White Bean Hummus

5 from 11 votes

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Roasted garlic makes this White Bean Hummus extra delicious! Blended chunky or creamy, it is sure to please! Spread onto a wrap or sandwich or serve on its own with pita bread, vegetables, and/or crackers.

white bean hummus on plate with pita and carrots

White Bean Hummus | With a Whole Head of Garlic!!!

I love a good hummus recipe and after being fresh out of garbanzo beans (chick peas) which is the classic ingredient for the original hummus, I decided to use white beans instead and add in roasted garlic for a lovely and delicious variation. Man oh man, what a good idea that was! Roasting garlic mellows out that strong garlic flavor while turning it sweet! It is an extra (optional) step that you are welcome to skip…just don’t add a whole head of RAW garlic to your recipe.

roasted garlic wrapped in foil

Main Ingredients

Here’s everything else you’ll need to make White Bean Hummus!

  • White Beans – also known as Cannellini beans (found in the canned section of your local grocery store)!
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – or just regular or light olive oil if you aren’t a huge fan of the taste.
  • Cumin – for a little spiced flavor.
  • Lemon Juice – for freshness and some zing.
  • Salt + Pepper – don’t forget to season as you go! This will give your hummus a ton of flavor.
beans, garlic, salt and pepper in food processor

How to Make White Bean Hummus

For full details on how to make White Bean Hummus, including increments, see the recipe card down below 🙂

Step 1: Roast the Garlic

Start out with a cute little garlic clove…or a big one. Now slice that baby down the center and take a whiff!

Place the two halves on some foil and drizzle with a little olive oil. Fold it up into a cute little package and throw it in the oven. I roasted mine at 350 for 40 minutes.

Once you pull it out of the oven, the cloves should be a lovely golden color and they should smell sort of sweet.

Step 2: Puree Ingredients

Now, let the hummus magic begin. Drain and rinse a can of white beans, then pop those into a food processor.

Squeeze the two halves of roasted garlic to make the cloves pop out. If they are roasted to perfection, then they all should just smoosh right out.

Next squeeze in some lemon juice for a little zing, some cumin for a little spice, and some salt for seasoning.

Start pulsing that mixture while you stream in some olive oil. Add in as much as you need to get the desired consistency you want. I used about 3 tablespoons.

Step 3: Adjust Seasonings then Serve!

After a minute or so, you have a pretty good looking dip! Taste it at this stage and add in anything extra you think it needs. I added in more salt and another little squeeze of lemon juice.

To serve, you just spoon it onto a platter, drizzle more olive oil over the top and add some pine nuts and parsley for decoration. See! I told you it was easy!

blended white bean hummus in food processor

What to Serve with White Bean Hummus?

White Bean Hummus is an excellent source of fiber and protein, served with veggies and you have a well rounded snack or meal! Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:

  • pita bread
  • crackers
  • baby carrots
  • cucumber
  • zucchini
  • bell peppers
  • celery
  • or any other of your favorite raw veggies!

More Hummus Recipes to Try!

And that’s it! White Bean Hummus, an easy and healthy dip that is perfect for any occasion.

The printable recipe card is down below, have a good day!

white bean hummus on plate with pita and carrots
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5 from 11 votes

White Bean Hummus

Roasted garlic makes this White Bean Hummus extra delicious! Serve with pita bread, vegetables, and/or crackers.
servings 6 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 head garlic
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil plus extra for drizzling on the garlic before roasting. You may need more depending on your consistency preferences
  • 15 oz white beans or Cannellini beans
  • 1 small lemon juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Slice the head of garlic in half horizontally to expose the cloves. Drizzle with a little olive oil and wrap in foil. Bake 30-40 minutes or until fragrant and cloves are golden in color. Then remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
    roasted garlic wrapped in foil
  • Into the bowl of a food processor, pour in beans, lemon juice, cumin, salt and pepper. Squeeze both halves of the roasted garlic head into the food processor. The roasted cloves should pop right out. Turn machine on and drizzle in 3 Tablespoons of olive oil, processing until desired consistency has been reached. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking-more salt, more cumin, more lemon juice, etc.
    beans, garlic, salt and pepper in food processor
  • Spoon onto serving platter. Top with another drizzle of olive oil, pine nuts and parsley, if desired. Serve with pita bread, vegetables or crackers. Also delicious on a sandwich or wrap.
    blended white bean hummus in food processor


Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 441mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Dip, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: white bean hummus

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  1. Christina

    5 stars
    I just made this and have now made the official family statement: We Are Never Buying Store Bought Hummus Again. Even my kids eat this Hummus with a spoon. The only problem I had (because I’m a totally inexperienced cook) is that I printed the recipe card and then I didn’t know wether to rinse/drain the beans or throw in juices and all. Are beans ALWAYS supposed to be rinsed and drained? Probably….but anyway, all was well since I read thru the post again to figure it out, but maybe add that on the recipe card for us cooking challenged people. lol!
    Next up I am trying your traditional Hummus recipe……

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  7. Honey What's Cooking

    this looks really yummy… i’ve always made mine with chickpeas, never thought of using white bean. i also noticed you didn’t use tahini sauce which saves some fat. the roasted garlic flavor is probably so yummy! awesome job!

  8. ForeBarca!

    Hello Lauren:
    Looks fantastic. But I am curious: why do you say that this Roasted Garlic and White Bean Hummus spread is unhealthy? Is it because of the amount of olive oil you use to gain a certain consistency?

  9. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum

    1. I made this for dinner, before I saw your post. We are on the same wavelength.
    2. I wrote this almost exact same thing on my blog today. {I’m all about the hashtags today…#apparently.} We are REALLY on the same wavelength!! 🙂

  10. Kathryn

    I live for garlic especially when it’s roasted and is so wonderfully sweet and mellow. I’d love a big bowl of this for dinner tonight!

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  12. Katrina

    I love lemons, mushrooms and garlic too! Have you ever thrown them all together to make a delicious side? You should! And then share it with the world 🙂

  13. Mrs. Measurement

    I never thought to make “hummus” out of white beans. Wouldn’t that just be considered a white bean garlic dip. Either way, it sounds delish!

  14. Living The Sweet Life

    5 stars
    Roasted garlic is SO yummy!! I could eat it for days, just on top of toast. This is a great recipe – – perfect for a healthy snack at any holiday party 🙂

  15. Megan

    I do this too except I also add a bag of baby spinach that I’ve sauteed briefly in some olive oil and red pepper flakes. Up the nutrition and the flavor! Plus, it’s a pretty green.

  16. Sara

    Um, my mouth started watering just looking at the first photo. I love the idea of using white beans instead of garbanzos. And need I say anything about all that gah-lic? Can’t wait to make and eat!!

  17. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme

    This hummus is right up my alley! I also love garlic. I would probably put it in everything if I could. This looks amazing! Definitely making a batch of this to try! 🙂

  18. cristina

    Delicious recipe! i love the way you write your recipes.
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  19. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

    I too can never get enough garlic! I love roasting it as well. I make a yummy roasted garlic and goat cheese crostini with it! I might be adding this hummus to my holiday party repetoire this season 🙂

  20. Lauren @ hey, who cut the cheese?

    Looks great! I’m a huge garlic fanatic, too. Fortunately so is my husband =) so there should be no complaints from him.

  21. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

    Umm, my family complains about the amount of garlic I a) eat and b) use. Thank goodness you understand this compulsion! (And thank goodness my boyfriend is Italian.)