Mmmm. Aren't you just dying to grab one of those blue corn chips and scoop up some of that delicious-looking hummus?!
Hummus is one of my favorite snacks, whether it's paired with baby carrots, pretzel chips, or pita bread. This recipe loads up low-fat, protein-packed chickpeas with the essential vitamins and minerals in carrots, for supercharged healthiness!
Health Benefits (aka, Great Reasons to Snack!):
+ Hummus is an excellent snack for those trying to manage their weight. One tablespoon has only about 25 calories!
+ Chickpeas are chock-full of protein and fiber, which gives them a powerful satiety value – they'll keep you feeling fuller, longer.
+ The combination of soluble and insoluble fiber found in chickpeas is key to digestive health. Adding hummus to your diet can also improve heart health, by helping regulate cholesterol levels.
+ Carrots help prevent the signs of aging, and improve overall skin health!
+ Studies have shown that carrots may help reduce the risk of cancer. Amazing!
Get the recipe below! Whip up a batch this weekend for a wonderful grab-and-go snack :)
Carrot Hummus with Bacon & Cashews
Prep Time: 5 min. Cook Time: 10 min. Difficulty: Super Easy!
Recipe adapted from Cooking and Beer
Photos by Cooking and Beer
What You'll Need
1 pound carrots, peeled and chopped into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup canned chickpeas, drained
1/2 cup tahini
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (plus extra for garnish)
3 cloves of garlic
pinch of cayenne pepper
salt and black pepper
Garnish: crumbled crispy bacon, chopped cashews, fresh parsley, crushed red pepper and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
And finally, you'll need tortilla chips or pita bread for serving! (Or – pro tip – naan. That's always the best with hummus!)
What To Do
1. Fill a large pot with enough water to cover carrots (but don't add carrots just yet!) Bring the water to a boil, then add carrots. Boil them until tender, about 10 minutes. Strain and let cool.
2. In a high-powered blender, combine carrots, chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, garlic, cayenne pepper and salt and black pepper. Blend on high for about 2 minutes or so, until the mixture is smooth and starts to come together. If it's too thick, add more olive oil.
3. Spoon the hummus into a pretty serving dish, and garnish with crumbled bacon, chopped cashews, fresh parsley, crushed red pepper and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Serve with a side of fresh veggies or your favorite dipping carb.
Happy cooking, Vinglers! :D