Okay friends. I have a treat for you. Actually, I have two treats for you. One: Smoky Pumpkin Hummus (obvs). Two: The secret to productivity. THE secret. I have figured it out and now you’re all dying to know.
Which treat do you want first? I know… that’s a tough question. But that’s how I do – I just come out, guns a’blazin,’ asking you to reveal your heart’s truest, deepest, most magical desires. And I think that you desire hummus first and foremost. But only because it’s Smoky Pumpkin Hummus.
But because I’m your best blog friend and I love to share my most personal secrets: THE secret to productivity is… a cup of coffee at 4 pm.
Seriously, it’s that simple. I haven’t needed (or really even wanted) a nap in a week. I’ve been able to (mostly) keep up with my work calendar, blog calendar, freelance calendar, social calendar, workout calendar. (Yes, those are all real calendars that I really keep.)
What about bedtime, you ask? Doesn’t this cup of coffee keep you awake? Actually, I think it keeps me going just until 11 pm and then I immediately become exhausted and fall into deep, dreamless sleep, which is one version of heaven.
*I have not experimented with coffee after 4 pm.
**I don’t start my day with coffee. My 4 pm cup is my only cup.
***As a dietitian, I would like to say that moderate amounts of coffee and/or caffeine consumption do not negatively impact your health. I endorse this habit (for now).
And now, let’s get to that second treat.
I hope you’re not over pumpkin yet. Is pumpkin sort of a September/October thing? Um, no. You can buy canned pumpkin at any time of year. You can make this pumpkin hummus in July if you’d like. In fact, I think I will – just to prove my point.
Reasons to love this recipe:
(The obvious ones first)
Actually, that about covers it.
But because I’m totally in love with this and want you to be too, let me add:
5. Versatile. Think dippers – popcorn, pretzels, veggies, pita, graham crackers. So many!
6. It’s got the savory + spicy + sweet thang goin’ on.
7. Beauty. You could make plain hummus in 5-minutes, but will it look this good on your table?
Smoky Pumpkin Hummus
- 1 15- ounce can chickpeas drained and rinsed
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Chipotle Chile Pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds optional
Place all the ingredients (except the pumpkin seeds) into a food processor and blend until smooth. If your hummus is a little thick, thin it out with a little more honey or add a little olive oil or lemon juice.
Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with a sprinkle of smoked chipotle powder and pumpkin seeds. Serve with pretzels, popcorn, veggies, pita, etc.
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