This chocolate chip cookie dough hummus recipe tastes decadent without the calories and fat of actual cookie dough. It’s an addicting chickpea cookie dough dip that can trick even the most picky family. Included in this post are alternatives for sugar-free and dairy-free options.
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Why Make A Sweet Hummus
I never thought when I started making hummus that I would become the type of person that swore by chickpea dessert recipes. I mean, when I started The Bean Bites I didn’t even add a desserts category (maybe I will soon). After all, beans for dessert?
Here I am, though, telling my friends and family about a healthy cookie dough, with a small amount of sugar, that is gluten-free. And, it’s so addicting I end up licking the spatula and every speck of cookie dough hummus from the plastic storage container.
What Is A Dessert Hummus Recipe
There are a lot of reasons to make sweet hummus. First, it should be noted that not all dessert hummus recipes are equal. My first time making chocolate hummus was a disaster! Since then, I’ve practiced with different recipes and different combinations in search of hummus dips that don’t taste like hummus.
Because that’s really the trick here. I love hummus, don’t get me wrong. We eat some form of hummus almost every day of the week.
When it comes to a dessert hummus, though, it should taste so good you don’t know it has chickpeas in it. That’s the trick. A dessert hummus should be a healthy dessert, but one that doesn’t make you miss “real” desserts.
What Is Chickpea Cookie Dough Dip
There’s just something about this recipe that feels a little decadent. I know I am eating something extremely low in sugar. I know I am eating chickpeas. My mind plays tricks on me though. I think I am eating something that’s a real treat. But I shouldn’t feel guilty at all.
One of the main reasons why people make dessert hummus is because they have dietary restrictions. Mostly this means people who can’t eat sugar or dairy products. They can’t eat chocolate or regular cake, so they turn to hummus as an alternative.
This hummus includes sugar and dairy. Just see the notes below in the ingredients if you have strict dietary restrictions. We offer alternatives for sugar-free and dairy-free diets. This dip is also gluten free.
Ingredients For This Chickpea Cookie Dough Hummus Recipe
When testing this recipe I wanted to try to make it as healthy as possible while still tasting good. This is a challenge with any dessert hummus recipe. Our snickerdoodle hummus recipe is a little easier because of the cinnamon. It’s almost like cheating. There are a few ingredients, though, that can cause problems for people with dietary restrictions – but there are some workarounds.
In addition to chickpeas that are drained and rinsed in cool water, there are both liquid and dry ingredients. The liquid ingredients include pure vanilla extract, almond butter (or any other nut butter), honey, and milk. Instead of tahini, which is normally used in hummus recipes, use almond butter. Be sure to stir the almond butter before using it to get to the right consistency. You can buy almond butter on Amazon here.
The dry ingredients include salt, baking soda, dry rolled oats, and a touch of brown sugar. Fold chocolate chips in at the end to make it a chocolate chip cookie dough, although these really are optional.
I used just a touch of milk to help make the dip more creamy. Normally in a hummus recipe you can always add a bit of warm water to help the hummus reach the right consistency. It’s the same here. Feel free to use a little water when blending.
Or, use almond milk or even coconut milk – whatever you have on hand. By using almond or coconut milk you also get a touch of sweetness as well.
I used just a touch of brown sugar in this recipe because the combination of brown sugar and vanilla extract is, to me, what chocolate chip cookie dough is all about. Feel free to use a sugar alternative or skip the brown sugar all together.
It was the last ingredient I added before the chocolate chips. Before the sugar, the hummus tasted good. With the sugar, it tasted great! No real surprise there. If using a sugar alternative, just add a little bit at a time. Or, keep adding honey until the hummus tastes as sweet as you want it.
If you are on a strict sugar-free diet, look for vanilla extract that is “no sugar added.” This is normally the case with pure vanilla extract, like this one here.
I used regular chocolate chips because that’s all I have access to in Spain – and they are hard enough to find here. Use whatever chocolate you might use when baking. Hershey’s actually makes a great alternative. Get their sugar free chocolate chips on Amazon here. Lily’s also makes a vegan chocolate chip that is available on Amazon here.
How To Make This Cookie Dough Hummus Recipe
Blend all of the ingredients except the chickpeas in a food processor or blender until smooth.
Add the chickpeas a little at a time until blended smooth. Taste and adjust any ingredients to make it sweeter, generally by adding more honey.
Blend until it reaches the right consistency while scraping the sides of the blender or food processor. If more moisture is needed to make it smooth add more milk, milk alternative, or a tablespoon of warm water.
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons almond butter (or other nut butter)
- 3 teaspoons honey
- ⅛ of a teaspoon of salt
- ⅛ of a teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1 teaspoons oats
- 1 teaspoon milk (or milk alternative)
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar (optional)
- 1 cup chocolate chips (or sugar-free, dairy-free chips)
- Blend all ingredients except the chickpeas in a food processor or blender until smooth.
- Add the chickpeas a little at a time until blended smooth.
- Taste and adjust any ingredients to make it sweeter, generally by adding more honey.
- Blend until it reaches the right consistency while scraping the sides of the blender or food processor. If more moisture is needed to make it smooth add more milk, milk alternative, or a tablespoon of warm water.
This dessert hummus recipe takes a little but longer to make than the typical hummus because you need to stop a few times to taste and adjust the sweetness.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 212Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 74mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 4gSugar: 21gProtein: 4g
This nutritional data is provided by a third-party source and should not be relied on if you are on a strict diet.
How To Serve
I love serving dessert hummus with fruit, like apple wedges or whole strawberries. Any sort of simple cookie or biscuit works well too. I like using Lotus Biscoff cookies or classic British digestive cookies too.