Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert Hummus

Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert Hummus

This dessert hummus is a sweet twist on the classic creamy dip that everyone loves. Peanut butter, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and vanilla extract mask the “beany” taste of the chickpeas and create a delicious chocolate peanut butter flavor. The recipe tastes like a rich and indulgent treat, but it is actually a fiber-rich, high protein chickpea dip! It tastes great with sliced fresh fruit or pretzel rods and it can be enjoyed with just a spoon as well. Plus, chickpeas are a good source of iron, which can help keep hair strong and lustrous.

 

Ingredients:

1 15 oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1⁄4 cup creamy peanut butter
1⁄4 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
Pinch salt
Optional dark chocolate chips and additional peanut butter for garnish
Optional fruit or pretzels for serving

Instructions:

For an extra smooth hummus, remove outer skins from the chickpeas. (To easily remove the skins, toss chickpeas with about 1 teaspoon of baking soda and then microwave for about two minutes.  Then rinse with water while tossing the chickpeas).

Microwave the peanut butter for about 30 seconds or so until it is a runny consistency. In a food processor, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Transfer to a serving bowl and top with dark chocolate chips and additional peanut butter, if desired. Eat plain or serve with pretzels or fruit, such as strawberries or apples.

Note: The hummus becomes thicker when it is refrigerated but it will loosen up at room temperature. If you want it to be less thick, you can add more almond milk.

Yields: 8 servings (approximately 3 tablespoons per serving)

Per serving: 122 calories, 4.26 g protein, 16.3 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 8.13 g sugars, 5 g fat, 0.82 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 128.25 mg sodium, 27.05 mg calcium, 0.01 g omega-3 fats, 14.8 IU vitamin A, 0.03 mg vitamin C, 0.25 mg vitamin E, 0.51 mg iron, 0.33 mg zinc

Lisa Drayer, M.A., R.D.,
is the author of THE BEAUTY DIET and STRONG, SLIM, and 30! For more of Lisa’s Beauty Bites, visit www.lisadrayer.com.

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