Raw Zucchini Hummus is a delicious and healthy alternative to classic hummus recipes. It’s also gluten-free, vegan, low-carb, and oil-free.

Raw zucchini hummus is one of my new favorite things to eat. What started as a random thought in my head has turned into something far more appetizing than my initial idea.

It’s light, healthy, and delicious. It contains no beans or oil so it’s a great alternative to traditional hummus recipes.

Raw Zucchini Hummus is also nutritious due to the many antioxidants present in this vegetable which are very good for your health.

Raw Zucchini Hummus is easy to prepare and perfect for parties. It’s a great way to use leftover zucchini from cooking. And best of all: it tastes AMAZING!!

I love to serve this hummus with crackers and cut celery sticks. It also makes an excellent base for vegetable crudités and pita chips.

Scroll down to the recipe card for the detailed recipe, but I suggest you don’t skip reading the important information included in the blurb.

Zucchini hummus in a beige bowl on a platter surrounded with vegetables

Why I Love Zucchini?

My Love For Zucchini Is Unhidden!

If you’re a regular follower of my blog, you can guess I love using and eating zucchini. Zucchini is my favorite vegetable for a couple of reasons:

It’s A Versatile Vegetable!

Zucchini is a versatile vegetable that can be used in many different dishes. It has a mild flavor and can be cooked in any way that you like.

Zucchini’s made such a huge popularity in the last few years that it’s hard to keep up with all of the new ways to use it. And why not – it tastes fantastic when grilled or sautéed up with some spices and herbs. But I’m not going to be telling you to throw zucchini into your salads all day long. Here are some more ways how you can use this beautiful vegetable (and none will make you gain weight).

It makes a delicious side dish, snack, and even dessert. You can also make bread with it. I’ve compiled a list of zucchini recipes below which are well-liked on my blog by my readers and they’re also my personal favorites.

And of course this Zucchini Hummus!

It’s Healthy!

Zucchini is high in vitamins, minerals, and plant compounds that are good for you. 

  • Zucchini is also high in water and fiber, two nutrients that can help you maintain a healthy digestive system by lowering your risks of constipation & symptoms associated with other gut disorders. The fiber in zucchini can improve insulin sensitivity and blood sugar levels, thus lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • It may also be beneficial for your heart possibly due to its high fiber content. Research shows that persons who consume more fiber are less likely to develop heart disease than those who consume less.
  • Zucchini is high in carotenoids including lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene, which may benefit eye, skin, and heart health. They may even prevent you from specific cancers like prostate cancer.
  • Adding zucchini to your diet may help to improve your vision. This is due in part to the fact that zucchini has high levels of vitamin C and beta-carotene, both of which are essential for eye health.
  • Zucchini consumption regularly may assist in weight loss. This fruit is high in water and low in calories, so it can help you feel satiated. Additionally, the fiber content may help you feel less hungry and maintain a healthy appetite. Furthermore, studies have revealed that people who consume a lot of fruits and vegetables are less likely to gain weight over time.
  • Zucchini peel extracts have been shown in rats to help maintain stable thyroid hormone levels.

Zucchini hummus recipe

It’s Easy To Grow!

Zucchini is one of the fast and easy-growing plants in a lot of gardens. It grows well in areas with plenty of direct sunlight and warm temperatures. This easy-to-grow plant requires regular watering but usually grows well without any extra care.

It produces large amounts of flowers, which are great to place in your garden either around a path or by itself.

If you’re interested in growing zucchini in your garden, you can get lots of necessary information by reading this article: How To Grow Zucchini.

What Types of Tahini Are There?

There are 2 types of tahini: hulled and unhulled. Because the sesame seeds’ outer shells have been removed, hulled tahini has a lighter color and a creamier consistency than unhulled tahini. Tahini that has been hulled is less nutrient-rich and lower in fiber. Whole sesame seeds are used in unhulled tahini, which has a somewhat more bitter flavor.

Furthermore, tahini paste can be raw or roasted. Tahini which has been raw rather than roasted has a higher vitamin content and is milder in flavor and color.

