Cake Batter Hummus

Cake Batter Hummus

Oh, yes! Hummus CAN taste like chocolate cake batter!

This hummus recipe is unlike any dehydrated hummus recipe you’ve likely taken into the backcountry up until now. The recipe is incredibly simple and only takes a few minutes to prepare at home. The hummus takes even less time to rehydrate in the backcountry which is important when your stomach is impatiently waiting for the next meal.

A piece of advice… Consider making a double batch as it will be difficult to save the cake batter for later. Just sayin’!


Vegan, Gluten-free

Serving Size:

Four 1.6 oz (dry weight) servings


1 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup cane sugar

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp table salt

1 packet (2 Tbsp) Justin’s® vanilla almond butter or nut butter of choice per serving

1 packet (1 Tbsp) Trader Joe’s® coconut oil per serving

1 chocolate mint Honey Stinger® waffle per serving

Home instructions:
  1. Put all ingredients in a blender. Nut butter and coconut oil to be added at time of consumption.
  2. Add 1/2 cup water and puree until mixture is smooth. More or less water may be necessary to reach the desired consistency.
  3. Pour the mixture onto dehydrator trays and spread evenly.
  4. Dehydrate at 125 degrees until completely dry. The mixture will become brittle.
  5. Divide the mixture into 4 x 1.6 oz servings and store in a bag or container to be used in the backcountry.
  6. Pair with 1 packet (2 Tbsp) nut butter of choice and 1 Tbsp (0.5 oz packet) coconut oil.
Field instructions:
  1. Add 2 oz cold water to hummus mixture.
  2. Stir and let stand for approximately 15 minutes or until fully rehydrated.
  3. Add 1 packet (2 Tbsp) nut butter and 1 Tbsp (0.5 oz packet) coconut oil.
  4. Stir to mix well, spread on chocolate mint waffle and enjoy!
Nutrition information (per serving):

Calories: 602 kcal

Calories per ounce: 142 kcal/oz

Protein: 11 grams

Carbohydrates: 58 grams

Fiber: 8 grams

Total Sugars: 30 grams

Fat: 38 grams

Note: Deduct 150 calories if waffle is not consumed.

For more recipes like this one, check out our newly released Ultralight Recipes for Outdoor Explorers Cookbook!

About the author:

Aaron Owens Mayhew, MS, RDN, LD is the founder of Ultralight Meal Planning for Outdoor Explorers 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. Aaron also offers a nutrition consulting service where she helps outdoor adventurers meal plan for their next big trip. She counts calories so you don’t have to! You can follow Aaron’s adventures in the kitchen and in the backcountry via Instagram and Facebook.

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