This magical treat is chocolatey, rich, and indulgent, but made using wholesome ingredients that you might never guess were in there! It’s not only vegan, but oil-free, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free, too. This dark chocolate hummus is the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth, but it’s totally guilt-free!
This recipe was originally published in June 2019. It has been updated for content and photos.
This dark chocolate hummus AKA brownie batter hummus is unbelievably good! It’s smooth, creamy and SO chocolatey.
Serve it for date night or Valentine’s Day, or an after-school snack for your kids! (Mine LOVE it!)
Ingredients + Substitutions
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Black beans! Yup! Believe it or not, black beans make an incredible base for this chocolatey brownie batter hummus. You’d never guess the main ingredient is black beans, even if you’re not a fan of them. However, if you prefer, you can use chickpeas or garbanzo beans, instead.
- Cocoa powder: This adds the chocolatey flavour to your dessert hummus.
- Peanut butter: Adds a slight nutty flavour, but not overwhelming. You may use cashew or almond butter if you prefer. Or for nut free, use tahini or omit.
- Date syrup: Naturally sweetens your chocolate hummus using unrefined sugar. If preferred, you may use maple syrup, or another liquid sweetener of your choice.
- Vanilla: For added flavour, but if you don’t have any on hand, you may omit.
- Non dairy milk: I like cashew, soy, or almond milk, but if there are any allergies to nuts or soy, use oat milk or whatever milk you normally have and use.
How to make it
(This is a summary with step by step photos, full recipe measurements and instructions are in the recipe card below.)
Add everything except the milk to your food processor and process until smooth, stopping to scrape the sides, if needed. If you prefer a thinner chocolate hummus, slowly add the milk until desired consistency is reached. (photos 1-2)
Can I use a high powered blender?
You can, but I find it easier to scrape the hummus out of the bowl of a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor, a blender works fine.
How to use it
Transfer your dip to a bowl and garnish with dark chocolate chips if you’d like.
- Serve your dark chocolate hummus with fresh fruit, like bananas, strawberries, and sliced apples to make it a healthy snack.
- Use graham crackers, pita chips, cookies, marshmallows, and pretzels for a decadent treat.
- Spread it on toast, crackers, bagels, crepes or pour it onto pancakes or waffles.
- Or grab a spoon and dig in!
In the unlikely event that you have leftovers, store them in a sealed container in your refrigerator for 3-4 days.
You may also freeze your dessert hummus in a freezer-safe, airtight container for up to 3 months.
- Start with only ¼ cup of your liquid sweetener. Then taste and add more if needed.
- Blend without any non-dairy milk at first, if you prefer your dessert hummus thicker. Then slowly add until you get the consistency you want.
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For the Dessert Hummus
- 1.5 cups black beans cooked or canned (approx. 15 ounce can)
- ¼-1/3 cup date syrup or liquid sweetener of choice
- ¼ cup raw unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter use DRIPPY peanut butter with no sugar added
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2-3 tablespoons unsweetened cashew milk or non-dairy milk of choice, as needed
- apple slices, fresh strawberries, sliced banana, marshmallows, pretzels, graham crackers, cookies
- Add all the dessert hummus ingredients, except the milk to a food processor, starting with ¼ cup of the date syrup (or liquid sweetener of choice). Process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides, as needed. Taste and add more sweetener if preferred.
- Now you'll have a pretty thick spread. If you prefer to thin it out, start by adding 2 tablespoons of your non-dairy milk and pulse to combine. Add more if needed.
- Transfer to a bowl and garnish with dark chocolate chips, if using. Then serve your dessert hummus with dippers of choice. Enjoy!