When I’m searching for recipes, I sometimes stumble across ideas that seem so weird that I’m completely compelled to try them.
This week’s recipe is one of those: banana bread hummus.
I have made hummus quite a number of times, and it’s a favorite for us, especially when we’re setting up a snack table for guests.
Our normal recipe is a traditional one with tahini, olive oil and tons of garlic, served with carrots and pita bread, so the thought of a sweet hummus recipe threw me for a loop, but I also knew I had to give it a try if for no other reason to just say that I did.
So if you’re like me and enjoy trying weird, new ideas, this is the recipe for you.
This comes from the blog “Make the Best of Everything.” You can find the original post at https://makethebestofeverything.com/2015/09/banana-bread-hummus/. I added extra cinnamon and vanilla and left a hint in the recipe to sweeten the hummus up, if necessary.
Banana Bread Hummus
- 15.5- ounce can of chickpeas rinsed and drained
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 ripe bananas
- 3/4 cup walnuts roughly chopped, plus more for topping
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- Combine all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until it’s smooth. If the mixture isn’t quite smooth enough, add a little more coconut oil to get it to the consistency you like.
- Also, I’d recommend taste testing this, and if your bananas weren’t quite sweet enough, you might add a little powdered sugar or a sugar substitute to sweeten it to your liking (I wouldn’t recommend regular sugar, since that might make it taste a bit grainy).
- Top with some more walnuts and serve with vanilla wafers or animal crackers for dipping.
Truth be told, I don’t think banana bread hummus is going to be on my regular rotation for snacks, but we enjoyed it at a game night with friends. Also, any time I can get ahold of a reason to eat more vanilla wafers, I’m in.
It was a bit tough to get past the idea of eating a sweet dip made with chickpeas, I thought.
It also would be a good snack for someone looking for a wheat-free, egg-free option to enjoy the flavors of banana bread, especially if you can find a good gluten-free cookie to go with it.
I won’t be ready to give up on the classic garlic-y hummus any time soon, but it’s fun to go outside of your comfort zone with ingredients and see what you can do.
Sometimes, the results can be surprising.
This piece first appeared in print on Oct. 31, 2019.
Spice Up Your Life is a weekly newspaper column written by Lindsey Young in south central Kansas and sponsored by Main Street Co. & Kitchen Corner in Newton, Kan. Visit their website at shopmainstco.com.