Chocolate “Hummus”

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Anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge fan of creating healthy recipes by adding ingredients to existing recipes to boost nutrient content.  I’m always adding pumpkin, zucchini, and carrots to baked goods.  I love sneaking vegetables into existing dishes or smoothies and I also look for ways to include beans in baked goods, soups, frozen desserts, etc…

One very creative idea for eating more beans is chocolate hummus.  You can google-away and find a host of different chocolate hummus recipes.  Here is one we’ve made at Green Mountain recently:

  • 1/3 cup raisins, plumped in hot water
  • 1 cup cooked black beans
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup

Direction: Plump raisins in hot water, drain, reserving water.  Add raisins and all remaining ingredients to food processor.  Process until smooth, adding reserved raisin liquid if needed.  Serve with fresh strawberries, orange wedges, pineapple or sliced banana for dipping.

What interesting recipes have you made that include beans as the base?

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