Chocolate Hummus??? For real??
I wouldn’t joke about chocolate. Or hummus!
I know, I know it sounds wrong but actually I’m here to tell you IT IS SO RIGHT!!! I first saw it in the hummus section of a large supermarket in the US. There were many varieties of all delicious sounding savoury varieties and then I saw chocolate and immediately thought NO!
After I returned home to the UK I kicked myself for not trying this strange sounding chocolate hummus, I mean why wouldn’t you? Fortunately I returned some time later and was able to buy some. After much deliberation on what to buy to go with, I settled on some lightly salted thin pretzels and what a combination, the sweet chocolate and salted bread were a match made in heaven.
That pot didn’t last long. I was so glad I bought another. But then what. I have never seen chocolate hummus on the shelves in the UK so there was nothing for it but to try and make some. Fortunately it turns out its pretty easy. I used the ingredients list from the shop bought, gave it a couple of tweaks and voila!
The BIG advantage of making your own chocolate hummus, apart from the fact that you might not be able to find shop bought, is that you can leave out the sugar. Yes there is sweetener in the form of natural syrup but the syrups although adding calories don’t need to steal nutrients from you in order for it to be digested. Did you know that about refined sugar? It has no nutrients of its own so it steals yours! Theres more info on that here if you want to take a look. You can also use raw cacao which is FULL of antioxidants so this dessert is actually good for you. Guilt free if you will. Indulge!
Are you ready to make Chocolate Hummus?
Lets do this…
- 1 can chickpeas, drained or 2 cups cooked
- 5 tbsp raw cacao
- 4 tbsp maple syrup
- 3 tbsp tahini
- 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 tbsp water
- a pinch of salt
- Berries, sesame seeds & nuts to garnish optional
Place everything except the toppings in your blender/food processor and blend until smooth.
Serve with fruits, berries, toasted sesame seeds, nuts, pretzels, toast or breadsticks. Enjoy!
Tip: If you want your hummus completely smooth you can shell the chickpeas first by gently squeezing them from their skins.