You have a chocolate craving but don't want to add to your calorie count for the day. This is the perfect time for chocolate hummus. You may be thinking, "chocolate hummus?" It sounds a bit strange, but recipes for this tasty dip are popping up as a healthier alternative to the chocolate spreads we now find on the store shelves. Just think--you can satisfy your sweet tooth, and get a boost of protein and fiber while saving on calories.
And chocolate hummus isn't just for adults--this recipe is also a great way to sneak some nutrition into your kids' snack time. They don't need to know it is made with healthy chickpeas! Pack in their lunches with some pretzel sticks, or spread on whole wheat bread for a sweet sandwich treat. They will ask for it again and again and you will be happy to oblige.
- One 15 oz. can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 Tbsp pure maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 3 Tbsp water (or as needed)
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 tsp salt
- In a blender or food processor, combine the rinsed and drained garbanzo beans, unsweetened cocoa, pure maple syrup, honey, water, vanilla extract, and salt.
- Puree until the mixture is smooth, and lumps no longer exist. Slowly add small amounts of extra water if needed to reach your desired consistency.
- Serve as a dip with fresh sliced fruit, pita chips dusted with cinnamon and sugar, graham crackers or pretzel sticks.
Per Serving Calories 120, Fat 2gm, Pro 5gm, Carbs 21gm