Tahini comes in a variety of colors, from light sand to dark brown. The lighter varieties are produced from crushed hull-less sesame seeds that can be roasted or raw. Roasted variants are darker and have a stronger flavor than unroasted versions. Very dark types that are frequently sold in blocks contain sesame seeds that still have their hulls on. These can have a coarse texture and can taste strongly toasted, which some people find to be slightly bitter.

Ingredients Used

  • Zucchini: It is the main ingredient of this recipe which makes it extra creamy, super-rich, and healthy. Peel it if you like.
  • Raw tahini: You can use homemade or store-bought.
  • Lemon juice: Use freshly squeezed for greater flavor.
  • Garlic: Garlic is well-known for its immune-boosting properties and the wonderful flavor it adds to every recipe.
  • Cumin: The addition of cumin adds a touch of warmth and earthiness to this zucchini hummus.
  • Cayenne Pepper: A pinch of cayenne pepper adds a kick to this hummus that you’ll like. If you don’t have cayenne pepper, paprika will work.
  • Salt: The addition of salt helps to balance the flavors.

How To Make Raw Zucchini Hummus?

Place zucchini, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, pepper, and salt in a food processor and process until very smooth and creamy. Delicious and served with your favorite veggies.

How You Can Store Zucchini Hummus?

This zucchini hummus can be stored for 3-4 days in the refrigerator, but I suggest eating it within the first one or two days for the best flavor, as it is made with raw zucchini and tahini so it might alter its flavor if you kept it longer.

Pro Tips

  • The skin of tiny zucchini is thin and readily blended. However, if you’re using large zucchini you might not want to utilize the tough skin. So peel it before using.
  • Make sure to scrape the sides periodically to ensure that everything blends evenly and that there are no chunks.
  • The time required to smooth it out will vary depending on your blender or food processor.

Other Hummus Recipes To Try:

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Raw Vegans Eat Hummus?

Sadly, traditional hummus is not raw! In regular hummus, the beans are cooked. Some raw foodists substitute sprouted chickpeas for regular ones when making hummus, but I have to admit that I can’t stand the flavor of sprouted beans. So I made this raw zucchini hummus which is very tasty and refreshing!

Is Zucchini Needed To Be Peeled?

If you have small, young zucchini, you can skip the peeling. But the large or older zucchini had tough and bitterer skin.  So better to be peeled before using.

Is Tahini Healthy?

Tahini still contains a lot of the nutritional benefits of sesame seeds. It provides vital fatty acids and is rich in calcium because it is made from seed with a lot of oil, which makes it a great nutritional source for people who don’t consume dairy. Tahini is strong in unsaturated fat and has a significant quantity of protein and minerals, but it also has a lot of calories. As a result, it should only be used in moderation. A tbsp. of tahini is quite ideal.

Is Raw Tahini Bitter?

Tahini actually disgusted me when I had it for the first time. It is not naturally sweet, in contrast to nut butter. In actuality, it has a relatively bitter flavor.

What If You Don’t Have Tahini On Hand?

Do you not have any tahini in the refrigerator? Don’t worry. In a pinch, you may use most nut butters as they are essentially a paste composed of seeds; just make sure you get an unsweetened variety. To more nearly replicate the flavor of tahini, try a spoonful of smooth cashew, peanut, or sunflower seed butter. Sesame oil can also be used, but it won’t improve the consistency and texture and will only offer a similar flavor, therefore it works best when combined with light nut butter like cashew butter.

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Raw Zucchini Hummus

Raw Zucchini Hummus

Raw Zucchini Hummus is a delicious and healthy alternative to classic hummus recipes. It’s also gluten-free, vegan, low-carb, and oil-free.
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Course: Lunch, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Raw Zucchini Hummus
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 69kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1/4 cup raw tahini
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Place zucchini, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, pepper, and salt in a food processor and process until very smooth and creamy. Delicious and served with your favorite veggies.
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Nutrition

Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 201mg | Potassium: 148mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 77IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg