I knew when I was creating this recipe that readers would likely fall into two camps: people who thought “YES! A healthy, protein-packed chocolate dessert!” and people who thought “That’s disgusting! Why are you messing up chocolate by adding chickpeas?! You stink.”
If you find yourself in the former group, I like your attitude and I think we might be soulmates. If you find yourself in the latter group, let me tell you why chickpeas and chocolate works in this recipe (and notsomuch in others you may have tried).
Short answer: you can’t taste the chickpeas. And no, I’m not trying to pull a fast one on you.
I’ve had this idea for a chocolate chickpea spread in my head for oh, at least a year. One crazy, hippie-dippy day I even thought about opening a quaint little cafe called “Chocolate and Chickpeas” with homemade vegan chocolates, roasted chickpeas, and hummus. Those are my favorite foods and I’ll happily eat them one after the other or together, but I think the general public isn’t quite there yet.
This dip took some tinkering in the kitchen because while I do think beans can have a place in a delicious dessert, there are many a dessert recipe in blogland that taste like sugary…well, beans. I wanted the health benefits and the protein of a chickpea-based dip, but I also wanted it to taste like rich, intensely dark chocolate. NOT beans. That’s why I’ve used lots and lots of raw cacao powder, chopped dark chocolate, and the ingredient that really makes it taste authentically chocolatey—melted raw cacao butter.
Here’s where the chickpeas are awesome: they make for one perfectly fluffy dip, almost like a chocolate mousse but denser and more satisfying (which means a little goes a long way).
If you’re skeptical, maybe some juicy red strawberries will help to convince you?
This is the new chocolate-dipped strawberry. I’ll be damned if you can taste the chickpeas.
Let us know if you give this dark chocolate chickpea dip a try! Leave a comment or tag an Instagram photo #picklesnhoney so we can see. We dare you to find even a hint of chickpea flavor amongst the double chocolate overload.
Double Dark Chocolate Chickpea Dip
Prep Time: 15 mins
Rich, intensely dark and fluffy chocolate chickpea dip that tastes indulgent, but that's packed with healthy, plant-based protein. And no, you can't taste the chickpeas.
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