Thursday, January 26, 2012

Bandaids, chickpea desserts, pictures

A few days ago I woke up at four am to find someone rifling through my nightstand.  Totally freaked out for a moment, I realized it was Princess.  Skipping the fact that she was wandering around the house in the middle of the night, I told her it was bedtime and put her back to bed.

In the morning I discovered that she had taken the bandaids out of the nightstand and adorned herself with them.  This was terrible because I had put these extra-strength, cement-like, impossible-to-remove bandaids in the drawer so that they wouldn't get used (why didn't I just throw them out, you ask? Hmph.).  Lets just say Princess was mighty peeved when we finally took them off.  "Mah skin hurts! You stop that!"


Today I meandered on over to the Weight Watchers site for the first time in quite a while, and was met with the unpleasant news that due to some newfangled way of doing things, the miniscule amount of points I am allowed to eat has shrunk even further. Boo, hiss.

Perusing the dessert menu on the WW site (oh what, like I'm the only one, take your irony elsewere), I came across a recipe for chocolate chickpea...stuff, for lack of a better term.  I think they called it "dip".  This is at least the fourth recipe I've seen in the last few weeks using chickpeas in a dessert.

Is it just me, or does this sound disgusting?  I agree that copious amounts of chocolate and sugar will make just about anything taste better, but it doesn't mean that you SHOULD.

My curiosity piqued, I decided that I would make one of these recipes.  The WW recipe called for condensed milk, so that was out. (I can't eat most milk products.)  I recalled having seen a chocolate chip cookie dough dip recipe recently, so I googled around and found a bunch of recipes.

A few of the recipes called for straining a can of chickpeas and then de-skinning the chickpeas individually by hand, which sounded time-consuming and beyond the amount of effort I am willing to put in, so I went with a recipe that skipped that step.  Most recipes called for peanut butter or nut butter, and since Peter is allergic to peanuts, we stick with sunflower butter, so that's what I used. I also added vanilla, salt, a hell of a lot of brown sugar, oatmeal, and chocolate chips.

The result: about as delicious as it looks.

Eh.  I will be honest, it was not terrible.  It was not very good, either.  Pros:  somewhat sweet, lactose and nut free, lower calories than eating forty-seven cookies.  Cons: tasted strongly of sunflower butter yet had a bland, funky undertone to it. It might be better with peanut butter but I will never know.  It also had the consistency of thick, dense paste.  Yet for some reason I stood at the counter and continued to taste it.  Just checking for the fortieth time that it was still gross?  I don't know, I couldn't stop eating it, even though I didn't like it.  

I fed it to the Mister without telling him what it was.  He said "yuck, what is this? Its gross."

Verdict: chickpeas should not be in a dessert.

I haven't posted pics of the kids lately.  Sorry, Grandma.

Princess cracks me up.

She's wearing the leg of a Buzz Lightyear costume on her head.

Apparently I've neglected the middle child, I have no pictures of him to share today.


  1. Oh my gosh, that 'dip' looks like a bowl of baby poo. No thanks!!!

  2. I have a cookbook that uses beans in its dessert menu. I thought it sounded suspect, but maybe it works. I won't be trying chickpeas...thanks for the heads up.

  3. Thanks for the laughs today! That dessert (?) looks awful! I think some things just need to be pure. I don't do vegan bakeries. If I'm going to sin, I'm going to really sin, you know? (Yes, a pure sinner. That's me.) Happy weekend!


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