You all have probably enjoyed traditional hummus and you most likely have had a few different varieties, maybe a red pepper or pesto hummus and I think we can all agree that they all are delicious. But have you ever tried dessert hummus? Yes, you read that right - hummus isn't just an appetizer anymore. We turned it into a healthy dessert or great snack when you are craving something sweet.
The main ingredient in any kind of traditional hummus is chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans and we are starting with our hummus the same way. These legumes come to us from the Mediterranean and the Middle East and have become super popular here in the US and all over the world. And for good reason, they are very versatile and very nutritious.
Chickpeas are a complex carbohydrate that is also high in fiber (unlike simple carbs) and aid in keeping blood sugar levels stable. The fiber and plant-based protein keep us fuller longer. All of this combined slows down our digestion which is what keeps our blood sugar level stable. They are also high in iron and manganese. Manganese contributes to healthy bone structure, bone metabolism and assists metabolic activity.
We also added almond butter for healthy fat and even more fiber. Plus we tossed in some dark chocolate chips just cause, who doesn't like chocolate?! And one last thing - you are not going to believe how easy this is to make!
1 (15 0z.) can of chickpeas, drained (reserve the liquid from the beans and make our Double Chocolate Chip Cookies)
2 T maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup almond butter
3 T coconut milk
1 tsp. Ceylon cinnamon
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Apple slices and graham crackers for dipping
1.) Puree the chickpeas in a food processor until there are not any large pieces.
2.) Add the maple syrup, vanilla extract, almond butter, coconut milk, and cinnamon and blend on high until smooth.
3.) Empty into a bowl and fold in the chocolate chips and enjoy!