Recipe: Chocolate Hummus

Indulge your sweet tooth with a healthy chocolate hummus made with black beans, cocoa powder and maple syrup that can be whipped up in just 10 minutes.

For a sweet twist on a savory classic, try whipping up a batch of easy chocolate hummus that will delight family and friends. While traditional hummus uses chickpeas and tahini, this recipe calls for black beans to create an even smoother texture, along with nut butter in place of tahini. Feel free to experiment with other beans you have on hand, such as white beans to customize the recipe.

Simply combine beans, nut butter, cocoa powder, maple syrup and a touch of vanilla extract in a blender. In just 10 minutes, you can create a luscious, chocolatey dip or spread that’s also healthy, providing protein, fiber and antioxidants. Serve with fresh fruit, like strawberries or bananas, for a perfect portable snack.



15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained

3 ½ Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

½ cup honey, to taste

⅓ cup nut butter of choice

¼ tsp. salt

2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Graham crackers, optional Pretzels, optional Fruit (strawberries, sliced banana, sliced apples, sliced pears, raspberries, etc.), optional


1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor until completely smooth like brownie batter.

2. Serve with graham crackers, fresh fruit, or pretzels if desired. 


Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1/8 Recipe

Calories: 170

Total Fat6g8%
Saturated Fat1g5%
Trans Fat0g 
Total Carbohydrate26g


Dietary Fiber

Total Sugars13g 
Includes 12g Added Sugars 24%

This recipe was created in partnership with CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center and adapted from

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This post was originally posted on 11/3/2023