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Chocolate Hummus | Downshiftology

Chocolate hummus is a sweet and fun twist on a classic dip! It’s perfectly creamy, has just the right amount of sweetness, and will wow your guests when served alongside the season’s fresh fruit.

It was only a matter of time before I combined two of my favorite things in the kitchen: hummus and chocolate! And I have to say, this chocolate hummus might be runner up against my homemade Nutella. It’s a dessert dip that’s creamy, but not overly sweet, and packed with good-for-you ingredients.

Best of all, it only takes 5 minutes to blend this chocolate dream up! Serve it up with an assortment of fruits, crackers, or whatever your heart desires.

Ingredients for chocolate hummus on a table.

Chocolate Hummus Ingredients

  • Chickpeas: To make this recipe easy, use canned chickpeas instead of soaking dried ones. In the end, the texture is about the same!
  • Cacao Powder: I like to use raw cacao powder, but unsweetened cocoa powder will work too.
  • Maple Syrup: Adds a touch of sweetness, but it’s not overly sweet.
  • Milk: Any kind will work here, but I personally like to use either oat milk, cashew milk, or almond milk for creaminess.
  • Tahini: This is a traditional ingredient in hummus, but you can also use almond butter or any nut butter for a tasty variation.
  • Vanilla Extract: A splash of vanilla helps to tie all the sweet flavors together.

Find the printable recipe with measurements below.

Making chocolate hummus in a Vitamix.

How To Make Chocolate Hummus

You’ll be glad to hear this recipe comes together in just 5 minutes! Perfect for when those sweet cravings strike. Here’s what to do.

  • Drain chickpeas. Make sure to rinse and drain your chickpeas before adding them to the blender.
  • Blend away! Add the chickpeas and the rest of the ingredient into a high powered blender and start blending. Make sure to use your tamper to push down on the ingredients to ensure a nice and smooth hummus!
  • Taste test. If it’s too thick for your liking, just add a splash of milk and blend it again until creamy.

Ways To Serve This Hummus Recipe

The beauty of chocolate hummus is just how versatile it is. It’s great for spreading onto paleo pancakes, toast, or even my cassava crepes. But I always find myself making it the star of a dessert platter. Here’s a few dipping items to add to your plate:

  • Fresh Fruit: All sorts of berries are a given such as strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries. But don’t forget about complimentary fruit flavors such as orange slices, apples, bananas, pears, or even kiwi.
  • Dried Fruit: You can use dried berries, apricots, apples, or even pineapples for a fun chocolate combo.
  • Crunchy Things: Whether it’s salty or sweet, any type of cracker will work! A few options can be banana chips, plantain chips, sea salt chips, or apple chips (though store-bought apple chips are a bit more durable than homemade versions).

Dipping a strawberry into chocolate hummus.

How To Store Chocolate Hummus

This recipe makes about 3 cups, so you can always reserve half to enjoy at a later date. But if you’re looking to wow your guests for a party, it’s the perfect make-ahead appetizer! Here’s a few ways to store it.

  • To Store: Just pack it into a sealed container and store in the fridge up to one week.
  • To Freeze: If you have leftovers (which will be unlikely), you can freeze the hummus in sealed containers for up to 2 months. When ready to use, let it thaw in the fridge overnight.

A Few Questions Answered

  • Can I make this in a food processor? Yes, you can. But using a high-powered blender with a tamper makes the texture so much smoother.
  • Can I cut the recipe in half? Yes! But if you do so, you’ll need to use a food processor as there’s not enough “stuff” to blend properly in your high powered blender. Also, if you go this route, I’d remove the chickpea skins for a smoother texture.
  • Is there a way to make it sweeter? Of course. Just add a bit more maple syrup, or other sweetener, and blend it again until smooth.

A bowl of chocolate hummus next to fruits.

More Tasty Hummus Recipes

If you love hummus as much as I do, here’s a few delicious ways to incorporate veggies and herbs into the mix!

If you make this chocolate hummus, let me know how it turned out! I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.

Chocolate Hummus

Prep Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 5 mins

Servings: 8 servings

Yield: Approx 3 cups

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Chocolate hummus is a fun twist on a classic dip! It’s creamy, chocolatey, perfectly sweet, and tastes amazing with fruits, crackers, and more!

  • 2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained
  • 3/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup milk, any type works
  • 1/3 cup tahini, or nut butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Add all of the ingredients to a high-powered blender. Turn the blender on while simultaneously using the tamper to push down on the ingredients, until it’s blended smooth. Give it a taste, and if you’d like it a bit sweeter you can add more maple syrup. If you’d like a thinner texture, add a splash more milk.

  • Serve with strawberries, and apple slices or other fresh fruit, dried fruit, or crackers.

  • As I mentioned at the beginning this is moderately sweet, not overly sweet. So feel free to tweak the level of sweetness to your preference. 

Calories: 223kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 308mg, Potassium: 370mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 21IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 73mg, Iron: 3mg

Course: Appetizer

Cuisine: American, Mediterranean

Keyword: chocolate dip, Chocolate Hummus, dessert hummus

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