Regardless of how much sugar or sweetener is added, it spectacularly fails at fully masking the legume-y taste, and what you’re left with is a sweet-but-earthy paste that does nothing but piss off your taste buds. “Sweet-but-earthy paste” is not how I want cookie dough or brownie batter, or anything for that matter, to taste. And this is before we even get into the cultural appropriation conversation.
At best, dessert hummus is like canned frosting with a lingering chickpea aftertaste. At worst, it’s a complete con. If the only ingredient dessert hummus shares with real hummus is chickpeas, can you even call it hummus at all? Sure, it might be a bit “healthier” than eating straight brownie batter from a tub, but is sacrificing your taste buds worth saving a few calories here or there? A better idea would just be to eat a bowl of regular hummus and follow that with a really good brownie, instead. That is truly having it all.