Dark Chocolate Hummus Recipe

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 chocolate hummus recipe.

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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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This chocolate hummus recipe is vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, plant-based, dairy-free, naturally sweet, and refined sugar free.

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Dark Chocolate Hummus


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

Description

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


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Ingredients

  • 15-ounce can chickpeas (1 1/2 cups cooked)
  • 1/4 cup tahini*
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or agave syrup, to taste
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder (Dutch process or dark chocolate, if desired)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  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 (gluten-free if desired), green apple slices, and strawberries.

Notes

*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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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

48 Comments

  • Reply
    Rachel
    September 26, 2016 at 8:41 am

    This does sound rather crazy, but when you think about it, there is no reason why it can’t work! Have you thought about scattering cocoa nibs over the top for some more crunch/ texture (I sprinkled them over guac for my summer party this year, and everyone was raving about the addition! http://www.rachelphipps.com/2016/08/road-to-rio-south-of-border-inspired.html)

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      Sonja
      October 2, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      Cocoa nibs = genius! Love that idea, Rachel!

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    Kelsey @ Appeasing a Food Geek
    September 26, 2016 at 9:12 am

    I have never thought about this combo, but it sounds like a new classic that everyone will be soon be making! ;) Love the idea of this virtual baby shower–I can’t wait to try some of these recipes from the collaboration. xoxo

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      Sonja
      October 2, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      I know, right? I hadn’t had it until a recent trip to California, but I’m now SOLD.

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    Ashley
    September 26, 2016 at 9:40 am

    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! :)

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      Sonja
      October 2, 2016 at 3:53 pm

      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! :)

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        Vedrana
        May 3, 2018 at 7:42 am

        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. ?

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          Sonja
          May 3, 2018 at 9:53 am

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

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    Erica
    September 26, 2016 at 11:06 am

    She has such a beautiful blog, it’s one of my favorites!! This chocolate hummus sounds so good, YES to salty pretzels!!!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      October 2, 2016 at 3:53 pm

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

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    Sara @ Cake Over Steak
    September 26, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    I love this idea! Chickpeas have such a mild flavor that I can see how this would totally work. Filing this one away for my next party. Thanks a bunch for organizing this with me! xoxo

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      Sonja
      October 2, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      Thank YOU for co-organizing! You’re the best!

  • Reply
    Alice
    September 26, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    This is such a good idea!!! Can’t wait to try it. Alice x
    http://www.aliceadventures.co.uk

    • Reply
      Sonja
      October 2, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      Thank you so much! Let us know what you think!

  • Reply
    Gena
    September 26, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    I love sweet hummus, but I’ve never tried a chocolate version. This is so inspiring, Sonja! <3

    • Reply
      Sonja
      October 2, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      Ooo thanks Gena! Your pancakes look like a dream :)

  • Reply
    Emily
    September 27, 2016 at 10:02 am

    What a fun and interesting recipe! Saved it so I can make it later this week :)

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      Sonja
      October 2, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      Thank you so much, Emily! We hope you enjoy it – let us know if you try it out!

  • Reply
    Edwina
    September 30, 2016 at 6:56 am

    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.

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      Sonja
      October 2, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      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!

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    Caitlin
    September 30, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    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!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      October 2, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      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 :)

  • Reply
    Amelia @ Eating Made Easy
    October 4, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    I remember how much you loved the Hope Chocolate Hummus! Sweet hummus is so fun to make. I posted Chocolate Chip Hummus awhile back and it quickly became a reader favorite. I love anything that tastes like dessert but is quite a bit healthier :)

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    lindsey
    October 11, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    ohmygosh! chocolate hummus may just be the most genius things ever. but when you think about it chickpeas have such a subtle flavor that totally lends to being sweetened and made into a chocolatey little dish! i can’t wait to try this out! thank you all so very much for coordinating and throwing this shower! frank and i were in the doctor’s office when we simultaneously found out the baby was coming and that you all threw the shower! we are totally convinced that our little babe was coaxed out from all the love you showered us with! thank you so very much, we will treasure these well wishes and sentiments for years to come. xoxo!

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    Sunny
    December 29, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    THIS IS SO GOOD!

