blackberry chia crackers & date dip

by Kristina Sloggett

in appetizers, baking, Dessert, Gluten Free, Happy Hour at Home, recipes, snacks, Vegan

I know I always say I am honored and flattered to be asked for a guest post. It’s true, though, and one of my favorite aspects of blogging. This time is no different, and special because not only do I admire Leanne in many ways, she told me she likes my approach and mentioned something about ‘natural talents.’

Giddy, I tell you. This is what I blog for!

Another fun part of blogging – of cooking and creating – the fun kitchen tools I find to play with. I used these cookie cutters to cut these crackers. I love them – they are so fun. The kit includes three shapes, multiples of alphabet letters, and some word phrases (happy birthday, congratulations).

I wanted to come up with something that fits Leanne and her food tastes. She likes to use fruit as a natural sweetener, she loves crackers, so this is my creation for her!

The date dip is something I make all the time, and pairs nicely with them.

Please go visit Leanne and her fabulous blog, check out the cracker and dip recipes, stick around and say hello!

What’s your favorite cracker topping?

Happy Friday!


{ 81 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Alayna @ Thyme Bombe August 26, 2011 at 5:35 am

That flavor combination sounds fantastic, and the cut-outs are so cute!


2 spabettie August 26, 2011 at 9:59 pm

thank you, Alayna – they were fun to make.


3 Kelsey/TheNaptimeChef August 26, 2011 at 5:38 am

Fabulous looking crackers, I love the cut-outs! Mmm, isn’t blackberry season the best?!


4 spabettie August 26, 2011 at 9:59 pm

hi Kelsey! yes, I am really loving both black AND raspberries this year – so very good! I’ll miss them when they’re gone, I have developed a flat – a – week habit 😉


5 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 26, 2011 at 5:44 am

I commented over there…they look…amazing!


6 spabettie August 26, 2011 at 9:57 pm

thank you, Averie! 😀 hope you have a great weekend – I’ll not have much time to follow along, but I’ll catch up after the conference! :)


7 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit August 26, 2011 at 5:53 am

It all looks so good, especially the date dip! I could see me eating a lot of that. Thanks again Kristina :) One of these days we’ll have to get together and sip on smoothies and chow down on crackers.
I’m off to the lake for the day! Have an amazing weekend


8 spabettie August 26, 2011 at 9:56 pm

YOU have a great weekend, too, Leanne! I’m one day in to Vida Vegan and we are having F U N ! 😀


9 katie August 26, 2011 at 6:35 am

these look amazing! I love that your blog name is on them! How cool!!!

Happy Weekend! Have fun this weekend too, I cant wait to see what swag you get!

xoxo <3


10 spabettie August 26, 2011 at 9:55 pm

hee – it’s been a B L A S T so far!! I’ll recap soon!


11 katie @KatieDid August 26, 2011 at 7:08 am

The letter are SO cool! I tried making crackers the other day… epic failure! Your recipe looks really easy though! And I also am a fan of natural sweeteners like bananas and dates so I love the look of the dip so much.


12 spabettie August 26, 2011 at 9:46 pm

oooh, this dip is amazing! sorry your crackers didn’t turn out – they are SO difficult for me, too. I have made the same recipe several times, they turn out different EVERY time. weird. (I’m wondering if the WEATHER makes a difference!?) :)


13 Holly @ The Runny Egg August 26, 2011 at 9:05 am

Kristina these look adorable — and I love those cookie cutters! How cute! at first I was wondering how on earth you carved out Spabettie!

I like PB on crackers, but I mostly like them for dipping in bowls of soup!


14 spabettie August 26, 2011 at 9:37 pm

mmm, crackers in soup, YES!


15 Cookin' Canuck August 26, 2011 at 9:25 am

Those crackers are absolutely adorable! What a fun hostess gift to give to someone – with their name in the crackers, of course.


