dip n’ chips

All hail, football season is upon us! And football season = yummy dips…didn’t you know? Of course there’s always this (which is way delicious, by the way), but just in case you’d like a mildly healthier approach, meet this creamy white bean dip with garlic whole wheat pita chips.

What? You’ve never made your own pita chips before??!

They’re super easy and taste better than anything you can find at the store…promise! For these, I roasted an entire head of garlic in a little olive oil (yessssss) then brushed the infused oil all over the pita wedges and baked until crispy.

Seriously addicting snack food right here, folks. Especially when sprinkled with lots of sea salt and pepper!

And the dip…oh the dip! I love white bean dip as an easy alternative to hummus because, let’s face it, I pretty much eat hummus every day of my life. It’s good to have some variety up in there! And yes, the previously mentioned entire head of roasted garlic goes right into it along with lemon juice, olive oil and cumin.

Oh! and the best part about making your own pita chips is that you can totally control how many you eat by how many pitas you bake. No bottomless bags found here! Just me, a whole wheat pita and my oven.

Head to PBS Food for the yummy recipe and have a fantastic Friday!

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  • Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance
    September 30, 2011 at 4:12 am

    I actually JUST discovered that I can make my own pita chips. Who am I?

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    September 30, 2011 at 4:18 am

    That looks fantastic! Is it bad that I do want a bottomless bag of pita chips?

  • Khushboo
    September 30, 2011 at 4:19 am

    Ohh man pita chips and baba ganoush is what it is ALL ABOUT!

  • Heather
    September 30, 2011 at 4:20 am

    Jenna, this looks amazing. My mouth is watering like no tomorrow. This dip must be made. Stat. I love making homemade pita chips and sprinkling them with garlic powder and cayenne! Yum. Yum. Yum. πŸ™‚

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    September 30, 2011 at 4:45 am

    Yumm I love homemade pita chips! Haven’t made them in far too long, but I’ve got a bulb of garlic just waiting to be roasted and this dip sounds like a perfect application!

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    September 30, 2011 at 4:48 am

    I had only been sprinkling my tortillas with salt and baking. Roasted garlic sounds brilliant. Note to self: add this to next baked chips…

  • Anne
    September 30, 2011 at 5:14 am

    On your PBS recipe, “cumin” appears 2 times.

  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    September 30, 2011 at 5:17 am

    I love making pita chips!! These look great πŸ™‚

  • Stephanie Murphy
    September 30, 2011 at 5:22 am

    I love homemade pita chips! (and can’t stand the store bought versions) so thanks for the recipe! Also, the puppy photo from your last post made my morning. I wish you luck in finding a pup to join your family!

  • Ruth
    September 30, 2011 at 5:31 am

    Oh yes. Garlicky crispy pitta with creamy dip – yes please!

  • Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove
    September 30, 2011 at 5:49 am

    Oo this looks awesome (although I will eat anything with garlic)!! I eat more hummus than I care to admit so this is a nice switch-up!

  • Deva at deva by definition
    September 30, 2011 at 5:50 am

    I love making my own pita chips. This dip looks so creamy and delicious, I can’t wait to try it!

  • Hilliary@HappilyEverHealthy
    September 30, 2011 at 5:54 am

    This looks fantastic! I could watch football if I had this amazing dip next to me! Thanks for sharing!

  • Heather @ Better With Veggies
    September 30, 2011 at 6:16 am

    Rubbing the Pita Chips with Garlic – fabulous idea! I love roasted garlic, this sounds so good. πŸ™‚

  • Cait's Plate
    September 30, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Looks amazing. I love doing this with tortillas as well πŸ™‚

  • Allywan
    September 30, 2011 at 6:42 am

    Your food photos are AMAZING!!!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    September 30, 2011 at 7:26 am

    I love making my own pita chips. Its amazing how easy they are to make πŸ™‚

  • katie @KatieDid
    September 30, 2011 at 7:46 am

    ohhh man a whole garlic head thrown in there?! That sounds heavenly to me. And since I have zero self control around tortilla chips (read: ZERO) this would be an awesome way to practice a bit of portion control… until I look in the cabinet and see those bags of tortilla chips and lose it all over again ha!

  • Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter)
    September 30, 2011 at 8:11 am

    YUM. I feel like next you’re going to teach us how to just make the darn pitas themselves! πŸ˜‰

  • Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries
    September 30, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Oh boy, this looks super delicious and addicting! Yum!

  • Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine
    September 30, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Making your own pita chips is a great idea—I’m definitely trying this! πŸ™‚

  • Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    September 30, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Dips are a sadly underrated culinary delight. Particularly beautiful photos today Jenna. I’m loving the lemon!

  • Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen
    September 30, 2011 at 10:43 am

    This looks delicious. And your pictures look super pretty!! The surface is cute!

  • Ella, RD
    September 30, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    who knew a pic of dip could be so gorgeous? Your blog is so much about the photos – not too many, but always beautiful.

  • Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes
    September 30, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I love making my own pita chips…yum!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    September 30, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Love making my own chips, too. I am not a fan of tons of salt on things so it’s nice to DIY and control things. And oh, that dip looks wonderful.

    And the blue dish that you’re serving it in is so pretty!

  • Kiah
    September 30, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Way to but the CLASS back in DIPS.

  • Jacqueline
    September 30, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I make those same pita chips! But I put a ton of oregano on them takes it to the next level!

  • Kelly
    September 30, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Yum! Looks like a great weekend snack!

  • Zo @ Two Spoons
    September 30, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Love how you use the garlic in the dip and on the chips! This looks so deliciously healthy too.

  • mary (sisters running the kitchen)
    September 30, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    i love making my own pita chips! Also, I’ve always wanted to make my own white bean dip…thanks for the inspiration, i need to try this! I am lovin’ the whole head of roasted garlic!

  • Moni'sMeals
    September 30, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I could eat this all day, everyday. Looks awesome and still healthy. πŸ™‚

  • Aleyta
    September 30, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Ahhhh your bf is a lucky man having a cook like you!!!!

  • Corey @ Learning Patience
    September 30, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Nothing is better than hummus – so good…I could eat it everyday…Oh wait…I do!
    xoxo from Trinidad

  • Joanna
    September 30, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    I must give that a try for the Steelers game this Sunday! I am SO glad I found your blog! Have a great weekend!

  • Kaila @healthyhelperblog!
    October 1, 2011 at 4:26 am

    This looks delicious! I love homemade pita chips!

  • Katrina
    October 1, 2011 at 4:40 am

    I’m a fan of all kinds of dip. These pita chips look prefect for dipping!

  • Sandi
    October 1, 2011 at 5:39 am

    I’ll be making this…sounds great!

  • Hayley @ Oat Couture
    October 1, 2011 at 8:11 am

    I’m not a fan of football but definitely a fan of chips n dip!! YUM!! πŸ™‚ I just recently started making my own tortilla chips! Not tried with pitta yet must give it a go!

  • Mellie
    October 1, 2011 at 8:24 am

    I love homemade chips but I’ve never made my own white bean dip-it looks soo good though!

  • MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College
    October 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    This bean dip looks fantastic!!! I love football season for the food too πŸ™‚

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    October 1, 2011 at 6:06 pm


  • Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel
    October 1, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    mmm and the crispiness would totally be addictive.. i love the mix of soft dip with crunchy crackers/chips. hehe i can see the sticker on the lemon peel in the first pic. not sure why i pointed that out… just one of those “eye spy” moments πŸ™‚

    xoxo <3

  • Jessica @ Jess Go Bananas
    October 2, 2011 at 4:12 am

    Yessss! Love how this is “single serve” otherwise I would be that bottomless bag of pita chips πŸ˜‰

  • Meghan @ StruggleMuffins
    October 2, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Ohh yumm, I love the idea of mixing it up a bit with white bean dip instead of hummus. Will be whipping up a batch of chips and dip quite soon, thankyouverrrrymuch!

  • Sarah@The Flying ONION
    October 2, 2011 at 3:05 pm


    YES please. This looks amazing. And I’m such a sucker for these kinds of snacks. πŸ˜€

  • Christi's Chirps
    October 2, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Love, love, love this dip recipe! I’ve made hummus several times, of course, but not white bean dip! I am definitely going to try this soon!

    Thanks for sharing!


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    October 3, 2011 at 5:20 am

    THANKS TO YOU I WENT TO NYC’s Serendipity.

    see the picture of me slurping the Trader’s Wic pineapple coconut, the pb frrrozen hot chocolate is unfortunately not in the picture, but I got it too!! hehehe
    Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate
    October 3, 2011 at 6:55 am

    This is such a delicious looking snack idea! We bake our own pita chips at home too – so simple and so tasty! And since I’m always trying to get more fiber into my day, the hummus and whole wheat chips make a great option.

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  • kristina@beancakes
    October 5, 2011 at 8:28 am

    this looks awesome!! i just made a post about tailgating cookies!!
    xx ~ ks

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