Pesto Hummus

Yum! I felt experimental in the kitchen today, because I have a weekend off and time to try out some new recipes. I think pesto and hummus are my two favorite condiments, that I never get sick of eating. Sooo, what would happen if you put those two together? Something epic, that’s what! Pesto hummus might just be my new favorite thing.

I always make my own pesto, because it’s very hard to find dairy-free pesto at the regular grocery stores. Damn Parmesan cheese, right!? Luckily, vegan pesto is as tasty, or tastier than the shop bought regular pesto. The secret is, as always, nutritional yeast. You get the beautiful cheesy flavor from nutritional yeast flakes and it’s healthy too. I am sure every vegan loves that stuff! Am I right? 😀 Hummus is also very easy to make at home. Hummus and pesto are the proof that some of the best tasting things are simple.

Pesto Hummus

Use pesto hummus as a dip, filling for wraps, use as a spread or top your salad with it. Goes with everything, really. I have been into rice bowls lately. There’s probably a proper name for them, but basically, I just mix rice, with some lettuce mix, spinach, tomato,jalapenos and what ever salad vegetable I desire. And some of pesto hummus. Yum. I might share my rice bowl recipe with you later, because they are so tasty and easy lunch or dinner option.

Ingredients

Hummus
1 can of chickpeas
1 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
salt to taste

Pesto
1 cup fresh baby spinach
1 cup fresh basil
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/4 cup cashews
1 tbsp onion powder
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic
salt and black pepper to taste

chili powder (optional)

Pesto Hummus

Instructions

  1. Place all the hummus ingredients (leave 1-2 tbsp of chickpeas aside for decoration) into a food processor and run until very smooth. You might need to add little bit of water, if the hummus is too thick. Taste and adjust. Set the hummus aside.
  2. Place all the pesto ingredients into a food processor and run until smooth.
  3. Combine hummus and pesto in a dish or a serving dish. Top with extra chickpeas and sprinkle on some chili powder for extra kick. Enjoy!Pesto Hummus

2 comments

  1. F

    Just a question…is this supposed to be a raw recipe? I thought canned chick peas were cooked?

  2. H

    Hi Fionna,

    Thank you for your message 🙂 My recipes are always vegan, but I share raw and cooked recipes on my blog. You are right, this recipe isn’t raw, but if you prefer raw you can, of course, sprout chickpeas and make the hummus raw as well 🙂

    Heidi

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