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Roasted Beet Hummus Recipe

Updated on February 29, 2016
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Marcelle enjoys preparing delicious meals for family and friends. She especially loves creating original, healthy vegetarian recipes.

Bring this stunning appetizer to your next potluck, serve it up at your next party, or simply enjoy at home. Guests will initially be intrigued by this brightly hued "red" hummus and after a taste will certainly remark on the delicious, subtle sweet flavor.

The vibrant red color will make this appetizer memorable.
The vibrant red color will make this appetizer memorable. | Source

Beautiful Beets

Red beets add vibrant color to many dishes. While beets make food more visually appealing, they have done the same for women through the years. In the 19th century, women colored their cheeks, lips, and hair with beet juice, spurning the saying "red as a beet" or "beet red". Today, you can still find beet juice or powder in some cosmetics as well as many foods including tomato paste, breakfast cereals, jams, sauces, wine, cakes, and ice cream.

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Blood Pressure Benefits

All the ingredients in this tasty hummus offer health benefits but these three ingredients mayoffer blood pressure lowering benefits.

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  • Garbanzo Beans (aka Chickpeas)
    Like most beans, the magnesium and potassium in chickpeas work to lower blood pressure. Garbanzo beans are also an excellent source of fiber, zinc, vitamin B6, and folate.
  • Garlic
    Studies have shown garlic lowers blood pressure as well as LDL cholesterol levels. Often, garlic can be added or increased in recipes to cut back or eliminate added salt.

A diet high in sodium can contribute to or worsen hypertension. This recipe, along with all my other published recipes, keeps the sodium low with no added salt. The sodium content for this dish checks in at just 43 milligrams per serving. Be sure to use no-salt-added canned chickpeas as the regular canned varieties pack a significant amount of sodium.

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Roasted Beet Hummus Recipe

To roast the beets, simply peel, dice, and roast in a pre-heated 375 degree oven for about 20 to 25 minutes. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and as an option, drizzle a small amount of extra virgin olive oil onto the diced beets. Cool the beets slightly before finely chopping in your food processor.

5 stars from 3 ratings of Roasted Beet Hummus

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 or 2 cloves raw garlic
  • 2 small to medium beets, roasted and diced (see below)
  • 1 15-ounce can no-salt-added garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas), rinsed and drained, reserving liquid
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Roasting Beets

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Peel and dice beets into 1/4-inch cubes.
  • Toss beets with about a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil.
  • Roast in oven for 30-45 minutes, until fork tender.

Check out detailed roasting instructions here and a delicious recipe for a Roasted Vegetable Lasagna.

Instructions

  1. Chop garlic cloves in food processor, about 30 seconds.
  2. Add roasted beets and continue to process until beets are finely chopped.
  3. Add chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, and olive oil and process until smooth. Add reserved chickpea liquid if desired for a thinner consistency, adding just one teaspoon at time.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for up to a week. Serve with colorful vegetables.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 12 servings
Calories 68
Calories from Fat27
% Daily Value *
Fat 3 g5%
Carbohydrates 8 g3%
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 3 g6%
Sodium 43 mg2%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Serving Suggestions

Surround this brightly hued hummus with colorful veggies to make an enticing visual presentation. Here are some ideas:

  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Peppers (red, orange, yellow, green)
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower (white, purple)
  • Cucumber
  • Radishes
  • Pita bread or chips
  • Whole grain crackers

Chop garlic cloves in food processor for about 30 seconds.
Chop garlic cloves in food processor for about 30 seconds. | Source
Add diced, roasted beets and process until finely chopped.
Add diced, roasted beets and process until finely chopped. | Source
Add remaining ingredients.
Add remaining ingredients. | Source
Process all ingredients until smooth. Add in reserved garbanzo been one teaspoon at a time liquid to thin, if desired.
Process all ingredients until smooth. Add in reserved garbanzo been one teaspoon at a time liquid to thin, if desired. | Source

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Sources

"Beetroot." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 20 July 2014. Web. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beetroot>.

"Health Benefits of Garlic and Onion." Www.joybauer.com. Joy Bauer, 2014. Web. 17 Dec. 2014. <http://www.joybauer.com/food-articles/allium-vegetables.aspx>.

"Beets." Www.joybauer.com. Joy Bauer, 2014. Web. 17 Dec. 2014. <http://www.joybauer.com/photo-gallery/fall-produce-superstars/beets>.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      What a colorful and yummy looking hummus. This would be perfect around the holidays. Looks easy enough to prepare. Love the photos :)

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      Marcelle Bell 2 years ago

      Thank you bdeguilio! I just made it for a holiday party today and also for a couple of others and guests really loved how it looked (and tasted). It definitely has a festive look. It is really easy to make too - just a few ingredients.

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      Stacey Kome 2 years ago from Ft Lauderdale

      Yum. Thx for posting

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      Another yummy and healthy recipe for me to make. Unfortunately I'm the only here who will eat beets. But I often make things for my parents who are in a retirement community and this will be a good one for them. Nice recipe hub.

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      Marcelle Bell 2 years ago

      Thank you, Staceyom and Glimmer! I really appreciate your comments. Glimmer, maybe you could make a batch for your parents and then put some aside for yourself to enjoy at home.

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      Abran 2 years ago

      Love those two website souteggisns. Thanks for passing along. I'm in Portland and there are tons of great healthy restaurants pretty much everywhere. I feel like you can walk into any place and find a GF, vegan, veggie, healthy, local, organic option hahah. PDX also has great outdoor fitness options within an hour you could hike a waterfall, run a river trail, climb a mountain or go surfing.

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      Marcelle Bell 2 years ago

      Thanks, Abran! Portland sounds like a wonderful place to live. I wish that there were restaurant options like that everywhere. Another perk though about being vegetarian is that you learn how to cook well. All the recipes I link to are my own creations.

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