The Adventures of...Chocolate Hummus!

Nothing is safe from chocolate extremity. For example, here's some chocolate hummus you should try out

The mildly-spiced Mediterranean dip that genteel esthetes everywhere know and love, will never be the same with the advent of chocolate hummus. Adding chocolate to hummus takes this ordinarily staid dish not just to another level, but to several levels beyond that.

If you have no idea what we're talking about, then you're in for a taste sensation! Even if garbanzo beans are alien to your experience, we know for a fact that cocoa beans aren't (or why else would you be here?). Follow along, and we'll clue you in about chocolate hummus.

A little culinary experimentation

Hummus is a simple paste of Mediterranean origin, made of pureed chickpeas (a.k.a. garbanzo beans) and spices. It actually tastes pretty good, although a little bland. As cartoon dad Hank Hill once pointed out, hummus isn't exactly a favorite of the average beer-and-football loving American and as for chocolate hummus...?

Well, we're getting to that. As you might have guessed, you can take hummus and add things to it to come up with new flavors. For example, Tomato-basil hummus isn't too unusual, and you can buy it in some stores. But you'll have to make the chocolate version yourself -- no one is yet producing it commercially.

The recipe...

This simple recipe for chocolate hummus is as easy as eating pie, and it requires no cooking at all. Like your classic hummus, this is a dip, though it has other possibilities, as we'll discuss later on.

2 tablespoons of baking cocoa
15 ounces of chickpeas/garbanzo beans (same thing, actually)
1/2 cup of sugar
2 tablespoons of vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of water
Turning these ingredients into chocolate hummus couldn't be easier. Just drain and rinse the beans (we're assuming you're using the canned kind), then dump everything into a blender and set it on "Puree" until everything is, well, pureed. You'll end up with a thick, grainy dip that tastes fantastic on crackers or bread.

Other options...

If you think chocolate and hummus are an odd mixture, well then, how about we get really extreme and pour it all into a cake? After all, if you can have perennial favorites like chocolate beet cake and chocolate sauerkraut cake, how about chocolate cake with a Mediterranean twist?

Despite what you may think, the garbanzo option is also surprisingly tasty, and the best part is, it provides an excellent flourless cake option for those of us on a gluten-free diet. Enjoy a dandy recipe for flourless chocolate hummus cake!