Roasted Nectarine Hummus and Blue Cheese Buffalo Hummus

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Ok, you’ve been forewarned. This is a long post– two recipes and lots to say about them… so just in case you do not read all the way to the end, I wanted to share with you that tomorrow is my first day of my new job. Please wish me luck and thank you for your encouraging comments on my last post!

Now, the real reason you came here–la comida!

As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I received free samples of Sabra Hummus to create a cocktail party-worthy dish using the lovely, creamy spread. To say that I was excited and honored would be a complete understatement. Upon hearing that I had been selected, I ran around my living room screaming and dancing like a six-year old. Immediately, I started thinking about what I would make. My mind wandered… could I nail a dessert hummus?

I was determined to try and rather than fill this dessert hummus with lots of sugar and chocolate and cookie dough and marshmallows (although that would be incredibly yummy too!), I wanted to try to keep it healthy–maintaining the integrity of all of the nutrients hummus provides. I also wanted to highlight the end of my favorite season by including summer fruit and pairing the hummus with fruit. The nectarines at the Farmers Market were whispering, “Tiffany, buy me, buy me…,” so I heeded. And behold, the roasted nectarine and toasted coconut hummus was born!

Truth be told, this hummus was a labor of love, a lesson in determination if you will. You see the original hummus has garlic in it–totally nutritious and delicious, but not dessert friendly! But… by roasting the nectarines to bring out sweetness and including nut butter for heartiness and toasted coconut for crunch, I was able to create a spread that I couldn’t stop dipping into! I was so happy it came together! In addition to serving the sweet hummus with fresh cut fruit, I made little dessert canapés using chocolate chip cookies as the base (I couldn’t help myself!), fresh nectarines, fresh mint, and lemon zest. Mamma mia! Fresh, crisp, and creamy… a perfect dessert canapé for a cocktail party!

And because Sabra has recently come out with Buffalo Style Hummus, I couldn’t resist making a super simple savory dip too. I paired the buffalo style hummus with roasted apple and blue cheese, and of course, served it with celery… because after all, the veg community wants to relish in that magical combination of spicy hot sauce, creamy blue cheese, and crunchy celery too! 😉 But enough talking… Here are the recipes! 😀

Roasted Nectarine and Toasted Coconut Hummus (Printable Recipe)

Ingredients:

1 cup Sabra plain hummus

2 roasted nectarines (see below)

1/3 cup toasted coconut

2 tablespoons agave

1 cup cashew butter (I made my own)

1/4 cup strained peach Greek yogurt (vegan or regular)

1 tablespoon light coconut milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Method: 

*Add sweetened, shredded coconut to dry frying pan. Heat over medium low heat, shaking the pan periodically. Toast until light golden brown.

*Roast nectarines: preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Remove pit from nectarines and quarter. Add nectarines to shallow baking dish. Whisk 1/2 teaspoon of agave, 1/2 teaspoon of soy sauce; 1 teaspoon of olive oil, and 1 1/2 tablespoons of white balsamic vinegar; drizzle mixture over nectarines. Roast nectarines for 15 to 20 minutes, or until nectarines are soft and caramelized. Turn twice during roasting. Let cool completely.

*Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth!

*Serve with fresh fruit.

*I also made little dessert canapés! I topped a small chocolate chip cookie with a bit of the hummus, a mint leaf, sliced raw nectarine and lemon zest. The flavor and textural combination was absolutely phenomenal–sweet and refreshing; crunchy and soft!

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Roasted Apple Blue Cheese Buffalo Hummus (Printable Recipe)

Ingredients:

1 granny smith apple–roasted (see below)

1 10 oz. container Sabra Buffalo-style hummus

1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles

5-10 dashes of your favorite hot sauce

black pepper

cucumber

celery

Method:

*To roast the apple: preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Wash, core, and quarter the apple. Add the apple to a small baking dish. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and black pepper. Let cool completely.

*Add hummus, cooled apple, blue cheese crumbles and hot sauce to blender or food processor. Blend until mixture is completely smooth.

