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Creamy Chocolate Dessert Hummus | sweetpeasandsaffron.com


Creamy chocolate dessert hummus is a protein-packed dessert or snack that is great for dunking fruit and pretzels, or just plain eating by the spoonful! 

When it comes to hummus, you may think of a classic chickpea hummus recipe, or maybe something creative but savory like roasted red pepper hummus or avocado hummus. Have you ever heard of sweet hummus?

dessert hummus in blue bowl surrounded by strawberries

Dessert hummus may have you dubiously scratching your head, but stay with me: it turns out, chickpeas are a pretty empty canvas that make a great savory OR sweet recipe base!

Swapping out a few ingredients takes hummus from savory to slightly sweet, wealthy and chocolatey and so creamy…great for dunking your favorite fruit, pretzels, or just plain eating by the spoonful. I promise I won’t tell 😉

Reasons to ♡ chocolate dessert hummus

  • it doesn’t taste like chickpeas at all: mildly sweet, creamy and chocolatey
  • it’s vegan and gluten-free
  • it’s a protein packed snack for your sweet tooth

Recipe video

Watch the video below to see exactly how I prepped this hummus. You can find more of my recipe videos on my YouTube channel.

Ingredients for the chocolate hummus in food processor before adding chickpeas

Ingredients you’ll need

  • chickpeas- as the base. I find homemade chickpeas are softer and make for a smoother hummus- I make Instant Pot chickpeas.
  • peanut butter- gives a bit of extra creaminess and depth of flavor; feel free to swap for your favorite nut butter, or swap for SunButter as a nut-free alternative.
  • maple syrup- to sweeten slightly. This hummus is mildly sweet as written, and you can add more syrup to make it sweeter.
  • spices- cocoa powder, espresso powder, cinnamon and vanilla extract to give it a wealthy, chocolatey flavor.
  • almond milk- to lean everything out. I used 1/3 cup but you can add more or less depending on the consistency you’d like.
  • chocolate chips- sprinkled on top or stirred in– for an extra dose of chocolate!

First we blend up everything except for the chickpeas, until smooth and bubbly (above photo). Next, we add in the chickpeas and blend till we’re happy! I blended 2-3 minutes total time to obtain it as smooth as you see in the picture below.

dessert hummus in food processor after blending all ingredients

Recipe tips

Equipment

For this recipe you’ll need either a food processor or a high speed blender to blend your hummus. I own (and love) this food processor

and this Vitamix.

Storage

Dessert hummus may be stored in the fridge for up to one week; I like to portion it out with pre-washed fruit for an simple grab and go snack. It can also be frozen in a meal prep container or jar for up to 3 months.

Find my favorite freezer containers here.

Smoothness

If you are looking for ULTRA creamy dessert hummus, you have a few options:

  1. Overcook your chickpeas– you can simmer them on the stove for extra time, or add a few minutes onto the Instant Pot cook time. Soft chickpeas make considerably smoother hummus.
  2. Peel your chickpeas– pinch the skins off the chickpeas and discard. This will take 10 minutes, but yields very smooth hummus.

dipping a strawberry into the brownie batter hummus

Recipe FAQ

Does it taste like chickpeas?

It really doesn’t taste like chickpeas at all. Some people think it tastes similar to brownie batter, but I think it’s more airy, kind of similar to a chocolate mousse. Either way, it’s smooth and chocolatey and not overly sweet. You can definitely adjust the sweetener to taste.

What do you serve with it? 

Strawberries and apple slices dunk well into this dessert hummus. You could also try other fruit like kiwi and banana slices, pretzels, or even vanilla wafers. I bet it would be great served on toast, or spread on rice cakes, too! Think of all the ways you would use Nutella and this dessert hummus can fill those shoes, too.

Is dessert hummus healthy?

Due to the sweetener, it’s slightly higher in calories than a savory hummus. However these are all natural ingredients and sweeteners, and if you are enjoying it in moderation, I consider it to be a healthier snack option. Definitely healthier than a cream cheese dip, a cookie or a brownie, plus the protein from the chickpeas will help you feel full and satisfied.

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Creamy Chocolate Dessert Hummus

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: chickpeas, chocolate, dessert, vegan

Calories: 223kcal

Servings: 8

Creamy chocolate dessert hummus is a protein-packed dessert or snack that is great for dunking fruit and pretzels, or just plain eating by the spoonful!

Prep Time10 mins

Total Time10 mins

  • In the base of a 7 cup food processor fitted with a steel blade, combine all ingredients except for the chickpeas.

  • Blend for 1 minute, scraping down the sides of the food processor half way through, until mixture is smooth and bubbly.

  • Add the chickpeas and process for 2-3 more minutes, scraping sides down a and adding more milk as needed.

  • Serve with fresh fruit, cookies, rice cakes, toast, or pretzels.

Storage
Dessert hummus keeps in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Equipment
If you do not have a food processor, a high speed blender like a Vitamix may work. Cheaper blender models won’t be able to blend this hummus.
Ingredient swaps

  • peanut butter may be swapped for almond butter or SunButter
  • almond milk may be swapped for your favorite dairy or non-dairy milk

Smoother hummus
If you are looking for the smoothest hummus possible, consider taking the following extra steps:

  1. overcook your chickpeas (if cooking from scratch)
  2. peeling your chickpeas- squeeze the skin off using your thumb and forefinger

Serving: 1/8 of batch | Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 320mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 2.5mg


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