Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Hummus Dip

Yes you read that title right. It says hummus ... please don't run away!

 I haven't lost my mind, well not completely anyway, but that's not what's going on here! This is hummus, that looks and tastes like peanut butter chocolate chip cookies! Sounds crazy right? I did a double take too when I came across this recipe on The Wannabe Chef. After reading through the recipe, I couldn't wait to give this a try. I mean it sounded so odd I just had to find out for myself. Luckily, I had everything the recipe called for in the pantry, so I whipped up a batch immediately! I liked it, a lot...I see me experimenting with other variations of sweet hummus dips in the near future.
Cookie dough hummus is not something I've ever thought to make but I'm glad I did. Not only is this stuff good (like eat the whole bowl good), but it's way better for you than eating a bowl of actual cookie dough. Chickpeas are packed with protein and fiber, not a claim your average bowl of cookie dough can make. Perfect those of us you that are still keeping your New Years resolutions to eat healthier foods this year.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Hummus Dip
source: The Wannabe Chef

2 cups chickpeas
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup chocolate chips
Drain, rinse, and peel* your chickpeas. 

Yes, those are chickpeas!

In a food processor, add the first 4 ingredients and process for 3-5 minutes or until the hummus is very smooth. Remove the mixture from the food processor and stir in the chocolate chips. Serve with graham crackers, apple slices, or eat it right off the spoon, or like I did... 

Don't judge!
*  If you'd rather not peel the chickpeas, you don't necessarily have to. Peeling the chickpeas makes for the creamiest hummus and  is worth the effort. It also helps cut down on the earthiness of the chickpeas a little, which makes this taste more like cookie dough.

It also makes a great healthy snack for the kiddo's!


Sharyl said...

Oh my goodness, this looks amazing. Just got a pressure cooker for Christmas, I've been making a ton of hummus since. Can't wait to try this on Thur. Bet the kids would love this on there bagels as an afterschool snack!!!!!

farida said...

I love chocolate that recipe looks so easy. Hope can make it soon. Thanks for share.

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College said...

I can't believe my eyes. That looks amazing! I have to try this just to see what it is like...

Erin said...

How funny! I once made peanut butter hummus on a whim when I could not mind tahini paste to make regular hummus. But I didn't think to add chocolate chips, I'll do that next time.

grace said...

i've never tried using peeled chickpeas--sounds like it's worth a try! meanwhile, i always make my hummus with peanut butter, but only out of necessity--i had heard that it was a good substitution for tahini, which i'm too cheap to buy. :)

Alexandra said...

Interesting recipe for hummus. Sounds delicious! Regards from NJ.

JulieAnne said...

I often mix up a batch of cookies just so I can eat the dough, so I HAD to try this. And it is really good!
People: try it!!
No one would guess that chickpeas are the main ingredient. A healthy, tasty substitute for cookie dough, and I think kids would love this too.

Carrie said...

I made this a week ago, and I was very disappointed. I even peeled the chickpeas. All I could taste was an overwhelming vanilla flavor and chickpeas with peanut butter. My friend tried to make it and she loved it. Who knows may have been the peanut butter I was using.

Half Baked said...

Hi Carrie, Sorry you didn't care for it. I loved it. I gave some to my parents and my mom loved it but dad wasn't crazy for it. It may just be one of those things that some like and some don't! You can always cut back on the amount of vanilla if it was too much for liking.

Anonymous said...

would you say that premade hummus is ok to use? i have tribe available at the moment. -Brandi

Half Baked said...

Hi Brandi,
I haven't tried it using a premade hummus. Most brands have garlic and possibly lemon so I'm not sure how it would come out but if you decide to try it, let me know how it was!

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