Monday, August 8, 2011

Chocolate Hummus

I came to the conclusion yesterday that I am, like my cat, addicted to carbohydrates. No. Like, really.

I was finishing up the weight loss portion of my current module for school and there it was: the Official Carbohydrate Addiction Quiz. I scored in the 'severely addicted' category. Ouch.

So to console myself I decided I needed some chocolate carbs. But I didn't want to completely blow my 'diet type thing' so I veered toward the good kind. Chickpeas. Because I have been toying with the idea of chocolate hummus and it just seemed like the right thing to do.

Now, you may be wondering how on earth it is possible to make something chocolate and 'desserty' out of a legume. It is possible folks, it is. This chocolate hummus is proof. Another great example is the black bean brownies I made a while back.

The hummus is thick, rich and chocolatey without being overly sweet. The cinnamon lends not only a nice spicy twist, it's also a great spice for weight loss. And on top of that your base is chickpeas. A lovely complex carb packed with protein and essential vitamins. Score.

I paired my hummus with chocolate tortilla chips by Food Should Taste Good. Yes, you heard it right: chocolate tortilla chips, a.k.a. every carbohydrate addict's dream food.

Chocolate hummus plus chocolate tortilla chips equal a match made in heaven. So when you're craving something sweet but don't want to bust your anti-carb diet, this is your healthy alternative.

So I ask you this: Why not have your sweet and eat your beans too?

1 15oz can chickpeas (garbanzo beans) drained and rinsed very well
2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch salt
2 Tablespoons pure vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon water (plus a little more, only if needed)

Simply combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until well combined and mostly smooth.

If hummus is too thick, add just a bit more water.

I arranged mine in a bowl encircled with the amazing chocolate tortilla chips by Food Should Taste Good.

Best enjoyed with friends and a gorgeous bottle of red vino.



  1. Um....YUM. Did you invent this yourself???

  2. Teri... Thank you! I didn't invent the concept... but I did make up my own ingredients! :)

  3. I think its a wonderful idea and thank you for sharing it with us.



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