1 can of organic garbanzo beans or black beans, strained and rinsed 3 times
3½ - 4 Tbsp maple syrup
½ tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp salt
4 Tbsp unsweetened baking cocoa
2 Tbsp water (optional)
1) In a blender or in a food processor, combine all the ingredients except water, using just 3½ Tbsp of maple syrup.
2) Puree until the mixture is smooth, about 30-60 seconds. With a Thermomix, 30 seconds/speed 6. Scrape the sides of the bowl, and then blend 2 times 1 minute/speed 4, scraping the sides of the bowl in between.
3)Add water 1 Tbsp at a time to create the desired consistency. We like 2 Tbsp of water.
4) Taste the chocolate hummus and add remaining maple syrup if desired.
5) Use as a dip for sliced apples or pears, or eat it by itself with a spoon. I tell my kids that it's chocolate pudding.