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Have you got 3 minutes? Then you have enough time to whip up a batch of indulgent-tasting oil-free brownie batter hummus! It is a super nutritious treat! that is vegan, high in fiber, & only 38 calories per two tablespoon serving.

Brownie Batter Dip Made with Chickpeas!

Hooray, the weekend is upon us! Whether your plans involve get-togethers, snuggling up with a book  & a blanket, heading out for an early morning long-run, or any/all of the above, I have a recipe worth your immediate attention: Healthy Brownie Batter Hummus.

Yes, you read correctly: brownie and hummus in the same title! Instead of flour, butter and eggs, this brownie batter is made from none other than canned chickpeas.

canned chickpeas, drained, in a mesh sieve
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Once the other ingredients are added, you will only taste brownie, not chickpeas. I promise (even my highly skeptical 11-year-old gobbles this up)

And while this is an excellent dip, it is also delicious on just about everything, including berries, spoons and fingers.

Healthy Benefits of Brownie Batter Hummus

Brownie batter like this is good for you, so dip and spread away! It is:

  • Grain-free
  • Gluten-Free
  • Vegan
  • Oil-free
  • High fiber
  • Low calorie (39 calories per 2 tablespoon serving!)

Ingredients for Healthy Brownie Batter Hummus

The exact amounts of each ingredient are indicated in the recipe card at the end of the post.

Here’s what you will need to make this healthy treat. Most likely, you have everything you need, in your pantry, right now

Canned chickpeas: The main player, chickpeas are frugal, high in protein and fiber, plus a wealth of micronutrients, including vitamin B6, folate, magnesium, and zinc, perfect for helping to fend off–or recover from–winter cold.

Unsweetened cocoa powder: Cocoa powder is an antioxidant superstar, with a particular type called flavonoids that can benefit multiple aspects of health, including heart, brain, and blood pressure.

Plain non-dairy milk: Use any variety you prefer. It adds creaminess to the hummus without the need for oil.

Maple syrup: all natural sweetness without the sugar spike!

Vanilla extract: vanilla brings out the best in any brownie batter, including this one.

I like to add a bit of salt (about 1/8 teaspoons), but it is optional. The sodium in canned chickpeas varies, so taste first, then add more salt, if desired.

And yet, as delicious as this is to eat, it’s how it makes me feel that I love most. Namely, nourished and satisfied.

I am notorious for forgetting to eat lunch when I am working, which is not a good thing; I turn into the Tasmanian devil (the Bugs Bunny variety) when my blood sugar drops.

Keeping a stash of healthy snack and nibbles–both sweet and savory– in the refrigerator and pantry are key for helping me avoid the crisis, because they make it easier for me to nosh on healthy nibbles throughout the day.

Add to that, this time of year–chilly in most areas, and a (teensy to enormous) bit more stressful–and you can bet that most of us could use some high impact nourishment to feel happy, well, and energized. I know that I do.

This hummus delivers exactly that.

How to Make Healthy Brownie Batter Hummus

Note that the complete directions are also in the recipe card below.

Step One: Add everything to Food Processor or Blender

Place all of the ingredients (the drained chickpeas, cocoa powder, milk, maple syrup, and vanilla) into a food processor or blender.

chickpea and cocoa powder in a food processor

Step Two: Blend

Blend, stopping to scrape down the bowl a few times, and you’re done!

brownie batter hummus in a food processor

Step Three: Adjust as Needed

Add more milk if the hummus is too thick, more maple syrup for more sweetness, or a pinch of salt, as desired.

That’s it, you’ve got brownie hummus!

This makes a generous portion (2 cups!). Perfect for sharing! Or not :).

A quick note before I go: If you want an especially smooth hummus, gently rub the chickpeas with your fingertips after rinsing to remove the skins, and/or use your blender instead of a food processor.

glass measuring cup filled with brownie batter hummus

You can serve this unadorned, with your favorite dippers alongside (e.g., strawberries, graham crackers, pretzel rods), or add a few festive accessories, such as toasted coconut, mini chocolate chips, pomegranate arils, or chopped nuts on top.

brownie batter hummus spread on graham crackers and topped with pomegranate seeds and chopped pistachios

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Oil-Free Brownie Batter Hummus (V, GF)

Oil-Free Brownie Batter Hummus (V, GF)

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

Indulge your sweet tooth while fueling your mind, body and soul with this nutritious, indulgent-tasting oil-free brownie batter hummus (it tastes like brownies or chocolate pound cake batter). Just what you need to fuel up before your next long run or mega-errand list!

Ingredients

  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed very well, drained
  • 1/2 cup (118 mL) nondairy milk (or dairy, as desired)--more , as needed
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Optional toppings: mini semisweet chocolate chips, pomegranate seeds, chopped toasted nuts or flake coconut

Instructions

  1. Place the chickpeas, milk, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt in a food processor or high speed blender. Blend until smooth, stopping to scrape sides of the bowl periodically. Add more milk, as needed, until desired level of creaminess is achieved.

Notes

Storage: Store the hummus in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Bean Options: An equal size can of white beans (cannellini are really creamy) or black beans can be used in place of the chickpeas.

Sweetener Options: Feel free to use the sweetener of your choice here. If using a granulated sweetener, you will most likely need to add an extra tablespoon or more of milk.

Nutrition Information
Yield 16 Serving Size 2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving Calories 39Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0.3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 97.1mgCarbohydrates 8.2gFiber 1.6gSugar 3.4gProtein 1.5g

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I'm Camilla, food writer, author, runner, and spin instructor. PowerHungry® is where I share my easy, minimalist, plant-based recipes, designed for living a healthy, delicious, empowered life.

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6 Comments

    1. Hi Miriam–yes! This, and most other hummus, can be frozen for about 3 months in an airtight container.

  1. I know it’s 39 calories per serving for 2 tbsp but I made it today to try it out and I love it but I didn’t do the same amount of the per serving size I did the whole thing on my two toast is it still 39 calories still?

    1. Hi Aaliyah,

      I am so glad you like the brownie hummus! Alas, it is still 39 calories per 2 tablespoons, regardless of how much you eat at one time.