Chocolate cake mix with a can of Diet Dr. Pepper? Brownies made with black beans? Seriously?
If you’ve had either of those two concoctions then you know how yummy they are, regardless of the strange ingredient list. Earlier this week while reading Eat, Run, Have Fun! the always wonderful Amalfi Girl posted another intriguing and wonderfully unique recipe that she originally found at The Wannabe Chef. It is called Dessert Hummus and the photo Amalfi posted looked heavenly. Go on over and just look at it; forget the ingredient list for a second; tell me it doesn’t make your mouth water!
As soon as I saw the words ‘peanut’ and ‘butter’ I knew I’d be making whatever it was that very day. You all know from this post that I’ve been long searching for a peanut butter substitute because it is sadly one of my trigger foods (which means that I could easily eat half a jar in one sitting if I made up my mind to!) I longed for something that tasted like peanut butter but without the shocking 180-200 calories per serving, which is just 2 tablespoons. I have tried Better ‘N Peanut Butter, PB2, FitNutz; sadly, nothing really seemed to do the trick.
I am thrilled to report that I am in LOVE with this marvelous creation. I tweaked it a bit to better suit my needs but I would never have even considered this concoction without Amalfi’s coaxing. Below is my version of Dessert Hummus:
1 can of chickpeas, drained, rinsed and peeled
1/4 cup of natural peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup of sugar free pancake syrup
Mix above ingredients together in a blender. Two tablespoons per serving (makes 11 servings). Calories: 50
This is one of those recipes that you can modify to your heart’s content and make it your own. As the above recipe stands, mine tastes pretty mild but as you can see, with only 50 calories per serving you can add more peanut butter or other nut butter until the taste is just right for you. Next time I will use 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and two tablespoons of Nutella (and maybe add some mini-chocolate chips). And of course I suggest you go to Evan’s blog, grab the original recipe and begin reading that blog right away. That man in a genius!
Don’t let the ingredients keep you from trying this recipe. I’ve gotta tell you, I have found my peanut butter substitute. This. is. IT!