Lightened-Up Artichoke Spinach Dip

posted by Melissa Huggins July 26, 2017 6 Comments
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This Artichoke Spinach Dip is a lightened up version of the classic we all love. It’s creamy and it has lots of cheesy flavor from my favorite ingredient.

This Artichoke Spinach Dip is a lightened up version of the classic we all love. It's creamy and it has lots of cheesy flavor from my favorite ingredient.
This post is sponsored by Frontier Co-op. All opinions are my own. This is a brand I trust and it helps me #cookwithpurpose

We’re right in the middle of summer and it’s hotter than hell around here. My body craves lighter food and really dislikes being in the kitchen too long. So, recipes like this lightened-up Artichoke Spinach Dip will keep my tummy happy and give me more time to enjoy the heat. 😉

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a super creamy, cheesy, loaded up spinach dip, and I’ll be sharing one in a few months, but for now, let’s stick with this lighter version.

This recipe may be lightened up, but it’s not lacking in the flavor department. It’s just as tasty and satisfying as the classic, but it’s missing the heaviness that comes along with it. So, if you need a quick snack or appetizer, that’s healthy and light, you may want to try this recipe. I make it often for my family or when we have company. I get lots of compliments and recipe requests all the time. It’s a keeper!

It’s so easy to whip together and you can have it on your table in 25 minutes or less.

Where’s the cheese?

So, that’s where my favorite ingredient comes in. For the super cheesy flavor, I used Frontier Co-op Nutritional Yeast Flakes. In the vegan world, nutritional yeast is also known as nooch. It’s a complete vegan miracle and adds a nice cheesy, nutty, flavor to many meals. It’s also rich in B vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein. I’m a total addict and I sprinkle it on everything.

For the creamy texture, I used white beans and dairy-free yogurt instead of vegan cream cheese and vegan mayonnaise. This keeps the recipe low-fat, oil-free and guilt-free.

Frontier Co-op

I use many of Frontier Co-op’s herbs and spices in my home already. It’s a company I know, love and trust. Their products are high-quality and always fresh tasting.

I was so happy to recently discover their Organic Red Chili Pepper Flakes. I’ve tried many other brands and they are seriously lacking heat. The Frontier Co-op’s brand is on point and adds the perfect amount of heat that I’m looking for. I will never try another brand now.

I also recently tried their nutritional yeast for the first time. It just hit the shelves in May of 2017. Some brands of nutritional yeast can leave a bitter aftertaste and that can ruin a recipe. The Frontier brand had a nice fresh smell and a cheesy taste. It worked perfectly in this Artichoke Spinach Dip. If you use a lot of nooch like me, you might want to buy it in bulk here.

Frontier Nutritional Yeast is a type of yeast called Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which is made from a single-celled organism and it’s grown on beet and cane molasses. After the yeast is harvested, it’s washed, pasteurized and heat-dried to deactivate the yeast.

I completely love Frontier Co-op’s herbs and spices. They are:

  • Non-GMO
  • Non-ETO (ethylene oxide)
  • Non-Irradiated
  • Certified kosher
  • Fair trade

If you would like to learn more about Frontier Co-op you can visit their information page here.

Lightened-Up Artichoke Spinach Dip

It’s so simple to make:

  • Roughly chop the spinach and artichokes
  • Process the beans, yogurt, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, and seasonings
  • Quickly wilt the spinach, then add the artichokes and the processed bean mixture
  • Pour into an oven-safe serving dish and top with bread crumbs
  • Bake for 10 minutes
  • ENJOY!

Alright, are you guys ready to get dippin’? Let’s do this!

I’d love to hear from you

If you make this Artichoke Spinach Dip, I’d love to hear what you think in the comment section below. It would really make my day. You can also follow me on Instagram and share your creation with me. Just tag me @veganhuggs and hashtag #veganhuggs so I don’t miss it.


Artichoke Spinach Dip
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

This Artichoke Spinach Dip is a lightened up version of the classic we all love. It's creamy and it has lots of cheesy flavor from my favorite ingredient.

Course: Appetizer, Dip
Recipe Type: Gluten-Free, Oil-free, Vegan
Servings: 6
Calories: 164 kcal
Author: Melissa Huggins
  • 4 cups fresh spinach , rough chopped
  • 1 can artichoke hearts , drained, rinsed and chopped (14-15 oz can)
  • 1 can white beans drained and rinsed (15 oz can)
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free yogurt , unsweetened
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice , freshly squeezed
  • 1/4 cup Frontier Co-op Organic Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon crushed red chili pepper , optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt , more to taste
  • Fresh cracked pepper , to taste
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs (GF if preferred)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F

  2. Add the beans, yogurt, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, red chili pepper, salt and pepper to a food processor. Blend until smooth. Scrape down sides if needed. Set aside.

  3. Heat a large pan over medium heat. Add a small splash of water or vegetable broth. Add spinach and cook until it is just wilted (about 2-3 minutes). Add artichoke hearts and bean mixture. Stir to combine. Taste for seasoning and add as needed. Remove from heat. 

  4. Pour mixture into an oven-safe serving dish. Top with breadcrumbs and place in oven. Bake for about 10 minutes, until breadcrumbs are golden brown. Let it cool for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with crusty bread, crackers or veggie sticks. Top with vegan parmesan if desired. Enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

* If you would like to add a bit more richness to the dip, you can add 1/3 cup vegan cream cheese to the food processor, along with the bean mixture.

Nutrition Facts
Artichoke Spinach Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 164 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Sodium 684mg 29%
Potassium 357mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 2g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 50.7%
Vitamin C 29%
Calcium 10.2%
Iron 15.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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Dawn July 28, 2017 at 8:22 am

I LOOOVE artichoke dip. Thank you so much for posting.

Melissa Huggins July 29, 2017 at 11:00 am

You’re welcome, Dawn. It’s one of my favorites too. So easy to make. Have a great weekend 🙂

Madelyn August 17, 2017 at 12:36 pm

I can’t wait to give this healthier recipe a try.

Melissa Huggins August 17, 2017 at 12:52 pm

Hi Madelyn, thank you for stopping by. I’m happy you’ll give this recipe a try. It’s my favorite healthy snack 🙂

Liza January 5, 2018 at 2:59 pm

Any chances you’ll be posting the recipe for traditional spinach artichoke dip soon?

Melissa Huggins January 6, 2018 at 6:13 pm

Hi Liza, I have a basic one I just posted that’s in phyllo cups. You can just skip the cups and bake according to the lightened-up dip. I’d add another few tablespoons of vegan cream cheese for richness. The recipe is on my main page. Hope this helps. Have a great weekend! 🙂


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