This vegan fruit dip is rich, sweet, incredibly delicious, and secretly healthy! No one will ever guess the main ingredient is chickpeas. Enjoy this protein-dense dip with all your favourite fruits.
This recipe was originally published in February 2019. It has been updated for content and photos.
With hints of maple and apple flavours, this dairy free fruit dip pairs well with all of nature’s candy.
It’s a great dessert or snack to bring to a potluck or BBQ.
And if sweet dips (or sweet hummus) are your jam, check out this dark chocolate hummus or my pumpkin spice hummus that tastes like pumpkin pie.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ You’re right, NO ONE knew there were chickpeas in here. You’re my hero. – Natalie
Why you’ll love it
- Wholesome! It may be dessert, but desserts don’t get much healthier than this. This vegan fruit dip is protein-packed from chickpeas (that you’ll never taste) and sweetened using unrefined sugar sources.
- Plus, it’s low in calories and virtually fat-free since we’re not using any coconut milk or raw cashews.
- Allergen friendly: This dessert is suitable for almost anyone. It’s nut-free, coconut free, gluten-free, and dairy-free.
- So easy to make! Just toss everything in your food processor and blend until smooth. That’s it. Whip this up in no time. 🙂
- Picky eater approved! It’s a great way to add some protein to your diet in a fun, wholesome way, and kiddos (and adults) will LOVE the sweet taste.
Ingredients + Substitutions
All you need to make this vegan fruit dip is 7 ingredients.
- Chickpeas: You may use cooked dried chickpeas, or canned. But, if possible, use no salt added chickpeas.
- Applesauce: Unsweetened applesauce is best to avoid adding refined sugar.
- Lemon: Adds a hint of citrusy flavour to the fruit hummus.
- Maple syrup: The maple notes and sweetness from the syrup give a caramel-ly flavour to this vegan fruit dip. You may sub with date syrup, or another sweetener of your choice.
- Coconut sugar: I use unrefined coconut sugar but if you don’t have any on hand, brown sugar works well here too.
- Vanilla + cinnamon: For added depth of flavour, but you may omit one or both if you don’t have them on hand.
(This is a summary, full recipe measurements and instructions are in the recipe card below.)
Add all the ingredients to a food processor or blender. Then process until completely smooth.
Transfer the dip to a serving bowl. Then serve with all your favourite fresh fruits, or add some pretzels or graham crackers to the mix.
Keep your leftover vegan fruit dip in an airtight container in your fridge for 3-4 days.
You can prepare this dip in advance and keep refrigerated until needed. Give the dip a quick stir before serving if prepping in advance.
- Use chickpeas with no added salt. This is a dessert after all. 🙂
- Chickpeas that are cooked from dried will be creamier compared to canned, but use whatever you have available.
- Use a high-speed blender for ultimate creaminess and smoothest texture.
- Once blended smooth, taste and adjust for sweetness if needed.
More healthy vegan desserts
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- 1.5 cups chickpeas cooked or canned
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice approx. half a large lemon
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons unrefined coconut sugar or brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- sliced melon, pineapple, apple slices, strawberries, banana, grapes, raspberries, blueberries
- pretzels, marshmallows, cookies, graham crackers
- Add all the ingredients to a blender or the bowl of your food processor and process until smooth.
- Serve with your favourite fruits or other dippers.
This website is one of my go-tos for yummy, healthy recipes. Unfortunately, this one didn’t do it for me. I have made plenty of dessert hummus recipes, and they are a dessert staple for my kids, but this one isn’t one of them. The lemon juice was overpowering.
Glad you’ve been enjoying our recipes. Sorry this wasn’t one of them.
You’re right, NO ONE knew there were chickpeas in here. You’re my hero.
Aww shucks. Thanks so much Natalie!
My family enjoyed it, thank you.
Yay! Thanks for sharing.
I love this dip and make it all the time. Your recipe is such an easy and healthy one. Thank you.
You’re so welcome Magda!
I’ve never seen anything like this before and it was incredible. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Nathan. 🙂
Made this on the weekend for a get together and everyone loved it! I just called it a sweet fruit dip and nobody suspected there were chickpeas in it!! Thank you so much for this delicious and healthy dip!! Will make again.
Glad everyone enjoyed, thanks so much for your feedback Sharon!
This is awesome for healthier snacking. I wouldn’t have thought of chickpeas, I’m so glad I found this recipe!
Glad you like it Lisa!