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Healthy Roasted Carrot Hummus (No Beans)

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Your new snack obsession: Healthy roasted carrot hummus, made without beans! Nutritious and delicious in one fell swoop, it is also vegan, gluten-free & Paleo.

roasted carrot hummus in a decorative silver bowl with crackers in the background

I am giddy with excitement over my new recipe: Roasted Carrot Hummus!

My intent was to develop a number of recipes this week that were Halloween-y, yet healthy. All things orange and black came to mind, and carrots–so affordable, familiar, and likely to be in the refrigerator crisper already for so may people–were at the top of my list. Most often, carrots play a supporting role, but why not give these modest beauties a chance on center stage?

I played with the idea of a roasted carrot puree, but…it didn’t seem versatile enough for Halloween festivities. But what if I made a carrot hummus?

 

How to Make Healthy Roasted Carrot Hummus

A key difference between this hummus and others is the absence of beans. I know it sounds strange; chickpeas, in particular, are the primary ingredient of hummus.

Believe it or not, roasted carrots make a stellar, and oh so delicious, replacement for beans: sweet and caramelized from roasting, and then utterly velvety once pureed. 

To prepare the carrots, peel and slice the carrots into coins. Toss the carrots with a touch of olive oil, salt and ground cumin, and then roast until tender and golden brown at the edges.

side by side collage of cut raw carrots and roasted carrots

Allow the carrots to cool and then process into a smooth puree in either a food processor or high-speed blender. A generous does of garlic, as well as lemon juice and smoked paprika, are added, too, for piquancy and brightness to offset the sweetness of the carrots.

Last, plain  non-dairy milk is added next to mellow the sweetness of the carrots and increase the creamy texture of the hummus. 

Transfer the hummus to a serving bowl and top with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of smoked paprika, if desired.

roasted carrot hummus 1

Happy eats and Happy Halloween!

More Hummus Inspiration:

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  3. Artichoke Heart Hummus (no beans, no tahini)
  4. Healthy Brownie Batter Hummus {vegan, oil-free}
  5. Beet & Toasted Pepita Dip {vegan, oil-free, nut-free}
  6. Lemony Roasted Parsnip Hummus (no beans, no tahini)
  7. 4-Ingredient Beet Hummus {Vegan, Oil-Free, No Beans}
  8. Skinny Green Pea Hummus {oil-free, tahini-free, 5 ingredients}
 
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Healthy Roasted Carrot Hummus (No Beans)


  • Author: Camilla
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Your new snack obsession: Healthy roasted carrot hummus, made without beans! Nutritious and delicious in one fell swoop, it is also vegan, gluten-free & Paleo.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 pound carrots (about 6 large), cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 6 cloves garlic (skins still on)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 21/2 tsp ground cumin, divided use
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • juice and grated zest of 2 medium lemons
  • 3/4 cup milk (non-dairy or dairy)–more or less as needed
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika (hot or sweet), plus more for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. In a roasting pan or on a large rimmed baking sheet, combine the carrots and garlic with the oil, 1-1/2 tsp cumin, and salt. Roast the carrots, stirring occasionally, until tender and browned, about 25 to 30 minutes. Cool, then squeeze garlic out of their skins.
  2. In a high-speed blender or food processor, pulse the carrots and garlic until chopped. Add the tahini, lemon juice, and lemon zest; pulse until blended. Add the milk, smoked paprika, and remaining cumin; pulse until smooth, adding more milk if necessary.
  3. Transfer hummus to bowl. Drizzle with additional olive oil and sprinkle with a bit of smoked paprika.

Notes

Storage: Store the hummus in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 tbsp
  • Calories: 47
  • Sugar: 2.0 g
  • Sodium: 89 mg
  • Fat: 2.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.5 g
  • Fiber: 1.1 g
  • Protein: 1.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: healthy hummus, nu bean hummus, roasted carrot hummus, paleo hummus, bean-free hummus

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Cris

Thursday 18th of June 2015

I just made this (without the zest due to laziness) and it is DELICIOUS!! Thank you! Also, forgot to put in milk and it still came out very yummy!! Thanks for this grain free "hummus"!!

Camilla

Thursday 12th of November 2015

Yay! I adore this recipe, so glad someone else is making it and loving it, too! :)

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janet @ the taste space

Thursday 23rd of May 2013

Hi Camilla, thought i'd let you know how wonderful this hummus is. i served it as a salad dressing/topper. you can see it here: http://tastespace.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/roasted-carrot-hummus-salad-with-black-rice-tomatoes-and-dill/

Camilla

Friday 24th of May 2013

Janet! This looks soooo amazing! I'm so flattered you made the hummus and posted about it. Umm, can I come over for dinner? :)

Camilla

Tuesday 25th of October 2011

Nicole,

I understand re: the chickpeas. I love them, but they upset my stomach if I eat too much at once.

You will love this hummus--I like it better than traditional hummus, it is really special.

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