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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 | 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.
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.
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!
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
- baby carrots
- bell peppers
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.