Were you a little confused by the title? Did you know that tahini, the key ingredient in hummus, is actually a sesame seed paste? Congratulations if you did! I know you guys are so smart and educated on food. Unfortunately for me, sesame seed is my highest plant based food allergy. On the other hand, I’ve learned how to modify several of my favorite recipes to be sesame seed free.
There are many ways you can add flavor to hummus, but this is by far our favorite. I find it very interesting that even my kids love hummus. Any time I have kalamata olives in the fridge I’m trying to fight the kids off of them before I can make the hummus! Chickpeas are the main component when it comes to hummus and it just so happens to be a great source of plant based protein! Half a cup of chickpeas (or garbanzo beans) has 6 grams of protein!
The best of all is that it takes relatively no time at all. You add most of your ingredients to a blender and then mince up some olives. Other options to pack this full of flavor could be sun dried tomatoes, garlic, or some roasted red pepper. Never let food restrictions slow you down from enjoying food. When that list of foods that you can’t eat turns into a pile of woe and despair, get in that kitchen! Experiment and find ways to enjoy food. After all, if you have followed me long enough… You know what’s coming up next…
I hope you enjoy this recipe! The recipe itself is gluten free so feel free to enjoy it with cucumbers, gluten free crackers, or if you’re not exclusively gluten free you can use pita chips. Be sure to tag me @workhardeatkind if you give it a try!
Sesame Seed Free Hummus
- 2 Cans of Chickpeas
- 2 Tablespoons Raw Sunflower Seed Butter
- 3 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons Strained Olive Brine (optional)
- 5-6 ounces of Silken Tofu
- 2 Garlic Cloves (Roasted is a great option!)
- Salt to taste.
- Diced Kalamata Olives
- Roasted Red Pepper
- Roasted Garlic
- Caramelized Onions
- Add all of the ingredients into a sturdy food processor or blender. This mix is quite thick.
- Turn off the food processor scrape down the sides to make sure that everything is well incorporated.
- If the mixture is too thick add water a tablespoon at a time until the desired thickness.
- You can store this in the fridge for up until 7 days in the refrigerator.