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Chocolate Brownie Hummus (Vegan + GF)

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Let’s Make Chocolate Brownie Batter Hummus! This chocolate hummus recipe (yes, really!) makes an awesome snack with fruit, pretzels, and more. (Gluten-free, Vegan!)

Overhead view of a bowl of chocolate brownie hummus on a fruit plate

The first time I heard about chocolate hummus, I was…skeptical. To say the least.

I like traditional hummus, but I’d had some *awful* bean-based brownies a few years back and was convinced that there was not any sweet application for beans that I’d be interested in.

And then I kept hearing about how good dessert hummus is.

I’m always curious when foods start trending, so I’ve tried any brand I come across in the last few years. Along the way, I’ve definitely had some good and some bad options. But our chocolate hummus recipe beat them all in the side-by-side taste test we had at our house.

I won’t claim that it’s as chocolatey and decadent as chocolate fondue or anything, but this chocolate brownie hummus makes a fun snack or healthy dessert! I’ve been pleasantly surprised that both my kids (who are VERY picky) have eaten this chocolate hummus without complaint.

Here’s what you need to make it…

Chocolate Hummus in a white bowl surrounded by fruit
Front view of a bowl of chocolate brownie hummus on a fruit plate

Simple Ingredients For Chocolate Brownie Hummus:

Part of what I love the most about this brownie batter hummus is how simple the ingredients and prep are! We’re talking…

  • CANNED CHICKPEAS. Like most hummus recipes, this chocolate brownie hummus starts with chickpeas. Any brand of chickpeas (sometimes sold as garbanzo beans) will do. You’ll just want to rinse them in a colander to get rid of extra starch.
  • AVOCADO OIL. I usually use olive oil for hummus, but we’ve found a more neutral option like avocado oil works better with the chocolate flavor.
  • PEANUT BUTTER (OR CASHEW BUTTER OR ALMOND BUTTER). Then, instead of savory hummus’s traditional tahini, I add nut butter. We like peanut butter best, but almond or cashew butter would also work!
  • MAPLE SYRUP. For sweetness, we skip the refined sugar in favor of pure maple syrup. Trust your tastebuds here and feel free to add more or less than I do, based on your own sweet tolerance.
  • DUTCH-PROCESSED OR DARK COCOA POWDER. Dutch-processed or dark unsweetened cocoa powder gives this chocolate brownie hummus a beautiful deep chocolate color. You *can* use regular unsweetened cocoa, but it’ll be a little lighter in color.
  • VANILLA EXTRACT + SALT. To balance out the flavors a bit, I add plenty of vanilla and a little bit of salt to go with the cocoa.
  • WATER. Lastly, to help this chocolate hummus blend to super smooth dip-worthy perfection, I recommend adding a few tablespoons of water. You can skip this if you prefer, just know your hummus might not be quite as easy to dip.
Overhead view of A strawberry being dipped into chocolate brownie hummus on a fruit plate.
A strawberry being dipped into chocolate brownie hummus on a fruit plate.

What To Serve With Brownie Hummus:

Once you’re done mixing it up, transfer the chocolate hummus to a bowl, chill it in the refrigerator, and add some yummy things to dip! Here are our favorite things to dip into brownie hummus…

  • BERRIES. Chocolate and berries is one of my all-time favorite combinations. Strawberries work really well with chocolate hummus, but you can also try blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries if you like!
  • APPLES. It’s really pretty to serve 2 different colors of apples with chocolate hummus. Granny Smith apples (green) and Honeycrisp apples (red) are my two favorite choices here.
  • CLEMENTINES. Orange and chocolate is another great combo. Clementine segments (Cuties or Halo) are yummy here.
  • BANANA SLICES. A ripe, but still semi-firm banana is perfect with chocolate hummus. (Super ripe bananas will start to fall apart if you try to dip them.)
  • PRETZELS. This was Milo’s favorite dipper for brownie batter hummus. The salty-sweet combination is so good, I totally get it!
  • GRAHAM CRACKERS OR ANIMAL CRACKERS. Another crunchy dipper idea is graham crackers or animal crackers. (Kinnikinnik, Pamela’s, and Glutino are great brands for gluten-free!)

