So I find that when talking to clients about healthy snacks, many of them feel like there are limited options and that they eat the same snacks over and over again. So today, I'm posting a recipe for one of my favourite snacks: Dessert Hummus!
Yes, that's right, I said Dessert Hummus. Lots of people love hummus and it's an excellent option as it's made with chickpeas, which are loaded with fibre, folate, iron, and plant-based protein. Do keep an eye on portions though, as store-bought hummus tends to have a fair amount of oil added to it, making it quite calorie-dense.
Sometimes though, you might want something a little bit sweet instead of savoury. That's where this recipe comes in! It tastes a lot like cookie dough and works great for dipping apples, strawberries, or any other fruit that holds up to dipping that tastes good with peanut butter! You can also try graham crackers for more of a treat. When I brought this to a party surprisingly though, the apples were the hit and people hardly touched the graham crackers! Personally I prefer this with a nice Granny Smith apple.
Dessert Hummus (also known as “Cookie Dough Dip”)
Makes 8 servings
1 can (or 2 cups) chickpeas drained and rinsed
1/4 cup natural peanut butter*
1/4 cup milk (almond, soy, or cow’s milk will all work)
2-4 tbsp maple syrup (this depends on your taste)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
Optional: pinch of salt (I cooked my chickpeas from dried and did not add any salt during cooking so mine needed a tiny bit of salt for flavour. If you use canned chickpeas with no salt added, you may require a tiny pinch of salt but if you use regular canned, you won't need any extra.)
Mix in food processor, scraping down sides as needed until smooth. For an optional add-in, try sprinkling chocolate chips to make it more like cookie dough!
*you could also try almond butter, seed butter, or pea butter depending on your preferences and allergies
Tip: If you're bringing this to a party or putting in a lunch with a cut-up apple, brush lightly with a bit of lemon juice to keep the apples from browning, or you can break up a vitamin C tablet in some water and dip the apples in to avoid the sour flavour of the lemon! This is great for bringing to parties, an afternoon snack with an apple, or an evening treat! Hope you enjoy!