You read that right! Let the power of the chickpea reign forever! Fiber, protein and potassium in a dessert? Hecks to the yeah. This recipe was inspired by Chocolate Covered Katie’s No Sugar Cookie Dough Dip. Her site is fantabulous for dessert lovers who aim for a smaller butt. There is definitely a much more eloquent way of wording that last sentence, but I am typing this while my kids are actually cooperating, so I’m not taking any chances here, I’m writing as fast as I can!
I was in a focus group last night about ice cream. It was great to sit around and chat for two hours and walk away with a check for $125. I think the marketing group is pretty dumb though. I would have forsaken the money for some darn ice cream. Try sitting and talking about dessert for a couple of hours and see what happens. It is all you can think about! I headed straight to Trader Joe’s and picked up two pints, Chocolate and Candy Cane Joe Joe flavors. Trader Joe’s Chocolate is a little tough to scoop and didnt’ leave much of an impression on me. The Candy Cane Joe Joe flavor on the other hand, was seriously the bee’s knees. Buy some!
- 1 can Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- ⅛ tsp Salt
- ⅛ tsp Baking Soda
- 2 tsp Vanilla
- scant ¼ cup Peanut (or other nut) Butter
- scant ¼ cup Almond, Coconut or Soy Milk
- ⅔ cup sweetener (I used a mix of honey, agave nectar and brown sugar)
- ⅓ cup chocolate chips
- 2 to 3 T oats
- 1 banana, sliced
- Add all ingredients (except for chocolate chips) to a blender or food processor, and blend until very smooth. Then mix in the chocolate chips. Layer banana slices into the dip. If you'd rather not use sweetener, substitute 1 and ¼ cup medjool dates. Blend the dates until they are as small as your blender will get them!
*If you are wondering why you can see oat bits in my dip, blame it on my Ninja. No, not my husband, my Ninja blender. It’s 1000 watts of great blending power, but it will never cream something completely. If you have a different blender or food processor, expect prettier results!
The sky is the limit for dipping choices. I would think graham crackers, pretzels, marshmallows or Nilla wafers would work best. I know those are not all “real food” choices, but they would all work well.
Tomorrow I will show you some of the yummy food we will be eating tonight, for our family’s Hannukah celebration. So, we know it actually isn’t Hannukah yet. We also know that my (immediate) family is not Jewish. However, my wonderful aunts are and one of them will be visiting from Texas. We don’t plan to exchange gifts, but we do plan to eat! I’ll talk more about it tomorrow!