Hummus is a food we usually associate with savory flavors like garlic or pepper. Dessert hummus, is a new concept spreading rapidly in popularity. While it may sound odd, it is shockingly delicious. We’ve whipped up a rich, cleanse-approved, brownie batter version for you to test out at home. The name does not lie – we felt like we were eating a decadent chocolate dessert while really filling up on nutrient-dense ingredients like chickpeas, avocado, and raw cacao.
KEEPING THAT BLOOD SUGAR STABLE
Like most hummus recipes, chickpeas are the base for this creamy dessert. One of the biggest issues with regularly consuming traditional, sugar-laden desserts, is the issues they create with blood sugar. Since most desserts are low in protein and nutrients, and high in simple carbohydrates, they release quickly into the bloodstream, spike your blood sugar levels, and often cause an insulin response.
Once-in-a-while our bodies can handle these spikes, but when we make it a habit to eat these treats regularly, it can lead to insulin resistance and eventually Type 2 Diabetes. Chickpeas are the perfect answer to this issue because of their high nutrient levels, complex carbohydrate, and protein content. This helps slow the digestion and release of sugar into our body, helping to keep us fuller longer. Just one cup of chickpeas also contains nearly 15 grams of plant protein!
PLUMP YOUR SKIN
We’ve added avocado to this hummus to give a slightly creamier texture like you’d find in a true brownie batter. In addition to their beneficial monounsaturated fat content, avocados are rich in carotenoids, antioxidants that help squash free radicals that form from pollutants, processed foods, and everyday stress. This is particularly beneficial to our skin since these carotenoids fight against fine lines, UV damage, and premature aging. Since avocados are also rich in vitamin C they help our bodies produce collagen, further benefiting the appearance, texture, and tone of our skin.
Cacao is arguably the most important ingredient flavor-wise for this recipe. We’ve used raw, unsweetened cacao powder, which is sugar-free and unprocessed. Using a raw version also ensures that the antioxidant, mineral, and vitamin levels remain high. Cacao is a natural mood elevator, stress reliever, and helps the brain focus, thanks to its high magnesium levels. It is also the highest plant source of iron per gram, a particularly important nutrient for vegans and women, who are more prone to a deficiency. We think this recipe needs nothing more than a spoon to eat it straight from the bowl, but feel free to treat it like a dip with fruit slices, gluten-free pretzels, or on top of toast!
1.5 cups chickpeas
3 tablespoons coconut cream
1/4 cup cacao
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup coconut nectar (or Maple Syrup, if not cleansing)
Optional: 1/2 cup cacao nibs, stevia-sweetened dark chocolate chips, and/or 1/4 cup raw, chopped walnuts
Step 1: Cut avocado in half. Scoop the flesh from one side. Rinse and drain chickpeas thoroughly.
Step 2: Add all ingredients, except chocolate chips and walnuts (if using) to a food processor. Blend on high until creamy and smooth.
Step 3: Mix in chocolate chips and nuts if using. Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.
Recipe and photography by Kaitlyn Noble
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