Chocolate Hummus: An easy, healthy way to get your chocolate fix without all the guilt! This is packed with healthy chickpeas, a touch of tahini , and plenty of dark chocolate cocoa powder. Serve with sliced apples, pretzels, and strawberries for the perfect healthy dessert!
Unlike most people whose sweet tooth peaks in childhood, I seemed to have gone the opposite direction. In a previous life, I could go from dinner to bed without so much as glancing at a piece of candy, carton of ice cream, or chocolate bar. Now, it’s the first thing I think about after dinner, and I can never close my eyes before devouring a sweet treat in some form. This also probably explains the five pounds of baby weight I can’t seem to shed.
Typically I find myself baking cookie “night caps” for Kevin and I, stealthily snatching a miniature-sized Kit Kat on the way to bed, or if I’m being really good, I’ll grab one single M&M out of our candy jar right after dinner. It’s a habit I should break, but I’m a realist, so I know it’s not gonna happen.
Enter: Chocolate hummus.
I first discovered dessert hummus a few months ago when my grocery store was sampling a dark chocolate version by Boar’s Head. I was totally skeptical, but after my first strawberry-dipped bite, I was sold. It was sweet, but not overly so. Paired perfectly with healthy strawberries, apples and pretzels. And most importantly, it cured my sweet tooth craving.
Of course, I snatched a package for myself, and then spent the next week slowly eating it night by night. (And let’s be serious, it didn’t take a week.)
Annnnd you KNOW I had to make it for myself. So here we are.
With only a few ingredients, YOU can make it too!
I don’t want the fact that it’s made with chickpeas to scare you away. Once the sweetener and chocolate is added in, the taste of chickpeas is completely undetectable. It’s almost ganache-like in texture, and spreads, dips and smothers perfectly. I’m obsessed.
- cocoa powder (good quality stuff!)
- vanilla extract or paste (also high quality)
- agave (honey or maple syrup also works!)
- a pinch of salt
Aside from the chickpeas and tahini, almost all the ingredients are items you probably already have in your pantry, which makes this dip super easy to whip up. Just throw everything in the food processor, turn her on and watch as your next chocolate obsession comes together.
Of course, you can tailor it so suit your own needs. If you like it a little bit sweeter, add more agave. If you want a deeper chocolate flavor, add in a little bit more cocoa powder. You could even add some peppermint extract for a holiday-inspired version – perfect for holiday parties!
Other healthy desserts:
Pretty things/tools used in today’s post:
- 15.5 oz can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 tbsp tahini
- 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp agave (If you like it sweeter, add more agave)
- 2 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp good quality cocoa powder
- 3 tbsp water
- pinch of kosher salt
- pretzels, strawberries and apples for dipping
- Food processor
- Add garbanzo beans, tahini, agave, vanilla, cocoa powder, water, and pinch of salt to a food processor. Turn the mixer on a process until smooth. Add more water if necessary. Add more agave if you like it a little bit sweeter.
- Serve with strawberries, pretzels, and apples.