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Chocolate Peanut Butter (Dessert) Hummus

Posted in Desserts, Sides by Janet M on October 18, 2012

Do you feel like more and more people are interested in eating whole foods?

Last weekend, between Thanksgiving meals, friends and family were curious about quinoa and kamut. One of my cousins is on a low-sodium diet and my other cousin is experimenting with a casein-free and gluten-free diet for their children and asked me if I had any kid-friendly recipes.

I had to think a bit harder. I can talk at lengths about my favorite grain (ok, pseudo-grain) but my recipes are probably not that kid-friendly. I like onions and ginger and spices and greens. Most kids like blander food. And sugary food… I think, right? I am certainly no kid feeding expert.

Dessert options came easier to me. What kid wouldn’t like a chocolate mousse pie or banana soft-serve ice cream?

Then I brainstormed more main-stream main dishes like:

Mango BBQ Beans
Pumpkin Chili
Red Lentil and Root Veggie Dal
Red Lentil and Lemon Soup

I already offered to bring hummus for the barbecue, and decided to bring two versions. My rosemary-pistachio hummus for the adults and a kid-friendly hummus: chocolate peanut butter style!

Pureed chickpeas are at the heart of this hummus, but you can’t really taste them. Compared to traditional hummus peanut butter is used instead of tahini; almond milk instead of stock and oil; garlic and lemon are removed to make room for maple syrup and cocoa powder. OK, maybe only the chickpeas keep this similar to hummus, but it was a tasty dip nonetheless. Peanut butter was the dominant flavor with more of a hint of cocoa.

I didn’t ask how the kids liked it. I imagine if they thought it was a chocolate spread they could be disappointed because it was more than that with the peanut butter. Or maybe less chocolatey, in their eyes. But the adults seemed to like it, no problem! With a few recipes requests and the leftovers snatched up, I would consider it a success.

For those with kids, do you modify your meals to be more kid-friendly and what do you change? I imagine it depends entirely on the child and their specific likes and dislikes, which may change from month-to-month. :)

This is my submission to this month’s My Legume Love Affair, hosted by Sra, to this week’s Healthy Vegan Friday and to this month’s Bookmarked Recipes.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert Hummus
Adapted from {never} homemaker

1.5 cups cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed if canned
1/4 cup almond milk (I used sweetened original)
2 tbsp peanut butter
1.5 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1.5 tbsp maple syrup, or to taste

1. In a food processor fitted with its S-blade, combine all ingredients until smooth. Serves with apples, crackers, etc.

Makes 2 cups.

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  1. Gabby @ the veggie nook said, on October 18, 2012 at 7:21 AM

    This is AWESOME. That is all :)

    Oh maybe not, because seriously I have never tried a sweet dessert hummus before, but I NEED to try this one!

  2. sprint2thetable said, on October 18, 2012 at 7:25 AM

    I have to admit… I tried a dessert hummus recipe before and didn’t care for it. However, I have NEVER made anything of your I didn’t love so I may have to trust you on this one and give it another go. I do love that chocolate-PB combo!

    • janet @ the taste space said, on October 18, 2012 at 8:11 AM

      I admire your dedication to your muscle-building diet, Laura! You are holding back on the PB for now, that’s for sure! :)

  3. moderngirlnutrition said, on October 18, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Yum! Can’t wait to make this creative recipe:)

  4. Joanne said, on October 18, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    From what I can tell people always THINK kids don’t like spicy foods…but that’s not always true! Totally depends on the kid and what they grew up eating. Think of all the Indian babies who eat tons of spices every day!

  5. Brittany said, on October 18, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Ohh my gosh..HOW have I never seen anything like this. This recipe is beyond genius!! This looks so good..SOOOOOO good!

  6. Beth said, on October 19, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    What a fun idea! It can be tricky to get kids to eat healthy food; I have one who likes it and one who doesn’t!

  7. Maggie Muggins said, on October 19, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    I still haven’t gotten on the dessert hummus bandwagon, something about it just seems kind of off putting, lol.
    Although I’m sure the real reason is that the first time I taste it I’ll be gobbling down gallons of it!

  8. Cara said, on October 21, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Considering I have frosted cupcakes with hummus “cookie dough” frosting, I know this would go over well in our house :)

    • janet @ the taste space said, on October 22, 2012 at 8:09 AM

      Haha, using hummus as a frosting is a novel idea. I wonder what I could frost as a savoury version! :)
      (to be fair, one can’t really taste the chickpeas!)

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  10. Sam (the Quantum Vegan) said, on October 26, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    YUM! I’m always looking for potluck-friendly vegan recipes to bring to church every month, and I have no doubt that this would disappear no problem.

  11. [...] Earlier this year, my cousin’s wife was trying to track down kamut, an ancient wheat. She explained to me that kamut contained less gluten, perfect for her gluten-free adventures.  She searched high and low and could not find whole grain kamut. Kamut flakes and puffed kamut, yes, but not regular old kamut.  Since she was hoping to get rid of gluten, I suggested not trying to track down such a hard-to-find ingredient, especially since it still contains gluten, even if it is a smaller amount. [...]

  12. [...] instead of chickpeas, with peanut butter and cashews instead of tahini, and even a dessert option with peanut butter and chocolate! I have also souped up traditional hummus with pomegranate molasses and red pepper paste. Carrots [...]


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