My tweenage kids come home from school hungry. About the same time of day, I feel a bit peckish too.
I have a savoury palette, but sometimes, I need something sweet.
One day, after my daughter had visited her friend and she announced they made cookie dip.
They made their Cookie dip by mixing cookie dough mix from a box, with cream cheese and served up as a dip served with pretzels. Frankly, my stomach churned at the thought, yet I could see how it would be appealing to kids! But it got me thinking…
The idea of sweet dips is still a bit of a novelty to me. I adore hummus, and have enjoyed many variations including beetroot hummus, pumpkin hummus, chilli hummus, so chocolate hummus recipe is really just a sweet riff on an old favourite!
Traditionalists will rightly scold me for putting the word “chocolate” and “hummus” in the same recipe.
Others will regard it as culinary blasphemy. And they may be right! But, please try it. It is a perfect sweet snack, a healthy one at that!
I love this recipe because my fussy kids love it and it is a much healthier version of the cookie dough dip treat! Plus, it can be made with economical ingredients I keep stocked in my pantry.
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Decadent Chocolate Hummus
- 1 tin (400g) drained and rinsed chickpeas
- 2 Tbsp of cacao powder
- 1 Tbsp of date syrup or maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp of almond or peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
- 6 ice cubes.
Add all ingredients to a powerful blender or food processor and blitz until the hummus is smooth and creamy.
The secret to extra creamy hummus is the ice blocks! They help to grind the mix into a smooth consistency. If your hummus is still chunky after all the ice has been crushed through the mix, add small amounts of water until you have the texture and consistency you are after.
If you do not have almond butter this works equally well with peanut butter. Or try with cinnamon or orange extract instead of vanilla. You can also add cacao nibs as “chocolate chips” if you would like a textural crunch.
This Chocolate Hummus will keep in the fridge for 3-5 days, but I promise you it won’t last that long!
Serve with slices of apple, pear, orange or banana for dipping. I like to toast pita bread in the oven until they are crispy and dip these through this delicious dip too! It also works as a spread on toast or crackers.
Have you got a healthy sweet dip recipe, or have you tried this recipe? I would love to hear what you think, leave a comment below!