Creamy brownie batter hummus because there is nothing better than treating yourself without the guilt.
Desserts and baking are my favorite. I love making sweet indulgent things to share with people, but it is impossible for me to eat as much as I want. So, I will often make myself a little something that is just as delicious, but a little healthier while I am baking up a thousand batches of cookies.
I used to be against sweet hummus since I am such a devout fan of good, traditional hummus. But then I was at an event and they had only sweet hummus and I thought I should at least try it before I turn my nose up at it. Thank goodness I did because wow. Just wow. It is so good in its own right and the best part is that it is actually kind of good for you, so you don’t have to feel bad when you accidentally eat half the container while binge-watching Netflix.
What is Brownie Batter Hummus?
This is a sweet hummus recipe. Chickpeas have a surprisingly neutral flavor that can go either sweet or savory. A savory hummus will likely be flavored with cumin, lemon, tahini, and other spices. You can, however, infuse the chickpeas with sweeter ingredients such as vanilla, cocoa powder, maple syrup, honey, or cinnamon. The chickpeas will take on those flavors without giving you a savory undertone.
Brownie batter hummus is a wonderfully chocolate hummus that reminds you of eating edible brownie batter only with good for you ingredients and a lot lighter on the calories.
What Does Brownie Batter Hummus Taste Like?
This chocolate hummus tastes like digging into a bowl of thick brownie batter. It is sweet, chocolaty, and feels incredibly indulgent. There is no taste from the chickpeas, so all you get is sweet chocolate and a hint of vanilla.
Is Brownie Batter Hummus Healthy?
Compared to actually eating brownie batter or other chocolate dips, yes, it is pretty healthy. There is still sweetener in it – we use agave nectar, but you can use honey or pure maple syrup, so you need to keep that in mind. Overall, the ingredients are pretty wholesome and a great way to get much-needed nutrients in a really fun way.
How to Make Chocolate Hummus
So, at its core, you blend chickpeas with cocoa powder, sweetener, and your dairy or alternative dairy ingredient of choice, plus some flavor enhancements like vanilla extract.
I like my hummus to be very creamy and smooth, so I take the extra step of removing the skins off the chickpeas. It is a little tedious but it does improve the final texture of the hummus, so it is worth it to me. If you don’t think there is a difference, or don’t mind a chocolate hummus that isn’t as smooth, skip this step.
Once you have all your ingredients, add them to a food processor or blender, and pulse/puree until smooth and creamy. Normally, I will make hummus in the food processor, but my high-power blender gets it just a bit smoother.
How to Eat Brownie Batter Hummus
There are no wrong answers! I love having mine with fruit and pretzels. That is my go-to, but you can use it any way you want. It is great slathered on whole-wheat toast and pita, or even in your oatmeal. If you are feeling like you want to be more indulgent and like sweet and salty, it is also great with chips. Eating it by the spoonful is also encouraged.
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- 14 ounce can chickpeas*
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder**
- 5 tablespoons agave nectar
- 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/4 cup refined coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Rinse and then optionally skin your chickpeas.
- Add all the ingredients to your blender.
- Blend in a blender until smooth and creamy.
- Put in an airtight container to chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
*Please use canned chickpeas with no sodium, or reduced-sodium. If you use reduced-sodium, you can omit the salt at the end.
**natural or Dutch-processed cocoa powder works fine. Some brands are stronger than others and you might need to add more agave to compensate for a particularly strong cocoa powder
***Sometimes the dip will thicken when chilled, you can thin it out with a tablespoon or two of almond milk.
Serving Size:2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 91 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 103mg Carbohydrates: 14g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 6g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g