Celeriac dip - a healthy low fat snack for keeping hunger bay

Celeriac dip with crudités

Healthy snacks should be an essential part of your daily meal routine as they can help you to maintain a stable blood glucose level. Ideally they’ll contain protein and fibre to keep you fuller for longer.

Until recently I was in complete denial about snacks – I didn’t consider myself a snacker! But through doing my nutrition course at Leiths I came to realise that I do reach for something later in the day, between getting home and eating my evening meal, and frequently it was crisps or something that I would feel guilty about. I have started building two snacks into my day to stop me from reaching for a quick fix in the evenings and knocking my blood glucose levels out for the night.

This tasty, filling dip is a great alternative to hummus as adding quark rather than olive oil reduces the fat content. Celeriac is a nutritious root vegetable that is high in vitamins C and K, which aid the immune system and blood clotting. It is also low in starch and has a low Glycemic Load, making ideal for a diabetic. The optional toasted pumpkin seeds will provide a little protein to keep hunger at bay!

Ingredients (SERVES 4)

  • 500g celeriac
  • 1 large clove of garlic (or to taste)
  • 1 tbsp quark
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Toasted pumpkin seeds to garnish (optional)


  • Carrot and cucumber sticks


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 °C / gas mark 6 and line a roasting tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Peel and dice the celeriac into roughly equal cubes and add to the lined tray. Peel the garlic clove and add it to the celeriac.
  3. Dry roast for 30 minutes or until golden and soft then leave to cool.
  4. Once cool add the celeriac, garlic, quark, and a splash of water to a food processor and blitz together. Keep adding small amounts of water if needed to loosen the mixture. Once the desired consistency is reached season with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve with carrot and cucumber crudités and garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds.

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