Now listen, I understand the point of recipes but I also understand that if never break free from following the directions, you will never explore your own abilities to learn what you are capable of creating on your own.
I felt like whipping something up the other day. I didn’t know what, just had a basic idea of the ingredients I felt like using.
Somehow I found myself with an awesome and easy recipe for Apple Peanut Butter Pie Hummus, which defined by me is an appetizer, snack, dessert, topping, sweet tooth satisfying yet meal worthy creation all in one.
Warm cinnamon apples diced up and pureed with peanut butter and chick peas. Aside from a drop of pure maple syrup, that’s it!
This Apple Peanut Butter Pie Hummus creation of mine is so good you will find yourself licking the spoon which was used to scoop it out from the food processor.
You will then figure out a way to lick the sides of the food processor clean. Whatever you can’t reach with the spoon, will require you to use your fingers. Trust me, you won’t let any of it to go to waste.
Since this recipe involves chick peas, we are referring to it as a hummus of sorts which means it can be served as a dip or spread (warm or cold!).
It is perfect on a snack plate which my son enjoyed yesterday for lunch (did I mention he was home sick from school? Uh huh. Yeah. It’s been fun around here.)
It’s both sweet and savory so it works real nice with your veggies yet satisfies the need I always have to eat something more like a dessert.
I love it for lunch on top of Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel bread or served in scoop fashion on a salad.
It also makes for a great sweet potato topper and the chick peas give us a nice boost of plant-based protein and fiber.
I believe that the trick to bringing out the natural flavors in apples is to heat them quickly with cinnamon prior to combining them with the peanut butter and chick peas in the food processor (I use a mini food processor in case you were wondering.)
Heating apples naturally enhances their sweetness without the use of additional sugar which I think some people forget when cooking/baking with apples.
You hardly ever need to add sugar to fruit. Fruit is nature’s candy you know.
You can either puree it all together until nice and smooth, or, as I did, blend it up and then add extra apple chunks to give it some more texture.
- 2 apples (either Granny Smith, Pink Lady or Honey Crisp)
- 1 can organic chick peas, drained and rinsed
- ⅓ Cup nut butter of choice (I used a mix of Crunch Time and Mighty Maple)
- 2 tsp. Pure Maple Syrup (you can use even less!)
- Dice up one apple (peel it if you want, not necessary) and place in microwave safe bowl.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Microwave on high for two minutes.
- Place chick peas, peanut butter and softened apples in food processor.
- Drizzle with pure maple syrup.
- Pulse until blended (it's super quick).
- Dice up half of another apple (or whole thing), sprinkle with cinnamon and microwave for one minute.
- Add apples to the mixture already in food processor and puree for only a few seconds to create a chunkier hummus.
- Serve warm or cold with salads, on bread, with apples, veggies or cookies!
Any nut butter will work.
If I am counting correctly, I have now shared three recipes in one week. Must be a record.
In case you missed them:
On a side note, a reader emailed me the other day to ask if my recipes are “pinnable” —-Yes! Just hover over each image in order to pin and/or check out my pinterest boards for more food fun.
I think I need a day off from the kitchen. Good thing it’s Friday!
Are you a recipe-follower or do you break free on occasion and do your own thing?
Who is running a race this weekend?!
Favorite type of hummus?