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Chocolate Hummus

Chocolate Hummus

Yield: About 3 cups

Prep Time
20 minutes
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1 fork recipe Chocolate Hummus

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Almost like a thick chocolate pudding, this hummus is surprisingly good. Make it as creamy or chunky as you like, but the creamier, the better in my opinion. Nobody that I have served this was able to guess that it was made from chickpeas. For the healthy side, it is made with cocoa powder because it has all of the chocolate flavor without any of the fat. When buying cocoa powder, make sure you buy 100% cocoa that is not processed with alkali. Cocoa processed with alkali is known as "Dutch Process" cocoa, and the process removes some of the bitterness from the cocoa, but most of the health benefits from the powerful antioxidant flavanols are also removed.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 15 oz can No-salt added garbanzo beans
  • 4 large Medjool dates (pits removed)
  • 1/2 cup Boiling water
  • 2 Tablespoons Real maple syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons Tahini (substitute natural peanut butter)
  • 1 teaspoon Real vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup Unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch Process cocoa)
  • 1/4 cup Avocado oil or extra-virgin olive oil (for lower fat, substitute water for some or all of the oil)
  • 1/4 cup cold water - as needed (see instructions)

Special Equipment:

  • Blender or food processor (A high powered blender works best, but a standard blender or food processor will also work) (Vitamix) (Nutri Ninja)

 

Preparation Method:

Chop the dates into small pieces, about 1/4 inch chunks, and place in a bowl. Pour 1/2 cup boiling water over the dates and let them steep for 15 minutes while you gather the remaining ingredients.

Combine the dates and soaking water with all other ingredients except the additional cold water in a blender or food processor. Blend until fully combined and smooth. Add additional cold water 1 tablespoon at a time as needed to create a smooth consistency.

Top with fresh raspberries or blackberries and serve with plain pita bread or whole grain crackers, such as graham crackers.

 

Enjoy!

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