Chocolate Hummus


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Chocolate hummus is a sweet and fun twist on a classic dip! It’s perfectly creamy, has just the right amount of sweetness, and will wow your guests when served alongside the season’s fresh fruit.

Chocolate hummus in a bowl on a platter with fruits.

It was only a matter of time before I combined two of my favorite things in the kitchen: hummus and chocolate! And I have to say, this chocolate hummus might be runner up against my homemade Nutella. It’s a dessert dip that’s creamy, but not overly sweet, and packed with good-for-you ingredients.

Best of all, it only takes 5 minutes to blend this chocolate dream up! Serve it up with an assortment of fruits, crackers, or whatever your heart desires.

Ingredients for chocolate hummus on a table.

Chocolate Hummus Ingredients

  • Chickpeas: To make this recipe quick and easy, use canned chickpeas instead of soaking dried ones. In the end, the texture is about the same!
  • Cacao Powder: I like to use raw cacao powder, but unsweetened cocoa powder will work too.
  • Maple Syrup: Adds a touch of sweetness, but it’s not overly sweet.
  • Milk: Any kind will work here, but I personally like to use either oat milk, cashew milk, or almond milk for creaminess.
  • Tahini: This is a traditional ingredient in hummus, but you can also use almond butter or any nut butter for a tasty variation.
  • Vanilla Extract: A splash of vanilla helps to tie all the sweet flavors together.

Find the printable recipe with measurements below.

Making chocolate hummus in a Vitamix.

How To Make Chocolate Hummus

You’ll be glad to hear this recipe comes together in just 5 minutes! Perfect for when those sweet cravings strike. Here’s what to do.

  • Drain chickpeas. Drain your chickpeas before adding them to the blender. But there’s no need to rinse them.
  • Blend away! Add the chickpeas and the rest of the ingredient into a high powered blender and start blending. Make sure to use your tamper to push down on the ingredients to ensure a nice and smooth hummus!
  • Taste test. If it’s too thick for your liking, just add a splash of milk and blend it again until creamy. If it’s not sweet enough, add a splash more maple syrup or other sweetener.

Ways To Serve This Hummus Recipe

The beauty of chocolate hummus is just how versatile it is. It’s great for spreading onto paleo pancakes, toast, or even my crepes. But I always find myself making it the star of a dessert platter. Here’s a few dipping items to add to your plate:

  • Fresh Fruit: All sorts of berries are a given such as strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries. But don’t forget about complimentary fruit flavors such as orange slices, apples, bananas, pears, or even kiwi.
  • Dried Fruit: You can use dried berries, apricots, apples, or even pineapples for a fun chocolate combo.
  • Crunchy Things: Whether it’s salty or sweet, any type of cracker will work! A few options can be banana chips, plantain chips, sea salt chips, or apple chips (though store-bought apple chips are a bit more durable than homemade versions).

Dipping a strawberry into chocolate hummus.

How To Store Chocolate Hummus

This recipe makes about 3 cups (the perfect party size!), but if you’re making it for just one or two people you can always reserve half to enjoy at a later date. Here’s a few ways to store it.

  • To Store: Just pack it into a sealed container and store in the fridge up to one week.
  • To Freeze: If you have leftovers (which will be unlikely), you can freeze the hummus in sealed containers for up to 2 months. When ready to use, let it thaw in the fridge overnight.

A Few Questions Answered

  • Can I make this in a food processor? Yes, you can. But using a high-powered blender with a tamper makes the texture so much smoother.
  • Can I cut the recipe in half? Yes! But if you do so, you’ll need to use a food processor as there’s not enough “stuff” to blend properly in your high powered blender. Also, if you go this route, I’d remove the chickpea skins for a smoother texture.
  • Is there a way to make it sweeter? Of course. Just add a bit more maple syrup, or other sweetener, and blend it again until smooth.

A bowl of chocolate hummus next to fruits.

More Tasty Hummus Recipes

If you love hummus as much as I do, here’s a few delicious ways to incorporate veggies and herbs into the mix!

If you make this chocolate hummus, let me know how it turned out! I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.

Chocolate Hummus

4.87 from 22 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan


Chocolate hummus is a fun twist on a classic dip! It's creamy, chocolatey, perfectly sweet, and tastes amazing with fruits, crackers, and more!



  • Add all of the ingredients to a high-powered blender. Turn the blender on while simultaneously using the tamper to push down on the ingredients, until it's blended smooth. Give it a taste, and if you'd like it a bit sweeter you can add more maple syrup. If you'd like a thinner texture, add a splash more milk.
    Blending chocolate hummus in a Vitamix.
  • Serve with strawberries, and apple slices or other fresh fruit, dried fruit, or crackers.

Lisa's Tips

  • As I mentioned at the beginning this is moderately sweet, not overly sweet. So feel free to tweak the level of sweetness to your preference. 


Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 308mg | Potassium: 370mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 21IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Keyword: chocolate dip, Chocolate Hummus, dessert hummus
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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. That sounds wonderful!!! I’m so excited to start blending! The store where I bought it on a regular, stopped selling it. So much better and quicker than buying it from a store.

