I have a sweet tooth, but I do not like the post-dessert crash that accompanies most desserts.
This dessert hummus satisfies my need for sweet, but by using chickpeas as the base and dates as the sweetening agent, the fiber that both of these ingredients contain slows the digestion and absorption of the sugars, allowing for a wonderfully tasty dessert without a sugar crash at the end…in fact it is energizing!
I could even argue that this hummus with some fruit and/or celery is nutritious enough to serve as a meal in itself.
- 8 Medjool Dates, soaked (I buy mine at Costco.)
- Soaking water
- 15-ounce can Eden Organics Salt-Free Garbanzo Beans (a.k.a. chickpeas)
- 1/3 cup organic peanut butter
- 1 1/2 teaspoons alcohol-free vanilla
- 2 to 3 tablespoons Enjoy Life mini-chocolate chips (optional)
Pit the dates and put them into a bowl. Press the dates down into the bowl and cover them with filtered water until they are just covered (it is okay if a tiny bit of the dates peak out through the water). Soak the dates in the water for at least 30 minutes.
Once the dates have soaked, place all of the ingredients (except the chocolate chips) in the food processor and process for 1 to 2 minutes. Stop and scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula. Repeat this process a total of three times until the hummus is very smooth. I usually use this time to catch-up on dishes or mail…multi-tasking rules!
Note that the hummus will be thinner than you are used to, since it is warm from the processing. Rest assured the hummus will firm-up a bit once refrigerated.
Pour the hummus into a bowl and mix in the chocolate chips if so desired. That’s it. You are done. Place the completed hummus in the fridge to firm-up.
Personally I always have a little serving of the hummus at this point with some apple or banana slices since I don’t have the patience to wait for it to set.
I also prefer to make the hummus without the chocolate chips and keep the plain version in the fridge since I don’t like to have chocolate chips in my dessert hummus if I will be eating it with sliced apples. In general I prefer the hummus without the chocolate chips, so I just mix the chocolate chips in for the kids before serving.