PB&J Hummus Balls

Hello my loves! Oh how I’ve missed you! Whenever I post early one day and late the next, it feels like it’s been SO long since we’ve “hung out”!

So what have you guys been up to?…besides giving me a fat head about being the most clicked on link for What I Ate Wednesday! By the way, I LOVE you guys! You always know how to perk a girl up in the middle of the week!

Huh…what have I been doing? Well, thanks for asking! Oh, I’ve been doing the side shuffle in my corner of the ring preparing for the throwdown hinted to on Jess’s blog. Please tell me you guys saw her post on the BBQ Bars! If not, go NOW and check it out!

Seriously…GO!

I think I may have finally met my match when it comes to weird foodie concoctions! I swear when I sent her a jar of locally made FROG preserves, our minds were suddenly and mysteriously linked…I guess you could call us blood jam sisters! 😉

Ok, where was I? Oh, yeah…throwdown…blogger recipe style!

You ready?

So you guys know how I made Christin’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bean Balls not too long ago, right? Well, seems like I haven’t been able to get those things out of my head lately! I seriously polished a full batch of those off in less than a weekend…by myself!

And, from the looks of this bottle, I also can’t seem to get enough of Jess’s PB&J BBQ Tofu Sandwich!

And then the dreams began…

Suddenly I was transplanted into a huge factory with these ginormous food processors churning away at some dessert hummus (where IS my spatula??). Then, I look down and suddenly see my new bottle of crack bbq spice.

Hmm…coincidence? I think not!

PB&J (BBQ) Hummus Balls:  (yields: ??) <-I may or may not have used the “one for                                                                                          the pan, one for my belly” method! 😉

  • 1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt (omit if using salted peanut butter)
  • 3 tablespoons of your favorite jam (I used FROG preserves)
  • 10 drops vanilla stevia
  • 2 tablespoons brown rice flour
  • 2 teaspoons BBQ seasoning (optional, unless you’re weird like me!)
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried fruit (something that pairs nicely with your jam. I used apricots)

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Combine all ingredients except for the dried fruit in a food processor and process until     smooth (you may need a small drizzle of water to help it come together).
3. Transfer mixture to a small bowl and stir in the dried fruit.
4. Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, scoop out “dough” and place on a cookie sheet              lined with aluminum foil.
5. Roll dough between hands to get more of a “ball” shape.
6. Cook for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom.

My favorite sandwich now in a portable, bite-sized ball!

And of course, if the thought of BBQ seasoning dancing around your palate with PB&J freaks you out a bit, you can always leave it out and just have PB&J Hummus Balls!

The addition of the dried fruit adds the PERFECT amount of texture to these! I’m thinking my next batch is going to make use of the dried bloobs I still have stashed in the pantry from a run to Trader Joe’s…mmm!

Or maybe you’re feeling a bit lazy?

Then don’t bake them at all!

Just spoon you up a bowl of some PB&J Hummus!

What is your favorite dried fruit?
I have a bit of an obsession with dried fruit…as in if I see something I haven’t tried before, I HAVE to buy it! I think I’d have to say my favorite is Calimyrna figs!

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36 Responses to PB&J Hummus Balls

  1. girl you craaaayyyzyyy 🙂 but I love it! These look fantabulous as usual 😉

    Can’t wait to whip up somethin’ crazy in my home kitchen next week… ahhhh…


    n

  2. Katie says:

    I want to try these, the combo sounds weird but I am not knocking it until in try it!! Send me some!!

    Xoxo

  3. Lee says:

    That sounds pretty good…minus the bbq seasonings!

  4. Damn!!! I know I said the sandwich weirded me out, but I think I could totally get behind these salty/sweet babies!!! I love your inventive mind, sweet Heather! And thanks for the props again, my dear! xoxo

  5. Un.Bee.Lievable. Seriously. I’m beyond impressed at your creativity. I’m not sure about the BBQ seasoning, but I’ll def be trying a version of these with AB and jam 😀

    Oh, and dates, ’cause they’re my fave dried fruit.

