I have always been a fan of hummus as it is so quick and easy to make. However, there comes a time when you need a little bit of flare in your life. This beetroot hummus is great to put on your toast along with avocado or even just use it as a dip with a whole wheat pita. Alternatively, if you wanted to go super healthy you could serve it with carrot sticks, red pepper and, or cucumber.
WHY IS BEETROOT HUMMUS GOOD FOR YOU?
This popular Middle Eastern dip is crammed with healthy ingredients. Not only does it contain healthy vitamins and minerals that have impressive benefits such as reduced inflammation, improved blood sugar levels and cholesterol. The healthy ingredients keep you fuller for longer and aid digestion.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Chickpeas – Rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber, they offer a variety of health benefits including weight management, improved digestion, and may reduce the risk of certain diseases. Also because they are high in protein, chickpeas make a great protein replacement for those on a vegetarian or vegan diet.
Beetroot – Beetroots are packed with essential nutrients and fiber, folate, (vitamin B9), manganase, iron and vitamin C. It can assist with improved blood flow, low blood pressure and increased exercise performance.
Garlic – Garlic has been used since the Greeks to treat a variety of medical conditions which can help combat sickness, including the common cold. It can also reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol and lower the risk of heart disease.
Fresh lemon juice – Lemons are high in vitamin C which assists with immune system health and also reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke. Lemons may also help to control weight, protect against anemia, cancer and prevent kidney stones.
Tahini paste – Tahini is full of healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, is rich in antioxidants and also has anti-inflammatory properties. These compounds help protect liver and kidney function, may decrease the risk of certain diseases and strengthen the nervous system.
Olive Oil – Olive oil is a great cooking choice as it is rich in monounsaturated fats and could potentially reduce the risk of cancer, strokes and heart disease. It also reduces inflammation that can assist in treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
Ground Cumin – Used in traditional medicine, cumin is a rich source of iron, promotes digestion and may promote weight loss, fat reduction and inflammation.
Paprika – Rich in vitamins and minerals and also full of antioxidants which may assist in healthy vision, improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Salt – Acts as an electrolyte in the body and assists with fluid balance, nerve transmission and muscle function.
HOW TO MAKE BEETROOT HUMMUS
Well, this recipe could not get any easier…. Use a food processor or hand held blender and blend the chickpeas, garlic and beetroot together. Then add the rest of the ingredients – be careful with the lemon juice and olive oil as you don’t want the mixture to be too runny. Add a bit at a time until you get the right consistency.
HOW TO STORE AND MAKE AHEAD
The great thing about this recipe is that you will be able to fill a large 400g jar (and maybe a little bit more) with wonderful, healthy beetroot hummus. Store in the fridge and eat within a week.
If you try this beetroot hummus recipe or have a question, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.
- Food processor or blender
- 430 g Chickpeas drained and rinsed
- 2 Medium sized beetroots cooked
- 3 Garlic Cloves
- 1 Juice of lemon
- 3 tbsp Tahini Paste
- 2 tbsp Olive oil
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 2 tsp Ground cumin
- 1 tsp Paprika Optional
- Add chickpeas, garlic and beetroot into a food processor and mix until it is ground down.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until it is like a paste
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