Avocado Hummus – Nothing beats a real Guacamole, but this ultra creamy avocado dip is a great alternative for something different! Excellent option when avocados are obscenely expensive to make less go further!
It’s quicker to make and just as delicious in its own right, made with avocados, chickpeas OR yoghurt, lemon, coriander/cilantro, garlic and olive oil. Crack open a beer – snack time is here!
While Guacamole done-right will always be my first avocado love, this creamy avocado dip is my 2nd favourite child. Reserved for those days when:
– you can’t decide whether to make a Guacamole or Hummus;
– have friends who prefer one or the other (solution: mash ’em up into one dip);
– you want to make a single avocado go further (for all those times avocados cost an arm and a leg!); or
– you want Guac, but lack the energy to do anything more than toss a handful of things in the food processor.
How to stop Avocado Dip from going brown
Best avocado dip storage tip ever to stop it from browning from Sprinkles and Sprouts – smooth the top and cover with warm water or olive oil. Stays green for 3 whole days!!
This makes a big batch compared to guac. One can of chickpeas pluys one big avo = about 2 to 2 1/2 cups of dip. Compared to 1 avo which makes as much guac as the size of the avo (minus the giant seed) – usually around just over 1 cup.
Is Avocado good for you?
An Avocado based dip is a far healthier option than the usual cream cheese based dips!
Avocado are packed full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and healthy fats. One of the few natural produce that contains a substantial amount of monounsaturated fatty acids which are good fats known to lower cholesterol and promote heart health.
With almost 20 vitamins and minerals, their potential health benefits include improving digestion, good for your heart, lower cholesterol, decrease risk of depression, and protection against cancer.
Avocado is also good for weight loss because it’s high in fibre and (good!) fats which will keep you feeling full for longer. If you’re a snack monster like me, Avocado Dip is a much safer option for your than any cheesy dip option!
But because they are 77% fat (albeit good fats), you still do need to consume in moderation.
What this avocado hummus tastes like
The recipe as written tastes like a cross between guacamole and hummus. The guac part coming from the avocado and coriander/cilantro, and the hummus part coming from the chickpeas and tahini.
But quite often, I use yoghurt instead of tahini which takes the hummus edge off slightly, which is why I’ve generically called this an Avocado Dip rather than Avocado Hummus.
Also, it’s so easy to adapt to your taste with slight variations. Leave out the coriander and it tastes less like Guac. Skip the chickpeas completely and use yoghurt, and you have a stronger avocado flavour.
For a kick of spice, try adding jalapeño or a pinch of cayenne. Try adding a can of green chillies, use lime instead of lemon. So actually, the only mandatory ingredient in this is… avocado. 🥑🥑🥑 😂 – Nagi x
Watch how to make it
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- 1 large avocado, 300g/10oz whole (or 2 medium)
- 1 can chickpeas, drained (~14oz / 420g)
- 3 tbsp tahini (sesame paste) OR yoghurt
- 2 - 3 tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice
- 1/4 cup coriander / cilantro leaves, packed (some stems ok)
- 2 - 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large garlic clove
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 - 2 tbsp water as required
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Coriander/cilantro leaves
- Pine nuts , toasted (hummus-style!)
- Cut avocado in half, remove seed. Use spoon to scoop flesh into food processor. Add remaining ingredients. Start with just a pinch of salt because canned chick peas vary in saltiness. Whizz until smooth, scraping down sides as required.
- Adjust: sour with lemon, salt, pepper, and dip consistency with water. Whizz again.
- Dollop onto plate. Use spoon to make swirls on top. Drizzle over olive oil, sprinkle to pine nuts, garnish with coriander. Serve with chips, crackers or pita bread, see notes for most amazing stay-green storage tip!
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Life of Dozer
Took Dozer down to the dog beach the other day when I was taking a hot meal down to the homeless guy. I drove down the boat ramp so he could get a good look at the beach he so loves that he won’t be running on for months….. (recovering from recent knee surgery)
Didn’t stay long. Couldn’t stand the howling.😢
* For those playing catch up, Dozer completely destroyed his ACL (rear knee), underwent surgery and is 2.5 weeks into a 3 to 4 month recovery period. Challenging for this highly active dog!
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