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Monday, August 27, 2012

Hummus Cookie Dough and Silly's Restaurant

This is a post about some healthy food and some completely unhealthy food. Healthy first.

I was totally intrigued when I saw recipes for dessert hummus over on Lindsay's Blog @ The Lean Green Bean. I like hummus and I certainly like dessert, but would I really like them together?

I roughly followed her recipe, with a few minor tweaks.

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained & rinsed
  • 3 – 4 Tbsp peanut butter (or desired nut butter)
  • 3 – 4 Tbsp agave nectar (or honey)
  • 1/3 c chocolate chips
  • 1-3 Tbsp water (or milk)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder

Combine the chickpeas, peanut butter, agave, and cocoa powder in a food processor and process until smooth. Add water (or milk) as necessary until desired consistency is reached. (I had to process for a LONG time to get all the chickpea lumps out). Stir in chocolate chips.

While the cookie dough was pretty good just like this, it still had a slightly weird taste that I didn't love. So I divided the dough up into balls and froze them. They are GREAT frozen!

And now on to the totally unhealthy. I have a new obsession with Silly's. I have been there 3 times in the last week. I just love everything about it. First the decor. From the street it doesn't look like much, but then you walk back to the patio and it is like entering a secret, super fun, garden. There is so much color and fun whimsical decorations. The menus are inside lunch boxes on the table along with fun little card games to play while you wait.

And then the drinks. They have all kinds of vegan milkshakes and the most fun cocktails ever. Friday night I got a vegan white Russian in a glass rimmed with nutella and pretzels. Ummm best thing ever. Last night we ordered a 1/2 pitcher sangria. There was NOTHING half about it. I had 3 giant mugs and we didn't even come close to drinking 1/2 of it. 

And then the food. They have so many options, I can never make up my mind. Again, they cater to every dietary option out there- vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, they got it all! I have never had anything bad there.  Friday I got the Love Goat pizza, with goat cheese, caramelized onions, almonds, and honey. It is sweet and salty and delicious. Last night we decided to go for gold and split the chicken in a boat. Ready for this? It is chicken, mushroom, and rice noodles covered in a peanut sauce and then rolled inside a burrito with cheese and scallions. They they fry the whole thing. 

I didn't even finish my half and felt like I was going to explode for hours after. But it was totally worth it. If you are in Portland, you must go to Silly's. 


  1. Silly's sounds awesome! And I LOVE vegan milkshakes. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Your fried concoction sounds amazing.

    So is the cookie dough hummus that tastes like cookies? You are not supposed to bake it, right?

    1. Yeah the hummus is supposed to taste just like cookie dough. You don't bake it. It isn't bad, but it isn't the same as real cookie dough!