Dark Chocolate Hummus

5 from 5 votes
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If you love hummus, make Dark Chocolate Hummus for an unexpected dessert twist on a favorite! Lightly sweetened with honey or maple syrup and packed with cocoa powder, almond butter, and chickpeas, scoop up this rich, chocolaty dip with gluten free cookies, fruit, and more!

A top down view of a serving tray with cookies, strawberries, and a bowl of dark chocolate hummus.

Why You’ll Love This Dark Chocolate Hummus Recipe

  • Cuisine Inspiration: American-Mediterranean Fusion
  • Primary Cooking Method: No-bake
  • Dietary Info: Gluten-free, Dairy-free option
  • Skill Level: Easy

I love this sweet version of hummus, especially because it’s loaded with chocolate! Using chickpeas to make dessert dips is amazing because it’s so much like eating cookie dough. When you blend those garbanzos with dessert-like ingredients, you totally get a doughy texture without any flour, and it’s actually a snack I feel good about giving my kiddos. They devour it and you will too. Here’s why…

  • Not too sweet. You can make this recipe as sweet or less sweet as you like. I love using natural sweeteners like maple syrup or honey to sweeten desserts and you can adjust how much you add to the recipe to suit your taste.
  • Naturally gluten-free. All of the ingredients in this simple recipe – much like a regular hummus recipe – are gluten-free! Add gluten free cookies for dipping to make this an entirely gluten free treat.
  • Easy. Pop all of the ingredients in a food processor and give them a blend – and that’s it!
A close up of a strawberry dipped in dark chocolate hummus.

What You’ll Need

Here’s a glance at what you’ll need to make this dark chocolate hummus recipe. Don’t forget to check the recipe card for the full ingredient amounts.

  • Chickpeas: You’ll need 1 can of chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) for this recipe.
  • Cocoa Powder: For that nice, rich chocolate taste, I recommend using unsweetened dark cocoa powder. But you can use regular cocoa too.
  • Honey: I usually use honey, but you can also use agave or maple syrup for a vegan option.
  • Almond Butter: Conventional or natural almond butter is fine.
  • Milk: Use your milk of choice.
  • Vanilla Extract
  • For Topping: Chopped chocolate or mini chocolate chips for topping, optional.
  • To Serve: Graham crackers, cookies, strawberries, and apple slices.
Ingredients needed for dark chocolate hummus are shown with text labels: chickpeas, cocoa powder, almond butter, vanilla, chocolate, maple syrup.

How To Make Dark Chocolate Hummus

Set up your food processor and you’re ready to make this recipe! Here’s how to do it. Find the detailed instructions in the recipe card lower down.

  • Add. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor.
  • Process. Mix until a thick dough forms, scraping down the sides. Add more milk if necessary.
  • Serve and enjoy. Spoon your dark chocolate hummus into a bowl and garnish with some chopped chocolate, if you like. Set it out on a platter with your favorite things for dipping. Keep reading for some ideas!
Chopped chocolate on top of a bowl of dark chocolate hummus with fruit and cookies next to it.

Tips for Success

A few easy tips can help you to make this dark chocolate hummus recipe turn out perfectly:

  • Make it extra smooth. For the smoothest hummus, remove the skins on the chickpeas. Roll them in between layers of paper towels, then pop off the skins. This step is not necessary – you can throw the chickpeas into the food processor after you’ve drained them, but if you have time, it does make for a smoother hummus.
  • Add the milk slowly. Milk is added for consistency, so you want to add it in a little bit at a time. If you like a thicker hummus, go easy on the milk.
  • Stir in a bit of heat. You can make this dark chocolate hummus into a dip inspired by Mexican hot chocolate hummus if you add some Mexican Chocolate Spice to the mix! If you don’t want the spice, you can still add warmth with some cinnamon or ginger.
  • Go dairy-free. Any type of milk will work in this recipe, so if you keep dairy-free, use your favorite plant-based milk option. If you use maple or agave syrup instead of honey, it can be completely vegan.

Proper Storage

Place dark chocolate hummus in an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to 5 days. I don’t recommend freezing this dip because it will affect the texture when it’s defrosted.

A hand dips a graham cracker into a bowl of dark chocolate hummus.

Make it a Snack

Here are some serving suggestions to enjoy with this dark chocolate hummus. An assortment of fruit, cookies, and more are nice choices for dipping. I love a snack of crisp slices of apple topped with sweet hummus, and you can see some more ideas below:

More Sweet Dip Recipes

A bowl of dark chocolate hummus topped with chopped chocolate with graham and strawberries for dipping.
5 from 5 votes

Dark Chocolate Hummus

Scoop up Dark Chocolate Hummus with fruit or cookies for a dessert twist on a favorite! It's packed with cocoa, almond butter, and chickpeas.
Prep: 10 minutes
chill time 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 15 oz canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup honey, agave syrup, or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 2-4 Tablespoons milk of choice, dairy or nondairy
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • chopped chocolate or mini chocolate chips for topping, optional sweetened or unsweetened
  • Graham crackers, cookies, strawberries, apple slices, etc. for serving

Instructions

  • Combine the chickpeas, cocoa powder, honey or other sweetener, almond butter, 2 Tablespoons milk, and vanilla in a food processor.
  • Process until a dough consistency forms, stopping to scrape down the sides, as needed. Add additional milk, about a teaspoon at a time, to achieve the desired consistency.
  • Transfer to a bowl and top with chopped chocolate or mini chocolate chips, if desired.
  • Serve with fruit, graham crackers, cookies, etc., as desired.
Nutrition Facts
Dark Chocolate Hummus
Amount Per Serving (2 Tablespoons)
Calories 108 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Sodium 123mg5%
Potassium 146mg4%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 6IU0%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimers: Please discuss your individual dietary needs (i.e. gluten free) with a physician. Even when not specified, be sure to verify all ingredients are gluten free, if needed, by reading labels on all packaging and/or confirming with the manufacturer this varies by brand and can change at any time. Nutrition information shown is an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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31 Comments
    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Hi Cassandra – The cookie dough ball should be good for several days in the refrigerator. I’ve never tried freezing it, so I can’t really recommend doing so. I’m just not sure how it would be once it has defrosted. If you try it, please let me know!

  1. This looks fabulous. It’s hard to believe it’s with chickpeas!! And I got such a laugh over your experiences as a mom. I have 7 grandkids through my husband’s first marriage and I was the same way when they came to visit. When the first one had tantrums I tried to cajole, and stupidly, negotiate. The second one, I knew to ignore and distract and the sun was sure to come out right away. Yes, 4 and 5 yrs old is very different – and now our oldest is 11. When he gets angry now, it’s a whole other thing.

  2. 5 stars
    ohhh yes. such a fun age…ha! I know you know what you’re doing though and will come out the other end fine!

    and omigoshhhh obviously you’re a brilliant woman who works magic because you created this INSANE recipe. love love love it!

  3. 5 stars
    I would love to try this, what an amazing looking dessert. It reminds me of a cute little hedgehog. I bet it tastes fantastic too. I could make a serious dent in that!! I also remember the terrible twos, luckily for our daughter the meltdowns were few and far between, she saved that for the pre-teen years!! LOL

  4. Sorry, but I can’t help but laugh at your “fun” with the terrible twos. Hopefully it will end soon. Meanwhile, there is this awesome treat that no one would know beans are in it. Genius.

  5. You win! I don’t have to see anymore bean posts before proclaiming yours the most gorgeous and tempting. And had to giggle at the all too familiar antics of an almost two year old 🙂 Deep breaths, my friend.

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