Move over chickpeas, this lima bean hummus is creamy, sweet and unique! The flavor is bright and refreshing with a hint of sweetness from the lima beans and basil.

We are huge hummus fans over here. There are so many different flavor combinations, I could eat hummus every day and not get sick of it.

I already have a creamy hummus recipe (made with chickpeas) here on EBF, but today we’re switching up the hummus game and making it with lima beans!

Bowl of lima bean hummus garnished with olive oil, pepper and basil and served with cucumbers, carrots and crackers.

Yup! I had a sad bag of lima beans just sitting in my freezer (I originally bought them to make Brunswick stew, but that didn’t happen for some reason sooo I decided to try a lima bean hummus instead.

The end result was amazing! The fresh basil and lemon juice bring a light, refreshing flavor that I can’t get enough of. Plus it’s creamy while being 100% vegan.

Hand dipping a pita cracker into a bowl of lima bean hummus.

What Are Lima Beans?

Lima beans are technically considered a white bean even though they’re usually light green or cream colored. They are packed with protein and fiber and are a really great source of iron. Lima beans are some of the most mild tasting beans (similar to chickpeas) that taste more nutty than bean-like.

Garlic, lima beans, basil, salt and pepper in a food processor.

Lima Bean Hummus Ingredients

  • frozen lima beans  – you can also use dry lima beans if you have the time and want to make this dip from scratch
  • tahini
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • garlic cloves
  • sea salt
  • fresh basil
  • freshly ground pepper

Lima bean hummus blended in a food processor.

How to Make Lima Bean Hummus

Cook beans – Cook frozen lima beans according to the package directions, drain and reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid.

Process – Combine the lima beans, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, basil, salt and pepper in your food processor and puree until smooth. Gradually add cooking liquid to thin the dip to your preferred consistency. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Lima bean hummus in a bowl garnished with basil, olive oil and pepper. Bowl is on a snack plate with cucumbers, carrots and crackers.

How to Eat Lima Bean Hummus

How not to eat lima bean hummus is the real question! We are fully obsessed with this hummus and it seems like we have eaten it in every possible way. Here are some of our favorites:

  • With crackersmake your own or use store-bought. I love Simple Mills for store-bought.
  • With veggies – this dip is delicious with freshly sliced veggies.
  • With avocado toast – spread a little hummus on toast and top with avocado slices for the ultimate breakfast.
  • In a breakfast wrap – I recently made this breakfast wrap with chickpea hummus and I can’t wait to pair it with this hummus.

How to Store Homemade Hummus

Store your homemade lima bean hummus in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Bowl of lima bean hummus garnished with olive oil, pepper and basil and served with cucumbers, carrots and crackers.

More Recipes With Hummus to Try:

If you make this lima bean hummus be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting us know how it turned out for you. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and our readers!

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Bowl of lima bean hummus garnished with olive oil, pepper and basil and served with cucumbers, carrots and crackers.

Lima Bean Hummus

  • Author: Eating Bird Food
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: 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 (about 2 cups)
  • 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
  • 1/41/2 cup reserved cooking liquid or water, more or less to thin dip as desired


  1. Cook lima beans according to package directions, drain and reserve 1/4-1/2 cup of the cooking liquid.
  2. In a food processor, combine all ingredients except cooking liquid or water.
  3. Purée until smooth, gradually adding liquid as desired to thin dip and scraping down sides of bowl as needed.


  • If you’re cooking lima beans from scratch, you’ll want to cook 3/4 cup dry lima beans, which should give you about 2 cups.
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Process
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 180
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Sodium: 303mg
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 19g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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    1. Denise
      February 27, 2021 AT 2:40 pm

      Been on a homemade hummus kick lately and made this recipe today and it’s so good! Super creamy and the basil gives it a pesto-y flavor!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 28, 2021 AT 11:39 pm

        Woo!! So glad you loved this recipe, Denise. Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

    2. Alysa Curtis
      January 25, 2021 AT 11:35 am

      Is there a non sesame substitute for the tahini? Should we just leave it out entirely? (Due to a sesame allergy in the family) thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 27, 2021 AT 6:43 pm

        Hey Alysa – Maybe Greek yogurt, avocado or sun butter?! Obviously haven’t tried it but trying to think of something that would add fat and creaminess! Let me know what you end up trying if you make this!

