Move Over Chickpeas: 4 Alternative Healthy Hummus Recipes

Move Over Chickpeas: 4 Alternative Healthy Hummus Recipes

Jun 25 2019

Hummus is the perfect plant-based protein powerhouse, but sometimes you just feel like changing things up. We put together a list of alternative hummus recipes with healthy benefits.

What’s dippable, spreadable and easily customizable? Hummus! This protein-packed dip is popular in Middle Eastern cuisine and as a healthy household snack. Most hummus recipes have high amounts of protein, dietary fiber, vitamins and more—almost all thanks to the small, but mighty, chickpea.

The Arabian name for hummus comes from the word “chickpea,” which is exactly what hummus is made out of: mashed chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. Although the original recipe’s main star is the chickpea, it’s becoming more popular to use other bean varieties. Swap out the chickpeas and swap in another bean for a fun shakeup. Let’s dip into our favorite alternative hummus recipes.

Beet hummus. It’s hard to beat beets when it comes to healthy but tasty foods. Beets provide tons of protein, folate, potassium, manganese and iron—among other nutrients including vitamin C, vitamin B6, magnesium and more. This recipe is bright in color and flavor. With just eight ingredients, you’ll please the masses without much effort at your next gathering.

Sweet potato hummus. Potatoes find themselves mashed a lot of the time, so it’s no surprise that the mashup between sweet potatoes and hummus is delicious. Adding sweet potato into your dippable snack will give you a range of added benefits; fiber, antioxidants, vitamin C, potassium and more. This recipe in particular will give your taste buds a kick with added cayenne pepper and smoked paprika.

Black bean hummus. Shake things up on your next “Taco Tuesday” with this black bean hummus. Blacks beans are the star of this dish, alongside garlic, olive oil, lime juice, tahini, coriander, salt and cilantro. Black beans taste good and they’re even better for your health—the fiber content help regulate the digestive system. Add this spread to your burrito or simply dip your tortilla chips into it.

Avocado hummus. If you love both guacamole and hummus, this recipe was made for you. It’s rich, creamy, buttery… need we say more? Because avocados are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, you’ll get your daily fill of healthy fats with this tasty snack.

Whether you’re looking for a healthy snack or a perfect appetizer for your next gathering, these alternative hummus recipes are sure to hit the spot.