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18 May, 2014

FORK IT: Easy White Bean & Sundried Tomato Spread

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Hey, do you like hummus? And crackers? And recipes that are easy? If so, you should totally read this post.

I recently got a chance to try out the new Mary's Gone Crackers Super Seed Crackers, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to share one of my favorite bean dip/spread/hummus-esque recipes. Crackers are delicious on their own, but they're even better with friends (like so many things in life), and the majestic white bean is a great friend to the humble cracker. You'll see.

Here's what you'll need:

  • One large (29oz/822g) can cooked white beans
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup sundried tomatoes
  • 5 cloves garlic (or more, if you like having vampire-repellant breath)
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 tsp dried Italian herbs (I used 1 tsp dried basil, 1/2 tsp dried rosemary)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Water as needed (see notes below)  
  • Tasty, tasty crackers

STEP ONE: Prep your garlic. Roasted garlic is the most delicious option, but if you're not patient enough for that then sautéing it in a bit of olive oil to take the edge off will do. You can also use it raw if you don't mind the fresh garlic "bite" and having the worst breath in the world.

If you're using tomatoes packed in oil, drain 'em. If you're using the type that are dried like raisins (as pictured below) soak them in water for 10 minutes to soften them up. Save the soaking liquid - you may need it later.

sundried tomatoes soaking in water
Glub glub.

STEP THREE: While your tomatoes are soaking, rinse your beans thoroughly. This will get the gross, salty can sludge off.

white beans cooked
Mmm, can sludge.

Add your garlic and tomatoes to a food processor or powerful blender. (I use the Ninja Master Prep, in case anyone's looking for a recommendation.) Pulse your tomatoes and garlic a few times to break them into smaller pieces.

STEP FIVE: Add the rest of your ingredients and purée until slightly chunky. Depending on how powerful your blender is and how thick you like your spread, you may need to add a bit of liquid to keep things moving - I ended up adding 2 tbsp of water to mine. Using the liquid you soaked your dried tomatoes in will help retain some of the awesome tomatoey flavors.

STEP SIX: If you're using a blender with a tall jar, you'll probably need to scrape down the sides to make sure any runaway large chunks get integrated back into the mix. Once you've done that, purée again until semi-smooth. Taste it, add more salt if needed, and voilà!

Easy Vegan White Bean & Sundried Tomato Spread recipe

Yeah, that's definitely a food. I garnished it with a little fresh basil to make it pretty, but that's totally optional. Nom nom nom nom nom.

I made my spread sort of on the thick side because I like being able to eat it on sandwiches and crackers without it dripping everywhere, but if you want spread with a thinner consistency just add a little more water while you're blending.

Mary's Gone Crackers NEW Super Seed Crackers:

Mary's Gone Crackers new Super Seed crackers box soy free

I really enjoyed eating Mary's Gone Crackers new Super Seed crackers with my bean spread because they're satisfyingly crispy without being too greasy. They also have a slight herb-y/peppery taste, which complements the flavors in my recipe nicely. Plus these are suitable for people who have allergies or restricted diets, as they're soy-free, non-GMO, vegan, dairy-free, wheat-free, gluten-free, kosher, and free of hydrogenated oils and trans fats. Whew, that's quite a list.

Mary's Gone Crackers new Super Seed crackers gluten free vegan

Nom nom nom. Oh, and you see all those seeds? They're rich in omega-3s. Delicious AND nutritious. You can get more info or purchase them on the Mary's Gone Crackers website.

What are your favorite types of dips to have with crackers? Do you ever make hummus or bean spreads at home?

Disclosure: I received the Mary's Gone Crackers featured in this post for review purposes. All other ingredients were purchased by me. I did not receive any other form of compensation and any opinions expressed above are honest and my own. This post contains affiliate links. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy.


  1. When the new soy-free version of the crackers came out (I'm allergic and the o.g. ones have a little tamari but I eat them anyway) I was freakin' excited but argh! the overall flavor is quite different than the original and I was disappointed.
    I usually shovel crackers down straight out the box. Your bean dip looks yummy, though.

  2. How did the old ones taste different? I never tried them, so I can't compare. I like these (new) ones well enough though. I may have done some plain cracker shoveling before I made the dip. :P

  3. The old ones have a very earthy, savory taste, probably because of the tamari. And the texture is lighter because it doesn't have such big seed chunks. If I can recall correctly, the new ones have more of a raw bird seed flavor with a hint of caraway. It's not bad at all, just not as shovel-worthy.

  4. These crackers are pretty seedy. They should come bundled with floss.

  5. Mmmmmm. I want the onion one, because my breath isn't bad enough from all the garlic spread or anything.

  6. Yum yum! It's weird, I don't like beans but I like bean dip. I eat hummus like a madwoman so I have to try this out :D

  7. Experience has taught me that some people hate the texture of whole beans. I don't know why, but that's a thing. I guess they get "creamier" when you blend them up. Anyway, if you like hummus and tomatoes then you'd probably love this!

  8. I have not never, but will be soon after this post!! I am just now starting to like hummus!

  9. Well welcome to this world of beany deliciousness then! :D


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