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Let Them Eat Hummus: 5 Healthy Recipes

Updated on March 24, 2010

These five simple, healthy, and unique hummus recipes do not disappoint.

Basic, but not boring.
Basic, but not boring.

Basic Hummus

1 15 oz. can garbonzo beans, drained and rinsed
1-2 T raw tahini (adjust to taste)
2 heaping T garlic, minced
4 T lemon juice
hot sauce to taste
water as needed

Toss everything into a blender or food processer. Blend until desired consistency is reached, adding water to thin as needed. Taste. Fall in love. Serve.

Roasted butternut hummus with beer bread.
Roasted butternut hummus with beer bread.

Roasted Butternut Hummus

1 Gala (or red) apple, diced
2 cups butternut squash, cubed
1 15-oz. can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
Heaping spoonful garlic, minced
1 T plain yogurt
1 tsp ground ginger

brown sugar
cinnamon
chili powder
cumin
hot sauce

Prepare the first four ingredients, then stir together in a large bowl. Add cinnamon, brown sugar, and chili powder to taste. Mix well, then spread over a greased baking sheet. Roast for 35 minutes at 425*F, stirring at least once.

Remove the tray from the oven and allow to cool. Transfer to a blender or food processor. Add the yogurt, as well as cumin, hot sauce, and more chili powder to taste. Blend until smooth. Enjoy warm or chill.

Kickin' jalapeno & lime hummus.
Kickin' jalapeno & lime hummus.

Kickin' Jalapeno & Lime Hummus

1  15 oz. can garbanzo beans
juice from 1 lime
3 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 T peanut butter
2+ T jalapenos
1/2 tsp dried cilantro
pinch of cumin
red pepper flakes to taste

Reserve the liquid from the garbanzos, then rinse the beans. Put all of the ingredients plus two Tablespoons of the reserved liquid into a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth, adding drizzles of the reserved liquid to facilitate the process as needed.

Curried mango hummus.
Curried mango hummus.

Curried Mango Hummus

Curried Mango Hummus


1 (15 oz.) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 heaping spoonful minced garlic (or to taste)
3 tsp curry powder
3 T lemon juice
1 cup diced mango
a squirt of hot sauce (I used Sriracha)
water as needed

Throw all of the ingredients except for the water into a blender or food processor. Blend until fully combined, adding water incrementally if the mixture is too thick to process properly. Enjoy with crackers, chips, fresh or grilled veggies, grilled chicken, salmon, or just straight up.

Makes about 2 cups.

*For a regular curried hummus, simply omit the mango.

Maple bacon hummus with sundried tomatoes.
Maple bacon hummus with sundried tomatoes.

Maple Bacon Hummus with Sundried Tomatoes

3 slices bacon (or vegetarian bacon), toasted for 5 minutes at 450* in a toaster oven
6 sundried tomatoes, soaked in hot water for 15 minutes
1 15.5 oz. can garbonzo beans, drained and rinsed
2 T maple syrup (I used sugar free)
1 T minced garlic
1 T BBQ sauce
1/2 T Worchestershire sauce
1/2 T cider vinegar
1/8 tsp hot sauce

Combine all the ingredients in a food processor. Process until a smooth paste forms, adding water as necessary. Serve with crackers, chips, fresh fruits and vegetables, flatbread, as a sandwich filling, as a salad topper, or any other way you can devise.

Makes three to four half-cup servings.

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This hub is a March 2010 HubNugget winner!    (Photo courtesy of http://thegoldguys.blogspot.com/)
This hub is a March 2010 HubNugget winner! (Photo courtesy of http://thegoldguys.blogspot.com/)

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      cblack 7 years ago from a beach somewhere

      Great hub. My 4 year old LOVES hummus. I don't know where he got it from because I have never tried it in my life. I guess his babysitter gives it to him but now he asks for it every time we grocery shopping. I always buy the pre-made kind but he loves spicy foods too so maybe he will like the jalapeno and lime flavor. Thanks!

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      Beth Morey 7 years ago from Montana

      Thanks for commenting, cblack. Your son sounds like a kid after my own heart. :) My niece, who is also 4, likes hummus as well. Since I never even heard of hummus until the past couple of years, I always find it rather strange when she asks for "more hummus, please." Awesome!

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      Great recipes! Thanks so much for sharing them - I love hummus, too.

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      Beth Morey 7 years ago from Montana

      Thanks, RedElf!

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      TheGlassSpider 7 years ago from On The Web

      This is a mouth-watering hub! Your pictures are great! I love hummus, and your ideas here are great; I can't wait to try them out. How about a recipe for that "beer bread" in one of the pics??

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Great recipes for humus. I love it and will have to try some of these. Good hub.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      I like hummus and will try some of your recipes. good hub.

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      Beth Morey 7 years ago from Montana

      Thanks, GlassSpider! Perhaps I should write a bread baking hub, complete with beer bread. Mmm.

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      Beth Morey 7 years ago from Montana

      Thank you, Pamela! Definitely let me know how the hummuses (hummi? lol) turn out.

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      Mystique1957 7 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      Geez, what do I always have to read these hubs when I am hungry? Talk about delight(I die for Arabic food!)

      Betherann... Hublicious hub you´ve got here! really easy to prepare!

      Congrats on your nomination! Thumbs up!

