Dessert… Hummus?!

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The first time I heard the phrase “dessert hummus” I was confused. “Hummus? As in chickpeas with garlic and onion and tahini? For dessert?!” Really, hummus just refers to something with a chickpea puree base; the rest of the flavorings and seasonings are completely up to you. And while traditionally hummus is given a savory spin, dessert hummus is a great way to make a sweet, creamy dip that adds sophistication to sweets.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Dessert Hummus


  • 2 cups chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

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In a food processor, add the first 4 ingredients and process until the hummus is smooth and emulsified(the one thing no one wants for dessert is chunky chickpea pieces in their dessert hummus). Remove the blade and fold in the chocolate chips. Move into a deep serving bowl.

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At first I wasn’t sure if the vanilla extract was necessary, but after trying it with and without I have to say that it is a must in this recipe; it transforms the puree from tasting like chickpeas and peanuts to something reminiscent of peanut butter cookie dough.

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Serve with graham crackers, cinnamon pita chips, or snickerdoodle cookies.

What’s the last thing you’ve tried that surprised you with how good it is? Not 24 hours after I made this batch, this is what the situation was.

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46 Responses to “Dessert… Hummus?!”

  1. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg 25. Aug, 2010 at 9:04 am #

    Dessert hummus. Evan, you just blew my mind. :-)


  2. christina 25. Aug, 2010 at 9:08 am #

    yum! that looks awesome. i’d definitely put in the vanilla extract too.


  3. Squeaky Gourmet 25. Aug, 2010 at 9:10 am #

    I love dessert hummus–apple pie is my favorite one!


  4. Daniel 25. Aug, 2010 at 9:13 am #

    I’m not going to lie, when I made my dessert hummus I actually did prefer a few pieces of chickpeas in it. Is it weird that I’ve also tossed fresh cooked chickpeas (just cooked in water, no seasonings) on top of my fruit and yogurt bowls?

    Anyways, pumpkin also makes an awesome addition to dessert hummus (or anything for that matter really).


  5. Madeline - Greens and Jeans 25. Aug, 2010 at 9:19 am #

    Oh MAN Evan! If only my blender didn’t cry every time I try to make hummus…


  6. Leianna 25. Aug, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    This sounds even to good to be true, you have so many amazing recipe ideas!


  7. Lin 25. Aug, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    what??? i was skeptical at the concept of dessert hummus until the peanut butter cookie dough part. i can’t wait to get my new food processor and make it!


  8. Jessie (Bites and Pieces) 25. Aug, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    Wow, this totally looks like cookie dough! I have seen dessert hummus around for a while, but I have been wary of trying it. I trust your opinion when it comes to desserts though, so I think I will have to make this now. :)


  9. Abby 25. Aug, 2010 at 9:55 am #

    ohhh this looks good. you really sold it when you said “peanut butter cookie dough”!


  10. Kim 25. Aug, 2010 at 9:57 am #

    Well, that certainly got my attention! I am perplexed and must try this now.


  11. JL Goes Vegan 25. Aug, 2010 at 10:05 am #

    Okay, I admit that I’m not sure how great this sounds. But I felt the same way about chocolate pudding made out of avocados and I ended up loving it.

    I’ll give this a try because I think chickpeas are one of the most perfect foods in the world!


  12. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) 25. Aug, 2010 at 10:13 am #

    I made dessert hummus last year and was totally blown away by it. I used cinnamon and wow! So good! I baked with it too and it made the most amazing cinnamon apple cupcakes!


  13. rebecca lustig 25. Aug, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    wow. you just made my love for hummus expand even more. unbelievable. genius. thank you for sharing!!


  14. Neen@ Broad Bean to Runner Bean 25. Aug, 2010 at 10:22 am #

    i wasnt sure to be honest…………right up until you said its like cookie dough, then i was sold for sure!


  15. Kristina @ spabettie 25. Aug, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    yum. I need this. especially with a graham cracker…


  16. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' 25. Aug, 2010 at 10:37 am #

    I’ll admit– I was scared when I saw the title of this post! Dessert hummus?! But I think you might have convinced me to try it!!

    In fact, I don’t even think I need graham crackers for dipping! I’d eat it straight like cookie dough! 😉


  17. eatmovelove 25. Aug, 2010 at 10:50 am #

    Wow. I’m a Hummus lover, but never thought of this.

    It totally looks like cookie dough…


  18. Heather (Heather's Dish) 25. Aug, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

    WOWZAH! i have got to try that…holy yum! i bet it would even be great with some sweet baby carrots…whatcha think?


  19. Emily 25. Aug, 2010 at 12:16 pm #

    Um, yeah, that looks and sounds so good. Its quite revolutionary, actually. :) I think I’m going to have to try.


  20. Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers 25. Aug, 2010 at 12:19 pm #

    sounds fantastic! love the idea of serving it w/ cinnamon pita chips. i don’t think i’d be able to stop. 😀


  21. Lorrie - token fat girl 25. Aug, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    This looks really good, thanks for the idea!


