This pumpkin cookie dip is vegan, gluten-free, and Megan-simple #Recipes#dessert#gluten-free#megan-simple#pumpkins October 25 2012 | Guest post by eilonwy Cookies, jealous of the ascendancy of the cupcake, have found a way to up their fabulosity: the cookie dip. This cookie dip is vegan, gluten-free, Megan-simple, and — by far most important — flavored like pumpkin pie. So: cookies dipped in pie. Ordinarily, I listen to music while cooking, and ordinarily I'd consider that anything pumpkin-colored to be a shoo-in for Frank Ocean's Channel Orange. But this recipe goes so fast that you'll get maybe three tracks into an album, so you should probably queue up a single instead. Monster Mash, maybe? Ingredients: 1 can of chickpeas, a.k.a. garbanzo beans 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or 1/3 cup unsweetened plain almond milk plus 1/4 teaspoon vanilla) 1/3 cup maple syrup (plus two teaspoons) 3/4 cup pumpkin purée, canned or fresh (plus 1 tablespoon) 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice (plus a shake) 1 teaspoon cinnamon (plus 1/2 teaspoon) Instructions: Open the can of chickpeas, pour the chickpeas into a colander, and rinse them under running water until they stop being slimy and become perky little pale pink peas. Shake to drain, and pick out any loose skins. Dump the drained chickpeas into your food processor. Related Post Megan-simple, no-bake cheesecake that'll make you say "oh my!" This recipe was what my mom used for our birthday cakes growing up instead of regular cake, because that's exactly what we'd ask for. It's... Read more (Even non-cooks need a mini-food processor. These puppies cost about $20 at your local grocery store or drugstore. They make pesto. They mix small quantities of dough. They guarantee that you will never again have to chop an onion if you don't want to. Get one, and before you know it, you'll be making carrot-raisin salad and apple muffins for the sheer joy of shredding all of the things.) To the chickpeas, add the vanilla almond milk (or the un-vanilla almond milk and the vanilla). Pulse for 20 seconds. If the result is more clump than pulp, keep pulsing until you can shout hooray for a purée. (Or "olé!" for purée.) Scrape down the sides of the food processor with a spatula and add the initial portions of the rest of the ingredients (the amounts not in parentheses). If you don't have pumpkin pie spice, you can substitute menacing shakes of nutmeg, ginger, allspice, cloves, coriander, and whatever else along those lines you have handy. But if you're not a frequent cook, you need to own pumpkin pie spice. It pinch-hits in any situation where a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves is used, and it saves you filling your cupboard with spices that'll turn to dust before you use them. I used pumpkin pie spice in everything baked that wasn't chocolate for years before I bought actual nutmeg. Pulse, pulse, pulse! My little food processor that could had some moments of implying that it couldn't, but I pulsed, scraped, stirred a little, pulsed some more, and fairly quickly got myself an evenly blended purée. Hooray for purée! Taste and adjust the blend with the extra quantities of the ingredients, as you see fit. Pulse a little more. Pulse a little, stir a little, pulse a little, stir a little! Serve with ginger cookies. The cookies here are store-bought from the gluten-free aisle because I'm counting on the dip to do the work of impressing. Purées always say "I tried harder." Should you be wondering what to do with the leftover half-can of pumpkin, I'd vote for making a second batch of this cookie dip. It tastes like pumpkin pie, so you can now dip your cookies in pumpkin pie without people looking at you funny. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by eilonwy Eilonwy writes about cooking and music, often simultaneously, though she resists the urge to whip out a spatula at concerts. She's working on a novel about the dystopic future of the music industry. http://emuisemo.com PREVIOUS How do you avoid passing down your own phobias to your kids? NEXT My cat won't stop yowling Show/Hide comments [ 15 ] OMG, it's pumpkin pie hummus! 5 agree Reply Dessert Hummus! OMG the possibilities…nut butters for the tahini and fruits…Raspberrry Almond Dessert Hummus, PB&J Hummus. This calls for expermentation Could you do chocolate hummus? Reply NUTELLA HUMMUS? 4 agree Reply Yes, you can: http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2011/06/chocolate-hummus-so-decadent-that-you.html Reply I'm glad somebody else created chocolate hummus, thus removing my temptation to tackle Nutella hummus… as I could see experimenting with Nutella leading to embarrassingly addictive behavior. 2 agree Reply I wonder if it would be delicious with apples dipped in, to be just a smidge healthier. and because i have apples but not cookies. Reply I think having apples is sufficient reason to go for it. (Much of my dinner-time cooking revolves around "but I HAVE thus-and-so in the house!") You might end up using a little more sweetener and spices, as I was being restrained there due to the sweetness of the cookies. But that's a "to taste" issue anyway… just keep tasting and sprinkling… Reply The leftover half-can of pumpkin pie mix goes great on granola or mixed with oatmeal for breakfast! I add chopped nuts for some crunch. Reply Or, I can make this pumpkin hummus AND the pumpkin cookies earlier this week in that pastry part post… WEEKEND BAKING PLANS!!!!11!1 🙂 1 agrees Reply You could dip the pumpkin cookies IN the pumpkin hummus! 1 agrees Reply I just got done making pumpkin snickerdoodles and I feel like they are just begging to be dipped in some pumpkin pie hummus… 1 agrees Reply The recipe called for pumpkin (solid pack pumpkin), not pumpkin pie mix which is a totally different item. Not everyone knows they are not the same…. Reply SO making this for the Halloween party I'm throwing this weekend! It's an easy add to the menu & if nobody else likes it, *I* can nom it all up 🙂 Reply OMFG! I'm gluten and dairy free and you just gave me a dessert! You're my hero! 2 agree Reply Here's an extremely simple, vegan pumpkin mousse recipe: http://www.molliekatzen.com/recipes/recipe.php?recipe=pumpkin_mousse Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.