Dessert Hummus

"Dessert" hummus has been circulating in the blogosphere, but I've been hesitant to try it. My friend Clare at Fitting It All In sent me this recipe, which is supposed to look and taste just like cookie dough. So I gave in.

It sounds pretty horrible, but chickpeas are pretty mild, so I figured it could be made sweet as easily as it's made savory.

It does look like chocolate chip cookie dough, I'll give it that.

The first step was peeling an entire can of chickpeas, to give it a creamier texture. The skins are starchier than the inside, so they won't break down as much in the food processor. Wow, this was tedious. If you kind of squeeze each one gently, the skin pops off, but 200 of them still adds up. I'm pretty sure I was beginning to develop carpal tunnel by the end of the can.

Into the food processor they went, along with 1/4 cup of maple syrup, 1/4 cup of peanut butter, and 1/2 Tbsp of vanilla, per the recipe. After this was blended, I also added a couple tablespoons of powdered sugar for texture and a little more sweetener.

Make sure to blend it really well! Chunks of chickpeas are no good in any dessert.

Once it's smooth, mix in about 1/2 cup of chocolate chips (or dark chocolate chunks, as I did).

It made a pretty good breakfast on a piece of potato bread toast.

It definitely didn't taste just like cookie dough, which all the reviews of the recipe promised. And I eat my fair share of cookie dough. It tasted a lot like peanut butter, which isn't bad... I think it could've used some brown sugar though to sweeten it up a little. It was definitely better when eaten with something slightly sweet, instead of on its own.

So to sum up, not bad, not great. Probably won't make it again. Anyone else have any experience with dessert hummus?