Posts tagged chickpeas


Eggplant Hummus

EggplantWhile strolling down the aisles of the farmer’s market lately I was surprised by the variety of eggplant that I could find. Eggplant comes in a variety of colors from the deep purple, ovoid fruit which is typically cultivated in Europe and North America to the elongated, white, green, or bi-colored varieties found in Asia. Eggplant also goes by many names including aubergine, brinjal, and Chinese or Japanese eggplant. Eggplant is used in a variety of dishes around the globe from French ratatouille, to Middle Eastern baba ghanoush, to stuffed Indian brinjal. A 100 gram serving of cooked eggplant provides just 35 Calories, 8.73 grams of total carbohydrate, 2.5 grams of dietary fiber, and 0.23 grams of fat. If you love eggplant dips, give this recipe a try.

Eggplant Hummus

Yield: 1 ½ cups

Ingredients:

  • 4 small eggplants or 1-2 medium eggplants (3/4 cup cooked)
  • 15 oz can garbanzo beans/chickpeas, drained
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp roasted garlic

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Slice eggplant in half and place on an oiled baking sheet, cut side down. Cook for 30-40 minutes until fruit is soft. Allow to cool. Scoop out into a blender or food processor.
  2. Add remaining ingredients to blender or food processor.
  3. Blend until smooth and refrigerate. Prepare 1 day ahead to allow flavor to develop.
  4. Serve with chips, crackers, or slices of pita bread.

Chocolate Goji Berry Truffles

These no-bake truffles are a simple, sweet and delicious treat.  The classic combination of chocolate and peanut butter gets a fruity update with high-antioxidant goji berries.

My favorite part? These truffles are made with fiber- and protein-packed chickpeas, making this dessert every bit as nourishing as it is delicious. Trust me, nobody will be the wiser.

The fact that this treat is actually made with beans can just be our little secret.


 Goji Berry Cookie Dough Truffles

Goji Berry Cookie Dough Truffles

Prep time: 10 minutes
Passive time: 30 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Makes 12 truffles

Ingredients

  • 1 (15-ounce) can drained and rinsed chickpeas
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter or nut butter of choice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chocolate chips or chunks
  • ¼ cup goji berries, rehydrated in water
  • Optional: cocoa powder or coconut flakes for outer coating

Instructions

  1. Add chickpeas, maple syrup, peanut butter, vanilla, and salt to a food processor and pulse until smooth. Add chocolate chips and goji berries and pulse 2-3 more times to mix.
  2. Separate about 1/12 of the dough and use hands to roll it into a ball and set aside. Repeat with remaining dough to form about 12 balls.
  3. Place balls in a freezer-safe container and freeze for about 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from freezer and roll in cocoa powder or coconut flakes if desired before serving. Enjoy!
    Store in the fridge or freezer for up to one week.