Gingerbread Hummus

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This dessert hummus tastes like gingerbread cookie dough.  It’s sweet with those classic gingerbread spices like ginger, nutmeg, and maple syrup. 

Try this tasty holiday gingerbread inspired hummus recipe when you’re looking for an alternative to the traditional holiday cookie. Serve it with pretzels, apple slices, or graham crackers for a fun & healthy holiday appetizer.

white platter with gingerbread hummus, pretzels, and apple slices

How to make gingerbread hummus

We love this recipe because it has all of the favorite holiday flavors without all of the bad for you ingredients. Sure, we also love a good Christmas cookie too. But it is also about creating balance and not going overboard with treats in our home.

If you’re looking for a deliciously healthy holiday snack or appetizer for your next gathering… or while watching your favorite Christmas movie, this is the recipe for you!

This sweet and spicy holiday treat tastes a lot like the classic gingerbread cookies but without the brown sugar and instead uses maple syrup to give it sweetness.

And this hummus is also a vegan and gluten-free recipe.

closeup image of the hummus in a white bowl with pretzels to the left side


This recipe does not require anything fancy and uses mostly pantry staples. In fact, you may already have most of these in your home right now.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • chickpeas
  • nut butter of choice – peanut butter, sun butter, cashew butter, almond butter all work great in this recipe!
  • milk of choice – whole milk is my preferred, but almond milk or other non-dairy milk work well too
  • maple syrup
  • blackstrap molasses
  • vanilla extract
  • cinnamon
  • ground ginger
  • allspice
  • nutmeg
  • salt

Alternatively, pumpkin pie spice can be used in substitution of these spice. I have used 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of pumpkin spice to get the same flavor combination that I like for this recipe.

ingredients shot in small white pinch bowls


Making your own hummus from scratch is incredibly simple to do! All you’ll need is a food processor or blender to mix the ingredients together.

Begin by draining the can of chickpeas. And then add all of the ingredients to the bowl of the food processor or blender if using.

Next, start blending the ingredients together until well combined and creamy.

adding the ingredients to the food processor to be blended
blending all ingredients in the bowl of the food processor
dipping an apple slice in to the gingerbread hummus on the platter

🍯 How to store leftover hummus

Extra hummus can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days (3-5), but not more than one week. Be sure to keep in an airtight container. A glass bowl is preferred for freshness.

pretzel dipped in the hummus on a platter

Pairing ideas

Besides just eating this dessert hummus right off of the spoon, this recipe pairs really well with fresh fruit. Here are a few more ideas for serving with this holiday flavored hummus.

  • fresh apple slices
  • pretzels
  • graham crackers
  • over toast for breakfast
  • pear slices
  • pita bread
  • fresh strawberries
  • crackers
  • spread over celery and top with raisins

More favorite sweet treats to try

Here are a few more of my favorite sweet treats with healthier ingredient alternatives.

Healthy hot chocolate

Maple whipped cream

Healthy pumpkin pie

Maple overnight oats

FAQ (frequently asked questions)

What is in hummus that is good for you?

Hummus is a good combination of fiber, protein, and healthy fats. And when consumed in moderation, it makes a great weight management food.

What goes best with hummus?

Fresh fruits and vegetables are great serving options for hummus. Pita chips, crackers, bread, and sandwiches are also great options for serving.

Does tahini make a difference in hummus?

Yes, it is a main ingredient in hummus along with the chickpeas. But… it does not need to be in hummus if you don’t like the flavor. In my spicy garlic hummus, I don’t use tahini and it is also not used in dessert hummus.

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white platter with a white bowl in the center with the gingerbread hummus and apple slices wrapping around the front and right side. Pretzels wrapping around left and back side.

Gingerbread Hummus Recipe

This gingerbread hummus recipe is an easy snack for a holiday gathering or a winter’s movie marathon, this dip combines the classic flavors of gingerbread cookies in a healthy, sweet dip.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Author Mary Woita
Servings 20
Calories: 34kcal



  • Add the drained chickpeas, the nut butter, milk, maple syrup, molasses, vanilla, and spices to the bowl of a food processor or blender.
  • Blend on high speed until well combined and creamy – about 2-3 minutes.
  • Spoon the finished hummus into a serving bowl & enjoy!

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