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Two of our favorite recipes combined into one! Packed with protein, fiber, and a ton of flavor, this creamy pesto hummus will be your new favorite dip and spread. It’s naturally vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free, too!
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Roasted garlic: If you would like to speed this recipe up, you can also opt to use raw garlic or garlic powder.
- Basil leaves: Fresh basil is recommended versus dried as it will help make the hummus light and bright, plus it will add great color. If you want dried basil but still get green hummus, you can add in fresh spinach.
- Extra virgin olive oil: EVOO is the least processed form of olive oil. Due to this, it retains its natural antioxidants and vitamins and has a more pleasant flavor.
- Nutritional yeast: This will help add a more cheese-like flavor to our sauce. Additionally, nutritional yeast is packed with B vitamins and protein.
- Lemon: The flavor will be much more balanced by adding an acidic element like lemon juice.
- Chickpeas (garbanzo beans): We used canned chickpeas to speed the recipe up, but feel free to cook them from dried beans if you like. For extra smooth hummus, boil the chickpeas with ½ tsp of baking soda for 15-20 minutes. Then, optionally, remove the skins before blending.
- Tahini: We opt for store-bought tahini, but if you want this hummus to be extra fresh, you can try making your own with this recipe.
- Salt and black pepper: Added to taste to finish off the dish. Feel free to add other spices as desired.
- Ice water: Makes the hummus creamy, light, and almost fluffy in texture.
How To Serve This Pesto Hummus
- In sandwiches or wraps
- As a dip: We like to dip in veggies such as carrots, celery, cucumbers, bell peppers, crackers, pita chips, or pita bread.
- As pasta sauce: try this recipe out with our One-Pot 5-Ingredient Hummus Pasta recipe.
Other Additional Add-Ins
Although this recipe is already jam-packed with flavor, feel free to make it your own with the addition of other ingredients you may have on hand, such as:
- Fresh or dried parsley
- Nuts, such as pine nuts, almonds, walnuts, cashews, etc. You can blend these in or serve them as a garnish on top
- Raw garlic or garlic powder, instead of the fresh-roasted garlic if you don’t have the time to roast a head of garlic
- Vegan parmesan cheese, instead of or in addition to the nutritional yeast
- Spinach, for added leafy greens!
Other recipes to check out:
- How To Make The Best Hummus At Home
- 5-Minute Creamy Lentil Hummus
- One-Pot 5-Ingredient Hummus Pasta
- Vegan French Onion Dip
- Easy 7-Layer Dip
- Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip
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