Maple Walnut Sweet Potato Hummus
Sweet potato hummus is a sweet and savory way to change up everyone’s favorite dip. Blend up chickpeas and leftover mashed sweet potatoes, then add even more flavor with maple syrup, walnuts, cinnamon, and ginger. Perfect for and appetizer or snack that’s also gluten free and vegan, and you can even pack it in the kids’ lunchboxes. Get your apples, carrots, and crackers ready, and blend up a batch of Maple Walnut Sweet Potato Hummus.
Maple Walnut Sweet Potato Hummus Recipe
It’s perfect with apples and carrots, spread on sandwiches and rice cakes, with some of the various flavors of tortilla chips that are out there, and scooped on salads. But there is a hint of sweetness, so I don’t see why you couldn’t make it a sweeter snack, perhaps with some graham crackers.
The Bug loves sweet potatoes. He will devour an entire one with his dinner, and then ask for more. As evidenced by how often this has been showing up in his lunch, he obviously likes this sweet potato hummus. Of course that has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that I had to tweak the recipe a couple of times to get the flavor that I liked, so we had a couple of batches around. But as I’ve mentioned, he loves chocolate and peanut butter even more. One day he asked for a snack, and I offered something he had previously loved – apple slices with some of this Maple Walnut Sweet Potato Hummus.
He wanted peanut butter. Well, chocolate and peanut butter, but that wasn’t happening. Anyways, I was already scooping this out, so I kinda sorta told him it was peanut butter. He polished it off in minutes.
Maple Walnut Sweet Potato Hummus recipe tips…
I told you I had to tweak the recipe. At first, the flavor of the walnuts and olive oil overwhelmed the subtle sweet potato flavor and the hint of spices. I cut down the walnuts and instead used some of the liquid from the can of chickpeas to make it creamy.
But I think this is just the right balance, so that none of the flavors overpower the others. The sweet potatoes and maple syrup give it just a hint of sweetness, and naturally you can always add more syrup if you want more. There is the hint of nuttiness from the walnuts, and just a bit of your favorite fall spices to round it all out and enhance the sweet potato flavor. And no, regardless of what the 3-year-old-peanut-butter-lover thinks, it does not taste like peanut butter. In fact, I think it is actually reminiscent of pumpkin pie.
Pumpkin pie that you can eat by the spoonful and still call it healthy. I’m in!
If you like this Maple Walnut Sweet Potato Hummus, you can also try these…
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookie Dough Dip is another sweeter twist on hummus.
- Smoky Pumpkin Black Bean Hummus adds another orange veggie to change up your hummus.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice Melting Sweet Potatoes has all the flavors of this dip in an easy side dish.
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Maple Walnut Sweet Potato Hummus Recipe
With the perfect hint of sweetness and spice, Maple Walnut Sweet Potato Hummus will change the way you think about your favorite dip made out of chickpeas. It’s not exactly a “dessert hummus” like this White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie Dough Dip, but it’s not your usual savory, garlicky hummus either. It makes a great appetizer with the usual carrots and crackers, but you can also dip apple slices or graham crackers for a sweeter snack.
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A slightly sweet and nutty version of hummus with just a hint of maple and a touch of cinnamon and to enhance the sweet potato flavor. Dip carrots, apples, crackers, and more for an easy appetizer or snack. The kids love finding this in their lunchbox.
- 1 15 oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed (reserve some of the liquid)
- 1 cup mashed sweet potato from 1 medium sweet potato that has been baked, boiled or steamed until soft
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2-3 Tablespoons reserved chickpea liquid and/or olive oil
- Combine all of the ingredients except the reserved liquid and/or oil in your food processor or blender and puree.
- Continue to puree and add oil and/or reserved liquid slowly until you have achieved your desired consistency.
Originally published on Nov 19, 2013