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Pumpkin Spice Hummus

I went grocery shopping on my way home from teaching Tuesday afternoon. As I was double-checking for the last pumpkin ale of the season, my eyes landed on a bottle of pinot grigio on clearance.

I’ve been enjoying white wines lately, dinner called for white wine, and I had just lectured on diabetes and the role adiponectin plays in diabetes prevention. In case you were curious, 1 drink a day for women and 2 drinks a day for men can actually reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. And…I want in on THAT.

I checked out at the grocery store, loaded my car, and discovered after unloading the groceries that I had not made it home with my clearance bottle of pinot grigio. I called the store, it was there.

Kroger is 1.1 miles from my front door and I needed to get in a workout. Rather than waste time and gas, I decided to run 2+ miles, end up at Kroger, grab my wine and head home. Little did I know I would pass a co-worker of Mr. Prevention’s…with wine bottle in tow. In a paper bag. Early evening…in daylight…all sweaty.

Unfortunately, the odd and disapproving looks were not only from hubby’s co-worker, but pretty much all those passing by on foot or car. People probably thought I was either 1) crazy or 2) too lit to drive to go get my booze. I didn’t think my time management through too well. I guess I, too, would give the side-eye to a sweaty stranger walking down the road with a bottle of wine. Oh well…

I finished my 3.2 mile wine mission in 35:53. Considering a mile of that was walking…I was moving during my walk. Embarrassment? Excitement to pop the cork? Who knows 😉 Take home message: I would not recommend walking around your neighborhood with a bottle of booze. People might talk…

I do, however, recommend trying something new…like a sweet hummus. A Pumpkin Spice Hummus, even. This hummus went great on pita chips. Bonus for double the portion (1/4 cup) of a traditional hummus for roughly the same number of calories.

The hummus is sweet enough to stand in as dessert, but nutritious enough (by a long shot) to be served as a snack. This hummus comes together in a matter of minutes, keeps well for 7-10 days in the fridge, and packs 4.6 grams of fiber per serving (and only 93 calories!).

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Pumpkin Spice Hummus slightly adapted from The Edible Perspective

15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup tahini (or raw cashew butter)
1 Tbsp sunflower oil (or canola)
3 Tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in your food processor. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust spices if needed. Yield: 12 servings (1/4 cup each).

Nutrition Information (per 1/4 cup): 93 calories; 4.3 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 146 mg. sodium; 11.6 g. carbohydrate; 4.6 g. fiber; 3.1 g. protein

Result: Sweet, but hummus…pumpkin hummus. This was unique and very, very good! I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it! I also love the nutrition stats – low-calorie, healthy fats, and lots of fiber. Definitely a health-friendly snack option!

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Question: Do you like hummus?

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41 Comments

  1. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    November 3, 2011 / 6:56 am

    ahahaha! I LOVE the wine story. Why wouldn’t they have given you another bag to put it in? Blame the store… :p

  2. Gina (The Candid RD)
    November 3, 2011 / 7:02 am

    I think this sounds awesome, even though you MUST have been wasted while making this. haha. jk. I have definitely run to the grocery store to get wine and/or beer before, because we used to live right across the street from Kroger, for 3years! I don’t think your strange Nicole, so you still have me as a friend, don’t worry πŸ™‚
    The hummus sounds awesome. Great recipe! I bet it would make an excellent Thanksgiving appetizer.
    I’m going to look for Nick in dairy today!

  3. Faith
    November 3, 2011 / 8:09 am

    Lol, too funny, Nicole! That’s my luck too — I would definitely see a co-worker or someone else I know! πŸ™‚ Looks like dinner was worth it in the end though, I love the sound of this seasonal hummus!

  4. Lori Lynn
    November 3, 2011 / 8:20 am

    I eat hummus, almost every day with my raw veggies. Love it! I think the red pepper is probably my favorite (and about the least amount of calories). I have to be careful though, b/c it’s a bit easy to go overboard. The pumpkin hummus looks really good. Not sure I could have it very often!!

  5. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat
    November 3, 2011 / 9:58 am

    Hummus is one thing I haven’t pumpkin-fied yet – thanks for the recipe!

  6. Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    November 3, 2011 / 10:32 am

    Hummus rocks my world. I love it!

  7. Anna @ On Anna's Plate
    November 3, 2011 / 10:41 am

    Bahaha….too funny. And sounds like something I’d do, too πŸ™‚

  8. EA-The Spicy RD
    November 3, 2011 / 1:00 pm

    Great story, and yes, great pace too! I’d love to try making this hummus-yes, i do like hummus-my fave right now is cilantro and jalapeno, but your sweet version sounds fabulous too!

  9. Kristen @ swanky dietitian
    November 3, 2011 / 1:41 pm

    This story ushyaret

  10. Kristen @ swanky dietitian
    November 3, 2011 / 1:43 pm

    So Sorry about the above comment. Hit the submit button. That story is hysterical!!!
    This dip looks excellent!! I am all for finding more ways to use pumpkin.

  11. Leah @ Why Deprive?
    November 3, 2011 / 7:20 pm

    hahahahaha I LOVE that you ran with a bottle of wine. If I had thought of that, I would absolutely have done the same thing more than once. πŸ™‚

    This hummus idea seems interesting. I cant decide how I feel about it logically, but I think it would taste really good.

  12. Sasha (Global Table Adventure)
    November 3, 2011 / 9:19 pm

    Loving this idea! It could be really great to substitute the maple syrup with date syrup, (available at Middle Eastern markets and high in potassium). I recently bought a huge jar and am looking for ways to use it up lol … sorry! Just food for thought πŸ˜‰

  13. Kim of Mo'Betta
    November 4, 2011 / 6:04 am

    Dessert hummus is my new favorite thing right now, and this sounds great! I love that you ran to the store for the wine!

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  15. eatingRD
    November 28, 2011 / 7:18 pm

    hehe that’s funny! But you had to get in a workout somehow right? The hummus looks fantastic, great idea πŸ™‚

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  17. Andrea
    April 28, 2012 / 5:54 pm

    !!!!!!! i LOVE pumpkin and hummus!!!!!! i’ve thought to put pumpkin in pretty much everything except for that… who cares that it’s almost summer and pumpkin is so not hip right now?

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