Monday, October 29, 2012

Banana breakfast hummus (Secret Recipe Club)

banana breakfast hummus
Banana Breakfast Hummus
It's time for another installment of the  Secret Recipe Club (SRC).

Here's how the SRC works: each month I am assigned another member's blog (a different one each month). I then pick any recipe from that blogger's site, make it and write about it here. There's also a link hop at the end of the post so that I (and you) can check out all the other participating blogs and their great recipes.

I joined this group a few months ago and it's been really fun, giving me an opportunity to check out a lot of blogs that normally wouldn't appear on my radar.

My assigned blog this month -- The Mommy Bowl -- is a great example of that.

You see, Deanna of The Mommy Bowl cooks a whole lot of gluten-free, dairy-free and often vegan dishes.

(Yes, if you know The Ninj, you are laughing hysterically at this point, because you know I like to throw bacon and cheese into nearly everything and have more than once referred to myself as The Meatasaurus.)

But come, come, I am nothing if not flexible. And I do like to try new things.

I was very excited to find a recipe for homemade Nutella in Deanna's recipe but, alas, it had already recently been covered by another SRC member. (But don't think I'm not whipping up a batch of that in the near future anyway.)

What I decided to make was something Deanna called Banana Bread Beany Spread, which is really cute. Basically, it's a breakfast hummus, which really got me jazzed. I mean, I love hummus (especially on veggie-based pizzas!) but it never even occurred to me that you could give it a breakfasty twist.

And regular readers know that I'm also continually on the lookout for quick, easy and portable ideas for breakfast: this hummus is all three!

There's not much to it: throw all the ingredients into a food processor, whirl it all up until it's smooth and then spread it on toast.  I used it on cinnamon raisin toast and it was excellent. I bet it would also make a great "dip" for apple wedges.

I only modified Deanna's original recipe a tad: I included a little liquid as my hummus was turning out a bit too thick, but if your banana is super ripe, you might not have the same issue. I also increased the number of dates and decreased the amount of chickpeas slightly, based on some comments on the original post.

Regardless of whether you're a meatasaurus or a vegetarian, you will dig this hummus, so whip some up for your next breakfast!

Banana Breakfast Hummus (slightly adapted from The Mommy Bowl)

3-4 dates, coarsely chopped
1 ripe banana
3/4 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1-2 tablespoons water (optional)

Place the dates, banana, chickpeas, vanilla and nuts in a food processor and process until smooth. If the hummus is too thick, add some water, a little at a time, until it reaches your preferred consistency.

Serve on toast.


  1. FABULOUS recipe, saved to make soon! Visiting from Group D and what a lovely recipe choice! Karen

  2. So glad you found something fun to make. I haven't actually made that one in a while. I should make it again! And yah, my sweet tooth is used to things being only slightly sweet. So, for most people, adding extra dates would be a good thing. Hummus seems to be one of those things that the amount of moisture needed is different every time. I think it's the beans - some are must moister than others. Adapting is always welcome!

  3. Wow, this is such an awesome recipe! Very creative! I am definitely making this for breakfast this week! My little one loves anything that she can dip, so I bet this would go over really well!

  4. I always have extra bananas hanging around by the end of the week. I can't wait to try this recipe!

  5. Wow what an interesting concept! Bananas in hummus form?! I'll have to try it!

  6. This is definitely different, but looks incredibly delicious! I might have to try it for breakfast one of these days!

  7. Hummus with bananas? What a great idea. I bet it was delicious on that cinnamon raisin toast.

  8. Wow! I am so impressed! LOVE this breakfast spread/dip/hummus!!! Brilliant!

  9. I love hummus and this is such a great idea! Must give this a try! Great SRC pick!

  10. Thanks to all the SRC Group Ds for visiting and for the kind comments!

  11. I love bananas and this sounds like a brilliant recipe. Am bookmarking to try soon.

  12. This sounds like such a cool recipe. Would have never thought of a sweet hummus for breakfast. Great choice for SRC (from a fellow group D blogger who is very slow at commenting)!

    1. The best part is that it's not that sweet, making it a perfect breakfast choice.

  13. Julianne,

    I realize I'm a bit late to the party but I just read this post now and am THRILLED to have found the Mommy Bowl blog; my son has been recently diagnosed with multiple food allergies (dairy, wheat, and soy among them) so as you can imagine, dinner at the Jones household has changed quite a bit! Thanks for the link - I'm going to go check out the OTHER blog and will return here later!

    Happy Cyber Monday!
    xo Jones

    1. Jones, I am THRILLED to have made the introduction for you. I hope you find lots of great ideas on Deanna's site!