    I’m bringing it to a potluck but I keep sneaking spoonfuls of it.

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    Rachel K.
    January 5, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    This hummus is delicious! Even my nephews and nieces (ages 5-10) liked it–we told them it was chocolate “dip” and served it with apple slices and pretzels. And I added more cocoa powder to the recipe to make truffles for Christmas, and rolled them in cocoa powder, dried coconut, or ground pecans. Very yummy. I started eliminating refined sugars and dairy from my diet last year, and am so glad I found this recipe!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      January 7, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      Oh how fun is this! I’m so glad this was a hit, especially that it jives with your goal of eliminating refined sugars and dairy. So glad to hear it got a seal of approval from kids too! Thanks for the comment!

  • Reply
    Jamie
    April 18, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Where can I buy tahini from???

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    Jill
    April 26, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    I made the chocolate hummus last week for my bridge group and it was a HIT! I couldn’t stop eating it with fresh fruit and

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    Andrea
    May 5, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    I made it. It’s to die for. I upped the maple syrup content. I also upped the salt content. My chickpeas were entirely salt-free and I’m a salt-a-holic

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    Vedrana
    May 14, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Fabulous! I upped the maple syrup a touch and also added a dash od cinnamon, two dashes of instant coffee granules and a drizzle of rum, and instead of water I used soy cream when blending it up. Might bring down the amount of tahini next time, too.

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    Anonymous
    June 23, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    This was excellent. Super easy, and tasted incredible. Thank you.

  • Reply
    Denise
    September 12, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Do you have the nutritional value of this recipe? Thx!

    • Reply
      Alex
      September 12, 2018 at 5:53 pm

      Hi! I just added nutritional content to the recipe card. Thanks for reading!

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    Susan M
    September 18, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Didn’t know this was a thing until I heard it today from my 75-yr-old foodie friend! Can I use cacao powder instead of dutch cocoa? I’m ready to try it out on my brother who is visiting and LOVES hummus!
    Thank you-
    SusanM

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      Alex
      September 18, 2018 at 7:40 pm

      Hi! Yes, I think that cacao powder should work! Let us know if you try it :)

  • Reply
    Cherysse
    January 13, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    This recipe is delicious!!! Thank you for sharing.
    I ended up by using natural peanut butter, agave and cacao powder as well as a bit of almond milk.
    I think next time I would add less cacao powder. Maybe start with a 1/4 cup then go up from there. But still worked out great.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      January 13, 2019 at 4:50 pm

      All these subs sound fabulous! Thanks for making it!

  • Reply
    Anonymous
    January 14, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Have you tried making this with date paste as a healthier sweetener?

    • Reply
      Sonja
      January 14, 2019 at 3:33 pm

      We have not, but I think it would work! Feel free to give it a go and let us know what you think!

  • Reply
    HY
    January 25, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Hi – how big is a ‘serving’?? 1/3c? 3 tbsp?

    • Reply
      Sonja
      January 26, 2019 at 11:03 am

      Hi! Yes, the nutrition info is for about 3 TBSP per serving.

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    Cheryl
    February 12, 2019 at 12:35 am

    I was wondering if you could use honey in place of the maple syrup or agave?

    • Reply
      Sonja
      February 12, 2019 at 11:15 am

      Hi Cheryl — great question! You could definitely substitute honey or agave here!

  • Reply
    CindyH
    March 6, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    I wasn’t sure if we would like this or not, but wanted to give it a try. I made it last night and really enjoyed it with pretzels. Haven’t had any leftovers yet, but I think we’ll like it even better cold. I peeled the chickpeas because that’s what I always do when I make hummus. Otherwise followed the recipe exactly.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      March 23, 2019 at 9:48 pm

      So glad you took the risk to try it! And that you enjoyed it too :) Thank you for making it and cheers to chocolate hummus! :)

  • Reply
    Barbara J Merritt
    March 9, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Have mercy! Am I the only one eating this straight out of the bowl??!?! Sooo good and chocolately…with lots less guilt!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      March 9, 2019 at 7:48 pm

      Haha!! We eat it straight out of the bowl too :) Thanks for making it!

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