16 spabettie August 26, 2011 at 9:34 pm

yes, it’s so fun to make these for people – it’s always a big hit! :)


17 Heather (Where's the Beach) August 26, 2011 at 9:29 am

OMG love that cutter! How fun.


18 spabettie August 26, 2011 at 9:29 pm



19 Lauren August 26, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Love the cutters. So adorable! Makes it look like it’s time to start the Spabetti brand of crackers!


20 spabettie August 26, 2011 at 9:20 pm

YES!! I have always wanted to open a bakery… 😀


21 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 26, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Those are too cute! I do hummus or plain…or preserves or …. hmmm…peanut butter. Dang, I’m hungry!


22 spabettie August 26, 2011 at 9:18 pm

ha… so, depends on your mood, huh? 😀


23 Stefani August 26, 2011 at 2:55 pm

As always, looks delish!


24 spabettie August 26, 2011 at 9:15 pm

thank you, Stefani!


25 Lisa August 26, 2011 at 3:20 pm

This looks so amazing! For toppings…I’m a sucker for cashew cream if it’s a sweet thing or cheesy cashew sauce if it’s more savory!


26 spabettie August 26, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Mmm, yep, I love cashew based sauces – because they are so versatile and can go sweet or savory!


27 Caitlin August 26, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Kris you are awesome, no wonder people want you on their blogs. These are so whimsical and fun, and sound yummy!!!


28 spabettie August 26, 2011 at 9:13 pm

aw, you’re sweet. :) the crackers were fun to make!


29 Kath (My Funny Little Life) August 26, 2011 at 4:57 pm

😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯

They have “Spabettie” cut into them! 😀 😀 😀

Hm, I actually don’t eat crackers. I even didn’t when I still ate grains. So I never thought about what I’d put on crackers. 😉 But I can do now! (This is like going shopping with a friend and trying to find something according to her taste. It’s fun! :D)

I think we’d need a blender for this …

So, I can imagine it would be great to make a fig spread … figs (fresh or dried), either cream cheese or cashews and some water for a vegan version, and then either cardamom to make it sweeter, or garlic and a squeeze of lemon juice for a heartier variety.

Or some kind of pesto-flavored thing, but more of the consistency of nut butter: pine nuts (expensive! 😯 ), sundried tomatoes, fresh basil, a bit of olive oil.

Or this: avocado, lime juice, fresh parsley (or cilantro, but not for you ;)), finely chopped tomatoes.

Or a kind of salsa: finely chopped nectarines (or mango, or papaya …) and shallots, Thai basil or fresh mint, lime juice, ginger, lemon grass.

I like composing flavors in my mind. :)

Did I give you an appetite for some of the mental concoctions above?


30 spabettie August 26, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Mmm, all of these sound amazing! I make a fig “spread” – I love figs. I love salsa with mango, I’ve never had it with nectarines, that would be tasty, and I love shallots. Great composing, my friend – I am hungry now! 😀


31 jenny August 26, 2011 at 5:21 pm

I love those cutters, I may have to get some (and then learn to roll cookies) :) these look SO GOOD, and your picture beautiful as always!!!


32 spabettie August 26, 2011 at 9:06 pm

thank you, Jenny! the cutters are fun! :)


33 Eden August 27, 2011 at 1:00 am

Seriously?! someone beat me to nab you as a guest poster?! Well, I shouldn’t be surprised since you reek fabulousity. I suppose I just need to accept the fact that I can’t hog your brilliance to myself!


34 spabettie August 27, 2011 at 7:05 am

well, YEAH. 😉

did you get my email, by the way? I should have gone FIRST because everyone has been spectacularly awesome.


35 Kris @Krazy_Kris August 27, 2011 at 7:20 am

Spabettie Crackers
I can not TELL you how fabulous that is – oh wait – I think you know.
I do believe that everything is PERFECT in the world right now.
Clicky clicky off to Leanne’s lair.
And – I’ve never had a date (like that). BUT I did have a fig the other night – you would have been proud :) It was on a pizza!


