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Sweet Potato Hummus

Bored of hummus? Jazz it up with texture and flavour thanks to sweet potato!
May 9, 2016 | Joy McCarthy

I love hummus! It's a fantastic way to get a protein-rich snack! But because hummus is such an easy, go-to snack, plain ol' hummus can get a little – dare I say it – dull, even when you're someone who loves chickpeas as much as I do!

Fortunately, there are lots of ways to jazz up a hummus recipe to make things a little more interesting. Lately, I've really been into adding sweet potato to my hummus. It's a great way to make hummus even more full of fibre, which is going to give you the most joyous digestion ever, and it gives a gorgeous golden colour to typically ho-hum beige hummus.

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  • 2 cups of chopped sweet potatoes, skin on
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 heaping spoonfuls tahini paste
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spread sweet potato on parchment covered baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Bake sweet potato for 25 minutes.
  3. Remove sweet potato from oven and let cool. Once cooled, add sweet potatoes to a blender or food processor and blend with remaining ingredients until smooth and creamy.

But that colour isn't just about looking pretty, it's a sign that, thanks to those sweet potatoes, your hummus is chock full of antioxidant carotenoids. Carotenoids are vitamin A precursors (meaning that they can be converted into vitamin A in your body) and can help:

  • with the prevention of certain types of cancer;
  • protect against cardiovascular disease;
  • support eye health;
  • boost immune function; and
  • protect against and repair skin's free radical damage caused by sun exposure.

Try serving sweet potato hummus with the almond rosemary flatbread I originally introduced this recipe with. You can even take flatbread and hummus from snack to meal status by serving it with my beautifying crunchy detox salad .

What's your favourite thing to add to hummus, or your favourite way to eat it? Let me know in the comments below!

PAULINA   •   June 29, 2018

Spoonfuls of tahini? Does this mean tbsp?

Joy McCarthy   •   June 30, 2018

Mary   •   March 2, 2019

I have enjoyed most of your recipes some I have to adjust to my 0 positive blood type menu. Do you use Cacao Bliss in your deserts it is fantastic.

Joy McCarthy   •   March 3, 2019

Diane Volgenau   •   November 10, 2021

I like Pine nuts with olive oil sprinkled on top and a little sea salt!😋 gonna try your recipe 😊

Joy McCarthy   •   November 12, 2021

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