Snack Time: Pita Chips & White Bean Dip


by Sep 22nd, 2010 // Giveaway, Kid-tastic, Recipes, Snacks

Snack Time: Pita Chips & White Bean Dip

I buy whole wheat pita because I know it’s better for us, but I must admit I don’t like the taste as much as white pita. (Sometimes I just give in and buy the white stuff. For shame!) But, alas, now I’ve found the reason for whole wheat pita to exists – baked pita chips. O.M.G. I could eat 200 of these they are so good.

There are so many kid-friendly elements to making these chips. Including letting your kid cut them up into triangles using scissors and then inviting them to paint each chip with olive oil.

They bake up super fast and after a few minutes on the cooling rack you’ve got yourself a crispy, healthy and delicious snack.

They taste great on their own but even more fantastic with a nice white bean dip.

Look whose little hand immediately started grabbing for today’s snack! Now for the recipe…

Pita Chips & White Bean Dip Recipe

Prep Time: 10 mins  Cooking Time: 7 to 10 minutes

Chip Ingredients:
4 whole wheat pitas
2 tablespoons olive oil
sea salt or kosher salt

Dip Ingredients:
1 can cannellini beans (drained + rinsed)
juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons olive oil
dash of smoked paprika
fresh ground pepper

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Let your kid use a pair of (safe) scissors to cut the pita into various triangles. After they are cut peel the two layers apart so the pita is thin. Spread pita triangles out on a parchment (or Silpat) lined rimmed cookie sheets and brush each triangle lightly with olive oil. It’s important not to over saturate the chips or they will get soggy. Just give them a light brushing. Sprinkle with salt and bake them in the the oven for 7 to 10 minutes or until crunchy. Meanwhile, pour beans, lemon juice, olive oil, paprika and fresh cracked pepper (to tasted) into a food processor. Blend until it reaches a smooth and creamy texture. When pita chips are done, remove from oven and transfer to a wire cooling rack. When cool, serve chips with white bean dip and be prepared for addition!

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28 Comments on “Snack Time: Pita Chips & White Bean Dip”

  1. 1.) Kara
    September 22nd, 2010

    Ok, this is right up my alley! I see me making this this weekend!!!

  2. 2.) Meera
    September 22nd, 2010

    I skip the whole varieties sometimes as I cant stand the taste too. This is a great idea. Will definitely try it. The dip looks yum too. Kudos!

  3. 3.) Michaela
    September 22nd, 2010

    My kids love pita chips, and I think they'd love them more if they helped make them. The dip looks great- maybe a way to get them to try beans!

  4. 4.) marisa
    September 22nd, 2010

    Next time, ditch the paprika and add some garlic and rosemary sauteed in olive oil before you blend. Trust me. 🙂

  5. 5.) Bobbie Lee Fogg Will
    September 22nd, 2010

    I love pita chips!

  6. 6.) rshipp
    September 22nd, 2010

    Making this today! I have whole wheat pitas sitting on my counter waiting for a use…

  7. 7.) Jackie
    September 22nd, 2010

    I love pita chips! It's a rare treat because they can be so expensive in the store. I'm definitely going to try these! Thanks!

  8. 8.) CrashTestMonkey
    September 22nd, 2010

    Yummy… I'll be making this tonight!

  9. 9.) tryityoumightlikeit
    September 22nd, 2010

    I love it when your photos include your son's toys. He must be the best little helper.

  10. 10.) Sarah Chase
    September 22nd, 2010

    This dip sounds great. We have a party coming up and this would be perfect!

  11. 11.) AnnaTei
    September 22nd, 2010

    We lovelovelove making pita chips! Usually I add some garlic to the olive oil, sometimes a little parmesan, too. And they're good with pretty much any dip. We'll have to try this one, though.

  12. 12.) Amanda
    September 22nd, 2010

    Okay. This looks seriously good. I want to try that bean dip!

  13. 13.) Samantha Cerniglia
    September 22nd, 2010

    This was so delicious!! I usually make my own hummus and use that but I always forget about the white bean dip – thanks for the reminder! I've made it with jar artichokes before too – it's really good but the kids aren't always big fans!

  14. 14.) marisa
    September 24th, 2010

    Oh yum! I'm going to try white bean and artichoke dip this weekend! Maybe with olives, too…

  15. 15.) Staci
    September 22nd, 2010

    My son would love the pita chips! Anything called a chip seems to be okay in his book. I'll have to try your recipe. Thanks!

  16. 16.) Bianca
    September 22nd, 2010

    I've never tried white bean dip, we always do hummus, but this sounds so good!!

  17. 17.) Bobbie Lee Fogg Williams
    September 22nd, 2010

    I love pita chips!

  18. 18.) Phyllis
    September 22nd, 2010

    You are making my vegetarian husband very happy with these recipes!

  19. 19.) Miranda
    September 22nd, 2010

    Looks delicious and healthy.

  20. 20.) Mariela Constantine
    September 22nd, 2010

    Delish !

  21. 21.) heidiemyers
    September 22nd, 2010

    I have been looking for a new healthy snack for my little girls (let's be honest, for me and the hubby too). These look delicious

  22. 22.) Magi
    September 22nd, 2010

    I love your site. My 4-year-old loves to help me in the kitchen. She also loves to stand in her kitchen and demonstrate her latest recipe. I may watch too many food shows with her. ;o)

  23. 23.) Macki
    September 22nd, 2010

    Yum!!! I need to get some whole pita's asap!

  24. 24.) girlrobot
    September 25th, 2010

    i love white bean dip!

  25. 25.) Christie
    September 26th, 2010

    We make an awesome colorful tomato-less salsa that would be great with these chips. I will email it to you if you send me your email. My kids make it with me all the time and love it! It's one of the healthiest things they eat all the time.

  26. 26.) Karen
    September 27th, 2010

    This not only looks good, it also looks good for you!

  27. 27.) Dana
    September 28th, 2010

    I have been wondering what to do with these beans. I have 1 lonely can that gets passed over every time I reach for something in that cupboard.

  28. 28.) vintagejenta
    October 20th, 2010

    Making your own pita chips is SO EASY. I don't even both brushing them with olive oil – I just sprinkle them with garlic salt. They are also delicious with spinach and artichoke dip. 🙂

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