This sweet & spicy carrot hummus is one of my favorite snacks! It is delicious as a dip with vegetables, chips, crackers, really anything!
In just a few short weeks, the NFL season will be starting and I am so excited! Football season is one of my favorite times of the year. It reminds me of being a kid, growing up in a football obsessed town (hello Texas high school football,) and I really love the game itself.
The best part about football Sunday is game day food! It’s all about snacks (like this awesome salsa), easy to eat foods, and things you can munch on throughout the game. Chemistry Cachet is all about healthy football food options. Hummus is always my go to!
About a year ago, I tried this carrot hummus from the store. It was delicious! This recipe was inspired by the store bought version, but I played with the flavor a little bit.
This sweet & spicy carrot hummus recipe will be your new favorite if you love hummus!
- 1 can (16 oz) chickpeas, drained
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 1 cup carrots, softened
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1/2 - 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 3 tbsp raw honey
- 3 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup olive oil***
- 1/8 -1/4 cup water***
- Few dashes of hot sauce (like Franks or Tabasco)
- To soften the carrots, you can place them in the microwave or boil on the stove for a few minutes. This just helps then mix up better. You don't want them mushy, just a little tender.
- In a food processor (or a really good blender) add in the chickpeas, tahini, softened carrots, garlic, salt (start with 1/2 tsp), cayenne, honey, and lemon juice.
- Pulse until combined. While pulsing, drizzle in the olive oil until it is completely incorporated.
- The mixture will be pretty thick at this point. Next, add in the 1/8 cup of water and pulse until the consistency is what you like. I will add up to 1/4 cup of water sometimes.
- Add a few dashes of hot sauce to taste.
- Place in the refrigerator for a few hours to firm up a little, serve cold.
- ***I have also used coconut oil and it turns out great!
- ***The water is really to your liking, I have even used up to 1/2 cup of water depending on how well everything mixes together. I like thicker hummus usually, but you can easily thin it out.
This is a really thick hummus (which I love!). If you prefer a thinner hummus, simply add a little more water or oil. You can play around the textures on this and see what you like best! I have always loved hummus I can scoop out.
I have had a few friends ask me if they have to use tahini? To be a true hummus, you definitely need it. Tahini is always the base of any hummus you buy at the store or get at a restaurant, and is simply a sesame seed butter. I always buy mine near the peanut butters and almond butter. You can sometimes find it in the international food section of your grocery store.
Other Ways to Use It:
Sweet and spicy carrot hummus is also great on sweet potatoes, which I eat a few times a week. Recently, I have been topping it with a few scoops of this. It goes so well with the flavor of sweet potato!
I am so excited for football season! This will definitely be in rotation for game day.