Snickerdoodle Dessert Hummus
Snickerdoodle Dessert Hummus is a sweet twist on traditional hummus but with some cinnamon and maple syrup for a deliciously sweet and healthy snack. It is also vegan and gluten-free!
Imagine a healthy snack that tastes like a cookie but is made with … wait for it… beans! Yup, you heard me! Perfect for dipping apples or a few pretzel sticks for a quick healthy snack.
This easy hummus recipe is a great way to satisfy any sweet tooth without the need to actually dive face-first into a cookie jar. Energy Bites like these Coconut Vanilla Energy Balls are also a great sweet treat saviour.
Hummus has long been touted as a protein-packed on-the-go snack. But being healthy doesn’t mean hummus need only be filled with garlic, jalapenos or pine nuts to be a great tasting healthy snack.
Snickerdoodle Hummus is a tasty blend of garbanzo beans, otherwise known as chickpeas, almond butter, maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Just throw all the ingredients in a food processor or hardcore blenders like a Vitamix or Blendtec and 60 seconds later you are ready to snack!
What is a snickerdoodle?
Some people like to say that a Snickerdoodle Cookie is like a sugar cookie but I don’t think so at all. Sugar cookies typically are a firm cookie that is served plain or decorated with sprinkles or icing. Snickerdoodles are much softer with a little chewier texture and use cream of tarter for a bit of a tangy zip.
I didn’t use cream of tartar in this recipe because beyond adding a little zip to the flavour of the cookie cream of tarter is also used to stabilize eggs and add a little fluffiness to baked goods. Given that we aren’t baking I used a little extra salt to add a little flavour bump for your taste buds instead.
What is Dessert Hummus? Is This Really A Thing?
You bet it is! And dessert hummus does just stop at Snickerdoodle Hummus. Oh no… you can get dessert hummus in almost every cake and cookie form imaginable to man.
Let’s start first by explaining why dessert hummus even is possible. Chickpeas, otherwise known as garbanzo beans, have a mild nutty flavour that goes well with both savoury and sweet ingredients.
Traditional hummus usually swings to the savoury side with garlic, jalapeno peppers, red pepper or pine nuts to add some extra flavour. But this mild nutty flavour also goes well with flavours such as chocolate, nuts, nut butter, cinnamon, pumpkin etc.
So instead of adding a savoury flavour it is very easy to turn a traditional hummus recipe into a dessert recipe simply by combining these sweet dessert and cookie flavours.
Here are some other great Dessert Hummus recipes to try:
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dessert Hummus
Is Dessert Hummus Healthy?
Hummus, in general, is considered a healthy snack when paired with veggies for dipping or used as a sandwich spread. Garbanzo beans are packed with protein and fibre making them a filling and satisfying snack.
Because you feel more satisfied after eating a high protein and fibre snack like hummus you are less likely to go searching for another snack an hour later which lends itself to healthy balanced eating. One serving of hummus is typically a ¼ cup… most people say 2 tbsp is a serving but let’s be real a ¼ cup is more likely.
So based on a ¼ cup of hummus you would typically garner 4 grams of fibre of 3 grams of protein. Dessert hummus still has this combo of fibre and protein but there will be additional calories added for the sweet things you add to it like maple syrup and nut butter.
Still sugar but way less than you would consume if you actually dove into the cookie jar or cut yourself a slice of pumpkin pie.
So I would say that if you are looking for a sweet treat dessert hummus is an excellent choice!
What Are The Best Things to Dip into Dessert Hummus?
- Apple Slices
- Cinnamon Pita Chips – you can find gluten-free versions or make some
- Pretzel sticks
- A spoon – just go at it!
- Digestive Cookies (not the healthiest option but delicious)
- Bananas (try them frozen)
Hummus takes literally 5 minutes to make and minimal mess making it the perfect healthy snack or healthy dessert! Just put the ingredients in a food processor or supercharged blender and press go and then 60 seconds later your snack is ready!
Hummus of any kind is also really portable. Just put in small containers like those little salad dressing containers and pack your dipping foods. Perfect for meal prepping for the week or a quick after-school snack!
Snickerdoodle Dessert Hummus
- Food Processor or High Powered Blender
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
- 1 1/2 cups Canned Garbanzo Beans or Chickpeas drained and rinsed well
- 1/4 cup smooth almond butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- Add all of the ingredients to a food processor or high powered blender and blend on high for about 60 seconds. Scraping down the sides if needed. Blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to two weeks. Serve with apple slices, pretzels or cookies.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
This recipe was originally published on Sept 4, 2019, but has been updated to include more detailed instructions and updated photography.
This was amazing! I also added almond milk to thin it a bit and replaced the trip with monk fruit. So delicious!
Oh this sounds amazing. Such a great twist on hummus!
What a fun twist! I’ve always had savory hummus so sweet would be a nice one to try!
Ok, I’m in love with this hummus. I’m not a huge dessert person so this is a perfect solution to have something as a special end-of-dinner snack without being too heavy or sugary. Such a fun, cozy twist for fall!
I had never had a dessert hummus before but when I saw your recipe I knew I had to make it! I will definitely be making this again for my holiday party.
Dessert hummus is my favorite
This was delicious, added a little oat milk to thin it out and it was better cold than room temp
That is a great idea if you like your dips a bit thinner. So glad you enjoyed it Grace!
Is there an alternative for the nut butter? I cant eat nuts or seeds….
Hi Lyndsey, I have never made this recipe with nut/peanut-free alternative but I would imagine it would taste great with Wow butter or the alternative you typically use.
Such a great idea! I love hummus and snickerdoodles remind me of my sister who is obsessed. This is such a perfect sweet yet healthy dessert for the holidays!
I love your twist on this! Snickerdoodles are my favorite kind of cookie, and I adore hummus. Great recipe!
What a great, great idea! I can see myself having a real trouble stop eating this hummus – wow, I must make this to take to work as a nice and healthy snack. Brilliant, thanks for sharing!
My kids really like this recipe too. They have no idea it is healthy or made with chickpeas lol