October 22, 2011

Sweet Potato Hummus

sweet potato hummusI've mentioned before how much I love making hummus because it's so quick and easy to make yourself, it makes a healthy and filling snack that can last you through the week, and there are so many different flavours out there to try (like beet hummus and spicy pumpkin hummus)!

When I was flipping through my Power Foods cookbook the other week, this sweet potato hummus recipe caught my eye. I'd never tried sweet potato hummus before but it sounded like the perfect combination for fall, and I'll take any excuse I can to bring delicious (and healthy!) sweet potatoes into a recipe.

This hummus did take a little longer to make than other types of hummus because you have to cook the sweet potatoes first, but the steaming method called for in the recipe was one of the quickest and easiest ways I've ever tried to cook a sweet potato. I think roasting them might bring out a little more of the flavour of the sweet potato, but in this case, I preferred the convenience of the steaming method.

The hummus had just the right amount of sweetness and hint of spice, and was delicious served with carrots or pitas as a healthy snack. Since it was a little on the thick side for hummus, it also made a great spread to serve on bread - and it went perfectly with the leftover sweet potato bread I had in the freezer!

I hope you guys aren't sick of hummus yet because I'm not and I plan on trying a lot of new recipes in the near future!

sweet potato hummus with carrot
Sweet Potato Hummus

Adapted from Whole Living


1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 (15-oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup tahini
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper


Fill a large pot with a couple inches of water. Bring to a boil and set a steamer basket overtop. Add potatoes to the steamer, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook until potatoes are tender, about 10-12 minutes. Let cool slightly.

Transfer potatoes to a food processor. Add chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, cumin, nutmeg, and garlic. Puree until smooth. Pour olive oil into the feed tube of the food processor, allowing it to slowly drizzle into the bowl with the motor running. Once oil has been incorporated, season with salt and pepper to taste. If hummus is too thick, add up to 2 tablespoons of water to thin it out. Taste and adjust any amounts to your liking.

Serve with a sprinkle of paprika if desired. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.


  1. Keep the hummus recipes coming - I like being able to taste them all! And now that I have a food processor, I can start making some of my own too!

  2. This would be more time consuming with cooking the sweet potatoes than regular hummus is, but it sounds very good. I'm sure that the sweet potatoes add some extra nutrition, too. Bookmarking!

  3. @Genevieve
    I'm excited to see what hummus recipes you come up with and get a chance to be a taste tester myself!

    Thanks Rose! I love that sweet potatoes have so many health benefits but taste so sweet and delicious!


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