batch of Quick-and-Healthy “Cheater” Bean Dip (scroll to the bottom of this post). If you prefer a dip that’s oil free, you can use this fat-free white bean dip instead. (Note: Store-bought hummus won’t work, because it’s too thin to hold its shape.)
3. Round up some veggies for decorating. If you get creative, you can probably make do with what you have on hand. I used curly parsley for hair, radishes and olives for eyes, red bell pepper for eyebrows, and pumpkin seeds for teeth and nostrils.
4. Line the inside of your mask with plastic wrap, being sure to press wrap all the way into the nose and chin:
5. Carefully pack bean dip into the mask, pressing down gently to prevent air pockets. Don’t worry if the mask isn’t all the way full, just level it off. (Sorry no picture for this step; I got in a hurry and forgot!)
6. Invert the mask onto the serving platter, remove the mask, and gently peel away the plastic wrap. The creases from the plastic wrap on the dip give an eerie, mummy-like effect:
7. Call in the kids (young or young at heart) and decorate with veggies to make the creepiest (or silliest) face you can muster. Surround with cut veggies and serve. Spooky!