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Chocolate Hummus

Have you ever had dessert hummus?? It's so hard to believe that this sweet Chocolate Hummus is made with chickpeas. It's chocolatey, rich, smooth, and so so delicious. Perfect for dipping fresh strawberries, graham crackers, nilla wafers, or pretzels. 5 minutes, a few ingredients, and you've got yourself a healthy protein-rich dessert.

I'll show you how to make regular chocolate hummus and a mint chocolate hummus in case you want to switch things up for the holidays. I also give you lots of topping and serving ideas.

This dessert hummus dip is always a hit at holiday parties! The hummus itself is gluten-free, if you need a gluten-free holiday dessert dip.

Bowl of chocolate hummus with a plate of strawberries, cookies, and crackers.

Chocolate hummus dessert

If you're into chocolate desserts and rich chocolate mousses but want a dessert that is on the healthy side, high in protein, and made without refined sugar (well, mostly - chocolate chips are optional), then this chocolate hummus is perfect for you!

I've played around with a few variations of chocolate hummus, and this recipe below is simply the BEST because it contains a hint of vanilla, a hint of cinnamon, and a touch of sea salt. It's naturally sweetened with maple syrup and made extra creamy with coconut milk. 

I like to add chocolate chips directly to the hummus, but that is totally optional if you don't like surprise textures in your mouth. (But really, why wouldn't you want MORE chocolate?!)

Hand dipping nilla wafer into chocolate dessert hummus.

Related recipe: Chewy Chocolate Cookies

Easy no-cook party dessert

This chocolate hummus is amazing for parties because it's the perfect finger food. I even like putting it out with the appetizers, just to have a sweet appetizer among the mix.

If you want to add a little holiday flair to this hummus, you can add some mint extract to the hummus for a mint chocolate hummus! Or if you're not sure about committing to a whole batch of mint chocolate hummus, you can just add some crushed mint candy or crushed candy cane on top to make it more festive.

It comes together in under 5 minutes in the food processor. No baking, no heating, no chilling time. Just blend and enjoy. Honestly, the hardest part of this recipe is transferring the hummus to a serving dish without smearing chocolate all over. 

You can make this hummus ahead of time and keep it chilled for up to a day before serving. You might need to stir a little before serving, if it separates a little.

Bowl of mint chocolate hummus garnished with crushed candy canes.

Related recipe: No-bake Key Lime Cheesecake Dip

How to crush candy canes

The easiest way to crush candy cane for garnish is to put a candy cane between two plates and gently press down until the candy cane cracks. Make sure you don't use your favorite china for this! Candy candy is pretty sharp and might scratch a plate.

Candy canes are brittle and will naturally break into small pieces and crumbs perfect for garnish. Remove the small pieces and repeat with the rest of the candy cane until you have enough.

Related recipe: No-bake Pumpkin Pie Whipped Cottage Cheese

Graphic of chocolate hummus ingredient and amounts.

Ingredients:

For the chocolate hummus:

  • 1 (14-oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder or cacao powder
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon mint extract (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips (for garnish, or to add into the hummus for chocolate pieces)

Try adding a few tablespoons of nut butter (peanut butter or almond butter) to this hummus. It's divine!!

For serving:

  • Fresh strawberries (or apple slices, raspberries, clementine slices, or any other dippable fruit)
  • Nilla wafers
  • Graham crackers (or any crackers or cookies)
  • Small pretzels, pretzel chips, or saltines - that sweet and salty combo is so good!
  • Crushed candy cane or mint hard candy, for garnish (optional)

You'll need: a small food processor (this one is PERFECT for making hummus!)

Related recipe: Mocha Whipped Coffee

Toppings for chocolate hummus:

This sweet hummus is tasty enough without any toppings, but if you want to turn it into a beautiful presentation and add some more flavors and crunch to it, try any of the following:

  • Chocolate chips
  • Butterscotch morsels
  • Cacao nibs (they're not sweet, they're 100% dark chocolate, just wanted to make sure you know that so you don't expect a sweet topping!)
  • Candied pecans
  • Chopped pecans or walnuts
  • Drizzle of chocolate syrup
  • Crushed candy cane or mint hard candy
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Crushed cookies or nilla wafers

Related recipe: 3-Ingredient Apple Pie Cups

Chocolate hummus ingredients in a blender: chickpeas, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract.

Instructions:

Step 1: Combine the chickpeas, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla and mint extract (if using), ground cinnamon, sea salt, and coconut milk in a small food processor. Pulse a few times to combine, then blend until smooth. If you want a thinner chocolate spread, add a tablespoon more milk and blend.

A small spatula showing the texture of chocolate hummus after blending.

Step 2: Optional step: Add half the chocolate chips and pulse a few times to combine and break up the chocolate chips.

Step 3: Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with the rest of the chocolate chips (and/or crushed candy cane). Enjoy immediately or cool before serving. Serve with fresh fruit, cookies, crackers, or pretzels. Store refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 2 days.

Healthy chocolate spread

This chocolate hummus can be used in place of nutella as a healthy chocolate spread. It's not quite as good as nutella, but it definitely satisfies that chocolate craving!

Related recipe: No-Bake Blueberry Delight

More holiday desserts

If you enjoyed this recipe, let me know with a comment and a star rating below. And don't forget to share it on Facebook and save it on Pinterest for later!

Bowl of chocolate hummus with a plate of strawberries, cookies, and crackers.
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5 from 3 votes

Chocolate Hummus

You're 5 minutes away from a creamy, chocolatey, rich chocolate hummus dessert! The recipe below gives you the option to make mint chocolate hummus or regular chocolate hummus - whatever you prefer!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Author: Kate

Ingredients

Optional garnish and for dipping:
  • strawberries, graham crackers, pretzels, cookies, etc. (see notes for more ideas)
  • crushed candy canes or mint hard candy

Special equipment

Instructions

  • Combine the chickpeas, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla and mint extract (if using), ground cinnamon, sea salt, and coconut milk in a small food processor. Pulse a few times to combine, then blend until smooth. If you want a thinner chocolate spread, add a tablespoon more milk and blend.
  • Optional step: Add half the chocolate chips and pulse a few times to combine and break up the chocolate chips.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with the rest of the chocolate chips. Enjoy immediately or cool before serving. Serve with fresh fruit, cookies, crackers, or pretzels.

Notes

Try dipping: Fresh strawberries, apple slices, raspberries, clementine slices, or any other dippable fruit, nilla wafers, pretzels, pretzel chips, saltine crackers, or your favorite crackers.
Try these toppings: Chocolate chips, butterscotch morsels, cacao nibs, candied pecans, drizzle of chocolate syrup, crushed candy cane or mint hard candy, sprinkle of cinnamon, crushed cookies.
Try adding nut butter: a few tablespoons of peanut butter or almond butter is divine in this recipe!
Don't blend the chocolate chips if you don't want chunks in your hummus.
The mint extract gives this hummus a nice mint chocolate holiday-inspired flavor. It's totally optional.
Store hummus in the fridge for up to 2 days.
The nutrition facts estimate does not include cookies or fruit for dipping, and assumes lite coconut milk is used.

Nutrition

Calories: 138kcal (7%) | Carbohydrates: 23g (8%) | Protein: 4g (8%) | Fat: 4g (6%) | Saturated Fat: 2g (10%) | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 384mg (16%) | Potassium: 181mg (5%) | Fiber: 4g (16%) | Sugar: 12g (13%) | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) | Calcium: 30mg (3%) | Iron: 1mg (6%)

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