36 spabettie August 31, 2011 at 11:41 am

Mmm, fig on a pizza! I can imagine… did it also have prosciutto, and maybe a tangy cheese like goat or feta?? 😀 good for you!


37 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) August 27, 2011 at 1:18 pm

These sound very interesting – I’m off to check out the recipe!


38 Tres Delicious August 28, 2011 at 1:25 am

Thanks for sharing. That really looks interesting and I love the way you featured it here.


39 spabettie August 31, 2011 at 11:37 am

thanks and you’re welcome! they were fun to make.


40 Mary @ Fervent Foodie August 28, 2011 at 6:07 am

How fun are those little cookie cutters!!! Those would be so fun to use to make awesome presents for friends and family!


41 spabettie August 31, 2011 at 11:35 am

yes, they would – make something fun with them, and include them in the gift! 😀


42 (what runs) Lori August 28, 2011 at 6:55 am

I LOVE Leanne and her blog. Of course, she’s got a great attitude and a killer blog, just like you! I’m hoppin’ over to your guest post right now. I LOVE what you made here. So, so adorable and they sound wonderful too!


43 spabettie August 31, 2011 at 11:34 am

I was happy she wanted me to guest post… I love her and her blog, too! the crackers were fun to make for her! :) XXO!


44 channing August 28, 2011 at 8:17 am

I made these crackers today, and they are already gone!! we LOVED TEHM and all I can think of now is that date spread. I’m making more this week, thank you, betty!


45 spabettie August 31, 2011 at 11:30 am

you are very welcome, Channing! if you’re making the crackers again, the date dip goes well with them! glad you liked the crackers too.


46 Stephanie @ August 28, 2011 at 3:30 pm

personalised crackers? You’re my heroine. 😀 How fun!


47 spabettie August 31, 2011 at 11:28 am

heee! thanks… they were fun!


48 Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli August 28, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Great post Kristina! Just left a comment on Leanne’s blog!

Favorite cracker topper: CHEEEEEEESE! Cubed, sliced, spread, doesn’t matter!


49 spabettie August 31, 2011 at 11:28 am

oh, then you’ll LOVE my next cracker post for sure! (although it’s … vegan cheese… it’s GOOD!) 😀


50 Pure2raw twins August 28, 2011 at 6:44 pm

love those cutters! too cute

now off to check out that recipe


51 lily August 29, 2011 at 5:21 am

I made these this morning, with raspberries instead of black, and used regular (gluten free!) all purpose flours and they are great. not as cute as yours, I cut with pizza wheel, and they are uniquely delicious THANKYOU!!!


52 spabettie August 31, 2011 at 11:24 am

I’m SO glad you made them – raspberry sounds great too! I’ve made these three times now… can’t get enough! :)


53 Angela @ August 29, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Oh man, these look so cute and yummy. Bookmarked to try at some point in the future once I’m caught-up on everything that pilled-up while on vacation :)


54 spabettie August 31, 2011 at 11:23 am

ha – I know how that is, at this point I won’t catch up! :)


55 Dorry August 29, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Those are the cutest crackers I’ve ever seen! <3 them so much. Hope you had a lovely weekend, friend. I'm on a plane home from NYC right this minute. Always bittersweet to leave, ya know? :)


56 spabettie August 31, 2011 at 11:21 am

oh I most definitely know that one! are you guys moving there? then I can come visit!! 😀


57 Dorry September 1, 2011 at 8:39 pm

It’s definitely being discussed a whole lot lately! We have an international stop to make before we move there, though. I’ll have to fill you in sometime soon! Haven’t said anything about it on the blog…

AND if we move to NYC, you and Jason better be some of our 1st visitors! :)


58 spabettie September 2, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I was wondering… I think you vaguely skimmed over some adventure abroad… I’d love to hear more! and YES, most definitely we would be among the first visitors! Jason has never been to NYC, and for me it’s been WAY too long…


59 Roz@weightingfor50 August 29, 2011 at 9:51 pm

I am soooo smitten with the cracker cutouts!!! Just picked a whack of blackberries on the weekend, so this has been bookmarked into my “must try” file. Have a wonderful week.


