Friday, June 8, 2012

Chocolate Chip Hummus

Just like the whole green smoothie thing, it took a while for me to even consider making this chocolate chip cookie dough dessert hummus I was seeing pop up around the interwebs.

In my mind, the word hummus doesn’t really go with the word dessert.  I imagine savory and spices, not vanilla and chocolate.

But, I broke down on Thursday and decided to give it a go.  We don’t eat a lot of sweets in our home and I do like to push healthy foods as much as possible. If I can dole out a dessert that has some nutritional value, I’m happy.

So, with a bit of trepidation, I got out a can of garbanzo beans and the rest of the ingredients.  After reading through just a handful of the eleventy bazillion different recipes for this concoction, I got sort of daring and decided to take a little from what I read and wing it.

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Here are the ingredients I used:

  • 1 can of garbanzo beans
  • 3 tbsp of sweetened vanilla almond milk (If you use regular milk, you may desire more vanilla and/or sweetener in this recipe.)
  • 3 tbsp peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp oats
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • handful of chocolate chips

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Based on hints gleaned from reading, I took a few minutes to gently squeeze the skins off of most of the garbanzo beans. Apparently this makes for a creamier hummus. Then, I put everything but the chocolate chips into the food processor and gave it a whirl.  It didn’t take long to mix up, maybe 45 seconds!

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Then I added a handful of chocolate chips and mixed them in.

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The real test came next.  I handed a bowl of this dessert hummus over to my girls.  We didn’t have graham crackers to dip into this, which would have been good, so we used Ritz style crackers instead.  Their bowlful was devoured in no time. Some people will dip apples or celery into this mix.

Now, my husband came into the kitchen while I was making this, so he knew what was in it.  I took a tiny bite, trying to get myself past the fact that this was dessert made with beans. I was amazed at how good it was and handed a spoonful over to my husband.  He gave me a funny sideways glance, but decided to try it.  Another thumbs up!

Well, whaddya know?  Another internet sensation that was worth trying!

Have you tried making this or something similar? What did you think?