This Healthier Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip recipe is sure to be hit at your next game day! And best of all, nobody will realize it's a better-for-you-version of the original since this version has all the flavor and cheesy, creamy goodness we love about a great dip.

Looking for a good dip for your next game day party? You might also want to try our Buffalo Chicken Dip, Easy Refried Bean Dip, or Jalapeno Popper Dip with Bacon.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip in a baking dish with crackers and cut vegetables to the side

A while back, a blogging friend, Kathy from Lemon Blossoms, reached out to me to see if I would be interested in doing some joint posts this year with her. Which I immediately jumped at because I totally admire everything she posts on her blog!

I mean, the girl went to culinary school and worked with Bobby Flay and Wolfgang Puck, people. How could I not be obsessed over all the drool-worthy food she shares?!

So we decided for our first topic we would each take classic party food or appetizers and do our own take on them.

I went with a bubbly, cheesy, hot spinach and artichoke dip and Kathy took on wings with her Honey BBQ Slow Cooker Wings.

A white serving bowl of honey bbq slow cooker wings with ranch sauce and carrots for dipping in the background.

Both girls were hovering close while I tried to take these photos and sneaking tastes left and right. So this recipe is definitely kid-approved.

A hand scooping up cheesy spinach artichoke dip with a Ritz cracker.

I just love this hot spinach and artichoke dip, you guys. It's seriously one of the best party foods I know of and makes a great appetizer for any gathering year-round.

The problem with most spinach and artichoke dip recipes though is that they are loaded with fat and calories that are sure to derail anybody's healthy eating resolutions in the new year. Big time.

It's really not fair, since anything with spinach in it's name ought to be at least presumably good-for-you. So in an effort to eat at least somewhat healthier but still enjoy our favorite, comforting foods, I decided to rework the original approach to this classic dip.

a baking dish full of hot spinach and artichoke dip with fresh cut veggies to the side and two crackers inside
a white baking dish full of spinach dip with crackers and veggies to the side

Healthier Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Most old school versions of this yummy pan of deliciousness call for mayo, sour cream, and cream cheese, along with plenty of mozzarella cheese and maybe even a little butter for good measure. Those creamy, tangy ingredients combine to create a delicious, cheesy setting for the flavors of garlic, artichokes, and spinach.

Ingredients for a lighter hot spinach artichoke dip include greek yogurt, reduced fat cream cheese, mozzarella, spinach, artichoke hearts, garlic, and parmesan cheese.
All the ingredients for hot spinach and artichoke dip in a bowl and ready to be combined, then baked until bubbly and hot.

But the good news is that you can ditch the mayo, sour cream, and full fat cream cheese, swapping them with greek yogurt and reduced fat cream cheese instead, while scaling back just a bit on the mozzarella and you will still end up with a fantastically garlicky, cheesy, creamy and hot appetizer that everyone will love.

Better yet, you will have a hard time telling that this is a healthier version of the calorie-laden classic. Bake it in an oven-safe serving dish and bonus points for serving it with lots of crisp, delicious veggies like sugar snap peas, sliced red bell peppers, and carrot sticks for dipping in it instead of just chips, crackers, and bread.

It is actually a surprisingly good-for-you food even with the indulgent creaminess from the mozzarella and cream cheese. And the greek yogurt even adds a little extra protein and nutrition, which is even better.

an aerial view of a white baking dish full of spinach artichoke dip with crackers and veggies to the side
two crackers in a baking dish full of spinach and artichoke dip with veggies and more crackers to the side

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Healthier Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

4.91 from 20 votes
Amy Nash
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
This Healthier Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip recipe is sure to be hit at your next game day!  And best of all, nobody will realize it's a better-for-you-version of the original since this version has all the flavor and cheesy, creamy goodness we love about a great dip.  

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounce reduced fat cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 14 ounces artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 10 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed to drain of excess liquid
  • 1 ¼ cups mozzarella shredded cheese divided
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 ounces mild diced green chilies, drained
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Instructions
 

  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F. 
  • In a large bowl, stir together the softened cream cheese, yogurt, garlic, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and onion powder until combined.  Add the artichoke hearts, spinach, 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese, and green chilies and stir well.
  • Transfer the dip mixture into a 1 ½-2 quart baking dish and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and remaining ¼ cup of mozzarella cheese.  
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, until hot and bubbly.  Serve with chips, crackers, chunks of crusty bread, or veggies.

Nutrition

Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 290mg
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  1. 5 stars
    What a wonderful collaboration idea! I love that and I am looking forward to seeing more of those collaborative posts from you!

    The dip looks fantastic. I almost always order a spinach and artichoke dip at pubs or if I don't then I definitely always wish I did. This lighter version looks and sounds amazing with almost no guilt!

  2. 5 stars
    Spinach and Artichoke Dip is one of my favorite indulgences, but it really can be SO heavy. I love that you've lightened this up with Greek yogurt and reduced-fat cream cheese. I bet you can't even tell that this is a lightened up recipe. It looks so creamy and comforting. Perfect for upcoming game day parties!

  3. 5 stars
    Panera used to sell a panini with spinach artichoke dip on it that I LOVED! When they discontinued it, I tried to make my own dip and was kind of horrified by the calories lol. I’ll have to try it with your version!

  4. 5 stars
    Oh yum, I just love this better-for-you of that traditional cheesey goodness!! And really, can anyone say no to artichokes? So good

  5. I've been looking for a healthier spinach-artichoke dip to bring to a party and this looks like just the thing! I'd like to bake it at home, wrap it in a towel, and bring it to my friend's house ready-to-eat so I won't have to impose on her and her oven; will this taste good even if it's no longer very hot? Thanks!

    1. It should still taste good. You could also always put it in a crock pot or warm it up in the oven again when you get there!