Hummus can be a super healthy snack choice, traditionally made from chickpeas, tahini (sesame seed paste), olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Many shop-bought versions contain less nutritional bang for their buck, so take just a few minutes to make your own and reap the rewards in freshness and flavour. Try recipes for red pepper or avocado-flavoured hummus, or make squash the star of the show. Don’t forget the crudités and wholegrain flatbreads.
Avocado hummus & crudités
Eat the rainbow and get all of your 5-a-day with this colourful snack. Adding avocado makes the dip really creamy but it’s still low-calorie and vegan, too. Make in 10 minutes and pack in tupperware for an easy work lunch from the fridge. Kids will like this in lunchboxes too, minus the chilli garnish.
Red pepper hummus with crispbread snaps
Add a good dose of vitamin C to your standard pot of hummus with extra red pepper. This version is naturally low in fat and based on haricot beans for a good source of protein (and to ring the changes from chickpeas). You can make your own easy seeded crispbreads, too, which are rich in omega-3s.
Peanut hummus with fruit & veg sticks
Gluten-free, vegetarian and ready in 10 minutes, this no-cook nutty hummus is a really satisfying, healthy snack, ideal served with vegetable sticks or slics of crunchy apple. Peanut and paprika add plenty of texture and flavour to the blend.
Butternut & harissa hummus
Gorgeously garlicky roasted squash forms the basis of this veggie-loaded version. It’s easy to put together – just pop the butternut squash in the oven with the garlic cloves, roast, then whizz together with olive oil, tahini, harissa and chickpeas. It’s both vegan and freezable, so you can make double and keep some on standby.
Use pumpkin or squash in this creamy vegan dip which combines the roasted veg with lemon, sesame paste and chickpeas. The scooped out pumpkin shell is an eye-catching way to serve the hummus for parties, especially during Halloween, but it works just as well decanted into a pot and taken to work for a 3 o’clock snack.
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