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RANCH Spice Blend RANCH Spice Blend

RANCH Spice Blend

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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Servings: 16 poppers

Looking for a seriously quick appetizer, that packs MAXIMUM flavor into a small package? Bacon Ranch Jalapeño Poppers are the answer – the perfect combination of spicy & creamy & crunchy in every bite!

Just 10 minutes of prep, 30 minutes in the oven, & you have the ultimate appetizer to serve at all your gatherings.

This recipe also contains one of our Balanced Bites Spice Blends - RANCH - which you can shop here!


  • 8 jalapeños halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 1/2 cup vegan "ricotta" cheese (like Kite Hill), ricotta cheese, or Herbed Cashew Cheese (recipe below)
  • 1 tsp RANCH Spice Blend
  • 8 slices bacon cut in half


Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, then place a wire baking rack on it.

In a small bowl, mix the ricotta cheese with the spice blend.

Stuff the jalapeños with the herb cheese, then wrap a piece of bacon around each one.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the bacon is crispy.

Let cool slightly, then serve with ranch dressing on the side.



Prep Time: 10 minutes  | Servings: 1.5 cups


1 cup raw cashews
1 cup warm water
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic minced or grated
2 tbsp minced fresh chives
Sea salt and ground black pepper

Place the cashews in a small container and add the warm water. (If it doesn't cover the cashews completely, just add more warm water.) Soak for 1 to 4 hours unrefrigerated or up to overnight in the refrigerator.
Drain and rinse the cashews, then place them in a blender or food processor. Add the olive oil, the 1/4 cup water, the lemon juice, and the garlic. Process until smooth and creamy, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides of the processor, about 5 minutes total. Mix in the chives and add salt and pepper to taste.
If you'd like a lighter texture, add warm water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until you achieve the desired consistency.



3/4 cup full−fat sour cream⁣
Juice of 1 large lemon⁣
3 tbsps RANCH Blend⁣
2 tbsps EVOO⁣
1 heaping tbsp chopped fresh chives, optional⁣
1 clove garlic, minced or grated⁣
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, optional

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together all the ingredients until well mixed.