Is dessert hummus really a thing? Well, yes it is and I remember clearly my reaction the first time I ran across a dessert hummus recipe and it definitely included an eye roll.
And I thought to myself, why does EVERYTHING have to be healthy ALL THE TIME?? But after some time as I began to see more of them I became intrigued. Mainly because the idea of a protein-packed snack that also tasted good might be something to include in my regular meal prep and meal planning.
As an intuitive eater I know that it’s important to not exclude any foods and that being conscious of always eating healthy may be leftover “diet culture” coming through. However, for me, the reality is that I simply feel better when I eat snacks and meals that contain combinations of fat, protein and carbs. I sleep better, I have more energy and I feel more focused. So while I don’t have off-limits foods, I do know that choosing a protein packed snack over a bag chips will make it easier for me to get through an afternoon of work. Sometimes I have the chips if that’s what I really want but sometimes I make a different choice knowing that how I feel is more important.
Practicing gentle nutrition in a way that supports a healthy body is one of the principles of intuitive eating and involves making food choices that do benefit your body and make you feel your best.
Intuitive eating snacking tips
Snacks are way to keep yourself from getting overly hungry between meals. Waiting too long to eat often leads to overeating or entering one of those “eating everything but the house” situations. Packing up snacks for your day ensures you don’t reach that point.
Having a wide variety of snacks around keeps me from getting bored. Sometimes I may really want something sweet and sometimes I have a craving or something more savory.
Determine what you really want
When feeling hungry, the best thing you can do is to ask yourself what it is you want and then give yourself exactly that food. Otherwise you may find yourself continuing to eat to satisfy a craving even when you aren’t hungry.
Whatever snack you choose, savor and enjoy it!
Making dessert hummus
The primary ingredient of hummus are chickpeas and this dessert hummus is no different. The flavor of chickpeas is pretty mild and they have what I consider to be a nutty flavor which I think lend themselves well to combining with other ingredients to make a dessert.
My biggest concern before I made this recipe is that dessert hummus would be overly “beany” in flavor or texture. Using plenty of cacao powder and blending it super well solved both those concerns. The results are a deliciously creamy chocolate spread with lots of flexibility for serving ideas.
Almond butter enhances the nutty flavor and also combines well with the raspberry in this dessert hummus recipe. Coconut oil adds some liquid and also helps to firm up the hummus as it cools. The raspberry jam is added at the end and mixed in just enough to swirl its way through.
Serving ideas for your dessert hummus
~ Use it as a breakfast on the go! Pack it up and spread it your favorite bread and top with berries, nuts, cacao nibs or any combination!
~ Dessert hummus makes a great party pleaser. Serve it up as a dessert dip on a buffet with fruits, pretzels or cracker.
~ How about a dessert treat? Yes, it’s really that good. Satisfying and delicious. My chocolate/sugar craving is satisfied every single time.
~ A fun snack for kids. Add in some skewers and kid-friendly dippers such as animal crackers, apple slices or marshmallows will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.
~ Pack it up as a snack along with your favorite dipper or spread it on a yummy slice of bread.
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Cacao raspberry dessert hummus
- 2 cups cooked chickpeas drained
- ¼ cup almond butter
- 1/3 cup date paste
- ½ cup cacao powder
- 2 T coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ cup raspberry jam
- ½ cup fresh raspberries
- 2 T chopped almonds
- Apple slices
- Pita wedges
- Drain off the cooking or can liquid from the chickpeas.
- Place the chickpeas, almond butter, date paste, cacao, coocnut oil, vanilla and salt into a food processor. Add 1 T of water and then process. Add more liquid as needed to get it to a creamy consistency.*
- When creamy, transfer to a bowl and stir in the raspberry jam leaving it kind of swirling in the hummus. Top with chopped almonds and fresh raspberries and serve it with your favorite dippers.
Did you make this chocolate raspberry hummus recipe? Are you a believer in dessert hummus? Leave me a comment below. I personally read and respond to all comments left here on the blog. If you liked this recipe, please give it a 5-start rating in the recipe card. Tag @cookeatlivelove in your photos so I can see your creations!