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  • Makes 1½ cups

Lima beans stand in for chickpeas in this fresh, flavorful spread or dip. Frozen lima beans don’t take long to cook, and they make a nice green base for this basil-infused hummus. Find more flavorful homemade hummus recipes here.

Lima bean hummus - green hummus with basil shown with pita chips


  • 1½ cups frozen baby lima beans (8 oz.)
  • ½ cup fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon + 1½ teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1½ teaspoons tahini
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. In a medium saucepan combine lima beans and 1½ cups water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 20 to 25 minutes or until tender. Drain.
  2. In a blender or food processor combine lima beans, basil, lemon juice, tahini, and garlic. Cover and blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper; pulse to combine.
  3. Transfer hummus to a bowl. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

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Gabrielle Langlois5 months ago
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what if I have a can of lima beans, can I use them? why just mentioning frozen?

jimmy p6 months ago
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for me this is better than regular hummus

JPSM5 months ago
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Re: substituting canned Lima beans. Though I’m not the recipe contributor, it would seem to me that canned Lima beans would be much less firm, mushier, not to mention the additional sodium usually present in canned vegetables. The result of using canned would impact the healthfulness, taste and consistency.

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Darshana Thacker

Darshana Thacker is chef and culinary project manager for Forks Over Knives. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she is the author of Forks Over Knives: Flavor! She created the recipes for Forks Over Knives Family and was a lead recipe contributor to the New York Times bestseller The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, and LA Yoga magazine online. Visit for more.

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