Shiny Happy Hummus

by on April 22, 2006
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When it comes to hummus, there truly are 32 flavors and then some. While hummus is always on the menu in my house, I like to shake things up often and try new variations. Recently, I was intrigued by the Moroccan Carrot Hummus served up over on 28 Cooks; I didn’t have enough baby carrots to give that recipe a try, but it did lead me to the idea of substituting cooked carrots for part of the chickpeas in my hummus.

The result was a lighter, sweeter hummus which didn’t need much in the way of spices to embellish it. In fact, I tasted it after the garlic, carrots, chickpeas, and lemon juice were blended together, and I almost stopped right there: it was so fresh-tasting and delicious that I didn’t want to risk muddying up the flavor with too much seasoning. But I chose to add a few flavors that, I think, complement the carrots; you’re welcome to try the light, unadulterated version first and decide yourself whether it needs any extra seasonings.

Shiny Happy Carrot Hummus

Wondering about the other 31 flavors of hummus? Well, I don’t really have that many on this blog, but here’s the current list of the ones I DO have:

Black-eyed Pea Hummus
Hummus in the Blender
Berbere-Spiced Red Lentil Hummus
Green Olive Hummus
Almost-Instant Hummus Ghanoush
Spicy Red Pepper Hummus and a Movie
Chipotle Chickpea Dip
Cucumber Hummus
and, of course, my regular Low-Fat Hummus

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1 SusanV August 1, 2009 at 3:48 pm

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Freedom said…

This looks really yummy Susan – I will be trying very soon!

7:37 PM, April 22, 2006
Fiber said…

I love your variation, and it sounds absolutely fantastic!
Must try this one too!

7:38 PM, April 22, 2006
Anonymous said…

I grew up in a very omni, unethnic and well boring household in terms of food. Basically it was steak, tacos or pizza with plain romain lettuce salad on the side for the vegetable. I had never even heard of hummus (or lots of other foods) until entering college last year, which is also whenI went veg. Needless to say, you can now guarantee that there will always be hummus in my fridge. I’m addicted to Trader Joes plain hummus( I also like their spicy and tomato basil, but ususally stick to the plain). I would love to try making hummus, and the hummus you just made looks divine. I can’t wait until I’m out of the dorms and give it a try. I’ve never had carrot hummus before. Although, my aunt brought some artichoke and also some eggplant hummus on easter, and the artichoke hummus was fantastic. Thanks for the great recipe- I always look forward to your blogs!


10:04 PM, April 22, 2006
EatPeacePlease said…

I love this version, Susan! What a great color too.

11:50 AM, April 23, 2006
Courtney said…

hey~ neat-o!

2:45 PM, April 23, 2006
Dori said…

Very orange, I like the looks of it. I think I will look into trying this soon. I have to cook up some chickpeas first though.

3:21 PM, April 23, 2006
tamara said…

this looks delicious! i’ve always steered away from hummus because i thought it was really difficult to make for some reason, but i must try this 🙂

10:38 PM, April 23, 2006
Nandita said…

Love it love it love it- even i’ve found that in regular hummus- it gets too heavy with all the chick peas, this is a surefire way of making it lighter and more flavourful- definitely going to try it
Thanks Susan!

10:51 PM, April 23, 2006
Nancy said…

While the hummus looks fabulous what I really love is the name! I’ll be humming the rest of the night 😉

11:21 PM, April 23, 2006
Alanna said…

Hummus is the new pesto … a zillion variations. I noted 28 Cooks’ carrot version too but like the idea of the combination. Availability leads to brilliance!

6:54 AM, April 24, 2006
Anonymous said…

Nice recipe! I used a whole Tbsp of tahini, but otherwise made the “unspiced” version. My DD thought it was too garlicky — but she’s only three, so for her, maybe it was. I loved it. Great color, too.

12:21 AM, April 30, 2006
emily said…

I just stumbled across this recipe and will be trying it tonight. I love homemade hummus, although I usually stick to the plain, garlic, or spicy pepper varieties. Your recipes all look fabulous. So glad I found your site!

1:30 PM, November 05, 2006
Sarahfae said…

ohhh – I just made this last night, as the first item in a whole bunch of holiday cooking fun. I can’t wait to serve it to the family and friends! The color is lovely, and the taste is subtle and very refreshing!

Thank you so much for this wonderful blog – my new favorite place to hang out online.

9:56 AM, November 22, 2006
melissa said…

Wow! I just made this for dinner tonight (stuffed in a wholemeal pitta with grilled halloumi and lettuce. sorry, not vegan!) and it was insanely good. Like a thousand times better than the best storebough hummus I’ve ever had. I used about twice as much ginger and lemon juice as you, and used wholenut peanut butter since I didn’t have any tahini, and everything went splendidly!

Thanks so much for this! I always thought hummus required a ton of olive oil to make, but now armed with this, I’m going to make this all the time!

1:52 PM, December 13, 2006
Anonymous said…

just made this and it is wonderfully light, i’m impressed!

11:23 AM, August 03, 2007
~M said…

Hi, Susan! I made this hummus after class for my fiance to take to a company outing/picnic. I didn’t add the spices to keep it bland for the techie employees, but WOW, is it yummy. I love how light and refreshing it is, and almost sweet (yay organic carrots!). I changed the order that I processed the ingredients since I like my garbanzos extra ground, but kept everything else the same. I usually make hummus with gobs of oil and tahini, and this is a very welcome change.

