I am a huge hummus lover – as a dip, on wraps & sandwiches, to make potato salads, for a creamy dairy-free risotto, or even for some raw zucchini rollatini. Let’s be honest though… the same old hummus gets pretty boring and it can get pricey when you have a whole family or party full of people who want to snack on it.
I’m here to empower you to make your own! All you need are a few simple ingredients and a food processor or high quality blender. If you don’t like spicy food, just leave out the jalapeno below and feel free to add some fall spices to mix up the flavor.
Have another creative hummus idea? Share below!
Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus
- 1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed & drained, or 1.5 Cups cooked from dry
- 2-3 cloves garlic
- 2 medium jalapenos, stems chopped off
- 1 medium baked sweet potato (about 1 cup)
- 1/4 Cup tahini
- 1 tbsp sesame oil (or avocado or other flavorless oil)
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/4 tsp each cumin & salt
- Up to 1/4 C warm water
- Add all ingredients except the water to your food processor and pulse for 30-60 seconds
- If mixture is very thick and difficult to blend, add 1/8 cup of water. If you use canned beans, you are less likely to need to add the water. Pulse for another 30-60 seconds and then gauge if you think you need the remainder.
- Pulse an additional minute or until mixture is very creamy.
- Serve or store in a sealed container in the refrigerator and enjoy within a week!
Real Ingredients with Real Benefits:
Garbanzo Beans, aka “chickpeas”, contain protein, fiber, manganese, folate and even some iron.
Tahini which is a paste made from sesame seeds, is an ingredient in the hummus you buy at the grocery store that you maybe never knew was in there. It provides great flavor but also gives you some protein, omega 3 fatty acids, and plant sterols. Vitamins and minerals in tahini include thiamin (a B vitamin), vitamin E, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese and zinc.
Sweet Potatoes: there are so many nutrients in this versatile veggie! Other than a good mix of soluble & insoluble fiber, they provide lots of Vitamin A and are also rich in Vitamin C, B6, potassium and manganese. You’ll also get some copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, B vitamins and even calcium. Sweet Potatoes give you carotenoids and quercitin as well, which are phytochemicals that aid eye, brain and lung health while reducing inflammation.
Garlic provides the phytochemical allicin and sulfides which are linked to improved immunity and respiratory health and act as antibacterial agents.
Jalapeno peppers as well as cayenne powder all contain capsaicin. Capsaicin has long been used for decreasing joint pain and inflammation topically but in the body may aid in appetite control, metabolism and intestinal inflammation. You may have noticed before but, these peppers can all help clear your sinuses! In addition they have been found in research to be anti-bacterial, and even anti-allergy due to nutrient content including vitamins A and C, some B vitamins and potassium.