Avocado Hummus

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Hummus is one of the simplest of dips to make.  This Middle Eastern dip is chock full of nutrition from chick peas, garlic, yogurt and fresh lemon juice.  But not being one to leave good enough alone, I decided to amp up the nutrition by adding an avocado to the mix.  Loaded with Vitamins K, C and B-6, avocados are low in saturated fats and high in the fats that are good for you.  So adding an avocado to your favorite hummus recipe is a win-win! I’m glad I did, as this tasty dip also doubles as a sandwich spread.  (I often use it instead of butter; and its divine on hot toast!)  This would be great to take to a summer cookout with friends; and then listen to them ooohhh and aaaahhhh!  Serve with sturdy crackers or chips, as this tends to be a little thicker than regular hummus. If you want it thinner, just add a bit more lemon juice and/or yogurt, depending on your tastebuds. 

Avocado Hummus

Diff:  Easy    Time:  5 min   Serves:  8

Ingredients

  • 2 cans (15 oz.) chick peas

  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced

  • 3-5 T fresh lemon juice

  • 3-4 T Tahini 

  • 1/2 t salt

  • 1/2  t cumin

  • 1/8 t garam masala (optional)

  • 1 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt

  • 1 ripe avocado

Instructions

  • Drain beans and rinse in a colander until water runs clear.

  • Puree beans with garlic in a food processor.

  • Add the remaining ingredients and blend until thick and smooth. 

  • Add more salt, lemon juice or yogurt if desired.

  • Transfer to a pretty dip bowl, cover and chill until ready to serve.

Now, how easy is that?  I have to admit the hardest part of this recipe was stirring the tahini and its oil together, as they had separated.  Definitely put some muscle into that!  I hope that you, your family and friends will enjoy this yummy and healthy dip this summer! 

Wishing you all of God’s blessings, good health and happy eating!

Smiles and blessings,

Maria

 

 

 

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