    3. Felicity
      October 20, 2014 AT 2:35 pm

      I’ve been making this for 6 months now with my Ninja. It’s delicious. I’ve tried it with frozen lima beans however and I didn’t care for it as well. It’s much better to use dried beans in my opinion. To me, it kind of tastes like garlic mashed potatoes. Nobody else in the house really cares for it – bonus for me – I eat it up with a bag of tortilla chips. I’ve also frozen the leftovers in 1 cup plastic bowls, thawed overnite, no change in taste or texture, yum! I also use fresh basil from the garden (it adds a better flavor to this than the bottled dried basil from the store). The way I preserve the basil is just run it under water, throw the leaves in a container, and put straight in freezer. There is no need to blanch the basil, or any greens for that matter, just rinse them with water, and freeze with the water droplets on them – when you are ready to use, just get the amount you need from the freezer, and put straight into your blender.
      Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, it’s one of my favorite recipes.
      I’m going to try using the coriander seed and I love the idea of using this for a sandwich/pita spread.

    4. Metalhaid
      April 26, 2014 AT 9:16 pm

      Looks interesting. Question – what if you don’t have tahini, is there an acceptable substitute, or is the recipe a bust without it? I’d try it but my family is kinda picky and I would hate to waste a can of beans. Yes, I’m that cheap. 😉 Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 27, 2014 AT 12:48 am

        I think it would be okay without the tahini. You could add a teaspoon or two of sesame oil to get the sesame flavor. Let me know if you try it.

    5. Paola
      June 3, 2013 AT 5:38 pm

      The perfect use for that sad bag of lima beans sitting in the kitchen cupboard…wanting to stray from the standard hummus recipe and I’m glad I came across yours! I added dried coriander and sumac to give it a middle eastern flair and deepen the overall flavor- a hit in my household!

      1. Emily
        January 25, 2021 AT 12:30 pm

        @paola. I agree wit you.

    6. Daleen Grimes
      March 31, 2013 AT 5:47 pm

      This may be the best darn dip I’ve ever made Brittany. My diet is very low acidity, so this is perfect! I’ll now use this as a sandwich spread also. Thank you TONS!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 31, 2013 AT 7:04 pm

        Yay! I’m so glad that you like it Daleen!

    7. michelle
      March 4, 2013 AT 1:23 am

      Love the dip. Added a chilli and used lime and cumquat juice instead of the lemon as I didnt have any. YUM. CHEERS

    8. Louisa
      December 18, 2012 AT 3:40 am

      this recipe is so good. I used dried lima beans and I think I overcooked them but it didnt matter.

      1. Robyn
        April 7, 2013 AT 3:23 pm

        I also used dried lima beans, along with frozen basil from last summer’s garden, and it’s fantastic! Super yummy – thanks Brittany!

      2. Brittany Mullins
        December 18, 2012 AT 4:17 pm

        So glad you liked it Louisa!

    9. Burdette Jennison
      October 22, 2012 AT 3:50 pm

      That hummus looks beautiful, I have to try this!!

    10. Lauren
      September 9, 2012 AT 5:04 pm

      This sounds so delicious! I can’t wait to try it!

    11. Sara
      September 8, 2012 AT 10:14 am

      Those crackers look good! Have you ever tried the Lesley Stowe Raincoast Crisps fig & olive cracker? They are the best. Once the box is open, there is no coming back :-p

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 8, 2012 AT 10:21 am

        YES!!! They remind me of those, only they’re smaller and cheaper. They are just as addictive. 🙂

    12. Paige @ Healthy Hits the Spot
      September 7, 2012 AT 10:56 am

      I’m pinning this one! Must try!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 8, 2012 AT 10:23 am

        Thanks Paige. I hope you like it!

    13. Rachel
      September 7, 2012 AT 10:25 am

      This looks great! I love hummus!

    14. Beth @ Tasty Yummies
      September 7, 2012 AT 9:24 am

      This looks amazing. I cannot believe how creamy it is. I actually love lima beans, so I cannot wait to try this.

    15. daria
      September 7, 2012 AT 8:41 am

      I love hummus so I need to try this! Thanks!

    16. Erica { }
      September 7, 2012 AT 8:39 am

      I don’t think I’ve ever had lima beans before, but I *love* hummus, so I’ll have to give this a shot!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 8, 2012 AT 10:24 am

        Let me know if you do! 🙂

    17. Lauren
      September 7, 2012 AT 7:59 am

      Ooohhh this looks great Brittany! I have never used lima beans for hummus, in fact, I can’t remember the last time I ate a lima bean. Sounds delicious!

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