Looking for a whole food plant-based way to get your chocolate fix? If so, then this healthy chocolate hummus recipe with dates is for you.
It packs a lot of flavor into it with simple ingredients that you already have on hand like cocoa powder, dried dates, and vanilla extract.
This recipe is refined sugar-free, gluten-free, oil-free, soy-free, and vegan so it fits into almost any diet.
Do you love chocolate? You can indulge your chocolate cravings without feeling any guilt. It’s made with plant-based ingredients and is sweetened just with dates.
It’s great on fruit like apple slices and fresh strawberries, but try it on toast, or even as a healthy frosting. It’s your new guilt-free treat that everyone will love!
What are you waiting for? Grab a few items out of your pantry, whip this up, and be enjoying a healthy snack in minutes!
Is dessert hummus really hummus?
Classic hummus is a Middle Eastern savory dip that’s based on chickpeas, olive oil, and tahini.
Plus traditional hummus is savory and this dessert hummus recipe is sweet. So it’s quite different.
I’ve made dozens of bean dessert recipes, so to me, a dessert dip made with chickpeas is a natural next step.
And my vegan chocolate hummus recipe creates an irresistible chocolatey flavor with a hint of caramel from the dates!
Is it healthy?
Dessert hummus from the grocery store or Trader Joe’s can be full of oil and sugar making them not so healthy, but my version is healthy and has no refined sugar or coconut oil.
That means you can enjoy it as much as you want to, It’s the perfect dessert if you have a sweet tooth.
What does this sweet treat taste like?
When made right, chocolate hummus tastes like chocolate.
Since it is made from garbanzo beans it starts out savory, but when you add enough dates to sweeten it, the bean flavor disappears as if by magic.
Doesn’t taste sweet enough? Add more dates and/or vanilla.
Does chocolate hummus taste like chocolate?
The chocolate hummus recipe is made with garbanzo beans, which are a type of chickpea. It’s rich and delicious, just like brownie batter!
The addition of dates makes it naturally sweetened, so you don’t have to worry about added sugar or refined sugars.
Does this creamy dip taste like Nutella?
Well, this recipe as is doesn’t have a hazelnut addition, so this one doesn’t.
But you can easily change that. Add a few tablespoons of hazelnut butter or substitute a hazelnut extract for the vanilla.
Ingredients you’ll need to make this delicious dip
All you need is a can of chickpeas, some soaked dates, a little vanilla, and some cocoa or cacao powder to make it chocolate.
You can add a little almond milk if you want the dip to be less thick, but that’s optional.
You can leave out the cocoa and have plain caramel hummus instead. Or replace the dates with your favorite sweetener to taste. I love this with maple syrup.
Also, you can reserve the aquafaba, or the chickpea water, to use in another recipe.
I freeze mine in ice cube trays so I have it on hand whenever I need it.
How to Make Chocolate Hummus
If you want to make this along with me you can watch the video on my YouTube channel here.
Just make sure to add the unsweetened cocoa powder, because I make the caramel version in the video.
This is such a quick and easy recipe! You can blend this in your food processor or small blender.
If you use a blender you may need to add some non-dairy milk or water to thin it enough to get it to blend smooth.
Easy dessert hummus variations
You can make a deep, dark chocolate hummus recipe by increasing the cocoa or cocoa powder.
That’s all you need to create a dark chocolate flavor.
You can make it into chunky brownie batter hummus by stirring in some finely chopped nuts or mini chocolate chips – you can even add some peanut butter or almond butter if you want.
You could puree in some fresh or frozen berries to make it fruity, or even some espresso powder to make it a mocha flavor.
You can make different chocolate hummus recipes just by adding a few things to create your own version.
Leave out the cocoa to make this into a vegan caramel dip.
How should I store this?
You should always store hummus in the fridge in an airtight container, but you can also freeze it in single-serving sizes or whatever the amount is that your family will eat in a week.
I like to cook a pound of chickpeas in the slow cooker or Instant Pot and make a giant batch of different hummus and freeze them for later.
What do you eat with chocolate dessert hummus?
The great thing about this recipe is you can use it as a frosting for cake or as a dip with fresh fruit, pretzels, or graham crackers.
For a treat make a dessert board on a wooden cutting board with this and some caramel hummus in small bowls.
Add lots of your favorite fruit, vegan cookies or graham crackers, and anything else you can think of that’s great with a little chocolate dip.
I like to toast slices of bread and cut them into cute shapes with
Looking for more vegan chocolate recipes?
- Turtle Butter – made with pecans, cocoa powder, dates, and a little maple ayrup
- Mint Double Chocolate Black Bean Cookies – No oil and made with black beans
- Gluten-free Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes with No Added Oil
- Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies – uses mashed avocado in place of oil
- Vegan Chocolate Blintzes – the best treat for the weekend
Healthy Whole Food Plant-Based Chocolate Hummus Recipe with Dates and Vanilla
- food processor
- 1 can chickpeas drained aquafaba reserved
- ¾ cup dates soaked at least 1 hour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons cocoa optional – to make a chocolate caramel version
- Blend together, adding some water or non-dairy milk as needed.
- Store in the fridge or freeze for later.