Learn how to make this delectable vegan eggplant dip at home with this simple recipe! This dip is creamy, flavorful, nutritious, vegan, and gluten-free. It’s a fantastic substitute for hummus that requires only a few ingredients!

 

Eggplant, also known as aubergine in some counties, is one of my favorite and most versatile ingredients. Eggplant is a popular staple of Chinese and Italian cuisines. The mild flavor and creamy texture of eggplant make it perfect for preparing dips and sauces. They can be smoked, grilled, stuffed, marinated, or baked— what I’ll do for making this delicious eggplant dip. My Best Vegan Eggplant Recipes.

This eggplant dip is a simple seven-ingredient recipe that is quite similar to baba ganoush but with a few tweaks. Aside from providing tons of flavors and texture, this dip is appealing to the eyes. This dip is a delicious appetizer frequently served with crackers, pita, flatbread, or baguettes.

Also check out, Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip, Green Pigeon Pea Dip, and Vegan Key Lime Pie Dip

eggplant dip in blue bowl on a wooden background

This dip is easy to prepare, ready in less than 30 minutes (as my recipes always are); in fact, it’s easier and healthier than traditional variants.

You might be wondering why I’m posting this dip during pumpkin and cranberry season. Well, the answer is that it would be a perfect appetizer to bring to Thanksgiving feasts and holiday social gatherings because it is vegan and gluten-free. So even the pickiest eaters will enjoy it. (Not to mention, with its creamy texture, it would make a great sandwich spread the next day.)

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You will love this vegan eggplant dip because it is:

  • Vegan
  • Rich
  • Flavorful
  • Creamy
  • Smoky
  • Light
  • Satisfying
  • healthy
  • Easy to prepare
  • Made with simple ingredients
  • Delicious served with bread, crackers, vegetables, and salads

What else could you want in a dip?

 

As always, I suggest you read the complete article for useful tips and tricks. However, you can find the detailed recipe with exact ingredients and step-by-step instructions below.

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Is Vegan Eggplant Dip Healthy?

Everyone has their own definition of healthy, but I feel great about adding this dip to my balanced diet because Eggplants are a nutrient-dense food. They are a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals and are low in calories. Additionally, eggplants contain traces of other nutrients such as niacin, magnesium, and copper. Top 10 Health Benefits Of Eggplants.

 

Along with other essential nutrients, eggplants offer a high concentration of antioxidants. Antioxidants help in the protection of the body against damage produced by harmful substances called free radicals. Eggplants are particularly high in anthocyanins, an antioxidant pigment that gives them their vibrant color.

According to some studies, eggplants may assist in lowering the risk of heart disease due to their antioxidant content. For example, in one study, eggplant was found to reduce both LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglyceride levels, two blood markers that, when raised, can result in a higher risk of heart disease.

Eggplants are a good source of fiber and polyphenols, which may help lower blood sugar levels.

Due to their high fiber and low calories content, eggplant is a wonderful complement to any weight loss diet.

Fiber passes slowly through the digestive tract, promoting fullness and satiety while lowering calorie intake.

Several substances found in eggplant have been shown to have anti-cancer properties. For example, Solasodine rhamnosyl glycosides (SRGs) are a type of chemical found in some nightshade vegetables, including eggplant. SRGs have been proven in animal studies to cause cancer cell death and may help prevent cancer recurrence.

Eggplant dip ingredients, roasted eggplant, parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, olive oil, parsley, cayenne pepper

How to Prepare Vegan Eggplant Dip?

Here take a look at how simple and easy it is to make a delicious vegan eggplant dip. You’ll require only a few following simple ingredients and steps to follow:

Ingredients

  • Eggplant – choose plump eggplant without bruises with shiny skin.
  • Olive oil – I love extra virgin olive oil in this recipe. Substitute with avocado oil for a neutral flavor.
  • Parsley – whether Italian or curly parsley, both taste great. You can also substitute with cilantro leaves.
  • Garlic powder – adds flavor, you can use fresh garlic too for a garlicky flavor.
  • Onion powder – adds flavor, substitute with fresh onion or green onion.
  • Cumin – Gives an earthy flavor to your dip. 
  • Salt – I used Himalayan pink salt
  • Cayenne pepper – this ingredient is optional

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Instructions

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or vegan non-stick spray.
  2. With a knife, stab the eggplant all the way around, but not all the way through.
  3. Roast your eggplant for 40 minutes, flip the eggplant over halfway.
  4. Remove from your oven and let cool off for about 10 minutes.
  5. Remove the skin of the eggplant with a fork or knife until all is removed. Cut the top off. Discard the skin.

Top tip: If this seems difficult, simply cut the eggplant in halves lengthwise and scoop out the flesh with a spoon.

  1. In a medium-size bowl, mash your eggplant with a fork until it has reached the right texture for a dip.
  2. Add olive oil, spices, and parsley to the mixture and mix well.
  3. Top with chili flakes if you like it spicy.
  4. Serve with your favorite vegetables or vegan crackers. Enjoy!

Storing Tips

This vegan eggplant dip can be stored for up to 7 days in the refrigerator and a month in the freezer. Just make sure to keep the dip in an airtight container or jars.

Chef’s Notes

  • The baking time may vary depending on the type of your oven and the size of the eggplants you are using. Make any necessary adjustments, and make sure they’re tender and easily mashed-able.
  • You can also cut the eggplant in halves before baking. By halving and scoring the eggplants, making them easier to cook and prevent from bursting while baking.
  • If you like your vegan eggplant dip to be smooth and creamy versus with chunks, you can blend it in a smoother consistency using a blender or food processor.
  • If you do not have an oven, don’t worry, you can soften the eggplants before mashing using an outdoor or electric griller or a grill pan on your stovetop.
  • You can also garnish the dip with olive oil, paprika, or fresh mint leaves.
  • I suggest preparing the dip a day ahead for a more flavorful dip to allow the flavors to meld together!

 

Try this nice switch-up of hummus. I hope you like it. And don’t forget to share your feedback in the comment section below. Have fun cooking!

Other Vegan Dips To Prepare

  1. Pinto Bean Dip
  2. Vegan Olive Dip
  3. Vegan Cheeseburger Dip
  4. Chickpea Avocado Dip
  5. Creamy Spinach Dip
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Nutrition

(Per serving)
  • Energy: 62 kcal / 259 kJ
  • Fat: 3.8 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Carbs: 7.5 g

Cook Time

  • Preparation: 5 min
  • Cooking: 40 min
  • Ready in: 45 min
  • For: 4 Servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or vegan non-stick spray.
  2. With a knife, stab the eggplant all the way around, but not all the way through.
  3. Roast your eggplant for 40 minutes, flip the eggplant over halfway.
  4. Remove from your oven and let cool off for about 10 minutes.
  5. Remove the skin of the eggplant with a fork or knife until all is removed. Cut the top off. Discard the skin.
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.