Chocolate Hummus Recipe

As many of you know, I am a huge fan of chocolate.  Addicted, I’d say.  So when I learned of a new (to me) chocolate product, and a “healthy” one, I was pretty excited!  What is this healthy chocolate?  Chocolate hummus!

chocolate hummus

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Why I never thought of this on my own, I cannot say.  I have made chickpea blonde brownies, black bean brownies, and I love traditional hummus.  I enjoy all of them in their own ways.  And now I really enjoy that I can make an excuse to eat chocolate in pretty much every meal and snack.

I first tried Boar’s Head chocolate hummus.  It was pretty delicious, and contained no nasty chemical ingredients.  Right off the shelf, it was pretty healthy, and I do not feel guilty eating it.  [Ingredients at the time of writig of this post are: Steamed Chickpeas, Organic Sugar, Water, Sunflower Oil, Cocoa Powder, Vanilla Extract, Sea Salt, Nisin (A Natural Preservative)] But, this contains a little more sugar than I’d like, I avoid purchasing products in plastic packaging when I can, and I knew I would want to eat this hummus much more often than I would want to bay $5 for it.  So, I set off to create my own recipe. I hope you enjoy!


Makes  about 330 grams, which I divide into 6-56 gram servings.

chocolate hummus ingredients

  • 1 can black beans (1.5 cups), drained and liquid reserved
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons + 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 7/32 teaspoon pure powdered stevia extract (if using Kal stevia that comes with the little scoop, 7 scoops)
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • Reserved liquid to achieve desired consistency (I use 0-2 Tablespoons)
chocolate hummus ingredients in food processor

I recommend using a powerful food processor like a KitchenAid or Cuisinart.  I use an older version of this KitchenAid one – the 3 cup insert works great for a single batch, and the larger 11-cup container is great for a double or triple batch.  You may be able to use a blender, but the finished product will not be as smooth. If attempting in a blender, make at least a double batch to get enough volume for the blender to work…and be prepared to scrape down the sides of the blender frequently.

  1. Combine all ingredients EXCEPT reserved water in the food processor. Blend until smooth. If needed, scrape down the sides to make sure all ingredients are well blended.
  2. If needed, add water ½ to 1 teaspoon at a time, and blend, to achieve desired consistency.
  3. Chill before serving.

Note that the hummus will thicken up when it cools in the fridge, so don’t worry if it seems too thin.

I ensure that I use or freeze within 5 days since there are no preservatives in this.

chocolate hummus in food processor


What to do with chocolate hummus?

I could probably eat this hummus by itself, but I feel it tastes better when using as a dip – like hummus was intended (in my opinion).  I love this dip with strawberries (lucky for me juicy, delicious organic strawberries were on sale at my local grocery store for several weeks when I was developing this recipe!). It’s also great on bananas, with pretzels, graham crackers, and I have a feeling it would make a nice substitution for Nutella for those folks who can’t eat Nutella or don’t like hazelnuts. I will be trying a peanut butter and chocolate hummus sandwich next time I whip up a batch of this stuff.

chocolate hummus


Boar’s Head Chocolate Hummus: $4.99 for 8 oz (226 grams) (fact check!)

Black beans, $1 (or, of cooked from dry beans like I do, $1.50 for 4.5 “cans,” or $1.50/4.5=$0.333)

Coconut oil, ($14.99/54 fl oz)x(1 fl oz/6 tsp)=$0.046

Vanilla extract, ($27.99/12 fl oz)x(1 fl oz/6 tsp)=$0.180

Salt, $1.48 for a 26 oz (737g) carton, containing 491-1/4 tsp servings. $1.48/491=$0.003 per ¼ tsp

Unsweetened cocoa powder, $7.99 for 23 oz (652g). 5 grams/tbps = 12g/batch. ($7.99/652g)x(12g)=$0.147

Pure powdered stevia , $22 for 3.5 grams (1820 servings of 1 scoop). $22/1820×7=$0.085

Granulated sugar, $5.79 for 10 lb (4,536g). 12g/tbsp sugar. $5.79/ 4536g x 12g = $0.015

Total: $0.81 if using dried beans, or $1.98 is using canned beans, to make about 330 gram batch.  This comes out to $0.135-$0.33 per 56 gram serving.  

The Boar’s Head hummus is $4.99 for 8 oz (226 grams), or $1.25 per 56 grams.

My hummus is between 11% and 26% the cost of the Boar’s head hummus (depending on if dried or canned beans are used).  A frugal and healthy choice!


Have you ever tried chocolate hummus? What kinds of food do you like to eat with chocolate hummus? Please share in the comments below.