As dip for fruit and pretzels, this dark chocolate hummus is a surprising hit at parties and showers. It’s perfect for entertaining!

Dark Chocolate Hummus | A Couple Cooks

Dark chocolate hummus? It’s a bit unexpected, but oh-so-delicious and our new favorite snack for parties and gatherings. It was met with high praise at our latest book club, and disappeared quickly at another family gathering. Instead of vegetables like a traditional hummus, we treat it like a fruit dip and serve it with strawberries, pineapple, green apple slices, and my favorite: salty pretzels. Keep reading for the recipe for this healthy appetizer…it really is the best!

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Dark Chocolate Hummus | A Couple Cooks

How to make chocolate hummus

When I was on a retreat a few years ago, I was served a storebought version of this chocolate hummus, and I was so intrigued I had to try a recipe for myself! Using hummus as a lightly sweet dip with fruit and pretzels was so delicious that I could barely stop eating it! Over the years, we’ve heard from many of you who have loved this recipe at the same intensity as we do! It goes over very well with kiddos. And, it fits almost every diet (vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free), so it’s pretty party friendly.

To make this chocolate hummus recipe, as with any hummus, you’ll need a food processor. (If you don’t have one, here’s a food processor we recommend.) Then simply blend together chickpeas with tahini, maple syrup, cocoa powder and vanilla! They come together into a beautifully creamy dip. We’ve also called for using a bit of the chickpea can liquid, called aquafaba. You can also use water, but using the aquafaba makes for an even creamier chocolate hummus.

What is tahini? If you’re not familiar with tahini, it’s a typical hummus ingredient. Tahini is a paste made of sesame seeds, typically used in Middle Eastern or Mediterranean dishes. It’s purely sesame seeds and salt! If you have tahini left over from making this homemade hummus recipe, try our 13 Delicious & Healthy Tahini Recipes. A fun alternative to the tahini could be peanut butter, for a chocolate peanut butter hummus variation!

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Dark Chocolate Hummus | A Couple Cooks

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This chocolate hummus recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, plant-based, dairy-free, naturally sweet, and refined sugar free.

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Best Chocolate Hummus

  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


As dip for fruit and pretzels, this dark chocolate hummus is a surprising hit at parties and showers. It’s perfect for entertaining!


  • 15-ounce can chickpeas (1 ½ cups cooked)
  • ¼ cup tahini*
  • ¼ cup maple syrup or agave syrup, to taste
  • ½ cup cocoa powder (Dutch process or dark chocolate, if desired)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Drain the chickpeas into a glass measuring cup and reserve.
  2. To the bowl of a food processor, add the chickpeas, tahini, maple or agave syrup, cocoa powder, vanilla, kosher salt, and 2 tablespoons water or the water from the chickpea can (aquafaba). Puree for 30 seconds, then scrape down the bowl. Taste; if necessary, add a bit more syrup to your liking. Add additional 1 to 2 tablespoons water and puree again to come to a creamy consistency. Store refrigerated for 7 to 10 days.
  3. Serve with pretzels, pineapple, green apple slices, and strawberries.


*Use peanut butter for a fun variation!

Nutrition info calculated based on about 3 tablespoons per serving.

  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: dessert hummus, chocolate hummus

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Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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    1. Made it just as recipe says. My kids thought it was ok but I really didn’t like it. I had high hopes for it as it sounds and looks delicious. I really didn’t like it at all though.

  1. Yay! I’m all about chocolate hummus with fruit + pretzels. But all I can really think about is trying this out with peanut butter instead of tahini for PB choco hummus! (Though I’m sure the tahini version is A+!) Thanks for organizing this sweet shower! :)

    1. Yes, I totally thought of this as I was making it — but wasn’t sure if I was ready to go there. Next time for sure! :)

      1. A friend tried it with PB, as she didn’t have tahini. She loved it! I’d say this can be made with any nut butter as a substitute for tahini. ?

        1. Ooo fantastic! That is so great to know — and I think she just made a new variation: Chocolate Peanut Butter Hummus!

      2. wow, peanut butter great idea, just think of the variations one can come up with for various nut pastes? peanut butter, Almond butter, etc.

    1. Lindsey is the best! And YES for salty + sweet — it’s my favorite, but somehow Alex doesn’t love it :/

  2. Wow, I’ve never even heard of chocolate hummus before! I love every other flavor of hummus I’ve tried and I love chocolate so this recipe has definitely piqued my curiosity. I can’t wait to try it.

    1. I know, I only recently heard of it as well! We hope that you enjoy it if you give it a try — let us know!

  3. Huh. This was great! I used slightly less tahini and slightly more syrup & honey cause I ran out of syrup. And also a touch of cinnamon. But what a nice change from regular hummus. it wasn’t very sweet but it was intensely chocolatey. Great recipe!

    1. SO glad you enjoyed this, Caitlin! Thank you for letting us know! And I agree, not super sweet but very chocolatey — definitely geared for the chocolate lover :)

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