Brownie Batter Hummus | Backpacking Recipe

This ultralight chocolate hummus backpacking recipe is absolutely divine and believe it or not, a healthy snack option! We would compare the hummus to a delicious bowl of brownie batter. Dehydrated chocolate hummus is an excellent cold soak mid-day treat or dessert after a long day in the backcountry.

Benefits of taking dehydrated hummus into the backcountry:

1. Protein for muscle recovery.

The garbanzo beans and nut butter provide great sources of vegan protein. Keep in mind that protein consumed post-exercise is important for muscle recovery. It is recommended that 20-30 grams of protein be consumed within two hours of exercise. One serving of this hummus recipe provides 10 grams of protein. What an awesome way to treat yourself after putting in the miles!

2. Healthy fats for sustainable energy.

The fat content of the nut butter and coconut oil provide sustainable energy for those long days in the backcountry. If dehydrating this recipe for the backcountry, it comes in at an impressive 138 calories per ounce. Not bad for a healthy treat! If you’re not climbing the tallest peak, the coconut oil can be left out to reduce the total calories of the recipe without changing the flavor. If treating yourself to this yummy snack at home, leaving out the coconut oil is probably not a bad idea unless you’ve just returned from a trail run. Your waistline will thank you.

3. Wholesome ingredients and easy preparation.

The hummus requires a limited number of ingredients that are void of artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners. Add the ingredients to a blender or food processor and that’s it! A mouth-watering healthy snack that’s prepared within a matter of minutes. If preparing the recipe for use in the backcountry, simply spread the mixture onto dehydrator trays and dehydrate at 125℉ (52℃) until completely dry. The hummus requires less than 15 minutes to rehydrate with cold water in the backcountry which is important when your stomach is impatiently waiting for the next meal. Our favorite way to eat the hummus is to top a Chocolate Mint Honey Stinger Waffle with a spoonful of the hummus. Yum! This boosts the meal by 150 calories and 1 gram of protein by adding only a small volume of food. The caloric density of this treat also increases to 142 kcal/oz with the addition of the waffle. Now, that’s an ultralight treat!

A word of advice…

Consider making a double batch as it will be difficult to save this chocolate hummus recipe for later.
Just sayin’!

Brownie Batter Hummus Recipe

This QUICK, EASY & CHEAP ultralight meal is sure to be a new favorite!

  • Diet Types: Vegan, Gluten-Free
  • Cook Types: Cold Soak
  • Home Prep Time: 12 hours
  • Field Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Servings: 4


  • 1 x 15 oz can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup cane sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp almond butter, vanilla flavor (per serving)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil (per serving)


  1. Put all ingredients except the nut butter and coconut oil in a blender. Consider removing the garbanzo bean skins to produce a smoother texture.
  2. Add 4 oz (120 mL) water to a blender and mix. Additional water may be needed to reach brownie batter consistency.
  3. Pour mixture onto dehydrator trays.
  4. Dehydrate at 125℉ (52℃) until completely dry. The mixture will become brittle.
  5. Divide mixture into 4 x 1.6 oz (45 g) servings and put in a bag or airtight storage container to be used in the backcountry. 
  6. Pair each serving with 2 Tbsp (1.15 oz packet) of nut butter and 1 Tbsp (0.5 oz packet) of coconut oil. 
  7. We recommend double bagging the coconut oil in the event there is a leak.


  1. Add 2 oz (60 mL) cold water and stir to mix well. 
  2. Let stand until fully rehydrated. This will take approximately 15-20 minutes.
  3. Massage the bag with your fingers or use a utensil to break up any clumps. The mixture should be the consistency of brownie batter.
  4. Additional water may be needed to reach the desired consistency.
  5. Add 2 Tbsp (1 x 1.15 oz packet) nut butter and 1 Tbsp (1 x 0.5 oz packet) coconut oil to mixture.
  6. Stir to mix well and enjoy!


443 calories  |  138 calories per ounce  |  10 g protein  |  39 g carbohydrate  |  7 g fiber  |  21 g total sugar  |  29 g fat

Dry weight: 3.2 oz (including nut butter and oil)

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Aaron Owens Mayhew, MS, RDN, CD is the founder and owner of Backcountry Foodie™. Aaron is a registered dietitian and ultralight long-distance backpacker with a passion for food. She spends much of her time experimenting with new ultralight recipes in her kitchen and later trail tests them to ensure that they meet backcountry adventurers’ needs.  You can follow Aaron’s adventures in the kitchen and in the backcountry via Instagram and Facebook.


This chocolate hummus recipe is absolutely divine and a healthy snack, too! Use this recipe to fuel your backpacking adventures or an afternoon treat at home. We recommend making two batches and saving a batch for later will be tough. Just sayin'! Check out our blog ( for more recipes and backpacking meal planning tips. #backcountryfoodie #ultralightmealplanning #backpackingrecipes


  • Any idea how much besan flour I would use in place of the chickpeas? It would sure save a step.

    • Unfortunately, I can’t say how much besan (chickpea) flour would be needed as I’ve never tried it. Not having to remove the chickpea skins sure would save time.

  • I feel like I’m super late to the game since all these other comments are from 2018 but I got here as quickly as I could!
    So what if I seem to be the only backpacker without a dehydrator? Would this work on the lowest oven temp (mine goes down to 170*) for a different amount of time?

  • Can I replace the sugar with homemade date paste (kids and a dog), the cocoa powder with carob powder (again; kids and a dog), and the almond butter with sun butter (one more time again; kids and a dog)

  • 4 stars
    Made a batch yesterday and dehydrated some today for lunch to taste test. Very good indeed, easy to make and easy to pack/eat out on the trail. It’s a keeper for sure. Thanks so much..

  • 5 stars
    So….I made this for my buddy backpacking trips in 2018 and 2019. I figured it was time for a change in the menu. Tonight I was informed it is mandatory to have brownie batter hummus again this year. I like to eat it for breakfast…..protein and sugar….it gets me on the trail with a pep in my step! Happy trails!

    • 5 stars
      Yay!! Thanks, Deb, for sharing that our brownie batter hummus has become a staple in your backpacking food bin. 🙂

  • OMG Aaron….I have rehydrated it and added the nut butter and coconut oil…. I am typing this with one finger so the other hand is available to shovel spoonfuls of this amazing hummus into my mouth without interruption ! This stuff is UNREAL!!!! Now I have to thank you a zillion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Hahaha! That’s why I recommend making two batches. 🙂

  • So I just blended this up…the hubby came in and inquired what it was. Now… he practically gags just on the word hummus. So I told him it was Brownie for my backpack trip. He tasted it, agreed it tasted like Brownie and said it wasn’t bad at all. Its in the dehydrator now…..I’m blown away…..HE LIKED IT and it didn’t even have the nut butter and coconut oil in it yet! PS….ya know how hard it is to lick the blades of a Ninja blender?!?!?!?! Its hard but do-able! Thanks a million for this recipe Sling!

    • So glad you guys like it! It really is quite delicious!


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