You can also take a cue from our 6 Healthy Toast Ideas post and add this chocolate hummus to toast with fresh fruit!

Close overhead view of a bowl of chocolate brownie hummus on a fruit plate

Tips & Tricks For The Best Chocolate Hummus:

HOW TO GET SUPER-SMOOTH CHOCOLATE BROWNIE HUMMUS. Food processors work great, but if you need super-smooth hummus for texture reasons, I recommend using a blender. It’ll get SO much smoother!

MAKE IT IN ADVANCE SO THE FLAVOR DEVELOPS. Our chocolate hummus tastes great right when it’s made, but for bests results, I recommend making it in advance a bit. The flavor developed even more in just a few hours!

YUMMY WAYS TO CHANGE IT UP! One easy way to change the flavor is by using a different nut or seed butter instead of peanut butter. (Almond butter + cashew butter are nice, but you can go for tahini, sunflower seed butter, etc.) Beyond that, you can try adding crunchy mix-ins (like mini chocolate chips, cacao nibs, or chocolate chunks), or experiment with different extracts.

MAKE IT PRETTY! For garnish or serving chocolate brownie hummus to a crowd, I recommend adding something on top to make it pretty. Try a small sprinkle of mini chocolate chips, some shaved chocolate, a sprinkle of flaky sea salt, or some cacao nibs!

Overhead view of a bowl of chocolate brownie hummus on a fruit plate

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Overhead view of a bowl of chocolate brownie hummus on a fruit plate

Chocolate Brownie Hummus


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  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: About 10 minutes
  • Yield: about 1 3/4 cups hummus 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This healthy chocolate hummus recipe (yes, really!) makes an awesome snack with fruit, pretzels, and more. (Gluten-free, Vegan)


Ingredients

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  • 1 (15oz) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
  • 2 Tablespoons avocado oil
  • 2 Tablespoons peanut butter
  • 56 Tablespoons pure maple syrup (or agave syrup or keto liquid sweetener)
  • 1/4 cup Dutch-processed (or dark) cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt (or more, to taste)
  • 2 Tablespoons water

Optional: chopped chocolate, chocolate chips, or cacao nibs, for garnish


Instructions

  1. Add chickpeas, oil, peanut butter, and syrup to a food processor or blender.
  2. Puree until smooth, 1-2 minutes.
  3. Scrape down the edges and add cocoa powder, vanilla, salt, and water.
  4. Puree until smooth and blended, pausing to scrape down the sides as needed.
  5. Taste and add additional salt or syrup, as desired.
  6. Garnish with chocolate if desired, and chill until you’re ready to serve.
  7. Store chocolate hummus in an airtight container in the fridge up to 5 days.

Notes

DIPPING IDEAS: strawberries, blueberries, apple slices, banana slices, clementine segments, pretzels (gluten-free, if needed), graham crackers, animal crackers, etc.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: American

9 Comments

  1. This sounds like the perfect thing to try with my teens. We have been doing a lot of board game and snack afternoons with the quarantine (One good thing about being stuck at home and bored, I’ll take it while I can!). Could I use canola oil instead of avocado?

  2. So I tried out this recipe and it didn’t come out right at all. Not sure what happened because I followed the recipe exactly, but it came out so liquidy. I even added an extra can of garbanzo beans to try thickening it up and it didn’t work at all. Help, my 2 year old loves chocolate hummus and I really want to make this recipe work!

    1. Alyssa – Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear that. Did you for sure drain and rinse the beans first? If you added the liquid from the can of beans that can make a big difference.

  3. We love this hummus! It is truly yummy and nutritious! We tried it with bananas and pretzels. Yummmm😀🎉🎈






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