Sweet Maple Pumpkin Spice Hummus
Adapted from The First Year Blog
The taste of pumpkin and all those lovely autumn pumpkin spices in a healthy sweet maple dip that is reminiscent of hummus. Well actually it IS hummus, minus the garlic and tahini, then add in pumpkin puree, peanut butter (to stand in for the tahini), pumpkin pie spice and maple syrup. It’s an intriguing idea that I honestly wasn’t quite sure about. So I had to try it.
I took a little gamble and hope it really does taste good because I put it on to my Healthy Halloween cooking class agenda … I was a little nervous when I tried it, but so relieved to find out that it works! I mean, seriously, the “hummus” (chickpea) part really nicely balances out the pumpkin maple spices thing and you end up with a dip that is delightfully balanced. The only thing then that you need is a little crunch, which you can do very nicely with some good dippers like apples (or, even better, dried apple slices) or honey wheat pretzels. I’m having a hard time tearing myself apart from this dip to save enough for others … each time I dig into it I just want to keep dipping. I am hiding it away from myself and NOT bringing any to work with me until cooking class day, which is Thursday. Wish me luck!
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 Tablespoons real maple syrup
- 3 Tablespoons peanut butter
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 15-oz. can of garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained (or equivalent cooked, drained chickpeas)
- In a handi chopper or food processor, blend all ingredients until smooth. Add water to get the desired consistency. (I added 2 Tablespoons.)
- Put the hummus in a bowl and drizzle with a bit of maple syrup and sprinkle with a bit of pumpkin pie spice. Serve with fresh apple slices, dried apple chips, pretzels, graham crackers or other crackers, fruit or cookies.
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