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2016 is the International Year of Pulses, and to help celebrate we’re sharing a sweet twist on a savory treat.

One pulse—the chickpea—is perhaps best known for its starring role in hummus, a traditional Middle Eastern dip. With a mild, almost buttery taste, chickpeas go as well with peanut butter and honey as they do with lemon juice and tahini.   

With just a few ingredients, dessert hummus is easy to make.
With just a few ingredients, dessert hummus is easy to make.

This easy-to-make dessert hummus is reminiscent of raw cookie dough in both texture and taste, and this recipe can be modified for special dietary needs, including vegan and allergy.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 3-4 tablespoons of peanut butter (or other nut butter)
  • 3-4 tablespoons of agave nectar (or honey)
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips (choose dairy-free for vegan recipe)
  • 1-4 tablespoons water (may also use milk, almond milk or coconut milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Dippable food of choice—consider apples, graham crackers, pretzels, cookies

Directions:

  1. Combine chickpeas, peanut butter, agave and vanilla in a food processor and process until smooth.
  2. Add water, milk or non-dairy milk and continue to blend until desired consistency is reached.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Serve with favorite dippables and enjoy!  
The protein-rich chickpea is nutritious for humans and livestock.
The protein-rich chickpea is nutritious for humans and livestock.

Pulse Points:

  • Dried seeds, pulses are members of the legume family. The most common pulses include edible beans, dried peas, lentils and chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans.
  • Pulses are highly nutritious. They contain proteins, micronutrients and B vitamins.
  • Farmers can eat and sell what they grow, so pulses contribute to both income and food security.
  • Livestock can feed on post-harvest crop residues, such as stalks, stems, leaves and seed pods, and ultimately enrich the soil with their manure.

 

Author

Erin Snow

Erin Snow joined Heifer International in 2007 after earning a degree in Mass Communication from UALR. She lives in Little Rock with her husband and daughter. Passionate about cultivating positive and healthy relationships with her family, friends and the planet, Erin enjoys yoga, meditation, music, creative writing and travel.

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