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Peanut Butter Dessert Hummus is a sweet but healthy snack that tastes like cookie dough, but it is flourless and gluten free. This quick and easy dip recipe has only four ingredients, and the kids will love dipping fruit, veggies, graham crackers, and more. Perfect to pack in a lunch box or as an after school snack!
My kid has already perfected the art of schmoozing. Kissing-up. Brown-nosing. Charming the ladies. Using flattery to get him everywhere. Whatever you want to call it, he does it.
Let me remind you, he is 6.
He is a goofball who teeters on the order of pushing it too far and a drama queen. Clearly he knows that being utterly adorable makes everyone forget all about him driving them up the wall.
Exhibit A: It’s the first day of school and he has a sheet of paper where he has to fill in the blanks for how he feels and why. What does the little bugger write?
“I am excited because I get to meet my awesome teacher.”
I can almost see the smirk on his face and twinkle in his eye as he hands his paper to his new teacher.
She writes on his paper how sweet he is and how she is so happy to have him in her class. Day 1 and he has her wrapped around his wee little finger. I can’t even. I am afraid for when he is a teenager.
Well, I suppose as long as I can still use yummy snacks as a motivator, then I will be ok…
Break out the fruit and veggies and graham crackers, because it’s time to make a quick and easy snack that is secretly healthy. The kids absolutely love this one!
What is dessert hummus?
“Hummus” is the Arabic word for chickpeas. However, when most of us use this word, we are typically referring to the dip or spread made from chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and tahini, which is sesame seed paste. Sometimes they are flavored with things like roasted red peppers, sundried tomatoes, or you can even make roasted broccoli hummus.
A new trend of sweet hummus dips has become increasingly popular. The savory ingredients are replaced with flavors like cocoa powder or cinnamon, and it is sweetened with sugar, honey, or even maple syrup, like in Maple Walnut Sweet Potato Hummus. This gives it a taste and texture very similar to cookie dough, but without using flour or raw eggs.
You usually make sweet hummus without tahini. Instead, it is often replaced with nut butter, like the peanut butter used in this recipe.
What is peanut butter dessert hummus made of?
- Canned chickpeas – rinsed and drained, with skins removed if you prefer. I prefer to use low sodium chickpeas.
- Peanut butter – traditional or natural both work fine. Creamy or crunchy is fine too, but the peanut bits in the crunchy peanut butter will get pureed while making the hummus.
- Honey – though it can be made vegan by using maple syrup, agave nectar, or brown rice syrup. The maple syrup will impart a slightly different (though still delicious) flavor.
- Milk – your favorite dairy or non-dairy milk will work just fine. Another alternative is to use the liquid drained from the can of chickpeas if you want to avoid milk altogether.
It doesn’t take much more than pureeing all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender! But here are a few suggestions…
Peanut Butter Hummus Recipe Tips:
- After you drain, rinse, and dry the chickpeas, you can toss them right in. However, to make the hummus even more smooth, you can remove the skins. I do this by rolling them between layers of paper towels and then popping off the skins. It takes some time, but when I have the time, it is worth it.
- I typically use a food processor, but a blender would work, as well. If you use a blender, I would recommend a high powered blender, such as my favorite from Blendtec. I am a Blendtec Ambassador so earn a commission on sales, but I have been using their products for years. If you purchase a Blendtec and use the code CUPCAKESANDKALECHIPS, you will receive 25% off. The Twister Jar with the scraping lid makes it super easy to make thicker recipes like hummus where you need to scrape down the sides frequently.
- Milk is used to achieve the desired consistency. I recommend starting with about two tablespoons, and adding more if needed. You can use dairy milk or a non-dairy alternative like almond milk or oat milk. You can even use the liquid from the can of chickpeas if you prefer.
- For everyone’s favorite combo of PB&J, grab your favorite jelly and make Peanut Butter and Jelly Hummus!
What do you eat sweet hummus with?
- Graham crackers or other cookies
- Rice cakes
- Apple or pear slices
- Strawberries – it’s fun to hollow out the core and stuff it inside
- Bananas cut into “planks”
- Dried fruit like dates and figs
- Freeze-dried fruit crisps
- Carrots and celery – add it to a Kids Snack Veggie Platter based on the classic “ants on a log”
How else can you flavor sweet peanut butter hummus?
- Try adding spices like cinnamon or ginger, or even vanilla extract.
- Blend in cocoa powder for that chocolate and peanut butter combo like this Chocolate Peanut Butter Hummus Cookie Dough Ball.
- Stir in chocolate chips or sprinkle some on top.
- Swirl in marshmallow fluff or top with mini marshmallow bits to make it tastes like a fluffernutter.
- Drizzle with a little extra honey or maple syrup or even caramel.
Is peanut butter hummus gluten free?
Yes, even though it tastes like cookie dough, this flourless dip is completely gluten free. All of the ingredients – chickpeas, peanut butter, honey, and milk – are gluten free and typically are not even a concern for cross-contamination.
When choosing items to dip, things like fruit and vegetables are just fine. But if using graham crackers or cookies, just be sure to choose gluten free ones.
Is sweet hummus good for you?
It might be called “dessert hummus”, but it is truly a healthy snack. Chickpeas are full of protein and fiber. Peanut butter adds more protein as well as healthy unsaturated fats. Just be sure to choose a peanut butter that does not include added sugar or other ingredients – I prefer to use a natural peanut butter where the only ingredients are peanuts and salt. And it is sweetened with just a bit of honey (or maple syrup or agave for a vegan option), so there is not even much added sugar.
If you love peanut butter, try these recipes:
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Apple Nachos
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
- Strawberry Peanut Butter Granola
- Peanut Butter Banana Snacks
- Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
- No-Bake Peanut Butter Oat Squares
What are more hummus dessert dip recipes?
- Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Hummus
- White Chocolate Macadamia Cookie Dough Dip
- Monster Cookie Dough Hummus
- Caramel Apple Cookie Dough Dip
- Almond Joy Cookie Dough Ball
- Snickerdoodle Hummus
- Brownie Batter Hummus
Sweet Peanut Butter Dessert Hummus Recipe
With only four ingredients, it is super quick and easy to make this healthy snack that tastes like cookie dough. The kids will love finding it with some carrots or celery in their lunch box. Or serve it with apples or bananas for dipping as an after school snack. And it even makes a yummy dessert dip for graham crackers and strawberries.
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Sweet Peanut Butter Dessert Hummus Recipe
- 15 oz. can of chickpeas, preferably low sodium, rinsed and drained.
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (regular or natural)
- 1 Tablespoon honey (agave nectar, maple syrup, or brown rice syrup for vegan)
- 2 Tablespoons almond milk or regular milk (may need an additional 1-2 Tablespoons to achieve desired consistency)
- If desired, remove the outer skin from the chickpeas. This will give you a smoother hummus.
- Place the chickpeas, peanut butter, and honey in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Pulse a few times to start to blend the ingredients.
- Add 2 Tablespoons of your desired milk, and continue to puree until smooth and blended, adding more milk, if necessary, to achieve your desired consistency.
- Transfer to a bowl and dip or spread on desired fruits, vegetables, or cookies.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.