  22. suki @ [Super Duper Fantastic] 25. Aug, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

    That is an interesting take on it. :) I’m going to try regular hummus first and then venture onto the dessert side.


  23. Gena 25. Aug, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

    Dessert. Hummus.

    I die and go to vegan heaven now.


  24. Cynthia (It All Changes) 25. Aug, 2010 at 12:58 pm #

    I WILL be making this to take with me to a conference this weekend. All they serve is stuff I can’t eat but this I can!


  25. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) 25. Aug, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

    Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip anything is always a winner! the base of the hummus is what so many recipes that use black bean brownies this and that or white bean cookies, etc. They start with beans of some sort and then add in a bunch of cocoa powder, sweetener, etc and bake. Now i still havent jumped on the baked bean desserts but maybe i should. Dessert hummus/nobake/raw is wayyyy more my speed. Great work!!



  26. Erin 25. Aug, 2010 at 1:18 pm #

    So I just came across your page and I’m not gonna lie I was a little scared when I saw the words dessert and hummus together..Glad I kept reading though b/c this looks fabulous!! Love your page (:


  27. jodye @ 'scend food 25. Aug, 2010 at 2:10 pm #

    I was just as baffled as you the first time I came across dessert hummus, but I am so glad I tried it. I love your chocolate-pb version! I make one with cinnamon and raisins that is just wonderful


  28. Hayley 25. Aug, 2010 at 4:23 pm #

    I’m wary of dessert hummus. But I do love peanut butter cookie dough…


  29. Rachel (tea and chocolate) 25. Aug, 2010 at 4:50 pm #

    I made a cocoa based dessert hummus a while back, and wasn’t too impressed. But your recipe looks much better. Peanut butter, chocolate and maple syrup? I’m in!


  30. Naomi(onefitfoodie) 25. Aug, 2010 at 7:49 pm #

    there is this local company (from NH i think) and they make dessert hummus–PB, maple, hazelnut flavor they are SO good!


  31. Alycia [Fit n Fresh] 25. Aug, 2010 at 8:28 pm #

    Thank you thank you thank youuuu!! I have been looking EVERYWHERE for a good dessert hummus recipe! You’re my hero :)


  32. BroccoliHut 25. Aug, 2010 at 9:27 pm #

    Now this is a hummus flavor I have yet to try! YUM.


  33. Sana 25. Aug, 2010 at 9:41 pm #

    Hummm. I am not sure I can trust you. You know how flaky people get after they are famous and all? Is rehab your next stop?


  34. Deanna 26. Aug, 2010 at 6:59 am #

    What a super cool idea. I can honestly say I’d never ever thought of doing dessert hummus.


  35. chuck 26. Aug, 2010 at 7:43 am #

    I put crazy camel dessert hummus into the market place about two years ago now. Since then I have seen many people blog about dessert hummus and there own ideas. This is nice to see. I like to think I started a new craze in the world. We are the original crazy camel dessert hummus. check us out and look for our new flavors soon. We are from somersworth NH. Thanks chuck


  36. Jordan 26. Aug, 2010 at 9:04 am #

    Oh, I am SO making this when I’m home for Labor Day weekend! Sounds amaaazing.


  37. Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) 27. Aug, 2010 at 7:58 am #

    You = My hero!!


  38. Michelle 28. Aug, 2010 at 9:10 am #

    This sounds really intriguing to me. I’m guessing the consistency would be very similar to peanut butter. I’ll have to give this a try!


  39. Thomas Andrew 28. Aug, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    My girlfriend and I made garlic hummus twice last week. I never thought to try a sweet variation. Sounds good!


  40. Evan @swEEts 28. Aug, 2010 at 11:08 am #

    Evan! This sounds absolutely amazing!! I just read the recipe aloud to Mountain Man and he stop what he was doing and said ‘WOW’ We have chick peas in the cabinet.. yup. I’m trying this :)


  41. Gigabiting 28. Aug, 2010 at 7:28 pm #

    Ok, i get it. I just had to think of it in peanut butter-like terms. Cool!


  42. Barbara 28. Aug, 2010 at 8:35 pm #

    I love making this! I add Cocoa powder (or Amazing Grass Chocolate Superfoods), but the key is adding TAHINI! Milled flax gives it a great nutty taste/texture! Crumbled granola/cereal/cookies are the best in it! Try adding Quinoa, Tahini, honey etc, and making it into either a crust/or baking it into cookies! Frozen it tastes like cookie dough!
    Also, blended/whipped with either cottage cheese/yogury/ricotta/marscapone,quark or bakers cheese makes it TO DIE FOR! A scoop of protein powder, and I’m in heaven! Microwaving it with the above and an egg makes it into a souffle/custard! I love chick peas!


  43. C&C Cakery 28. Aug, 2010 at 10:47 pm #

    You are a hummus genius!


  44. Baking Serendipity 28. Aug, 2010 at 10:57 pm #

    Never thought of dessert hummus either. But with snickerdoodles? I’m all about it!


  45. Brittany 09. Sep, 2010 at 8:47 pm #

    Oh wow! I need to make some dessert hummus asap!!



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