The smooth, healthy artichoke hummus is super creamy, full of flavors, and delicious. This is a great spin on traditional hummus; if you are an artichoke lover, you get to taste it in hummus. As someone who always looks for dipping recipes for vegetables, and crackers, I can never get bored preparing different hummus variations.
Enjoy artichoke hummus with crackers, pita, naan, veggies, bagel chips, or pretzel without boring, unhealthy snacks in the afternoon. This way, you will have a more nutritious and healthy snack instead of eating too sweet, greasy, and salty ones. It even works as a great appetizer for family gatherings or holidays. Try out this amazing variation of hummus with your family and friends today!
Is Hummus Healthy?
Hummus is a great source of plant-based protein, which also makes a great addition to any vegan or vegetarian diet. It has all the key elements of vitamins and minerals like carbs, calcium, iron, folate, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, potassium, vitamins B6, E, and thiamin.
- The ingredients of this hummus have proven that it can fight chronic inflammation and is also rich in powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory benefits. It has calcium which is good for developing strong bones, nerve transmission, and heart muscle function.
- Hummus is a great source of dietary fiber, which can improve digestive health and helps to soften the stools so that they can easily pass down without causing constipation.
- It is packed with healthy ingredients that can reduce heart disease risk and lower bad cholesterol levels.
- Several studies have found that hummus can effectively maintain a healthy body weight.
- Great for those who want to have gluten, nut, and dairy-free food.
Artichoke Hummus Key Ingredients
- Chickpeas: You can use canned or cooked chickpeas, whatever works best for you.
- Artichoke hearts: It’s a slightly nutty flavor with a slightly bitter taste. You can have canned or frozen artichokes. But I find the canned version works amazing for this recipe. See Health Benefits Of Artichoke.
- Tahini: It’s a paste prepared from sesame seeds, making the hummus taste delicious. You can prepare it at home or simply buy it from the store, make sure to buy high-quality ones.
- Lemon juice: Lemon juice’s sourness and artichoke’s nutty flavor are a common pair when it comes to flavorings.
- Garlic: Raw garlic has strong flavors, so be careful not to overpower the flavors of artichoke.
- Cumin: add robust flavor to your hummus.
- Za’atar: It is a fragrant Middle Eastern herb that works like a spice blend, enhancing the hummus’s flavor profile.
- Sea salt: To taste
- Extra-Virgin olive oil: Use extra-virgin olive oil for garnishing the hummus.
How to Make Artichoke Hummus?
The simplest way to prepare hummus is using a basic food processor, and you are all set. In the high-speed food processor, you will get an excellent smooth texture of hummus.
To prepare this amazing appetizer, get a food processor and add all the prepared ingredients: chickpeas, tahini, artichoke hearts, garlic, lemon juice, Za’atar, and salt. Start processing all the ingredients until smooth.
While the food processor is running, slowly start pouring the extra virgin olive oil. Continue to process until the hummus is creamy and smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. If desired, stir in the chopped parsley. You can also drizzle a tsp of olive oil and a dash of paprika on top. Serve with pita bread, crackers, chips, or as a dip for vegetables. Enjoy!
Flavor Variations and Add-ons
- Instead of using raw garlic, roasted garlic is an amazing addition to the artichoke hummus. You can usually get them in the store beside olives. You can easily toast it in olive oil, which usually takes 3 minutes to prepare. If you want to make a full clove of roasted garlic with smoky flavors, wrap it in foil and roast it at 400 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes.
- Roasted red pepper adds a nice sweetness and spiciness, which also pairs amazingly with artichokes. At the same time, making hummus add 1-2 roasted pepper to the food processor.
- It’s quite hard to get artichoke dip without mentioning spinach, as it’s a good combo. You can add a couple of green leaves to the food processor. Also, add some feta cheese to get a cheesy, creamy texture in it.