      Warmest regards and infinite blessings,

      Al

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      Beth Morey 7 years ago from Montana

      Thank you, Mystique! I've never eaten Arabic food, but I adore Indian. And if hummus is even slightly Arabic -- well, let's just say I'm going to have to try a new cuisine. Thanks for the idea!

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      Better Yourself 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Great hub! Love the recipes!

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      Beth Morey 7 years ago from Montana

      Thanks, Better Yourself!

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Okay I must confess I haven't eaten hummus and am getting curious about it since your recipes look quite tasty. hahahahah sigh...food! Okay back to my hubnugget duty...announcing to you that this hub is a Hubnugget nominee! Can we eat hummus? Yes we can...see the Hubnuggets and vote: http://hubpages.com/hubnuggets10/hub/The-Continuin...

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      Beth Morey 7 years ago from Montana

      Woohoo! It made my day to find out that this hub was nominated for a Hubnugget! Thank you for the honor, and for reading! :)

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      rocknrodeogirl 7 years ago from The Columbia Gorge

      Yummy, I love hummus!! So does my brother and I just emailed him your article! Congratulations on your hubnugget nomination and good luck! ;)

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      Sage Williams 7 years ago

      MMM, My mouth is watering this one sounds particularly good, "Roasted Butternut Hummus" Thanks for the great recipes I love hummus. Congratulations on being nominated for a HubNuggets!

      Sage

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      Beth Morey 7 years ago from Montana

      Thanks for visiting, commenting, and passing my hummus recipes on, rocknrodeogirl! I'm off to go read your hubs, because if they have anything to do with your HubPages name, I think I'm going to like 'em... :)

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      Beth Morey 7 years ago from Montana

      Thanks, Sage! The butternut hummus was good -- but my favorites remain the basic and the curried mango hummues. Yum!

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      I love hummus - I had some tonight! Mexican spicy hummus - lovely but I bet it is nicer and cheaper if you make it yourself. Thanks for the ideas :)

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      Beth Morey 7 years ago from Montana

      Mexican spicy hummus? That sounds delicious, shazwellyn! You're right, it is cheaper to make your own hummus -- but it's also more fun! I really enjoy experimenting with new hummus combos...which is what I'm going to have to do now to come up with some Mexican spicy hummus of my own. :)

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      Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

      Think I might try one or two of these! Sounds yummy

      Congrats on the hubnugget nomination. Good luck!

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      Beth Morey 7 years ago from Montana

      Thanks, Duchess! I hope you enjoy the hummus if you try a recipe or two, and I'd love to hear feedback on what you think.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Catchy title, I will have to try one of your recipes. Thanks for sharing and congrats on being selected to the HubNuggets Wannabe Contest. Good luck!

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      Beth Morey 7 years ago from Montana

      Thanks, Money Glitch!

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      elqalatawy 7 years ago from Egypt

      Congrats betherann! These recipes seem to be very delicious..and they are healthy too.

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      Beth Morey 7 years ago from Montana

      That's the great thing about hummus, elqalatway -- it's healthy AND delicious. :)

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      liswilliams 7 years ago from South Africa

      good stuff, great food photography

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      Beth Morey 7 years ago from Montana

      Thank you, Lis!

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      What's News 7 years ago

      I think I'm going to make and try all of these in the same day. Thanks for the recipes.

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      Beth Morey 7 years ago from Montana

      Wow, What's News -- that's some intense hummus-making! I'm excited to hear how it goes.

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      LAZY BOY 7 years ago from Europe

      Hi

      These look great. I'm a great humus fan and started making it when I moved to Germany and struggled to find really good store-bought humus. This will help me expand beyond the basics. And if you have a recipe for wasabi humus please share it as it has become a huge favourite but I'm way too scared to experiment with doing it myself.

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      Beth Morey 7 years ago from Montana

      Hm, wasabi hummus, eh? Sounds like a good culinary challenge! I'll let you know if I come up with anything.

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      howdavidlives 7 years ago

      I'm a vegan that still adheres to a lot of raw food habits. These look so tasty - and best of all, easy!

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      Beth Morey 7 years ago from Montana

      Thanks for commenting, howdavidlives! That's one of the things I love about hummus -- no heat required!

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      Katrina Ariel 7 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada

      Wow - the Butternut recipe looks good. Great hub!

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      Um...yum!! I practically live on hummus. I have to try the butternut recipe...I'm a vegan though so hopefully it will still be good if I leave the yogurt out! Thanks for sharing these delicious looking recipes!

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      Beth Morey 7 years ago from Montana

      Thanks, Katrina!

      @TheHerbivorehippi -- That's what I love about hummus. It's so easy to veganize or lighten or just change for whatever reason.

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      DanPowers 7 years ago from Tokyo

      Hummous is the greatest food on the planet.

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      Beth Morey 7 years ago from Montana

      I'm with you on that, Dan!

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      Beth Morey 7 years ago from Montana

      Hummus is so great. Thanks for visiting, Ted! What's your favorite kind of hummus?

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      The Butter nut and the Jalapeno & Lime Hummus sound good to me :)

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Wow, all of these variations sound amazing! Thanks for sharing.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I'm back to let you know that I included this awesome recipe in a recipe link list on my blog today. Enjoy!

      http://www.randomcreativeart.com/2012/02/saturday-...

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      Beth Morey 5 years ago from Montana

      thank you!

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