Valentine’s Day may be over, but that does not mean that you have to give up your favorite dessert item: chocolate! In fact, it is possible to enjoy a chocolatey treat without packing on the calories. The secret is making a batch of Chocolate Hummus, which takes a traditional hummus recipe and replaces the tahini with peanut or almond butter, and adds plenty of cocoa powder, sweetener, and a few drops of vanilla extract. The result is a decadent, yet diet-friendly, dessert dip that pairs well with fruit, crackers, and even smoothies. Check out the surprisingly easy recipe below.
• 1 can black beans (white beans or chickpeas can also be used)
• 3 1/2 tbsp regular or Dutch cocoa powder
• 1/2 cup sweetener of choice
• 1/3 cup fat source of choice, like almond, cashew, coconut, or peanut butter
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
• Chocolate chips or add-ins of choice (optional)
1. To make the chocolate hummus, drain and rinse beans well.
2. Combine all ingredients except add-ins in a food processor until completely smooth like brownie batter. Stir in chocolate chips if using.
3. For a tasty dessert, serve with fresh fruit, like strawberries, bananas, sliced apples, and raspberries. Try dipping in pretzels, graham crackers, or cookies. You can also spread the hummus on pancakes, use it as a frosting, or mixed it into overnight oats, chia pudding, or smoothies.
4. To store leftovers, cover the hummus and refrigerate for 4-5 days.
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