I was wondering if you ever experimented with a pumpkin hummus recipe since many recipes call for only 3/4-1 cup pumpkin and the average can holds ~1 3/4 cups so there is always leftover pumpkin. I think you could sub about 3/4-1 cup for the semi-cooked carrots – but what spices would you recommend (it doesn’t need to be bland for us). Lime juice might also be nice instead of lemon juice.

Thanks so much and take care!

10:16 PM, September 10, 2007
aurore said…

and i thought i didn’t like chickpeas ! thank you !!

12:24 PM, June 14, 2008
Lilly said…

i made this the other night when one of my friends came over and it was delicious. the only problem was, carrots were the only fresh veg i had, so we ended up dipping carrots (and crackers) into carrot hummus! i was thinking how great broccoli would be, if i’d had some!
but it was delicious, anyway 🙂

3:09 PM, February 01, 2009
Carol said…

This was just delightful. I think next I might skip the garlic.

1:07 PM, June 28, 2009


2 Anonymous November 20, 2009 at 3:48 pm

you had me at the Ani DiFranco anekdote,really…
Also,your hummus recipe looks fantastic. Have to try it this weekend.


3 PandorasInk December 28, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Cool, I never thought to use carrots while making hummus. Must try!
I've been looking at your blog all day at work, and now I'm starving! LOL 🙂 It's a fantastic blog and I've copied many recipies into my go-to folder in my webmail. Thanks so much!


4 Carlie April 16, 2010 at 7:17 pm

I just found this blog and LOVE IT!! I am fairly new to the vegetarian world and was in need of some fresh and funky new recipes. It looks like I have come to the right place!
Thank you!!!


5 Fiona November 19, 2010 at 3:59 pm

I like this hummus a lot. I think I like it better plain, without the embellishments. It’s a great change of pace when you eat hummus a lot to have something a little different.


6 Niki November 24, 2010 at 9:49 pm

Delicious! I had carrot ginger hummus at a restaurant a year ago and have been looking for the recipe ever since. We added a little tandoori spices because we didn’t have some of the other things and it tastes great!


7 Heidi January 17, 2011 at 8:47 am

This is YUMMY! I whipped up a batch to take with for lunch, along with some veggie stix. It is absolutely YUMMY. 🙂 I didn’t put in the cayenne, but otherwise followed the recipe. The ginger is a perfect complement for the carroty flavor! good stuff


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9 doch609 October 21, 2011 at 12:44 pm

The Shiny Happy Carrot Hummus was exceptional. A new ETL’er, I have prior to this made hummus from several cookbooks. This carrot hummus surpassed all of them, and my wife enjoyed it as well. Added a jalapeno for heat…minced fine and just turned in the processor at the end. Great in lettuce wrap, with a stick of celery as a support strut.


10 Malys March 6, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Hello, I would like to know if it’s possible to make a humus with chickpeas flour? I think it’s more easily digestible).


11 Marie Gilchrist April 25, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Actually … it is 4 points per serving with WW points plus ! Marie


12 Susan Voisin April 25, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Thanks for mentioning that. My older recipes have the old-style points, but I’ve been trying to go through them and remove them. I missed this one but I’ve taken care of it now.


13 Ty/ April 25, 2012 at 3:54 pm

good idea with the carrots. i was going to make hummus anyway, maybe i’ll give this a try!


14 Abigail April 25, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Looking good! thank you!
It’s Israel-Independence-day today, but I think my friends would kill me if I’ll make this hummus instead of the traditional one 🙂


15 Dyan June 23, 2012 at 11:21 pm

This is my go-to recipe when i have a few carrots to use up. There’s no shame in admitting that I usually eat most of it by itself, right?


16 Michelle C April 28, 2013 at 9:59 am

I love that this hummus does not have any oil in it! Hard to find recipes that are oil free sometimes. I want to make this today but, I have no ginger. Do you think that a little powdered ginger will work ok?


17 Susan Voisin April 28, 2013 at 10:32 am

Yes, but just add it to taste because I’m not sure what amount to tell you.


18 Havi May 29, 2013 at 9:00 am

This hummus is very good. I didn’t add the tahini, but did add the coriander and ginger (I think it would be a mistake not to). The carrots make it pretty sweet, which is good. My two-year-old loves it- he doesn’t even want to dip, instead eating it with a spoon by itself. I will double or triple the batch next time.


19 Teresa October 13, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Made hummus 4 my colleagues at work today.. this recipe is lovely, though I like a little more heat. I also think it needs a wee bit more lemon juice, though I didnt add more as I want to see how it all comes together after it is chilled. Thanks for sharing your recipes with me! ♡


20 Rachel January 26, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Just made this and LOVED it. Substituted tahini with peanut butter, and it came out amazing!

Any ideas of what to pair it with for a sandwich?


21 Jackie February 8, 2014 at 10:22 am

Made this for the second time! I omit the tahini but other than that keep to the recipe. It tastes wonderful!


22 Merav August 26, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Wonderful tasty recipes. 🙂 I’m trying to cut the added fat out of my vegan diet. It’s not easy. I normally like to add a lot of olive oil to my hummus spreads, but it’s fattening.

Did you know that the word hummus actually means chickpea in both Hebrew and Arabic?



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