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Healthy Brownie Batter Hummus {vegan, oil-free}

Have you got 3 minutes? Then you have enough time to whip up a batch of healthy brownie batter hummus! It tastes like indulgence, but is a super nutritious treat! It is vegan, oil-free, & only 38 calories a 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, that’s right. 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

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

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. Notable for this time of year, in particular, it may also help remedy coughs (due to the presence of theobromine) and relieve stress (thanks to the high levels of magnesium, which can have a mild sedative effect).

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.

It’s quick to make (roughly 3 minutes from start to finish), requires ingredients you very likely have in your pantry right now.

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

Simply plunk the chickpeas and cocoa powder, along with some milk, maple syrup, vanilla and salt, into a food processor or blender, and you’re on your way to great eats.

chickpea and cocoa powder in a food processor

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

brownie batter hummus in a food processor

This makes a generous portion of hummus (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!

 

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Healthy Brownie Batter Hummus {vegan, oil-free}


  • Author: Camilla
  • Prep Time: 3 mins
  • Total Time: 3 mins
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

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


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed very well, drained
  • 1/2 cup nondairy milk (or dairy, as desired)–more , as needed
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 11/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea 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.

  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 39
  • Sugar: 3.4 g
  • Sodium: 97.1 mg
  • Fat: 1 g
  • Saturated Fat: .3
  • Carbohydrates: 8.2 g
  • Fiber: 1.6 g
  • Protein: 1.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: brownie batter hummus, brownie batter dip, healthy brownie dip, oil-free, vegan, healthy dip, dessert hummus, chocolate hummus, easy, low calorie dessert hummus

 

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