With all the pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon, and other decadent fall treats teasing us in the grocery store, here’s a recipe for snacking healthfully with a pinch of indulgence: homemade chocolatey dessert hummus. It’s a chickpea-based, maple syrup-sweetened alternative to sugary desserts and bland appetizers. Slightly sweet, a little nutty, and totally airy, the mousse-like dip makes for both effortless entertaining and a special afternoon snack.

We use sunflower seed butter instead of tahini in our version of the trendy dip; it’s a sweeter match with the maple syrup and cocoa powder, while more neutral-tasting (and more allergy-friendly) than a nut butter. Throw it all in a food processor or blender, along with rinsed chickpeas and a touch of salt and vanilla extract, and say hello to a whipped mixture. Place on a cheese board, surround with your favorite fruits and crackers, and get to dunkin’.

CHocolate hummus

(Serves 6-8)

Ingredients:

  • 1 (16-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • scant 1/4 cup sunflower seed butter
  • 3-4 tablespoons maple syrup, or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • small pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • extra cocoa powder and flaky sea salt, for topping
  • cookies, crackers, nuts, and fruit, for serving (We used sliced apples, grapes, and Trader Joe’s Belgian Butter Waffle Cookies, Pumpkin Cranberry Crisps, and Sweet and Spicy Pecans.)

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or strong blender.
  2. Puree on medium speed until smooth and light, scraping the sides of the food processor or blender and adding water 1 tablespoon at a time (we added about 1/4 cup of water total) to loosen the mixture, if necessary.
  3. Transfer hummus to a bowl. Top with cocoa powder and flaky sea salt.
  4. Serve immediately with fresh fruit, cookies, nuts, and crackers.

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(Recipe and photos via Sara Cagle / Brit + Co)