Monday, July 6, 2009

Hummus with Roasted Red Pepper, Garlic and Paprika

(pictured: roasted red pepper, garlic and paprika hummus on a Wasa Crisp)

I have been making hummus without added fat for a few years now. Hummus made without additional fat is now what I expect. Sometimes when I buy hummus (yes it does happen occasionally), it tastes too fatty to me.

Adding a lot of flavor is critical if you are making hummus without olive oil or tahini. This hummus gets it flavor from the spices, roasted red peppers and garlic. If you typically add olive oil or tahini to your hummus start reducing the fat by half until you eliminate the fat. It is no different than changing from full fat to skim milk. As you get accustomed to the reduced fat or non fat version it becomes your “new normal”.

We use this hummus as the “glue” to hold grilled or raw vegetables onto wrap sandwiches. It is also good with pita chips or crackers. We also like to dip raw veggies into hummus.

Hummus with Roasted Red Pepper, Garlic and Paprika
Makes 4 cups – serving given in one tablespoon measures


6 cups of cooked chickpeas
3 roasted red peppers
3 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon of cumin seed
1 teaspoon of coriander seed
1 teaspoon of paprika (sweet)
1 teaspoon of kosher salt


Toss everything in the food processor and puree until completely smooth. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator until needed.

Nutritional Information:

Calories - 28.39
Calories From Fat (8%) - 2.35

Total Fat - 0.28g
Saturated Fat - 0.03g
Cholesterol - 0mg
Sodium - 96.83mg
Potassium - 48.24mg
Total Carbohydrates - 5.45g
Fiber - 1.11g
Sugar - 0.01g
Protein - 1.17g


We eat a lot of hummus in our house. Hummus is one of our go to sources of protein. This hummus comes together quickly by using pressure cooked beans. If you are looking for a flavorful hummus that doesn’t rely on fat for flavor this is a good choice. You can also substitute smoked paprika for the regular sweet paprika for an interesting variation. I normally use smoked paprika but today I felt like I wanted something a little different.

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