I have a sweet tooth so relish the chance to eat anything sweet if I can ‘get away’ with it because it’s a healthy version.
And these recipes sure are healthy.
Chickpeas contain protein, slow release carbs, fibre and something called ‘resistant starch’ which is what makes legumes (and cold, cooked potatoes incidentally) so very filling.
And filling is great when you’re trying to keep calories lower to lose weight. Who wants to go hungry? Not me!
I made 4 recipes from one tin of chickpeas, based on the drained weight being 240g (so 80g per portion), but don’t worry about it being exact.
The method for all 4 recipes is the same. Simply mash the chickpeas, then mix in the additional ingredients. If it’s too dry add a little of the liquid from the tin. This stuff is called aquafaba, and is actually a funky ingredient itself, being an egg white replacement (for vegans or allergies) in mousse, meringues or baking.
Apple Pie Hummus
Serves 1, 150 calories
100g apple puree (baby food!) or one apple, stewed & mashed
Extra apple slices to dip, or carrot slices
½ tsp. vanilla extract
Sugar free caramel sauce, optional like Zero Calorie Syrup, Sugar Free, Butterscotch, 400 ml
Peanut Butter & Jam Hummus
Serves 1, 200 calories
1 tbsp. peanut butter or PB2 (peanut butter powder) mixed with water such as Bell Plantation, PB2, Powdered Peanut Butter (184 g)
1 tsp. stevia or to taste
1 tsp. sugar free strawberry jam such as Stute Diabetic Strawberry Extra Jam 430g
Extra strawberries, or apple slices, for dipping
(Serves 1, 200 calories)
1 scoop (25g) vanilla protein such as Awesome Supplements Vegan or whey Protein (use code POLLYHO5 for 5% off)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Splash of almond milk
Optional extras: dark chocolate chips, cinnamon, blueberries etc.
Serves 1, 100 calories
1 tsp. stevia or to taste, I like Nutri-Nick Vanilla Stevia Drops Natural Sugar-Free Zero Calorie Flavoured Stevia Sweetener for Baking Hot and Cold Drinks 50 ml
1 tbsp. cocoa powder, ideally fair trade or similar Organic raw Cacao / Cocoa Powder by Nukraft 1kg (available in 250g, 500g and 1kg)