• Emily Ranucci, MS, RD

Golden Turmeric Hummus Recipe

A classic recipe with a healthy boost you're going to LOVE.

You've heard of all the spectacular health benefits of Turmeric, right?

If not, head over to HERE to read all about it.


To summarize...Turmeric is one of the most potent anti inflammatory ingredients to grace this Earth. It's truly amazing, so WHY NOT add it to hummus?! I never see this flavor option in stores, so let's make it happen in the home.

I love to conquer homemade recipes rather than buying in the store whenever possible...and we all know it's not always possible. But, the beauty of it is we can completely control the ingredients. We can avoid artificial flavors, fillers and preservatives and boost the health benefits with powerful ingredients such as Turmeric.

Chickpeas, the base of hummus, are a legume, which categorizes as a high fiber carbohydrate. This tasty bean packs in 13g fiber per 1 cup. Despite me classifying it as a high fiber carbohydrate, chickpeas also provide a solid 15g of plant based protein per 1 cup.


I love to cook beans from their dried state rather than using canned. It is generally less expensive to purchase a bag of dried, and it is a great way to avoid added sodium and chemicals that appear in canned goods. Just keep in mind that it's about #balance, canned chickpeas are certainly not a bad choice!

BUT, I will say, with my recent pressure cooker purchase, I can verify that dried beans are quick & easy to whip up. Soak a 1lb bag in a bowl of water for 5-10 hrs, then rinse and throw them all in the pressure cooker with 6 cups of water for just a couple minutes (my pressure cooker guide say 3 minutes!!!). Sure beats the stove top method!


Tahini is simply ground sesame seeds. Almonds are to almond butter as sesame seeds are to tahini. This ingredient can be difficult to find in stores at times, so feel free to substitute it for a different nut or seed butter (sunflower seed butter is probably the closest in taste), or omit it for a less creamy texture. This ingredient supplies this recipe with healthy fats, along with the Extra Virgin Olive Oil.


Oh...and Black Pepper. This is a KEY ingredient, as it optimizes our body's ability to absorb Turmeric's benefits! More info on that here.


This recipe makes a perfect snack with some raw veggies or crackers. It is also amazing as a spread on sandwiches or toast, or even mixed into a salad!


Now, let's get to it!

Golden Turmeric Hummus Recipe

Total Time: 5 minutes


Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chickpeas, cooked from dry or canned

  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice (approx. ½ large lemon)

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 3 tbsp tahini (may use any pure nut/ seed butter or omit for less creamy product)

  • 1 tbsp minced garlic

  • 2 tsp ground turmeric

  • ½ tsp ground cumin

  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

  • ¼ - ½ tsp Himalayan pink salt (to taste)

  • 4 tbsp water (more depending on desired consistency)


Directions:

  1. Add chickpeas, lemon juice, olive oil, tahini, garlic, and all dried seasonings to a high speed food processor (a blender works too).

  2. Add 2 tbsp of water at a time to the food processor and blend. Continue adding water until you have achieved your desired consistency (more water for a thinner texture).

  3. Refrigerate in air tight glass container for up to 5 days. Enjoy!



I hope you LOVE it. Let me know when give it a try!


©2018 by Emily Ranucci