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Apple Spice Hummus: Dessert Hummus with a Healthful Edge

I recently attended a gluten, dairy, and soy-free cooking class at Williams-Sonoma at The Forum in Norcross. All of the recipes we sampled were quite tasty, but the Apple Spice Hummus was ‘smack you lips’ fantastic. I have never had what I deem to be dessert hummus before and one that was also healthful, so I just had to share.

The recipe comes from the Edible Perspective blog and it is incredibly easy to make. It calls for: chickpeas, cashew butter, oil, unsweetened applesauce, honey (or agave), molasses (or agave), cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and cloves. Combine in your food processor until smooth and serve with fruit for dipping.

We were all given a small amount to taste and I licked my plate clean and went back for seconds. I loved the added texture from the cashew butter (they made it fresh) and the wonderful creaminess it brought the hummus. The cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves brought a great heartiness to the dish and made it seem like fall all over again.

This hummus works great as a dip, but it would also taste great over ice cream, in a smoothie, slathered on bread or crackers, and just eaten plain.

  • 15oz can [1.5c] chickpeas
  • 1 1/3c unsweetened applesauce
  • 1T sunflower oil
  • 1T honey
  • 1/4c raw cashew butter
  • 1t molasses
  • 2-2.5t cinnamon
  • 1/2t salt
  • 1/8-1/4t nutmeg
  • 1/16t clove
  1. Blend everything together in a food processor until smooth. [A mini food processor will work, but you may need to make it in 2-3 smaller batches.]
  2. Taste + adjust spices if desired.


*Raw cashew butter [unsalted/unroasted] yields the best flavor, but other nut butters will work.  I recommend using them in their raw form, so the flavor is not too strong.  You can easily make raw cashew butter at home in your food processor.  Process 2c of cashews [for an 11c capacity processor], scraping the bowl when needed for about 8-12min, until cashews are buttery + smooth.  Add 1/2-2T oil if needed to smooth out.

*You can sub apple instead of applesauce if desired.  The texture will not be as smooth, but it’s still quite tasty.  You will need about 2c of chopped apples.

Does this recipe sound like one that will be added to your repertoire?


Author Information: Jennifer D. Harris, Atlanta, GA
Jennifer D. Harris,
Gluten-Free Product Specialist, Return to Eden
Program Chair, Atlanta Metro CeliacsTwitter@jenniferGFinGA

About Jennifer Harris

Jennifer Harris
Author Information: Jennifer D. Harris, Atlanta, GA Jennifer D. Harris, Atlanta Gluten-Free Examiner Program Chair, Atlanta Metro CeliacsTwitter@jenniferGFinGA

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