Apple Spiced Hummus – a sweeter spin on a traditional dip
It’s this time of year that I miss home the most. I love it when the air gets crisp, the leaves begin to change, and when pumpkin spiced everything starts to take over every store you walk into. I know- I know pumpkin spice gets old fast, but I can’t help it. Everything feels fresh, exciting, and homely. As much as I love Sheffield, it still doesn’t feel like my home yet. Almost all of my memories took place in Arizona. As boring as Mesa is (it really is), that’s where my life took place, good bad and otherwise, and it’s the place that I know to be home.
But life goes on, people move and things change. I suppose with the very physical changes that are going on outside as summer turns to fall, I can’t help but reflect on the changes in my own life and what they mean to me. No matter how radically different my life might be, there are a few constants that I can always count on to ground me. Of course Mike is my number one constant, but that goes without saying. The first is that no matter where I may be I know that my family is always there to support me in whatever way they can. The second – I know that no matter how much time goes by and how much distance is in between us, I know I can always pick up with my friends where we left off (which really says something because I’m terrible about keeping in touch). And finally, being in the kitchen and just doing what I do best always reminds me of my roots.
So what does that have to do with this apple spiced hummus? Nothing really. I just thought I’d share.
I’ve been waiting all summer for an appropriate time to start with the apple recipes and I’m so excited that September is here and the apple tree is booming with fruit. The first of many apple recipes to come – this apple spice hummus. It’s a great send off to these final lazy summer days being that it is the ultimate ‘lazy’ recipe. All you need is a blender and five minutes to make this dessert hummus and you’re all set. If you happen to live in a place where it’s still actually hot outside then this is even better because there’s no oven or stove required to heat up your house. Nothing but apples, and spice, and everything nice….or something like that…
- 2 15- oz can chickpeas , rinsed and drained
- 1 large apple , peeled, cored & chopped (I used Macintosh, but golden delicious is typically used)
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) lemon juice
- 1/4 cup (62 grams) natural peanut butter
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
- pinch of salt
- In a blender or food processor put all of your ingredients minus half of the chickpeas and blend until smooth. Add the remaining chickpeas and blend again until smooth. Serve with apple slices, pita chips, or carrot sticks and enjoy.
Makes about 2 cups | 1 serving is about 3 tablespoons
Recipe adapted from Edible Perspective. I want to try this again using cashew butter like she did because that sounds fantastic.
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