Versatile, satisfying, and simple to make, hummus is an ace in the plant-eater’s deck. These hummus recipes combine chickpeas and other beans with herbs, veggies, and tantalizing spice blends to achieve rich flavors without using oil. What are all the ways you can use hummus? The possibilities are endless. But we like them served as a dip with crudités, crackers, or baked tortilla chips; as a spread on wraps and sandwiches; or as the creamy element of a Buddha bowl.
This is a great basic chickpea hummus recipe to include in your repertoire. With no added oil, or even tahini, it’s very low in fat and big on flavor. Enjoy the it in its classic form, or jazz it up with ingredients like toasted sesame seeds, olives, or eggplant.
Brighten up your healthy vegan snack routine with this rich, chocolatey hummus. Ready in just 10 minutes, this is a tasty answer for when you need a nourishing nibble that’s sweet. Serve with fresh fruits and vegetable sticks. One happy fan writes, “I was blown away by how good this is. I like hummus but this takes the cake. I will keep a small jar in the fridge for when I feel like something sweet and nutritious.”
This creamy hummus is made with dried (not canned) navy beans. If cooking beans from scratch sounds daunting, this is a great recipe to get a feel for how simple (and affordable) it actually is. Pro tip: Cook extra beans and freeze for your next batch of hummus or other dish. That way you don’t have to cook from scratch every time!
Feeling festive? Serve this lightly spiced acorn hummus with the usual finger-food dippers such as veggie sticks and toasted pita squares. For extra pizzazz use the scooped-out squash shell as a serving bowl.
Switch things up with this tepary bean hummus. Tepary beans make a creamier hummus compared with chickpeas. Add the smoky flavor of roasted red pepper and you’ve got a mouthwatering dip that goes fast.
Roasted red pepper, artichoke hearts, and capers give this chickpea hummus tapenade-like flavors, and a dash of cayenne pepper revs up the heat. Make a batch of baked tortilla chips, put up your feet, and chow down.
This article was originally published on May 8, 2020, and has been updated.
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Lisa Esile, MS
Lisa Esile is an author, illustrator, blogger, vegetable gardener, and whole-food enthusiast with a special fondness for potatoes. She has a master’s degree in human nutrition and is passionate about showing people how to live happier, healthier lives. She is the author of Reach Your Big Calm and the co-author of Whose Mind Is It Anyway? Find her on Facebook.