*Add the hummus to pastry bag (or plastic sandwich bag). Cut a small tip. Pipe hummus into celery ribs. Serve remaining hummus with slices of cucumber. Garnish with blue cheese crumbles and freshly cracked black pepper.

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!

Comments

  1. I love how creative you got! A dessert hummus sounds good, but I need to find that Buffalo flavor hummus ASAP!

  2. You create some beautiful recipes-

    Many blessings into your new job :)

  3. These are gorgeous! They look delish too! Good luck with your new job. :)

  4. I’m in for this roasted nectarine hummus! OMG this looks SUPER good! Such a great idea to add roasted nectarines! I love your creativity in food Tiffany!

  5. Tiffany, these both look and sound amazing!! I’m excited to make the Blue Cheese and Apple Buffalo Style Hummus during football season!

  6. Wow these sound so good. My wife and I have been on a humus kick lately. I am going to have to try these.

  7. Wow… I am so impressed! These are such creative ways to flavor hummus… totally making both of these. The possibilities are endless! Great job.

  8. What a great idea Tiffany!! Really…I would have never thought to put nectarine in hummus! Genius!

  9. Whoa- Tiffany these are incredible! I’ve never thought to get creative with hummus but roasted nectarine?? Yes. Please! Good luck, by the way!!

  10. I am beyond impressed! Hummus for dessert?? Can’t wait to try!

  11. You nailed both of these recipes. I love the roasted nectarine in the hummus with toasted coconut and the cute little cookie dessert canape pure genius. Good luck on your new job!!!!

  12. You are SO creative…what beauty you have created!!! Good luck on your first day tomorrow!! xo

  13. Talk about using the old imagination! You nailed both of these Tiffany and I hope you have some leftover to take for lunch when you start your new job. Sending you positive vibes and a big virtual hug for your first day.

  14. Woo hoo! New job! That will help with the DC funk too :) Loving this Roasted Apple Blue Cheese Buffalo Hummus. Out of control yummy!

  15. This is very creative and looks lovely :) I too hear fruits calling me to pick them from the markets LOL.

  16. I love sabra hummus! Funny but I never considered doctoring it up myself! I think both varieties sound great. But I am all over that roasted nectarine hummus! AND….good luck on your first day of your new job tomorrow! : )

  17. Thanks for this great review! I bought the buffalo style hummus because we are huge fans of buffalo flavoring but we weren’t very impressed, I will try your recipe to fix it up a little!

  18. Omg! I love everything about both of these!!! I eat a lot of hummus and I love both of these ideas for something totally different!

  19. Long but lovely. What a great pair of ideas. I love hummus an this is just so creative

  20. I am stunned. I would have never thought to pair regular hummus with fruit, but it sounds and looks fantastic. You did an outstanding job and deserve the highest kudos for putting so much though and labor into this little assignment. Great job.

  21. Very cool! I have never had a sweet hummus before. This sounds very interesting.

  22. First off….good luck with the job tomorrow! These are absolutely incredible hummus dishes! I would have NEVER thought to make a sweet hummus dish and it’s incredible what you did!

    I really, REALLY like the buffalo blue cheese hummus! Great job!

  23. You are so creative! I almost started cheering when I saw you topped cookies with that nectarine hummus. Haven’t seen the buffalo flavor yet, but I love Sabra!

  24. oh Tiffany, these hummus are gorgeous and sounds delicious! caramely-roasted nectarine and blue cheese buffalo in hummus…who would have ever thought?

    You’ll knock everyone’s socks off at your new job! Rock it, girl!

  25. OK, you need to move to Israel because they would LOVE you here. Israelis put hummus on EVERYTHING and its a staple food for any meal. The fact that you made it into a dessert?! Amazing. I will be trying this and serving it to all my Israeli friends. I let you know if they are thrilled or think its blasphemous. Either way Im excited to try it!
    GOOD LUCK at your new job!

  26. I would never have dreamed a “dessert hummus” was possible! How incredible. Beautiful, beautiful photos as always.

  27. Great outcome and very creative, beautiful and lovely recipes.

  28. Oh my goodness Tiff! You are a genius! You came up with 2 of the most creative recipes I have seen around! I love both of them (I have a big thing for blue cheese…) but the dessert hummus is just genius (have I said that already???)!

