I just spent a week on the lake with my family, and it was the absolute best. It was like jumping into a different lifestyle for seven days. I slept more than four hours a night, drank zero Americanos, wore goggles instead of mascara, and didn’t brush my hair once. My wardrobe consisted solely of bathing suits during the day, plus the same gray hooded sweatshirt every night. And I got to spend time with the people I care about the most but rarely get a chance to see. So coming back to Boston this weekend kind of sucks. More on that later.
One of my favorite parts of the trip was eating together. Every meal was a reason to gather, and while my family is 0% vegan, they’ve started to open up to it in the past year. I can’t remember the last time we had a screaming match in the front yard about whether or not someone is allowed to bring chicken nuggets to my birthday dinner. True story. (We’ve come a long way.)
We even tried out a bunch of vegan recipes during the week, and one of our favorites was this dessert hummus served with apple slices.
Chickpeas and apples sounds like a bizarre combination, and it is, but healthy desserts are where it’s at, so I had to try it. My sister used to buy a similar product called Crazy Camel Dessert Hummus from Whole Foods. They went out out business, so maybe the masses just weren’t ready for it at the time. But because chickpeas have a fairly neutral, nutty taste, adding sweet ingredients to make the typically savory dish a sweet one actually makes sense. Those camels weren’t so crazy after all.
You can come up with your own flavors, but this one is chocolate-chip peanut butter. We ate it in a matter of minutes, and my 5-year-old niece was double-fisting apple slices like a champ. If you feel like experimenting with other flavors, I would try maple, chocolate, cinnamon and sugar, anddd whatever else you can think of.
Eating with my family every day was such a stark contrast to my everyday life, and it made me realize how mehhh my life in Boston has been so far. And that’s relative. I have very little to complain about in the grand scheme of things and am super grateful for the vast amount of opportunity/good luck I somehow got in life. I feel the need to issue a disclaimer before I complain about anything online. I kind of wish I had that impulse in real-life.
Anyway, with all that being said, the last year of Boston has been more lonely than anything else. I moved here without knowing anyone, work in a 4-person office, and more or less live by myself in a house that’s not in the city at all. It’s been really, really hard to make friends. I do think Boston is great, but it doesn’t really matter where you are if you don’t have a good group of friends.
So that lesson has been learned, but I still need to actually live somewhere. I have 6 days before my lease is up and still don’t know where I’m going. I should probably stop writing about hummus and start panicking. See ya.
CHOCOLATE CHIP-PEANUT BUTTER DESSERT HUMMUS
Makes a great snack for 4-6 people!
- 1 can of drained chickpeas
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 3-5 teaspoons of Stevia
- 4 tablespoons of Powdered Peanut Butter (you can use regular peanut butter too!)
- 1/4 cup of chocolate chips (Ghiradelli semi-sweet are vegan and available at most regular-person supermarkets)
- Apple Slices/Carrots/Graham Crackers/whatevs for dipping
- Use a blender to combine chickpeas, almond milk, stevia and powdered peanut butter.
- Taste test – add more almond milk/Stevia/peanut butter depending on the flavor you want!
- Stir chocolate chips in.
- Serve (preferably chilled for an hour, but it not, nbd) with apple slices or other dipping mediums.