While I fully admit to still having a full bookshelf devoted to my tried and true cookbooks (Veganomicon, anyone?), I firmly believe that the future of recipes lies in digital formats like blogs, websites, and smartphone apps. Technology has become our bitch.
I suppose I might be biased, though, because in November of 2012 I released an app for iPhones and iPads called Vegan Delish, devoted to bringing together whole food recipes from talented chefs and bloggers. I was thrilled when the app was embraced wholly by vegan and non-vegan users alike, climbing to the top of the Food & Drink charts where it has remained since its release.
I am hugely appreciative of the response to Vegan Delish and think it speaks not only to the growing desire of people to create simple and healthy meals for themselves and their families, but the open-mindedness of the world to making vegan, cruelty-free foods.
I’m delighted to share one of the recipes from the Vegan Delish with you lovely HBD readers. This particular recipe for Dessert Hummus is one of my absolute favorites, because it contains beans which are full of protein and fiber, but with the delicious twist of making it a sweet treat. In other words, no guilt, baby.
Makes 4 servings
What You Need
- 1 1/2 cups Medjool dates, pitted
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 1/2 cups canned cannellini or black beans
- 1/2 cup unsalted peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon carob or cocoa powder
- 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened non-dairy milk
- 1 tablespoon maca powder (optional) or vegan protein powder (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
How to Make It
1. Combine dates and water in a saucepan and bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes, or until the dates have softened and started to break apart. Remove from heat.
2. Combine beans, peanut butter, carob powder, vanilla extract, non-dairy milk, maca powder, and cinnamon in a food processor. Add cooked dates and water. Process ingredients until smooth, using a spatula to scrape down the sides. Serve with chopped fruit at warm temperature or chilled.
Carrie’s notes: If your dates are very soft and at room temperature, you may not need to simmer them. You can simply soak them in very hot water for about 30 minutes, drain, and add to the food processor (discarding or saving the soaking water for another use).
For a sugar-free option, you can leave out the dates and use 10-20 drops of liquid stevia, instead. In this case, you will not need to add the water.
As a special giveaway exclusively for Healthy Bitch Daily readers, you can also leave a comment on this post for the chance to win a free download! To get your own copy of Vegan Delish, please visit the App store. You can also keep up on the latest news on the Vegan Delish Facebook page or at: www.vegandelish.com.
Carrie Forrest, a former world champion of Hating to Eat Vegetables, is the author of the popular food blog, Carrie on Vegan and creator of the best-selling recipe app, Vegan Delish. Carrie has a masters degree in public health nutrition, is a survivor of thyroid cancer, and has been following a plant-based diet since 2010 based on her commitment to living a healthy, compassionate life.