Chocolate Dessert Hummus is a smooth, creamy blend of chickpeas, cacao powder, almond butter, and natural sweeteners. Enjoy this quick and easy dessert dip as a healthy snack or serve it at your next gathering. (This recipe is vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free.)
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Chocolate hummus is a delicious, chocolatey spin on traditional hummus. If you’re used to the savory, chickpea spread, get ready for a sweet unexpected twist! You may wonder how chickpeas and chocolate could possibly work together.
Well, let me assure you, it does! This dessert hummus doesn’t taste like chickpeas at all. Both in texture and flavor, it’s like a cross between chocolate mousse and brownie batter!
Reasons This Dessert Hummus Recipe Works
- Quick and Easy! Making this 2-step, 7-ingredient dessert hummus is a breeze! Simply add your ingredients to a food processor (or blender) and blend until smooth!
- Versatile! Pick and choose your add-ins to make this chocolate hummus recipe your own.
- A Healthy Snack! This protein-packed hummus is a delicious way to indulge without regret. Chickpeas are a nutrition powerhouse, full of protein, dietary fiber, and calcium. Aside from the chickpeas, the nutrient-dense raw cacao used in this hummus makes it even better for you.
What is hummus?
Traditional hummus is a creamy blend of cooked and mashed chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) seasoned with herbs and spices. However, it can be made from other legumes such as black beans or navy beans.
The beans are blended with tahini (ground sesame seeds), olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and occasionally other herbs and vegetables for an enhanced flavor. This popular spread is a Middle Eastern staple filled with protein and tons of nutrients, including calcium, potassium, zinc, iron, and vitamin C.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Chickpeas: You’ll need one can of chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans). Rinse and drain the beans before using, and pat them with a dry paper towel to remove excess liquid.
- Cacao powder: I use Terrasoul Superfoods Raw Organic Cacao Powder, which is unprocessed chocolate made from raw cacao beans.
- Maple syrup: This is a natural sweetener and pairs perfectly with cacao.
- Almond butter: For a creamy texture and a depth of flavor.
- Vanilla extract: Vanilla in a chocolate recipe? Yes! It actually enhances the rich, chocolate flavor so don’t skip it.
- Espresso powder: No, it doesn’t make the dip taste like coffee. However, it does intensify the chocolate flavor in this dessert hummus.
- Non-dairy milk: You can use almond milk, cashew milk, or whatever variety you prefer. Alternatively, you can use aquafaba liquid (the liquid in a can of beans).
How to Make Chocolate Hummus
COMBINE INGREDIENTS. Combine the ingredients (except the non-dairy milk) in a high powered blender or food processor.
BLEND. Blend/puree until smooth, about 60 seconds. Add 1 tablespoon of non-dairy milk at a time until you reach your desired consistency. Taste the chocolate hummus and adjust as desired, adding more maple syrup to make it sweeter.
Tips To Nail the Recipe
- Add more or less non-dairy milk to make the hummus thinner or thicker.
- For a super creamy hummus, simmer canned chickpeas for about 20 minutes so they are tender.
- Be patient! This recipe is quick and simple but you may need to blend for several minutes to ensure you get the perfect texture.
Variations + Substitutions
- Toppings: When the dessert hummus is complete, you can add toppings for even more flavor. Consider dark chocolate chips, sea salt, hazelnuts, shredded coconut, dried cranberries, or goji berries.
- Natural Sweetener: You can use agave or honey instead. (But keep in mind that honey is not vegan.)
- Nut Butter: You can use peanut butter instead of almond butter.
- Nut-free Option: Use sunflower butter if you have a nut allergy or would like to make this chocolate hummus nut-free.
- Add Spices: Try a dash of cinnamon or cardamom for a delicious spiced chocolate hummus.
- Chocolate: Although raw cacao is higher in nutrients than regular dutch processed cocoa powder, both work interchangeably in this recipe.
What to Eat with Dessert Hummus
This vegan chocolate hummus can be used as a dip or spread. (If you don’t just grab a spoon and dig in!) Here are some foods to enjoy it with:
- Pita chips
- Graham cracker
- Fruit like strawberries, raspberries, apple slices, or bananas
- Rice cakes
Is dessert hummus good for you?
It is certainly filled with good-for-you ingredients. Chocolate hummus is healthier than similar dessert dip options and the protein from the chickpeas will help you feel full for longer.
Can I buy chocolate hummus?
Yes. Popular brands including Sabra, Trader Joe’s, and Boar’s Head all carry a variety of hummus flavors, including dessert hummus.
How do I store chocolate hummus?
Store leftover hummus in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
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More Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes To Try!
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- Rocky Road Brownies
- Easy Protein Cookies
- Sweet Potato Brownies
- Gluten-Free Apple Crisp
- Chocolate Almond Butter Cups with Raspberry
Chocolate Dessert Hummus
- 1 (15 oz can) Chickpeas drained
- ¼ cup Cacao powder
- ¼ cup Maple syrup
- 5 tablespoons Almond butter or sunflower seed butter for nut-free option
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons Espresso powder
- 3 tablespoons Non-dairy milk (or aquafaba liquid)
- Combine the ingredients (except the non-dairy milk) in a high powdered blender or food processor.
- Blend/Puree until smooth, about 60 seconds. Add 1 tablespoon of non-dairy milk at a time to reach your desired consistency. Taste the chocolate hummus and adjust as desired, adding more maple syrup to make it sweeter.