Avocado Hummus

Avocado hummus takes the best of two worlds–smooth, luscious hummus and silky, healthy avocado–to create flavor and texture magic! Find chickpeas with the peels already removed, along with excellent tahini and sumac, at my online shop here.

Avocado hummus with olive oil and sumac in a round dish

I’ve always been a critic of anything labeled “hummus” that doesn’t include the very basis of hummus: chickpeas. The very word “hummus” means chickpea in Arabic, so purists like me are hard on posers. But here, the foundation of avocado hummus is my gorgeously smooth hummus recipe, taken a step beyond with one of the ultimate in silky blend-ins, avocado.

Halved avocado with the pit

Chickpeas skinless in a colander

Start Smooth, Stay Smooth

The way to smooth hummus is to get the peels off of the chickpeas. This can be done in a labor-intensive yet simple process of warming cooked or canned chickpeas in a dusting of baking soda to loosen the skins, then rubbing them off of in a giant bowl of water multiple times.

I start processing the chickpeas with very little if any liquid, an easier way to smooth them out. I liken this to adding wasabi to your soy sauce: start with just a drop or two of soy in the wasabi, smooth it out and add a few more drops as you go. Otherwise you’ll get a bowl of soy sauce with pieces of wasabi in it rather than wasabi dissolved throughout.

The beauty of adding avocado is that it wants so badly to be smooth and lush. Add avocado pieces after getting the chickpeas pulverized, along with garlic if using, then move on to liquids.

Avocado hummus in the food processor

The lemon key

Lemon juice does a couple of things for the avocado (and any!) hummus: the acidity of lemon ramps up the flavor complexity by a lot, balancing off the richness of the tahini. With avocado, lemon also keeps her nice and green.

I always, always finish hummus of any kind with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Using olive oil as a finish rather than blended into the hummus keeps it light and easy. But then the EVOO isn’t optional; I hate to call it a “garnish” because while garnishes are fabulous, at home we might be inclined to dispense with them. There’s no leaving off the olive oil here! It’s essential even though it’s not added into the mix.

Dollop of avocado hummus in a blue bowl

Avocado hummus with a spoon in a blue bowl

Olive oil drizzled over avocado hummus

Mix-In Joy

Once you start adding ingredients like avocado to your hummus, you might just catch the same bug I have and start thinking of all of the ways!

Consider hummus with beets or hummus with fresh herbs for a color and flavor explosion. Or top classic hummus with sautéed red bell pepper, olives, or spiced meat.

Avocado hummus with olive oil and sumac in a round dish

Avocado hummus with olive oil and sumac in a round dish

Avocado Hummus

Maureen Abood
Avocado hummus takes the best of two worlds--smooth, luscious hummus and silky, healthy avocado--to create flavor and texture magic! Find the best ingredients like skinless chickpeas, tahini, spices and olive oil in my online market here.
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup or 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed with peels removed
  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled and chopped
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • sumac, for finishing
  • olive oil, for finishing
  • pita chips and vegetables, for serving

Instructions
 

  • In a food processor, pulverize the chickpeas. Stop and scrape down the bowl occasionally.
  • Add the avocado and process until smooth. Add the lemon juice, tahini, and salt and process until smooth.
  • Dollop the hummus into a bowl and create a well in the middle with the back of a clean spoon. Drizzle with olive oil, dust with sumac, and serve immediately with pita chips and vegetables.

 

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