I couldn’t get the cucumber cups with mousse out of my head and I knew we had a bag of frozen lima beans in the freezer. Despite having nothing packed for the beach when I came home from work on Friday evening, I started whipping up a batch of hummus. You see where my priorities are.
We needed a healthy snack for the drive. 🙂
I ate a few crackers with the hummus before leaving and then packed the rest in a cooler so I could share it with my friend Jess and her family at the beach. I was a little apprehensive when we broke it out one night as an appetizer before dinner (you just never know how new foods are going to go over) but it was a huge hit! A couple of people even thought there was some sort of cheese in it because it tasted so creamy… nope, it’s vegan.
A new twist on an old classic, this lima bean hummus is creamy, sweet and super easy to make!
12 oz bag of frozen lima beans
1 Tablespoon tahini
2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 medium cloves garlic, sliced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/4–1/2 cup reserved cooking liquid or water, more or less to thin dip as desired
Cook lima beans according to package directions, drain and reserve 1/4-1/2 cup of the cooking liquid.
In a food processor, combine all ingredients except cooking liquid or water.
Purée until smooth, gradually adding liquid as desired to thin dip and scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
By the way, I was getting a lot of emails from people asking for an easy way to print my recipes so I’m now formatting them with the print button. I hope this is helpful!
This recipe is a lovely change of pace from regular hummus – it has a sweeter flavor and works great as a dip with crackers or veggies, as a spread on sandwiches or as a salad topping. Speaking of crackers, the ones in these photos are Raisin Rosemary Crisps from Trader Joe’s and they are phenomenal. My cousin told me about them a few weeks ago and I’m now in love a.k.a I can’t stop eating them by the handful. If you buy them, don’t blame me, I gave you all a fair warning. 😉
Let me know what you think of the hummus if you try it!
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