  6. thebeautynotebooks says:

    I love your fun posts about strange-but-interesting-and-delicious-looking food combos! I have a touch of that in my eating habits too: I used to eat ketchup on french toast and waffles when i was a kid and still eat it on mac and cheese! (once I even made a sandwich out of ketchup and mac n cheese? haha) i also like bbq sauce on my mashed potatoes. (or German curry ketchup that my aunt finds in both Philadelphia and Germany: it’s the queen of sauces!)

  7. Missy says:

    I love apricots dried!
    I love your concoctions – I can see where BBQ would be good with jam – sort of like how grape jelly or cranberry sauce is mixed with BBQ sauce or chili sauce for cocktail
    weinies or meatballs.
    You may not have thought about it, but have you found the Salmon seasoning McCormicks has? If you can find it, I think you would like! Big Lots may have it, who knows?
    Anyway, keep the recipe train moving! We love em!

  8. cottercrunch says:

    now those are some flavorful balls. hehe. I love all the combos here. And I am with you figs are my favorite!!! I wonder if we could make a pistachio fig hummus ball?!

  9. You and your crazy combos, I love it!! Favorite dried fruit… hmm maybe mango!

  10. Alright Heather, I won’t lie to you. I really this combination is odd. BUT, I love a recipe that challenges me to think outside the box and the fact that you seem to love it so much makes me insanely curious to try these out!!!! I love all these flavors separately, so why not together?! I feel giddy just thinking about it, hahah. I’ll let you know if I try it out!

    • Eeeek! I’m even MORE excited that you want to try it! And that is my total mentality lately…I like this and I like that…so why not put them together?! Luckily I still have some form of restraint, Lord knows nobody wants to see a salsa and chocolate sandwich! Lol!

  11. Ok you have so many recipes all rolled into one…yours, Jess’, Christin’s, and the overall hummus/chickpea craze. You maybe saw my post from the other day…i am still unsure of beans in desserts…BUT you get the creativity of the year award 🙂 I really want to make Jess’ bbq bars…and I love apricots!

  12. You want to know what’s REALLY freaky? I was thicsclose to putting dried apricots in my bars. Like, had the bag out. Thought about it. Fially decided I didn’t feel like opening up the (new) bag and wasn’t sure how they’d go with the jam. In the end I wish I had, especially seeing that you did because that would have been just plain funny 😛
    And yes – these FROG preserves are the PERFECT complement to the BBQ! I’m going to have to do some crafting when I’m all done…make my own version of it or something!
    Only your balls could make me less afraid of having beans in my dessert ❤
    (sorry, I had to say it.)

  13. YEAH!!!! WOW love it! love it love it!!
    fav dried frut?! raisins or dates!

  14. Sounds SO weird, yet so good maybe?? I trust you! Now come make me some pleaseeeee!

  15. Kelsey @ Unmitigated Grub says:

    these sound crazy/amazing! I love your creativity and I totally trust your tastes. I’m in! 🙂

    my fave dried fruit is tart cherries. mmmm.

  16. Anastasia says:

    As someone who puts BBQ sauce on their popcorn, this is something I can get behind! :]

    I love anything BBQ so I definitely want to try these!

  17. Ma Ma Megan says:

    Oh my goodness. You and jess crack me up with your obsession with all barbeque things!

    I’ll try these.. but only if you make them for me because i’m a little hesitant to make them for myself haha 😛

    Fav fruit is dried mangos. Give me a bag of them and I’ll eat the whole thing 😀

    • If that’s what it takes to win you over to the dark side…so be it! 😉

      I always feel like I’m playing the lottery when I pick up dried mangoes from TJ’s…all too often they have the consistency of jerky! Haha!

  18. julie says:

    i made these with crunchy peanut butter, whole wheat flour, and dried cranberries. i might have put in a little too much water, but they were still good– crunchy on the outside and gooey on the inside.

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  20. Your food combinations are crazy.

    And this is why I love ya.

    Mmmmmmmmm… seriously, the weirder the better for foodie eats!

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