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Beet Hummus (Vegan)

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Beet hummus is a beautiful, fresh take on the classic hummus recipe. It’s easy to make and is perfect for entertaining or every day.

Beet hummus in bowl, topped with crispy chickpeas

It feels rather trivial talking about anything other than the most significant concern that is affecting us as a global population. 

And more complicated still, is trying to function in a “normal” fashion, when very few things are normal right now. But I’m taking away some things from these early days of adjusting to a new way of living. I’m learning the we rely on one another more than we ever realized. I’m also filled with a sense of gratitude towards the millions of people coming together and helping in their own way. But I’m also finding that I have to maintain some sort of order in my emotional and physical states in order to get through these very difficult and trying times. 

Frankly, I’m having a challenging time even creating this post because everything feels is quite uncertain. But I’m trying to reframe my thinking a little and focus on the positives in this situation. 

To me it feels like a very small price to pay for nearly everything shutting down, if it means trying to protect people from getting sick. There is always a sacrifice and trade-off for the greater good. And there is something reassuring knowing that we’re all in this together. 

I’m trying to reframe my thinking and believe that eventually, we will get through this. One way or another, we will. So for now, focusing on the simple things, little moments and of course on food. When the noise of the news and internet gets too loud, I turn it off, go in the kitchen and lose myself for a while in cooking.

This is exactly what I’ve done with this when creating this Beet Hummus. I wanted a recipe that is as delicious as it is beautiful. Because right now, more than ever, our eyes could use a little color. And let’s face it, anytime beets are involved, you’re going to get the most alluring shade of deep purple/magenta. Nothing else comes close. So get your food processor ready, and let’s get distracted together in the kitchen. 

Beet hummus in bowl topped with greens and crispy chickpeas, with white and black napkin and two spoons
Beet Hummus in bowl shot from the side with crispy chickpeas, greens and oregano

This Beet Hummus is: 

  • vegan
  • easy to make
  • delicious
  • beautiful
  • perfect for entertaining
  • vegetarian
  • gluten-free
  • dairy-free
  • grain-free

What do  you need to make Beet Hummus? 

Beet Hummus requires just a few pantry staples, fresh beets and lemon juice! Canned or freshly cooked chickpeas, tahini, cumin, garlic powder, lemon juice, salt and extra virgin olive oil. 

What equipment do you need to make Beet Hummus? 

What you’ll need to make beet hummus is either a food processor or a powerful blender that can puree the mixture. You’ll also need foil for roasting the beets. 

Should you peel the chickpeas?

To peel or not to peel, that’s always the question. I’m partial to peeling. It takes a little bit longer but to me it’s always worth it. I find it meditative, relaxing and find it makes a difference on my gut health. Additionally, peeling chickpeas results in creamy and delicious chickpeas. But if you’re strapped for time or don’t have gut issues, you can forgo the peeling but just give the chickpeas a good rinse with warm water. 

How to eat Beet Hummus

Beet hummus can be eaten in the same way you would regular hummus. You can use it as a spread on sandwiches and wraps,for dipping your favorite crackers or vegetables. Top veggie burgers or reguar burgers with them, as a side for falafel and more. 

And for the crispy chickpeas? Check back in a few weeks and I will have the recipe up! 

Beet Hummus in bowl shot from the side topped with crispy chickpeas and greens
Beet Hummus on paleo flat bread topped with crispy chickpeas
Beet Hummus on two flat breads topped with avocado and crispy chickpeas
Yield: 8

Beet Hummus

Beet Hummus

Beet hummus is a beautiful, fresh take on the classic hummus recipe. It’s easy to make and is perfect for entertaining or every day.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch beets
  • 4 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups chickpeas (either cooked or canned)
  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • pinch of salt
  • optional: crispy chickpeas
  • optional: oregano

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

    2. Cut off stems and wash beets well. No need to peel. Rub beets with 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil and wrap them in foil. Stick them on the bottom rack and roast for about 1 to 1.5 hours or until soft. You want them to be soft enough to blend well.

    * Tip - place a piece of foil right under the beets as they do leak as their liquid is released.

    3. When beets have finished roasting, unwrap them carefully and set aside for 5 minutes.

    4. Using either kitchen gloves or paper towels (or both), you can wipe the skin off beets and toss them right in the food processor.

    5. Add the rest of the ingredients aside from the optional ones and puree until smooth. If you want to make the beet hummus runnier, feel free and add an additional tbsp of olive oil.

    6. Serve right away or store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 199Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 29mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 5gSugar: 4gProtein: 7g

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Tiffany
    October 24, 2017 at 12:41 am

    I hope you feel better soon! I absolutely hate being sick. At least this beautifully coloured hummus was made.

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      October 24, 2017 at 9:31 am

      Thanks Tiffany! Exactly, something good came of it 🙂

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