Can Hummus Be Paleo?

Not in the traditional sense.  According to Wikipedia, Hummus is: 

a thick paste or spread made from ground chickpeas and sesame seeds, olive oil, lemon, and garlic, made originally in the Middle East 

Chickpeas are a legume and being that they’re the first and main ingredient, it would be hard to make a dip without it and still call it the same name.

Kinda like making chicken parmesan without chicken…

However, if we play around a little and keep some of the strong flavor profiles, we can make a similar dip/spread/paste that is, in fact, completely Paleo.

Seeds in moderation are completely Paleo acceptable and olive oil, lemon and garlic are and absolute must-eat when following this healthy regime.

So the only thing we need to swap out is the garbanzo component!

With what?

Sky’s the limit!

How about:

  • steamed cauliflower
  • puree of zucchini or yellow squash
  • for a heartier version, mashed sweet potato

Whiz any or all of the above in your mini prep, throw in some garlic, lemon, oil and a few toasted sesame seeds and serve it up with your favorite crudités platter.

No one will ever be the wiser!