Have you ever had “dessert hummus,” or a sweet hummus? If you haven’t, you should definitely give it a try. It’s not as strange as it sounds. In fact, it’s really tasty, and what a healthy treat it makes! I hope you’ll give my recipe for Honey-Mango Dessert Hummus a try.
I was at an event last year where “dessert hummus” was served. I had never heard of a sweet hummus before, but it was really good. Several different flavors were passed around and I remember thinking that I had to try to make it myself.
Dessert hummus, or hummus that’s sweet-not-savory, crossed my mind several times over the year, but it wasn’t until recently that I did anything about it. Now we can celebrate with Honey-Mango Dessert Hummus!
This is perfect to serve as a healthy dessert, but it’s not so sweet that you couldn’t serve it as an afternoon snack. I baked up some pita chips and sliced up some apples to serve with my Honey-Mango Dessert Hummus. Perfect.
I live for garlic. Anything I can add it to, bam! There is it! I never thought I’d pass up the opportunity to toss in as many garlic cloves as possible when I make hummus. Until I made this dessert hummus.
It’s the one time I make hummus when I don’t mind holding off on the garlic. I still use garbanzo beans, and toss in perfumy, ripe mangoes. Then, I swap the tahini for almond butter, the lemon juice for orange juice, the salt and pepper for cinnamon, and voilà — you have a fabulous, fruity treat.
Traditional, savory hummus is a staple in my house. Served up with olives and cheese and pita bread, it makes a great meal that is perfect when you don’t want to cook. I make Spiced Edamame Hummus pretty often. Oddly enough, it doesn’t include garbanzo beans, and neither does my recipe for Roasted Beet Hummus. Both are delicious and really colorful.
There are a bunch of snack-worthy chocolate options out there for sweet hummus (and you know I’ll try one soon), but considering the warm weather and fresh fruit that’s available, it would be a crime not to use it for a sweet treat.
I can’t wait to play around a bit more and see what other dessert hummus options make the cut. For now, I’ll indulge in Honey-Mango Dessert Hummus, and hope you’ll give it a try, too.
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Serves About 2 cups
- 1 cup garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed from a can
- 1-1/2 cups mango fruit, diced
- 3 tablespoons orange juice
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 2-3 tablespoons honey, to taste, plus extra to drizzle as garnish
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon dried cinnamon, to taste
- 4 pitas, sliced in half width-wise, and cut into triangles
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1-2 tablespoons sugar
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the pita triangles, inner side facing up, on two baking sheets.
- Lightly brush the tops with the melted butter. Sprinkle with the sugar.
- Bake for 5-6 minutes or until they turn lightly golden. Remove from the oven and set aside.
- Add the garbanzo beans, mango, almond butter, orange juice, 2 tablespoons honey, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon to a food processor. Blend until smooth. Taste and add more honey and cinnamon as you’d like. Blend again.
- Transfer to a serving bowl and drizzle with a bit of honey and top with a few mango pieces.
- Serve with the pita triangles and apple slices.