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Dessert Hummus

Dessert Hummus 9.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Millennials Oct 23, 2013

With a few pantry ingredients and about 6 minutes, you can pull together something nutty and unexpected. A spoonful or two can satisfy a late-night sweet tooth.

Serve with cut-up fruit or digestive crackers.

Make Ahead: The hummus can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Servings: 9

Yield: Makes about 2 1/4 cups

  • 15 ounces canned, no-salt-added chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup creamy low-fat peanut butter (may substitute tahini)
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat cream cheese (optional)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or agave nectar/syrup, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • Pinch kosher salt (optional)
  • 1/2 cup semisweet mini chocolate chips (optional)


Combine the chickpeas, peanut butter, cream cheese, if using, the syrup, brown sugar, vanilla extract and cinnamon in a blender or food processor. Blend or pulse until well incorporated. With the motor running, pour in the oil in a slow, steady stream to form a fairly smooth hummus.

Taste, and add the salt, if desired, pulsing to incorporate. Add the chocolate chips, if using, and pulse to the desired consistency. Transfer to a bowl, or cover tightly and refrigerate. To serve, sprinkle lightly with cinnamon and drizzle with a little syrup.

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Adapted from "Peanut Butter Comfort: Recipes for Breakfasts, Brownies, Cakes, Cookies, Candies, and Frozen Treats Featuring America’s Favorite Spread," by Averie Sunshine (Skyhorse Publishing, 2013).

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (with cream cheese): 180

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 9g 14%

Saturated Fat: 1g 5%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 75mg 3%

Total Carbohydrates: 20g 7%

Dietary Fiber: 2g 8%

Sugar: 8g

Protein: 5g

Calories per serving (without cream cheese): 170

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 9g 14%

Saturated Fat: 1g 5%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 70mg 3%

Total Carbohydrates: 19g 6%

Dietary Fiber: 2g 8%

Sugar: 8g

Protein: 4g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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