If you’re looking for a simple, real food, budget-friendly dessert I can’t think of anything better than Chocolate Dessert Hummus. It’s made with real, whole ingredients, it’s naturally-sweetened, it’s ready in minutes (No baking! No waiting!), and it’s gluten-free and dairy-free – without any expensive, specialty ingredients.
We make this all the time in our home, and if you’re never tried it, we’re about to change your life!
Chocolate Dessert Hummus
Okay, dessert hummus is about the grossest dessert name I’ve ever heard. But it’s the word people use for this creamy, chocolatey dip for one very good reason: the main ingredient in this recipe is beans.
Since you clicked on a recipe with the words “dessert” and “hummus”, I assume you aren’t going to freak out that we’re using beans in our dessert. The reality is that these beans are very creamy and mild-flavored, so they take on the flavors in the ingredients around them – in this case, maple syrup, cocoa powder, vanilla, and salty nut butter.
Related: Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Diet Tips
Easy Real Food Dessert
Because you just whirr everything together in the food processor, Chocolate Dessert Hummus is one of those rare real food desserts that you can go from “hmm, I’m craving chocolate” to “dessert’s ready!” in less than five minutes. In fact, you probably already have all of the ingredients in your kitchen.
If you like desserts with a healthy twist, you might like Steph’s other dessert recipes:
- 3-Ingredient Frozen Berry Whip
- Amazing Eggless Brownies (No Weird Ingredients!)
- Mix-in-the-Pan Fruit & Oat Bars
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Dessert Hummus
- Simple Real Food Berry Tart
What to Eat With Chocolate Hummus
Because this is hummus, you gotta dip food into it. We like pretzels, graham crackers, and little cookies – look for (or make!) cleaner varieties if you can. We like Coconut Cashew Crisp cookies from Aldi and their gluten-free pretzels. You can also dip fruit!
- Graham crackers
But honestly, in our house, we usually eat this hummus in a bowl with a spoon.
How to Make Chocolate Hummus
Making chocolate hummus is as easy as:
- Gathering the ingredients
- Pouring them in the food processor
- Pressing Start
- Scooping it into a bowl
This is one of those recipes where you blend all the ingredients, then taste and adjust as necessary. Depending on the richness of your cocoa powder, the saltiness of your nut butter, and the strength of your sweet tooth, you may need to adjust them to your liking.
Check out the video below to see exactly how we make it!
You can use chickpeas, great northern beans, or black beans for this dip recipe. Black beans have thicker skins, so it takes a little more for them to get creamy and smooth in the food processor. Chickpeas are my favorite, but great northern beans are more budget-friendly where we live, so we usually use those.
This dessert hummus is a great way to use homemade cooked dry beans. Sure, canned beans are inexpensive, but $2 of dry beans will make several dinners and a batch of dessert hummus. I cook dry beans in the Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, or stovetop, and it takes about 5 minutes – check out the video here!
Maple syrup gives this dessert a richer flavor than honey. However, it’s also a great opportunity to use that raw beneficial honey! Use half maple syrup and half raw honey or all honey if you like.
The nut butter is a really essential part of this dessert hummus dip because it adds healthy, plant-based fat to make it rich and creamy. We love using peanut butter for a chocolate peanut butter hummus best. But you can use any nut butter in this recipe! Each one adds its special notes, but the main flavors will come from the cocoa and maple syrup, so don’t worry too much about what kind of nut butter you use.
These are all safe choices:
- Peanut butter
- Cashew butter
- Almond butter
Is Chocolate Hummus a Healthy Dessert?
Chocolate dessert hummus is loaded with whole, real foods, so for most people, it’s about as healthy as desserts come.
- Nut butter (no added sugar)
- Maple syrup
- Cocoa powder
It is also:
- Grain-free (depending on whether you count legumes as a grain!)
- Vegan (if you use maple syrup)
You might also like the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip version!
Aldi’s Chocolate Hummus Copycat Recipe
If you’re ever tried Aldi’s dessert hummus varieties, you know how rich and creamy they are. Now you can make it at home so you can ensure it’s made with real food, naturally sweetened, and it’s more budget-friendly (that means we can eat more of it, right?).Print
This simple, quick, real food dessert dip is gluten-free, dairy-free, plant-based, and budget-friendly!
- 1 3/4 cups cooked white beans or chickpeas (canned or home cooked)
- 3/4 cup nut butter of your choice
- 1/3 cup plus 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon (if using home cooked beans and/or salt-free nut butter)
- 2–4 tbsp milk (dairy-free works!)
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips, to taste (optional)
Optional Dippers: graham crackers, sliced apples, bananas, pretzels
- Combine all ingredients except milk and chocolate chips in a food processor and puree until very smooth (1-2 minutes, depending on how powerful your machine is), thinning with milk as necessary to reach desired consistency.
- Stir in chocolate chips and eat with a spoon, or serve with chopped fruit and graham crackers.
You can use any kind of nut butter (see post for notes) – we love peanut butter! If you use tahini, start with 1/4 cup and taste, adding more as needed for desired flavor and texture.
- Serving Size: 2 Tbs
- Calories: 289
- Sugar: 11 g
- Sodium: 132 mg
- Fat: 12 g
- Saturated Fat: 3 g
- Carbohydrates: 36 g
- Fiber: 7 g
- Protein: 13 g
- Cholesterol: 1 mg
Keywords: sweet, healthy, vegan
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Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly way to deal with allergies or food sensitivities, or you simply want a healthier, easy-to-make dessert, I hope you try Chocolate Dessert Hummus!
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