Would you be surprised to know that the first recipes using hummus started appearing in the 13th century? For more than 700 years, we’ve used different types of hummus to make soup, sandwiches, salads, and more. Generally speaking, this chickpea and tahini based dip is praised for its nutrition. As LiveStrong points out, the many hummus nutritional benefits — from high amounts of heart-friendly unsaturated fats to iron — have made it a staple on tables across the world.
Typically, hummus is made to be savory, as can most popularly be seen in the ubiquitous roasted garlic hummus dip. What you might not know is that by injecting hummus nutrition and flavors into your favorite desserts, you can create incredibly delicious concoctions without all the fattening sugars and additives.
Three Delicious Desserts You Can Make with Your Favorite Hummus Spread
- Peanut Butter Hummus Frosting
- White Bean and Chocolate Hummus Cookie Sandwiches
- Cinnamon-Chocolate Hummus Cookies
The health-focused cooking blog Oatmeal with a Fork offers one of the most creative, delicious hummus dessert recipes out there. By blending a can of cannellini beans or chickpeas together with peanut butter, honey, cinnamon, and a dash of oatmeal, you can make a hearty hummus that is perfect as a dessert sandwich spread. It’s even better as a cake frosting for your vegetarian or vegan friends! If you want to take the frosting to the next level, try blending half a banana together with the other ingredients for a tropical flare.
Everybody loves a cookie sandwich, but not everybody appreciates the fat and sugar that come with a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream sandwiched between cookies. The community news website Greatist suggests a healthy alternative to this summer classic: hummus cookie sandwiches. Choose whatever cookies you like, and set two of them out like you would for a normal ice cream sandwich. Blend cooked and cooled white beans together with cocoa powder, a splash of milk, and a bit of brown sugar to make a smooth, fudge-like filling for your ice cream sandwiches. Simply put a healthy dollop of the mixture between the cookies and sandwich it shut. Delicious!
This last hummus-infused dessert is the simplest to make. Simply combine a can of drained chickpeas, a scoop of Dutch-processed cocoa powder, cinnamon, brown sugar, and an egg in a food processor, pulsing until smooth. Scoop out small balls of the mixture, placing them on a buttered cookie sheet. Place the sheet in a 375 degree oven for eight minutes, or until the cookies are just starting to brown. Remove the cookies from the oven, and serve them to your guests with a tall glass of cold milk.
Have you tried any of these easy hummus recipes? Did you think the flavors justified using hummus nutrition to make desserts healthier? Share your thoughts in the comments below! Read more articles like this.