- Black olives naturally pair well with artichoke, so why not throw some and mix it? Sometimes, I like to have chunks of olives with hummus, so I chop the olives into small pieces and throw them on top of the hummus.
- Don’t be shy to add freshly chopped herbs like parsley, basil, thyme, rosemary, dill, oregano, or cilantro.
Can I Make Artichoke Hummus without Tahini?
You don’t need to use tahini when making hummus if you don’t like it. Tahini is a paste prepared from sesame seeds which are high in fat and calories. If you want to have lighter hummus, then it might not be a good option to add. Some people may not love the taste of it, so don’t invest your time buying one or preparing it at home. Instead of tahini, you could achieve a similar sour and creamy texture with yogurt and artichokes.
Can I Prepare Artichoke Hummus with Other Beans?
You can prepare artichoke hummus with almost every kind of bean. White beans are the ideal option as they have a neutral flavor and don’t overpower the artichokes. You can also try out cannellini beans and Northern beans, as they are some good options too.
How to Store Artichoke Hummus?
- Homemade hummus stays good in an airtight container in the freezer for at least 4 to 5 days or even a week.
- If you want to store it in the freezer and enjoy it anytime, you can do it, and it will stay good for four months. Simply put them in smaller portions so they can freeze and defrost well. Use a freezer-safe container and fill it with the hummus but avoid filling it to the very top.
- Leave some space so that it can expand easily without damaging the box. The same goes for the sealed bags; make sure to leave some room in that too. Cover the hummus with plastic wrap before covering it up in the airtight container to make a barrier against bacteria.
- The best trick to defrost hummus is to allow it to thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours or overnight slowly so it’s ready to have the next day. You can also place the hummus in a large bowl of slightly warm water and leave it for some hours to thaw fully.
- You can definitely defrost the hummus in the microwave at the last minute at 75% power for 10-15 second bursts; check and stir each time to make it smooth perfectly.
How to Serve Artichoke Hummus?
- Use hummus to prepare wraps and sandwiches instead of using ranch or mayonnaise.
- Pair it with creamy pasta and salad, and get ready to try exciting flavors.
- Cut vegetables like a french fry and some options are carrots, cucumber, crispy fried falafel, cauliflower, and broccoli.
- Instead of using avocado on top of toast, use hummus and enjoy the tasty breakfast combo.
- Don’t have pizza sauce in hand? Swap it with hummus instead.
Chef’s Tips and Tricks
- If you are using dried chickpeas for hummus, you should soak them overnight and then boil them with a tsp of baking soda to get rid of skins and enjoy smooth and silky hummus.
- Pouring only olive oil without using tahini will only add unnecessary calories and fats. Using tahini will give a good texture and flavor to the hummus.
- If you are a spice lover, then heat up the hummus with cayenne pepper and chili powder which is also beneficial for health.
- Make sure to mark the expiration date on the hummus when freezing. Because if it’s stored longer than 4 months, the enzymes of protein start to break and give a sour smell from hummus.
- To make it low in calories, replace olive oil with nonfat Greek yogurt to get an even consistency and good flavors.
- If you want a strong garlic flavor, you can add another clove of garlic or use roasted garlic to boost the flavor.
Other Recipes With Artichoke
- Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip
- Spinach Artichoke Dip Potato Salad
- Quinoa Salad With Artichokes
- Spinach Artichoke Pasta Bake
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- Energy: 199 kcal / 832 kJ
- Fat: 11.2 g
- Protein: 6.4 g
- Carbs: 20.8 g
- Preparation: 5 min
- Ready in: 5 min
- For: 6 Servings
- Add the artichoke hearts, chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, cumin, Za'atar, and salt to a food processor.
- Process until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
- With the food processor running, slowly drizzle olive oil until the hummus is smooth and creamy.
- Taste and adjust seasonings as needed
- Transfer the hummus to a serving bowl and smooth the top.
- Drizzle with additional olive oil, if desired.
- Serve with tortilla chips, veggies, or crackers. Enjoy!