  2. This is chocolate pudding. Delicious with whipped cream. Just FYI..: I cut the recipe in half and had no issue in my Vitamix. I think because i have the 32 ounce container. Using two cans of beans would not have worked. Yummy!4 stars

  3. outstanding!!!!  not overly sweet & has a wonderful rich flavor.  I could eat it as pudding however…. it’s wonderful on bananas, apples or anything you want to add a bit of chocolate.  My only curiosity is the serving size.  I’m assuming the nutritional values are based on 1 serving.5 stars

  4. I love this dish. I am so surprised! I thought it would be a bit earthy to be a good chocolate pudding but it is perfect. We liked it best with fresh apple slices which again really surprised me. Somehow the fresh crunchiness of the apple worked brilliantly with the natural earthiness of the beans. It is delicious. I used honey instead of maple syrup and water instead of milk and it was gorgeous.5 stars

  5. Just brought this to a party and it was a huge hit! Served it with strawberries, mandarin orange segments, graham crackers, and pretzels. So creamy and delicious!!5 stars

  6. I only had my small Nutribullet at the lake and only 1 can of chick peas, but I ended up with a decent chocolate hummus. It was so thick, it was difficult to get it to blend. Like it said in the recipe, 1/2 a recipe makes it hard to blend. I had to weed out a few unblended chickpeas. I decided to add in some items from other recipes, like a little powdered sugar because I only had a bottle of maple syrup from Cracker Barrel! I substituted peanut butter because I had no tahini. I added a little avocado oil and used regular milk because I had no almond milk here.
    It wasn’t as smooth as it could’ve been if it had all been blended well, but, my 25 yr old daughter approved to take it to a lake party for young adults from church. We sprinkled heath bits on top and put it in a serving dish shaped like a boat with a tiny oar for a spoon! I felt I needed to dress it up since plain, it looks a bit uninviting!! She took thin pretzels coated with cinnamon&sugar, and Graham crackers to serve with it. We were all out of fruit, unfortunately! I am anxious to hear if 20 somethings like it. I will make it again for us, much cheaper than buying at the store when not on sale.4 stars

  7. This chocolate hummus is awesome. It is like a healthy version of raw cookie dough. After the first taste I was thinking on the next flavours…. like chopped hazelnuts or chocolate chips or leave the cocoa powder out and adding nuts or raisins or again chocolate chips. OMG
    Thanks Lisa5 stars

  8. This dish is fantastic, Lisa! Hummus, to me, is a creamy mixture with a buttery flavor and a hint of tartness from lemon juice, so when I read about chocolate hummus, I was immediately attracted. I must admit that I was skeptical at first, but I followed your directions precisely, and the result was a dessert that my family couldn’t stop talking about.

  9. This has become a firm favorite in our home – my kids love it on chia crackers, banana chunks, Granny Smith apples and celery. Thanks so much for all your wonderful recipes. 5 stars

  10. Unbelievably easy & delicious to make! I had opted to cut down the maple syrup & substitute monkfriut for added sweetness. Came out great! Cannot thank you enough for this wonderful recipe! Love it!5 stars

  11. This is so delicious! Finally something my son eats that doesn’t make me feel guilty serving. Thank you! 5 stars

  12. I have just discovered your blog and I love it. I found so many wonderful information and hope it will help me loose weight. This recipe looks so yummy, I have to try it. I wonder if the calories mentioned ( 223kcal ) is per serving or in total for the 8 servings? how much is one serving in cup measurement and in grams? thank you

    1. Hi Adeline – the nutritional information is per serving. This recipe makes about 3 cups total. So, each serving will be about 3/4 cup.

  13. Delicious recipe Lisa! Hummus is such a tasty snack and a great healthy food as well, rich in omega-3 fats and calcium. It’s the best way to satisfy that after-dinner dessert craving.5 stars

  14. Ooh, sounds so exciting! Just soaked 250g chickpeas to make this tomorrow :)
    Used this for conversion: “Can sizes are fairly standard and about 400g/15 ounces which yields 250g (1 1/2 cups) of beans once drained. Chickpeas roughly double their weight once cooked. So to get 250g cooked chickpeas you need to cook 125g (3/4 cup) dried chickpeas.”

      1. Thanks, I’ve really enjoyed it! It’s not too sweet – perfect to indulge a bit (or a lot) after dinner.
        And it indeed tastes like raw chocolate cookie dough :)) Which is an added bonus! :P5 stars

  15. I am new to your web site, but I will say that I have not made one thing that I don’t love!  This dip is very good.  Beware though that it makes a lot of dip!  Can I freeze half?5 stars

  16. What a great recipe! I had to try it immediately. However, I added a bit more plant milk to make it even more creamier. It’s heavenly delicious and reminds me slightly of raw chocolate cake dough. I will definitely make this again very soon.5 stars

  17. I halved the recipe, made a couple of tweaks and used a mix from called Chocolate Lover, and it is delicious. My family was poo-pooing the idea so I might get to enjoy it all myself!
    1 can hummus
    3 Tbsp Chocolate Lover mix
    1/4 cup agave
    1/4 cup nut milk
    3 Tbsp Tahini
    1 tsp vanilla
    Blend in a high speed blender. Tastes like chocolate pudding!5 stars

  18. This was such a unique and unexpected dip! Enjoyed this for a snack this afternoon, and it doesn’t disappoint! So easy and delicious!5 stars

  19. Wow, this looks absolutely delicious! I’ve never had a sweet hummus before but I’m such a big fan of a classic hummus, so I’ll definitely have to give this a try!5 stars

  20. Yummm!! This recipe was super easy to make and was the perfect after school snack for my kids (served with fruit!) Will definitely be making this again!5 stars