Do you find yourself reaching for a sweet nighttime snack after dinner? Me too! The key to creating a satisfying post-dinner snack (or any snack!) is to combine fueling carbohydrates with satiating protein and/or healthy fats (like avocado, seeds, or plant oils!). Hummus is a wonderful, well-rounded snack because beans like chickpeas are a great mixture of fiber-rich carbs and plant-based protein. Pairing them with something sweet is just an added bonus. Plus, who doesn’t love chocolate!? 


  • 1 15oz. can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained (optional: remove the skins for creamier hummus!) 
  • 1/3 cup tahini (or, if you don’t have tahini, ½ cup nut butter) 
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup 
  • 1/4 cup plant-based milk, plus more as needed 
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 tsp. salt 
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips 
  • FOR SERVING: Fresh fruit, pretzels, crackers, pita chips, graham crackers, etc. 


  • Can opener
  • Colander
  • Measuring cups
  • Spoons
  • Blender or food processor
  • Spatula
  • Bowl 


  1. Add all ingredients besides the chocolate chips to a blender or food processor. Pulse until smoothing, adding more milk 1 tsp. at a time if needed to become thin. Stir in ½ the chocolate chips and sprinkle the rest on top once finished. 
  2. Serve chilled in a bowl with your favorite dippers, and enjoy! 

By: Aubrey Redd, MS, RDN, LDN 

Recipe Adapted from Ambitious Kitchen