Hummus recipe and healthy chocolate recipe
On weekends, my husband and I love to cook and try out new delicious recipes and ways of healthy cooking but without compromising on deliciousness. This weekend my husband gave his favorite recipe, Hummus, a new twist and tried a “sugar, dairy and guilt-free” Chocolate
Here are our recipes:
1 cup dry or 1 can garbanzo beans
1/4 cup Tahini (Sesame seed paste)
1 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 TBS lemon juice
2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
handful of shelled walnuts
secret ingredient 1 TBS Kirkland pesto (it’s excellent quality and made with basil leaves imported from Italy, you can find it at Costco)
¼ teaspoon chili (optional)
1 handful frozen spinach
If using dry garbanzo beans, soak overnight and cook with ½ tsp Bicarbonate of Soda and without salt until soft for around 10 minutes. If no Bicarbonate of Soda available, cook for around 30 minutes without salt until soft.
Put beans (keep the water) and all other ingredients into a food processor and process for around 1-2 minutes until puree like, if need be add a little of the liquid to make it a mashed potato like consistency, it should not be too liquid. Put into a nice bowl or Tupperware. You can keep it a few days in the fridge.
You can do lots of variations with the base of this recipe and use tahini combined with other beans or vegetables.
Serve with carrot or celery sticks, alternatively with baked vegetable chips.
Sugar, dairy and guilt-free Chocolate
This has become my new favorite. Can a totally guilt-free chocolate actually taste this good? I think yes but you have to try it out and let me know your opinion.
1 cup of extra virgin, organic coconut oil
½ cup of organic raw cacao powder
1 TS of Stevia or ¼ cup of Maple syrup or Raw Honey or Xylitol (you may want to add more or less depending on the desired sweetness. Stevia can be bitter, so be careful, I often use less Stevia and add a bit of honey to give it the right sweetness)
1 TS Vanilla Essence
2 TBS Maca Powder (optional)
1/8 cup of Nuts (almonds, walnuts or hazelnuts), cut roughly
Combine the first 5 ingredients in a bain-marie (also called water bath or double boiler) until smooth and liquid, the water should only simmer, not boil. (Follow the Wikipedia link to see how to set up an improvised bain-marie)
Pour the mixture as a thin layer of around a ¼ inch into ice-cube holders or small Tupperware containers and sprinkle the nuts over it. Freeze for 2 hours, keep in the freezer and remove 5 minutes prior eating.
You can also keep it in the fridge but it will be softer.
Enjoy the melt!
By: Andrea Caprio
Holistic Nutrition and Wellness coach
Wellness Methods offers tailor-made Corporate Wellness programs, Health and Nutrition Coaching for busy people