This, we believe believe, is what one could call a fitting entry into our world of blogging. Hummus? Peanut butter? HELLO, our two favorite things in the world! As two sisters with different perspectives on food and at opposite ends of the sweet tooth spectrum, we decided to name our blog after our two deeply shared food loves. It only makes sense to begin our blog trying to combine them.
…Or, shall we say, SUCCEEDING at combining them.
Rachel, the health-inclined and whole food-obsessed vegetarian, has a penchant for substituting chickpeas for flour in baked goods. Ilanna, the more diverse?whimsical? baker and promoter of delicious creations for all, scoffs at this sorry excuse for baked “goods”. With our differing tastes yet shared love of eating, this blog will incorporate elements from both of our food philosophies. Our first recipe is a beautiful hybrid of the two worlds of “sinful” and “healthy” styles of baking, and we hope you find it as harmoniously satisfying as we both do.
A few other unlikely yet wonderful combinations:
- peanut butter + carrots
- whole wheat flour + donuts (but OMG if you live in NYC you must go to Peter Pan Donuts in Greenpoint and find out for yourself!)
- cheez-its + a toaster (from our cheez-it-filled childhood. sometimes burned is simply…better.)
- pretzels + mustard
- watermelon + feta
- peach salsa. incredible.
- Jay and Gloria. from Modern Family.
Now on to the recipe.
peanut butter chocolate chip hummus
(aka HEALTHY COOKIE DOUGH DIP)
adapted from the wannabe chef
This concoction tastes a lot closer to a “cookie dough” than hummus. In fact, the chickpeas here add only texture, little flavor, to the final product. It is heartily sweet, tastily dense, and very satisfying as an earnest midnight snack.
1 cup chickpeas (i used canned)
2 tablespoons natural peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
3 tablespoons maple syrup, or sweetener of choice (honey, agave, etc.)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
optional add-ins: handful of chocolate chips, raisins, nuts, a sprinkle of cinnamon- whatever you like!
- Rinse, drain, and peel chickpeas. Rinsing and draining, this time, is necessary. Peeling, however unnecessary-sounding and time consuming, will create a smoother, softer, and dreamier “cookie dough.” (This can also be achieved by warming the chickpeas in the microwave for around 30 seconds for easier mashing).
- Pulverize the first four ingredients with your whirly tool of choice. (I used an immersion blender, but I’m sure a food processor, blender, or even a potato masher could work!)
- Add in chocolate chips! Since my chickpeas were warm, the chocolate chips melted and swirled into the hummus a bit. YUM.
- Eat. If you’re civilized, try it on graham crackers, fruit, etc. If not, a spoon will always suffice.
Question: Are there any weird food combinations that you swear by?