A few months back I had to bring a fruit tray to a gathering and wanted to add a snacking dip to my tray too. But I just wasn’t wanting one of those so-sweet-marshmallow-creamy fruit dips and so I instead settled on purchasing a chocolate hummus dip. And I loved it! Beans and chocolate really can work together! I found myself wanting to keep some chocolate hummus in my refrigerator more often which meant it was time to learn how to make my own chocolate hummus, something that turned out to be very simple to do.
Chocolate Hummus Ingredients
My chocolate hummus recipe is a slightly adapted version of the Forks over Knives chocolate hummus. Here are the basic ingredients and how I use them:
Beans – While many chocolate hummus recipes call for chickpeas, I always use black beans instead. They blend up nicely and I like that the darker color of the black beans adds to the chocolate look of the hummus too.
Liquid Sweetener – Sometimes I use pure maple syrup, but I found that agave nectar works just fine too, and is an ingredient with a sightly lower cost.
Cocoa Powder – this is where the chocolate flavor comes in!
Healthy Fat – Because this chocolate hummus has no tahini to add some smoothness to the mixture, a small dollop of peanut butter can be used instead.
Flavoring Extracts – In addition to a teaspoon of vanilla extract, I love to add in a 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract too!
Liquid for Thinning – If after blending the ingredients you feel the mixture is just a bit too thick, a tablespoon or two of a plant milk (or regular milk) can be used – OR – I’ve also just used a bit of water and still had a tasty dip.
All the ingredients listed above get dumped into a food processor and at first it doesn’t really look like you’re making a sweet treat. But once all the ingredients are blended together, you’ve created a smooth dip with a bit of sweetness and cocoa flavor but that includes that healthy benefits of beans too!
But Really – Is Chocolate Hummus Good?
If you’re not yet convinced that a bean-based hummus can really be a chocolate treat, I would encourage you to give it a try and I think you’ll be as pleasantly surprised as I was at how tasty a chocolate hummus recipe can really be. I can truly say that I indeed find chocolate hummus very good!
My favorite way to eat chocolate hummus is with fruit. I sometimes enjoy a few fresh strawberries and chocolate hummus for a bedtime snack. Fresh apple slices with chocolate hummus is a yummy good combo too.
And if you like sweet and salty pairings, try the chocolate hummus with a few pretzels. Before you know it you’ll have eaten up your whole batch of chocolate hummus and you’ll be happily making your next batch!
Simple Chocolate Hummus
- Food Processor
- 1 can Black Beans (15 oz) – Drained & Rinsed (Low sodium preferred)
- ¼ cup Cocoa Powder
- ¼ cup Agave Syrup or Pure Maple Syrup
- 1 Tbl Peanut Butter
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- ½ tsp Almond Extract
- 1 – 2 Tbl Plant Milk (I use almond) or Water
- Place the drained and rinsed beans in your food processor.
- Add the rest of the ingredients (except the almond milk) to the food processor with the beans.
- Blend for about a minute.
- If the mixture still seems a bit thick, add a tablespoon or two of the almond milk (or other milk of your choice) and blend again for a few seconds. You can also use water instead of the milk if you wish.
- Transfer your chocolate hummus to a covered container and keep in the refrigerator. It should keep for about 2 weeks.