Hummus Among Us!

Homemade hummus has always seemed like more work than simply buying at the local market. With so many delicious choices, I never run out of dipping and spreadable options. That being said, I was recently inspired by a conversation I had with a friend who was munching on veggies with greek yogurt dressing. We got to talking about various dipping options and she mentioned wishing she could eat hummus, but her sesame allergy prevents her from partaking. It got me thinking …

Most hummus recipes require tahini (housing raw/roasted sesame seeds). What else could you replace tahini with, but still keep great consistency and flavors? I’m so glad you asked! Hello, avocado … you are my hero.

Presenting, my avocado/black bean/kale(yeah) hummus! Put your seatbelt on for this one – it’s wildly delicious!

Here’s what you’ll need:
1 can organic chick peas (drained & rinsed)
1 can organic black beans (drained & rinsed)
1 whole haas avocado
1 lemon
A couple handfuls of kale
Red pepper flakes for some heat
A couple pinches of salt (I have been exploring salts and used pink Himalayan salt for this – perfection)
A pinch of black pepper
Extra virgin olive oil

Break out your food processor or blender … whatever you can find to blend well. Since this recipe makes a couple full tubs of hummus, I opted to use my Ninja. Throw all the ingredients together, except for your olive oil and start pulsing and then full on blending! Add your olive oil in slowly (about 1/4 of a cup for the entire batch). You’ll have to stop several times to redistribute some of your ingredients and push down the sides, depending on whether or not you want some larger chunks in your hummus or more of a fine blend. It takes about 10 minutes from start to finish.

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Spoon it all into a large bowl you and dress with some more olive oil, salt, and a couple pieces of kale for decoration. Then, get to dipping! This is great with veggies, pita chips, on sandwiches …. endless options. I’m excited to share with my friend to help give her more dietary options, without allergic reactions. Dishes can always be modified with the right kind of inspiration and combination of ingredients. Enjoy!

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Any new recipes you’re exploring? I’d love to hear from you and learn more about what you’re making in the kitchen! Comment below …

 

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