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!
Sky’s the limit!
- 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!