TNP’s Chocolate Brownie Hummus
I know that you may be skeptical, but these diverse ingredients come together to create a deliciously satisfying sweet treat that could become a new staple in your house. It tastes so good and is good for you, so you don’t have to reserve it for special occasions!
1 ¼ cup cooked dark kidney beans (or Hidatsu Red beans)
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (or raw cacao powder)
5 dates (pits removed), soaked and coarsely chopped (reserve soaking liquid)
2 Tbsp maple syrup
2 Tbsp roasted almond butter (or any single ingredient nut butter)
1/3 cup cooked sweet potato
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 TBSP vanilla
Dash of salt
Soak pitted and chopped dates in 3-4 TBSP of warm water for 10 minutes (or more). Drain and reserve liquid. In a food processor, combine the dates with the rest of the ingredients and process until very smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. You can serve it as a spread or make a thinner dip by adding some of the date soaking liquid to the food processor, about a tablespoon at a time, until you reach the desired consistency.
Eat Smart Tips: The dipping and spreading possibilities are virtually endless! In fact, my kids have been gobbling up the results of my recipe testing efforts as an after school snack with slices of fresh apple and banana. They also enjoyed it on whole grain toast strips, whole grain pretzels and graham crackers. It tastes great with crispy apple chips and will be excellent during strawberry season!