Chickpeas are amazing! One little legume has the ability to produce so many delicious dishes: curry, chickpea salad (think chicken salad w/o the chicken) and hummus (just to name a few)! If you're like me, you've probably caught yourself scooping tablespoon, by tablespoon of hummus, into your mouth, wising you could find something similar to curb that sweet-tooth craving, when it sets in. Well look no further; I've got you covered!
Dessert hummus IS on the market, and I've tried it; it's delicious. However, it's made with sugar, and I've made it my civic duty to stay away from added white sugar, when I can.
This homemade hummus is something to feel REAL good about; how often do you get to indulge on a dessert that's actually good for you?! Well, more often now, hopefully!
My sweetener of choice is always local honey - always! Honey is so good for you, especially this time of year, when colds and allergies are taking over, full-force. Yes, it's sugar - don't get me wrong. But I'd rather fill up on a local sweetener that's filled with powerful benefits, also.
This hummus was really easy to make, which is another perk. Add everything to the Vitamix, and blend (my way of life)!
- 1 15 oz. can chickpeas
- 1 can coconut milk (the thick stuff at the top of the can) PLUS the liquid at the bottom, to help it become smoother
- 1 1/2 TBSP local honey (plus more, to taste)
- 1 TBSP vanilla extract
- 2 TBSP cinnamon
- Optional: Vital Proteins Vanilla & Coconut Water Collagen (1 large scoop)
- Drain can of chickpeas, and add to Vitamix (or other high-powered blender); add coconut milk and blend, for 30ish seconds, or until chickpeas are smooth
- Add local honey, vanilla and cinnamon and blend, again.
- While the blender is going, on low, pop off the top and slowly add Vital Proteins collagen. This will help it blend consistently.
- Taste-test; I ended up adding a bit more honey for sweetness.
Vital Proteins is my favorite brand of collagen supplements. Collagen makes up to 70% of the protein in our skin, and provides strength and structure to our bodies; it's the second most abundant substance in our bodies, aside from water. I use it, daily, for skin, hair and gut health, mostly, but it's awesome for bones and joints, too. More on collagen later!
This dessert hummus lasts a good week (or longer) in the fridge. I made the mistake of making a double-batch, and that maaaay have been a bit too much, so I'd recommend starting off with just what this recipe calls for.
As for recommendations on "HOW" to eat this hummus, the opportunities are really endless. My personal favorites include scooping it, by the spoonful, as well as dunking it in some Almond Coconut WholeMe clusters.
Give the recipe a try and let me know what you think!