A vegan Chocolate Hummus Shake is a refreshingly cool treat for a hot summer’s day! Made with cocoa powder, chickpeas, tahini, frozen banana, and almond milk, this delicious smoothie can be served for a snack or even dessert! This super easy recipe is vegan and gluten-free.
The Hummus Shake
Did you know that hummus shakes are a thing? It seems that they’ve been around for a while, but I only just discovered them when reading about a restaurant in New York City that is going to start serving them. I don’t live too far from New York City, but I’m not about to trek in just for a shake. So why not make one at home?
When you think about it, it makes sense to turn hummus into a shake. Hummus is made with chickpeas and tahini, which lend themselves nicely to a blended beverage. When I make shakes or smoothies, I like to use protein powder. In this hummus shake, I’ve used chickpeas for protein. They puree nice and smoothly in a blender. I often add a nut butter to my smoothies, too. Since tahini is ground sesame seeds, it makes a nice nut butter substitute.
What is Tahini?
Tahini is a paste that’s made from ground sesame seeds. It can be bitter straight of out the jar, but when mixed with other ingredients, it magically transforms into a lush and creamy paste. It’s an essential ingredient in making hummus. I also use it regularly to make salad dressing, but it can be used in many different ways.
In most grocery stores, tahini can be found near the peanut butter. Some grocery stores also keep it in the ethnic food area.
Cacao vs Cocao
I’ve made chocolate dessert hummus in the past, and it’s a thing of beauty. And because because chocolate and tahini pair well together, I’ve added raw cacao powder to my shake.
Cacao is considered raw, and it’s made my cold pressing raw cocoa beans. Cocoa powder has been roasted at a high temperature. Cacao is said to have many health benefits, including reducing the risk of heart disease and lowering insulin resistance. And of course, it’s a mood booster!
Cacao powder can be pricy, although I’ve found it reasonably priced at Trader Joe’s. If you can’t find it, dairy-free cocoa powder can be used instead, and your shake will be just as tasty.
How to Make a Vegan Hummus Shake
Making a hummus shake takes a little forethought because you have to freeze a banana first. If you’re feeling impatient and you want your shake now you throw a few ice cubes into your blender.
This recipe couldn’t be easier! You just throw everything in to a blender and blend until it’s smooth and creamy. It whips up in seconds in my Blendtec!
If you’re not going to serve it right away, pour it into a jar or bottle with a lid and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to drink it. It will keep for a day or so.
Sip your vegan Chocolate Hummus Shake while enjoying a great summer read on a hot afternoon, or enjoy it for dessert after a light meal.
Vegan Chocolate Hummus Shake
- 2 cups unsweetened, plain almond milk or your favorite non-dairy milk
- 1 frozen banana
- 1½ cup cooked chickpeas
- ½ cup tahini
- ¼ cup cocoa or cacao powder
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
- cacao nibs and sesame seeds for serving, optional
Mix all of the ingredients together in a blender until smooth and creamy.
Top with cacao nibs and sesame seeds. Serve cold.
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