Dessert hummus is all the rage and we’re giving it a holiday twist. Learn how to make eggnog dessert hummus and put together a simple and nourishing sweet family friendly holiday party platter that’s perfect for an afternoon snack or your Christmas party… all in this post sponsored by Horizon Organic.
Lately I’ve been seeing dessert hummus pop up all over the place. I mean sweet, creamy dessert dip that packs a full-on protein punch? I’m all for it!
My kids are definite snackers and goodness do they have a sweet tooth, so if I can whip up something they like, while still knowing I’ve used good, wholesome ingredients, then it’s always a total win-win. I’m all for being weird and having fun, I just like to keep the weird out of our food.
The thing is, the holiday season always throws us for a bit of a loop. The baking? It’s like a calling. My kids have woken to find me baking cookies long after bedtime, lured out by the scents, as I happily mix and stir with the twinkling of the tree lights. So for me, it’s important to find ways to bring in the good by creating something we all enjoy, without skipping out on the season’s festive flavors.
While it was SO easy to find all kinds of dessert hummus on Pinterest with a quick search (I’ve got a lot of catching up to do to try all of the flavors!), I didn’t actually find any recipes for Eggnog Dessert Hummus… BUT I have heard of a place in New York that serves it seasonally, and will even mix in a little rum upon request. Talk about a holly, jolly Christmas dip!
I decided to skip the rum this time (I AM sharing with my family after all) and try my hand at it while making a festive family friendly holiday party platter… which is PERFECT for any holiday gathering with kids AND adults. But also? My family can just devour something like this and call it lunch.
I’m totally okay with either scenario.
How to make Eggnog Dessert Hummus:
- 1 15-16 oz can cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- ¼ cup oatmeal
- ¼ cup almond butter
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup Horizon Organic eggnog
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- * sprinkles or dried cranberries (optional, for serving)
- In a blender or in a food processor, combine all the ingredients except eggnog.
- Puree until the mixture is smooth, about 30-60 seconds, adding eggnog 1 Tbsp at a time to create the desired consistency.
- Taste and add salt (if desired).
- Adorn with sprinkles or dried cranberries, if desired, for serving.
1. Round up Supplies
I like to begin with a couple of wood boards or a large platter, a few small bowls and a cheese knife… because even when I’m making a sweet holiday snack platter, there will be cheese! Then I raid my fridge and pantry for the necessities. I have to say, I’m totally a fan of the cheese platter itself (and so are my kids), but we do like to mix it up now and then… and they’re SO into eating this way.
2. The Goal
For my snack or party platters, I’ll typically find a theme. For this one? It’s all about the sweet stuff and I let the Eggnog Dessert Hummus, made with Horizon Organic Eggnog (again, keepin’ the weird stuff out of the ingredients) do the leading. Instead of baguette bread and many savory crackers, I’ve added Horizon Organic Grahams (which my kids always reach for first!!), cinnamon pita chips, chocolate biscotti, and then a few butter crackers as well. I kept the items on the platter narrowed down to things that would pair well with a little bit of a sweeter dip, like grapes, apple slices and of course, our favorite cheeses infused with cranberry for the holiday season.
3. Start Building
Depending on what I’m serving, I’ll use a large cheese board or two and just let the ingredients beautifully fall off the boards. Another option is a large tray or platter like I’ve used here.
If I’m serving for a party, I’ll add in some large leaves, herbs (rosemary sprigs are perfect for a holiday party!) or pinecones from the yard. When it’s lunch for my family, we save the garnish for another time… or I’ll find Aria munching on a leaf! Ha!
I usually put my wet ingredients, like dips, sauces and jams, into bowls while I let the washed fruit and veggies dry. Then it’s all about filling the space! Perfectly imperfect is the goal and for this we just add ingredients in groupings together, adding small ingredients over the larger ones. For example, large grapes and bowls first, and then I’ll fill in with nuts last.
What are some things you’ve been dishing up for your holiday spread? Let me know in the comments below!
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon. The opinions and text are all mine.