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gingerbread Dessert hummus, a healthy sweet, and Spicy festive Snack (Plant-Based)

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This plant-based dessert hummus tastes like a gingerbread cookie! It’s got sweet-spicy festive flavors like nutmeg, cinnamon, and of course, ginger. You’ll think you are eating gingerbread cookie dough – but it’s also good for you!

red bowl with gingerbread hummus with pretzels, crackers, and green apples

If you are thinking that hummus is strictly a savory snack, best served with veggies and pita bread – think again! This dessert hummus has all the healthy nutrition from chickpeas, but is flavored, sweetened, and spiced so that you might think you are eating gingerbread cookie dough instead!

Just like my Black Bean Brownie Batter Hummus or Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Hummus, this gingerbread flavored hummus is made nutritious with protein-rich chickpeas and delicious with brown sugar, molasses, and gingerbread spices. In fact, you might wonder if you are even eating hummus at all!

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What is hummus?

When you are thinking “hummus”, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Might it be a creamy, savory, smooth dip for crackers and veggies? Perhaps one that’s flavored with garlic, olives, or red peppers?

When you dig a little deeper you are probably thinking of chickpeas (or garbanzo beans). In fact, the word hummus is derived from the Arabic word hommos which literally means “chickpeas”!

Hummus is traditionally thought of as a Middle Eastern dish and is served with pita, veggies, and chips. At its basic form, it is usually made with smashed chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and salt. Learn more about the history and origins of hummus in this article from Spoon University.

But times have changed! Take a quick look in any grocery store and you will see that hummus isn’t always made with chickpeas anymore. You can find hummus made from various types of beans with a plethora of add-ins from olives and avocadao, to spicy peppers, and more.

In fact, if you are reading this post, by now you also realize that hummus doesn’t have to mean a savory snack! In fact, you can make hummus into pretty much any flavor you’d like.

red bowl with gingerbread hummus with pretzels, crackers, and green apples
Serve this dessert hummus for a healthy, fun after school snack, lunchbox surprise, or on the buffet table at your next holiday gathering.

Eating a sweet dessert hummus like this festive gingerbread hummus is almost like eating cookie dough – except that it’s got that all-important high protein and fiber component from the chickpeas.

Ingredients needed to make gingerbread dessert hummus

  • chickpeas
  • nut or seed butter – I used cashew butter
  • plant milk – I used oat
  • cinnamon, ground ginger, allspice, nutmeg, salt
  • molasses
  • maple syrup
  • vanilla
  • You will also need a food processor of some sort
photo showing ingredients for gingerbread hummus - ingredients are listed in blog post above

How to make sweet and spicy gingerbread dessert hummus

Step 1: Add the ingredients to a food processor

First, drain the chickpeas but save that beautiful bean juice! Did you know that bean juice – or aquafaba -can be used to make some pretty tasty plant-based food? Read more about recipes using aquafaba in this informative blog post and recipe roundup from Cooking on Caffeine

food processor with gingerbread hummus

You literally measure everything and toss it into the food processor. Nothing at all complicated there! In fact, the most complicated thing for me is remembering how to put my food processor together. Every time. EVERY time!

If you would like to use a high-speed blender instead, that should work. You might need to work in batches and then combine. You might also need to add a little more plant-milk. Use a blender with a pusher or pause after a few minutes to scrape the edges and stir things around.

Step 2: Process!

That’s it! Simply process process process until your dessert hummus is nice and smooth and creamy.

food processor with gingerbread hummus

Serve and enjoy!

Spoon out your gingerbread hummus into a serving bowl. Take a little taste and see if it is sweet enough for you. You can always stir in a little extra maple syrup.

In fact, I do like to drizzle a little extra maple syrup around the top so that I can scoop and dip!

red bowl with gingerbread hummus with pretzels, crackers, and green apples

You can chill or serve at room temperature. I do like my gingerbread hummus slightly chilled. It will keep in the refrigerator tightly covered for up to 5 days. If any separation occurs then just give it a little stir before eating.

What to serve with your dessert hummus

I like to serve with some snappy apples like granny smith – but any kind of apple will be fine. I also serve with cookies such as biscotti or wafers. What I really love though are little savory crackers or pretzels to counterbalance the sweet hummus.

This gingerbread hummus makes a fun lunchbox surprise or delicious nutritious after school snack! It also makes a lovely presentation at a holiday buffet or snack table.

An important disclosure

If you are serving this hummus to others you MUST disclose that it contains nut (or seed) butter. Be responsible and don’t assume that someone with allergies will be aware that hummus might contain nuts.

red bowl with gingerbread hummus with pretzels, crackers, and green apples

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gingerbread hummus

This plant-based dessert hummus tastes like a gingerbread cookie! It's got the sweet spicy festive flavors like nutmeg, cinnamon, and of course, ginger. You'll think you are eating gingerbread cookie dough – but it's also good for you!
5 from 14 votes
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Course: Dessert, party food, school lunch box, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dessert hummus, gingerbread hummus, healthy snacks
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 101kcal
Author: Cindy Rainey

Equipment

  • food processor or high-speed blender

Ingredients

  • 15 ounce can chickpeas drained
  • ¼ cup cashew butter or other nut/seed butter of choice
  • ¼ cup plant milk I prefer oat milk
  • Tablespoons maple syrup plus more to drizzle
  • Tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • optional maple syrup to sweeten to taste or dizzle on top

Instructions

  • Drain the can of chickpeas and add to a large high-speed blender or food processor. I've had better luck with a food processor for this recipe.
  • Add in the nut butter, plant milk, maple syrup, molasses vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, and salt.
  • Process or blend on high speed for about 2-4 minutes or until the hummus is nice and smooth.
  • Taste and add in a little extra maple syrup for added sweetness.
  • Spoon into a serving dish and serve. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Notes

You MUST disclose to others that this recipe contains tree nuts.  Nuts are a serious allergen and hummus doesn’t typically contain nuts. If you know someone is allergic, ask if they can eat sun-butter from sunflower seeds and make it with that instead. 
The serving size is a generous quarter cup. If you consume more or less, adjust the nutritional information.
Taste the finished product and add in a little extra maple syrup if desired for extra sweetness. Any added syrup is not included in the nutritional information. 
 

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 187mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg
By on November 16th, 2021

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5 thoughts on “gingerbread Dessert hummus, a healthy sweet, and Spicy festive Snack (Plant-Based)”

  1. 5 stars
    I’m obsessed with dessert hummus and this was way better than anything I’ve bought at the store! Thank you for sharing. Now excuse me while I go devour some more…

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