60 spabettie August 31, 2011 at 11:20 am

I ate a whole box of blackberries with breakfast this morning – they are SO good this year I can’t get over it! 😀


61 Pepsi September 16, 2011 at 10:46 am

I made these this afternoon, love them! very slight flavor, is that what your result was? mine were more purple, I love it!

also, they are crunchy but still a bit soft, if that makes sense. is that your result?


62 Hollie September 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm

hi kris!! we made these last night! the crackers are good and the date spread is my new favorite thing. I need a huge bowl of it at all times!


63 spabettie September 22, 2011 at 1:14 pm

SO happy to hear it, Hollie! and yep – that date spread is pretty dope, right? 😀


64 Hannah K September 22, 2011 at 2:03 pm

just saw these on tastespotting while browsing snacks – they are wonderful! great photos also.


65 Erin September 29, 2011 at 8:13 am

we made these yesterday too and love them! they are mild in flavor and mine were much more purple, the kids loved that. did the seagulls enjoy?


66 spabettie September 29, 2011 at 1:06 pm

ha! they did.

it’s funny, my second batch was more purple too. different berries, perhaps? being more “dense” or something? taste and texture were the same, so I don’t know. I like them really purple!


67 Donna October 30, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I keep meaning to tell you this is my new favorite “staple” and I always have it around. I use it on everything LOL. so so yummy and I don’t feel guilty about buying a food processor now, it gets used a lot!!


68 spabettie November 1, 2011 at 9:41 am

you must mean the date dip? :) glad to hear it, and happy to help you use the processor more! thanks, Donna!


69 Mary October 30, 2011 at 10:04 pm

I made these over the weekend, they tasted great but didn’t look like yours. they were a little crumbly. I tried half the batch a little thicker, but then they were just too soft more like a cookie. help!!!


70 spabettie November 1, 2011 at 9:33 am

hmm, a little crumbly could mean not enough moisture. I have made these a few times and have had to knead the dough a bit in one batch to get it to come together.


71 Laura November 6, 2011 at 3:10 pm

very original recipe as many of them here are; well done. the dip looks good too.


72 Yaleah November 9, 2011 at 1:55 am

I made these, they tasted really good but they were VERY crumbly!! I kneaded and kneaded, added water and they finally came together – is this normal? also they were delicate, but mine were thin (I like thin crackers) and broke in the dip :(


73 spabettie November 9, 2011 at 9:56 am

hi Yaleah – I’m very sorry they didn’t come out as expected. I have made this dough a few times, and yes, sometimes it takes a bit to form. I don’t know why they were delicate after cooking, though, mine with this recipe always come out pretty hearty – in fact, I’ve had a couple people tell me TOO sturdy, so I’m sorry, I don’t really how to fix that without more info – can you tell me more, did you use the same flours? I would love to figure this out!

Best, Kris


74 Connie Gresco November 9, 2011 at 10:44 pm

I made these and they turned out wonderfully! my flavor was very mild, the texture perfect and that date spread was delicious! thank you betty


75 spabettie November 10, 2011 at 8:52 am

thank you, Connie! happy you enjoyed!


76 Leland November 19, 2011 at 3:42 am

making these right now, I am really excited for them to come out of the oven!! thank you Kristina, the date spread is AMAZING too!


77 spabettie November 20, 2011 at 9:53 am

hi Leland! I’m happy you like the date spread – pretty good stuff, right? I hope the crackers were just as good!


78 Uta December 3, 2011 at 3:11 am

so pretty! the date dip sounds delicious.


79 Alice December 27, 2011 at 1:21 am

where can I get the cutters?


80 Lora March 1, 2012 at 10:30 pm

how did you make the crackers with the words in them?


81 spabettie March 2, 2012 at 3:13 pm

it’s a cookie cutter with letters you can slide in to make words :)


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