    I hope your first day at your new job is going great! Thinking of you and sending lots of positive thoughts your way! <3

  29. Brilliant!! I wouldn’t have thought of sweet hummus … don’t think I’ve had any really. Great combinations!

  30. What a creative and delicious looking hummus Tiffany. So unexpected. The collection of flavours is extraordinary and the result, stunning. Fabulous photography.

  31. Seriously….coolest flavored hummus I’ve ever seen. I admire your creativity with these dips.

  32. first, good luck :) and second all looks amazing, creative job!

  33. Dessert hummus? Brilliant! They both sound great .

  34. Looks incredible! Two great dishes! Best of luck at your new job!

  35. Serious creativity here.
    Best wishes for wild success at your new job.
    LL

  36. Blue cheese buffalo hummus looks fantastic!!

  37. Aren’t you creative! Way to go on transforming the hummus!! Good luck at your new job, I am sure you will do great!

  38. Tiffany, what a great idea…love your creativity and it sure looks so good…I will definitely try this out as we always get the hummus from Costco and it will be great to add some sweetness to it.
    Hope you are having a fantastic week :-)

  39. Hummm!!! Roasted Nectarine sounds delicious!!!!How is your first day in your new job? You are going to do great!

  40. What creative uses of hummus. A sweet humus… very smart idea! Good luck and best wishes for your 1st day of work tomorrow. May this be the job of your dreams. : )

  41. wow, i’ve never thought about making hummus sweet! this is so unique! so glad u feel encouraged :)

  42. I love your dressed up cookies:)) so adorable! Never tried this roasted nectarine hummus, but sounds incredibly tasty!

  43. Hummus is one of my favorite “weekend; watching tv” snacks and both of these sound delicious Tiff!

  44. congrats on top 9-Simply delicious!

  45. What an unique hummus recipe! Looks so very tempting!

  46. This looks DIVINE! Love how you experimented with the unexpected and invented something fresh. Now you definitely have some recipes for that cocktail party that you will soon be hosting for your new friends!

  47. Congrats on the Top 9 today!

  48. Congrats on TOP 9!

  49. How CREATIVE! And your pictures are beautiful. Thanks for sharing!
    Bree
    http://www.skinnymommy.com

  50. Tiffany! You’ve outdone yourself… Creative and delicious!

  51. Yes please! What wonderful preparations of humus, very creative and very delicious!

  52. I hope making Top 9 today was one of many things that made you do the Happy Dance!!!!

  53. OMG, yum! I love both of these! Dessert hummus is genious and the buffalo blue cheese, well you had me at blue cheese! I love hummus any way it is served, way to be creative!

  54. You are indeed a magician with hummus. I wish you well at your new job. I also just started a new job. I am excited to read all about it. So write soon.

  55. What can I say? This meal looks delicious…!!

  56. Hola Tiffany, Congrats on the top 9 yesterday! Everything in this post looks so delicious . Best of luck to you on your new job and wishing you great success.

    Thank you for sharing Mougie story and I’m sorry for your loss. Thank you for the positive vibes and kind words. I really appreciate it.

  57. These are both amazing! And a huge congratulations on your new job…good luck and enjoy :)

  58. I never tried anything like this.. Looks great!

  59. Both versions of hummus are very unique and I love the combination of flavors, awesome!

  60. Very nice, tiffanny! You proved once again how creative you are…the cookies and the blue cheese are really unusual additions to the hummuus and I completely trust your culinary skills…so i know these are going to taste great!! The pictures are mindblowing, girl!

  61. Great combinations! I love hummus and how you totally took it to new levels!

  62. Thanks for the comments everyone! Happy Wednesday! 😀

  63. Wow – those photos are amazing. Tiffany, you are mega-talented!

  64. Such clever ideas! I can’t wait to try the Roasted Apple Blue Cheese Buffalo Hummus. Yummy!

  65. I must say this hummus looks so intriguing! My usual suspicions on your taste combos were raised….but the more I think about it, both of these sounds really yummy!