Chocolate Hummus

This chocolate hummus recipe is nutritious and easy to make. It’s a tasty dessert or snack idea that will satisfy any chocolate craving. Serve this sweet hummus as a fruit dip for fresh strawberries, apple slices, or any other type of fruit you prefer.

Main ingredients in this chocolate hummus

Hummus is traditionally made from chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans). Chickpeas add a slightly nutty flavor and satisfying texture to this sweet hummus. I prefer to use canned chickpeas in this recipe but you can substitute dried cooked chickpeas if you prefer. If using canned chickpeas, be sure to choose a brand that doesn’t contain any added salt.

This sweet hummus gets its chocolate flavor from unsweetened cocoa powder. There are two main types of cocoa powder: natural cocoa powder and Dutch process cocoa powder. Either type of cocoa powder will work well in this recipe so use what you’ve got.

I sweetened this chocolate dessert hummus with maple syrup but you can substitute honey if you prefer (and if you don’t need it to be strictly vegan). I tend to prefer maple syrup in this recipe because it adds a relatively neutral sweetness compared to honey.

Extra virgin olive oil gives this hummus a smooth texture and a warm, rich flavor that complements the cocoa powder. You can substitute avocado oil or liquid coconut oil instead of olive oil if you prefer.

This recipe calls for vanilla extract. I recommend using pure vanilla extract as opposed to artificial vanilla. You can really taste the difference, especially since this recipe is raw (artificial vanilla tastes slightly less “artificial” in baked goods). Either way I always recommend using pure vanilla extract if possible.

A small amount of salt enhances the sweet, chocolaty flavors in this recipe. If you need to reduce your sodium intake then you can omit the salt.

A bowl of chocolate hummus next to a pile of strawberries.

How to make it

Start by rinsing and draining the canned chickpeas. Be sure to rinse them until the water runs clear and isn’t sudsy looking.

Next you’ll add the chickpeas, extra virgin olive oil, maple syrup, pure vanilla extract, and salt to a food processor or blender. Blend for 2-3 minutes or until smooth, scraping down the sides of the food processor bowl as needed.

Chickpeas blended in a food processor.

Once those ingredients are smooth, all that’s left is to add the cocoa powder and blend once more.

Hummus blended in a food processor.

How to serve this dessert hummus

Serve it as a dip for fresh fruit such as berries, bananas, apple slices, or these grain-free, chickpea flour crackers. This dip would make a tasty and nutritious addition to any sweet table or dessert board. It’s perfect for Valentine’s Day served with strawberries, raspberries, or cherries.

You can also use this hummus as a frosting or filling for cakes or cupcakes. It’s spreadable and smooth so it works well as a nutritious frosting. Or spread some on pancakes, waffles, or French toast.

Or use it as a filling for sandwiches for picky kids. It’s kid approved and perfect for sneaking some extra nutrients into their school lunches or snacks. 

Giving this as gifts 

This sweet hummus would make a great homemade gift for the holidays. Just spoon some into a mason jar and add a pretty ribbon and label. 

Optional additions

If you love the combination of chocolate and orange, add a teaspoon of freshly grated orange zest to this hummus. You can also garnish it with some extra orange zest for a pretty presentation.

Or add a few drops of peppermint extract before blending it to create a chocolate mint flavored hummus. Then garnish it with a few fresh mint leaves.

Storage

Store this chocolate hummus in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days. For optimal consistency, allow it to return to room temperature before serving.

Dessert hummus in a bowl next to some strawberries.

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Chocolate Hummus

This chocolate hummus is an easy, nutritious dessert or snack idea. Serve this sweet hummus as a fruit dip with fresh strawberries or any other fruit you like.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 142kcal

Equipment

  • Food processor or blender.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups canned chickpeas, with no salt added (or substitute cooked, dried chickpeas)
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas.
  • Add the chickpeas, maple syrup, extra virgin olive oil, vanilla extract, and salt to a food processor or high powered blender.
  • Blend for 2-3 minutes or until smooth, scraping down the sides of the food processor bowl as necessary.
  • Add the cocoa powder and blend once more to incorporate it.

Notes

  • Optional additions to this chocolate hummus include freshly grated orange zest or peppermint extract.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days.
  • Serve at room temperature for the best consistency.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25Cup | Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 189mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg

More hummus recipes to try

  • This falafel hummus is quick and easy to make. It tastes just like falafel but in dip form.
  • This pumpkin spice hummus is delicious served with fresh apple slices for dipping. It’s perfect for fall.