The Chef comes across a lot of people with “special dietary needs” in his line of work, people with a lot of allergies, or needing gluten-free or vegans and the like so he is always looking for new and interesting things to offer them.
He told me about this one poor guy. He had Celiac disease and was a technician with a big touring show that spent a week or two in each town and was at the mercy of whatever the local catering had to offer him. He begged the Chef for some decent food because in the last town he’d been, all they could think to feed him was chunked ham, mayonnaise and grapes. Three times a day!!
So the poor guy was just thrilled when the Chef served him up all kinds of gluten-free delights. In fact he was so happy, he took pictures of everything and put it on his own blog!
The point of the story is that just because you have a food sensitivity or issue or even personal food belief, you do NOT have to be limited to ham and grapes!
I was clicking around and came across this recipe that intrigued me so. The recipe is called “Hummus Balls” ( click here for the original recipe ) because they are cookies made from chick peas!
The beauty of these are that they can accommodate may food issues. They are gluten-free, dairy free, egg free and Vegan! And then depending on the sweeter and chocolate chips you choose to use they can be diabetic friendly too! And with the chickpeas and nut butter in them, they are chock full of protein!
That is the only people they won’t accommodate though, the nut allergy people. But often people with any of those other issues use nuts as an important part of their diet.
When I tried making them I must have put a bit too much almond butter in ( it was the end of the jar so I just put all of it in without measuring ) so the batter was a bit to squishy to handle and roll into balls. I just used the two spoon “drop cookie” method and they worked out just fine!
I will definitely try them again and be more diligent to get them into balls.