As I scraped up the last drops of my hummus yesterday with a salty pita chip, I couldn’t help but think that the empty container looked like it had housed peanut butter.
Then I immediately opened up the peanut butter jar and gingerly spread some on my getting-soggy chip, right next to the hummus.
Curiosity got the best of me.
And it was delicious!
Next thing I know, I’ve got an open can of chickpeas drained and rinsed, about to be pulverized in the food processor with a few globs of peanut butter and a sprinkling of smoked paprika.
If it didn’t work out, I would have to tread back to the grocery store, making my second trip in one day. I didn’t want to start Monday off without any hummus in the fridge. This would inevitably lead to 3-5 more trips this coming week. It’s just how I do things here.
But it worked. Over and over again.
I tried it with a pita chip. I tried it on toast. I tried it right off the spoon. I tried it on a sandwich. I tried it with a pretzel. I tried it with an animal cracker. I’m weird.
I even tried it with a red pepper. That’s a vegetable in case you didn’t know. Even weirder.
Last Spring, I fell in love with hummus, but was not a fan of the flavored varieties so much.
Things have changed. And no, I’m not talking about my jeans size.
This is not a sweet hummus. Yes, it pains me to say that… but it is worth it.
It is quite savory with just a hint of peanut flavor – almost like a peanut dipping sauce or peanut satay sauce. It is perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner… or if you’re anything like me, all 3.
Don’t be afraid. The combination may sound odd, but I promise with one swipe of a pita chip, you will be addicted too.
Peanut Butter Hummus
makes about 1 1/2 cups
1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 heaping tablespoons of peanut butter
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
Shell chickpeas if you wish. Add chickpeas to food processor and process until finely ground. Add peanut butter and mix until combined. With the food processor on, stream in olive oil through the top. You may need to add more to meet your desired consistency. Add salt, pepper and paprika and mix.
Garnish with a sprinkling of smoked paprika. Serve with veggies and pita chips.