Today’s recipe is a dessert that is not only delicious but also is packed with nutrients. I know it sounds ridiculous but hummus can go sweet with chocolate. Adding dark chocolate to hummus creates a marvelous spread or dip that can be used for a snack, lunch, or even dessert. Dark chocolate contains powerful antioxidants, can help lower blood pressure, raise HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol), while decreasing LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol), lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease, and may even improve brain function. Hummus is also a healthy option, as beans are high in fiber and protein. According to Spoon University, chocolate hummus is similar in texture to the hazelnut spread, Nutella, but with one-third of the calories and sugar. You can use classic chickpeas or garbanzo beans, black beans, or cannelini beans. Chickpeas are good for you helping to control blood sugar and cholesterol. Use it as a spread on toast or bread, use it as a dip with fresh fruit or graham crackers, or enjoy it as a pudding. Chocolate hummus is perfect with fresh fruit, and I’d start with strawberries, bananas, or even apple slices.
If you’re not a hummus fan and can’t imagine a sweet hummus dessert, remember that the savory ingredients of tahini, olive oil, and garlic are replaced with cocoa powder, almond butter, and maple syrup, honey, or stevia. I like it with a touch of vanilla extract, but you could try other flavors like adding almond extract with a handful of shredded coconut. It tastes like Almond Joy when you add almonds. The nut butter replaces the tahini and acts as an oil in the spread. Almond, cashew, coconut, or peanut butters all work great and give you a different flavor.
Process all basic ingredients of beans, cocoa, vanilla, 1/3 cup of sweetener, and oil substitute like peanut butter for 5 minutes in a food processor until smooth. Taste and add remaining sweetener up to 1/2 cup if needed. If it is too thick, add almond milk a teaspoon at time and process. Then stir in any extras like shredded coconut, nuts, or chocolate chips. Want a nut free version? Replace the nut butter with a very ripe banana. Process the ingredients without sweetener and taste to adjust amount of sweetener added. Really the variations are only limited by your imagination.
Dessert Chocolate Hummus
Use organic when available. Serves 8
Dessert Chocolate Hummus
- 1 15 oz can of chick peas drained and rinsed (or black bean or canneli)
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup maple syrup, honey or stevia
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup almond butter (or other nut butter)
- Optional 1 tsp almond milk if too thick
- Optional Add-ins (1/3 cup nuts, chocolate chips, shredded coconut)
- Place all ingredients except for add-ins into food processor or high speed blender
- Process until smooth
- Optional If too thick add 1 tsp almond milk if needed and process
- Optional stir in any Add-ins
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