You’re probably reading the title of this post and thinking: gross. It’s okay, I had the same reaction at first. But once the seed was planted…I just had to try making dark chocolate hummus. I brought it to a party over the weekend and it was a hit (score!)
This is the perfect party appetizer because of its unique and completely unexpected flavor. To the eyes, it looks like it would taste like a giant bowl of chocolate dip (it doesn’t.) And when I tell people it’s dark chocolate hummus, they expect it to taste like hummus (it doesn’t). It’s quite confusing to the senses!
To balance out the flavors, I recommend serving this recipe with cinnamon sugar pita chips. Apples would work too for an even healthier combo.
The flavor of this hummus is difficult to describe. It’s got a muted chocolatey taste with just a hint of sweetness and peanut butter. The texture is also perfect in part due to a trick I learned from Lindsay at Pinch of Yum. She taught me to de-shell my garbanzo beans before mixing them with everything else in order to get the creamiest hummus you can (see recipe directions below for more on this.)
- 1 can (15 oz) garbanzo beans (rinsed well, skins removed)
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1.5 tablespoons dark chocolate cocoa powder
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Rinse the garbanzo beans and place in a bowl. To get an extra creamy texture to your hummus, you’ll want to remove the outer shell of each bean. Super tedious? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely.
- Once the beans are de-shelled and rinsed, place in the food processor with the other ingredients. You may need to add more milk depending on the texture or more sugar depending on your preferences.
- Once a desired texture (and sweetness) is reached, scoop hummus into a bowl with a lid and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
- Serve with cinnamon pita chips or apple slices.
Also, as I’ve started cooking more with chocolate, I’ve become a total chocolate snob. Because Godiva chocolate chips are the only thing available at the market down the street (for those late-night cravings, am I right?) and have been spoiled with their quality. While at another grocery store on Friday, I bought a bag of the Nestle mini chocolate chips. I took one bite when I got home and immediately checked the package to make sure they were: 1. actually chocolate 2. not stale. I do not recommend buying them – yuck! Spend the extra $$ and get a higher quality chocolate if you’re getting chips to cook with 🙂
Okay – enough complaining. Happy Sunday for those of you reading tonight (or Monday if you’re seeing this in the morning!) I hope you have a fabulous week! I’ll be back on Tuesday with another fun post 🙂