After making peanut butter hummus I started to wonder if you could make a sweet hummus dish instead of the traditional savory hummus. A peek around the internet proved that this was indeed possible so I decided to give it a try. Now some of the sites I visited suggested that this could be an actual dessert. I’m still not sold on that. What I made would not really be good as an ice cream topping for instance, and if I were to add enough sugar and fat to make it that way, I’d rather just go for broke and use caramel sauce.
Instead I would suggest using it as a Nutella alternative. Or as a way to try to get your kids to try beans. Sort of a gate way food for beans. Overall, it wasn’t bad, people who tried it generally liked it, but I don’t think I’m going to have to make a new batch every week.
I’ve give a wide range for the maple syrup because it’s so easy to adjust to taste as you can just add more in and pulse the food processor for a few more seconds. We found that the cocoa came out more with less maple syrup, but it is definitely sweeter with more.
- 1 can (16 oz) Chickpeas ; rinsed and drained
- 4 Tbsp Peanut Butter (I just used a big spoon – more if desired)
- ½ teaspoon Sea salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 2-8 Tbsp maple syrup
- ¼ cup Water (more if needed)
- Drain and rinse the chickpeas
- Add all the ingredients to the food processor (you can use a blender, but it’s not really not as effective. I have tried and don’t recommend it. I ended up buying a food processor so I could make hummus).
- Run the food processor until the hummus starts to appear to bounce up and down (this won’t take a really long time) . Alternatively just check it every 10 seconds or so. You’ll want to scrape off the sides of the food processor because I find some chickpeas tend to stick to the sides and then give it another quick blend. If you are finding it’s not as well mixed or creamy as you would like just add another ¼ cup of water.
Cooking with the Kids
The kids can:
- Measure and pour the ingredients
- Rinse the chickpeas and put them in the food processor
- Run the food processor (with supervision)
Serving Ideas With apple slices, as a sandwich spread, sauce on a dessert pizza, on crackers, with pita