Note: This post is part of Knuckle Salad’s Hummus All Day Long initiative.
There’s no better way to round out a day of eating hummus (or any other sort of regular day, if preparing hummus at every meal is too immersive/obsessive/pointless for your busy schedule) than with a delicious peanut buttery chocolate dessert hummus. Is it strange to eat hummus for dessert? Yes, on paper, it is strange. But in your mouth it’s marvelous.
You know what’s crazy, though? Not liking peanut butter. I can understand why people differ on various aspects of philosophy and deity worship and the idea of when life technically begins, but we should be united under peanut butter. All people should love peanut butter. Even dogs love peanut butter.
I’m not saying that people who don’t like peanut butter are lower than dogs, but I am casually suspicious of these rare individuals, I don’t mind telling you. My concern is that given half a chance, they might do something to harm peanut butter. They might subsidize America’s peanut farms or prioritize funding for lesser nut butters, thus making happiness less attainable to right-thinking persons like me and you who understand that there’s no greater love in the world than the love of delicious peanut butter.
Anyway, if you or someone you know doesn’t like peanut butter, you might prefer Maple Cinnamon Hummus for your dessert; also, I have my eye on all of you.
Notes: This hummus poses no threat to standard hummus. Rather, it fills a void unrelated to the purposes of your usual garbanzo-tahini-palooza, and instead occupies a unique position in the dessert world: as a peanut-buttery, yet not-too-sugary, spreadable, dippable treat. It’s odd but delicious, and it can be enjoyed with anything you might otherwise spread peanut butter on and then feel guilty about because you’ve just eaten half a jar of peanut butter. Instead, peanut butter hummus is a little less sweet and a little more rich and complex. Oh, and don’t worry—it doesn’t really taste of beans or anything. The beans are only there for a nice full texture and a sense of self-righteousness.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Dessert Hummus
- 1 (15-oz) can chickpeas, drained
- 3/4 cup natural peanut butter
- 3 Tbsp dark chocolate syrup
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips (regular or mini)
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (regular or mini)
- Whirl the chickpeas around in a food processor until they form a paste.
Then make yourself a pair of paste-pants.Add the peanut butter and process until blended; add the syrup and salt and process until blended again.
- Taste and add more peanut butter and/or chocolate syrup and/or salt until it is tastes most delicious to you. (Not rich enough? More peanut butter! Not sweet enough? More syrup! Not salty enough? Gosh, you’re on your own. I don’t know. You could try adding some capers or anchovies or something I guess. Or the salt I mentioned.)
- Stir in all the chocolate chips.
- Serve with graham crackers or pretzels or other crispy snack of your choice.