Dessert hummus. Yep you read that right! While most people think of hummus as a savory dip, it can also be a sweet treat! Traditional hummus is made from blended chickpeas and typically mixed with tahini, garlic, olive oil, and spices. Dessert hummus is made from chickpeas and olive oil, but also includes sweeter ingredients such as cocoa powder, vanilla extract, honey, or maple syrup.
Why Did We Try It?
After eyeing these sweet hummus flavors for a while, we decided to finally buck up and try it. Hummus packs a nutritious punch with fiber, protein, vitamin C, and iron. We wanted to see if hummus could be versatile as both a savory snack and a sweet treat!
Where to Find Dessert Hummus
Sweet hummus flavors can be found at most major retailers. In the Midwest, Boar’s Head Dark Chocolate Hummus can be found at Schnucks, Fresh Thyme, Publix, and Dillions. Cedar’s Dark Chocolate Hummus can be purchased at Whole Foods and Dillions. Marketside Dark Chocolate Mint Hummus is a limited-edition flavor that is sold at Walmart.
Dessert Hummus, Worth the Bite?
Taste: 4.5/5 stars
Of the three dessert hummuses we tried, our favorite is the Boar’s Head Dark Chocolate. This hummus had a rich chocolate flavor and a smooth texture. It has just the right amount of sweetness. In second place is the Cedar’s Dark Chocolate Hummus. It still had a delicious chocolate taste but was a bit grainy in texture. The Marketside Dark Chocolate Peppermint Hummus is a great flavor for the upcoming holidays but just not a personal favorite of ours.
Nutrient Density: 3.5/5
The nutrition in dessert hummus is similar to classic hummus, but there is an increase in added sugar. On average, there is about 80 calories, 4 g of fat, and 1.5 teaspoons of added sugar per 2 tablespoons serving. Compared to a traditional chocolate frosting or Nutella, chocolate hummus contains more fiber and protein with additional vitamins and minerals. This means you may feel more satisfied while eating less. However it can still be easy to overindulge, so we suggest portioning out 2 tablespoons into a bowl to avoid eating half the container!
Most dessert hummus can be purchased for around $5.00. We were able to find the Boar’s Head Dark Chocolate Hummus on sale for $3.99 at Schnucks. Compared to the price of Nutella ($6.94) or prepackaged fruit dip ($3.98), the dessert hummus fairs well. You can also try to make your own to cut down the cost and personalize the flavor!
Overall Rating: 4/5
Marketside Dark Chocolate Peppermint Flavored Hummus
How We Tried it:
We tried dessert hummus as a way to satisfy the after-dinner dessert craving, pairing the chocolate hummus with fresh strawberries. It provided the perfect balance of sweetness and satiety. We could have also enjoyed it with pretzels, whole-grain toast, banana, or apples.
Check out our other reviews for more dessert ideas!