Perfect Hummus 3 Ways (Roasted Garlic, Carrot Harissa and Cilantro Jalapeño)

Perfect Hummus Three Ways - Roasted Garlic Hummus, Carrot Harissa Hummus, and Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus - it's a great protein-packed dip for pre- and post-workout! by @healthynibs

A huge thank you and virtual hug to S&W Beans for sponsoring this post!

When I was in middle school, there was one thing I absolutely dreaded. It wasn’t exams. It wasn’t talking in front of people. Heck, it wasn’t even speaking to my teenage crush. It was P.E. class.

Those 60 minutes of torture every day was just another opportunity for me to embarrass myself in front of EVERYONE. I couldn’t run a full mile, and I had no innate sporting abilities. I particularly hated the fitness assessments where female P.E. teachers pinched my bingo wings with what looked like plastic tongs and announced my body fat percentage aloud. Thanks, Ms. Gym Teacher!

It wasn’t until after college, when I started to incorporate healthy habits into my life, that I finally found myself enjoying exercise! What?! I once heard someone say that achieving success is addictive, and it couldn’t be more true in my case. Once I was able to run 2 miles without stopping, I pushed myself to do 3, then 4, until I was able to finish a half-marathon 2 years ago! I still can’t believe I did it.

This year, I have my mind set on a few other goals: completing 5 pull-ups in a row, doing a handstand, and slaying this obstacle course race. (I’m nowhere near finishing those goals, by the way.) Right now, I’ve been focusing on doing more strength and agility-based workouts and just making sure that I properly nourish my muscles with healthy, protein-packed foods. I must admit that I am no fan of drinking protein shakes. I would much rather get protein from actual food. That’s where this hummus comes in.

Perfect Hummus Three Ways - Roasted Garlic Hummus, Carrot Harissa Hummus, and Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus - it's a great protein-packed dip for pre- and post-workout! by @healthynibs

Beans are a slow-digesting carbohydrate and can provide sustained energy to get you through a good workout. That’s why when I’m going to one of my morning boxing or boot camp classes, I like eating a slice of toast with hummus before I head out. A small nutritious breakfast really helps me get through my workouts. When I’m done, I’ll head home and snack on hummus and raw vegetables to help my post-workout recovery and build those muscles that I desperately need for pull ups.

I love using S&W Beans because they’re a quality brand that I can easily find in any major grocery store. They check the quality of their product every half hour, so no bad beans here!

In my little bean dip number, I’m using three different varieties of S&W Beans. First, there’s the roasted garlic hummus made with garbanzo beans (or chickpeas); next is the roasted carrot harissa hummus made with white bans; finally, there’s the cilantro jalapeño hummus that is made with cannellini beans. They’re great alone, and amazing all together. I usually whip up a big batch of these hummus dips over the weekend and have them ready to fuel my workouts throughout the week. Pull ups, here I come!

MASTER MY MISTAKES / COOKING NOTES

  • Roasting garlic: I’ve been known to be heavy handed with garlic, which is why I roasted 2 bulbs of garlic for the three hummus dips. Garlic, once it’s roasted, mellows out a lot. Don’t be afraid to use all two bulbs in this recipe!

Perfect Hummus Three Ways - Roasted Garlic Hummus, Carrot Harissa Hummus, and Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus - it's a great protein-packed dip for pre- and post-workout! by @healthynibs

If you make this recipe, please let me know! Take a photo of your creation and tag me on Instagram so that I can give you a fist bump! Seeing your creations make my day!

Roasted Garlic Hummus

Prep

Cook

Total

Yield 3 batches of hummus

Ingredients

Roasted Garlic Hummus

  • 1 bulbs of garlic
  • 1 can of garbanzo beans (about 15.5 oz/440g), drained, liquid reserved
  • 2 TBS lemon juice
  • 2 to 3 TBS water or liquid reserved from chickpeas
  • 1 1/2 TBS tahini
  • 1 1/2 TBS olive oil, plus more for drizzling on garlic

Carrot Harissa Hummus

  • 1 large carrot
  • 1/2 bulb of garlic
  • 1 1/2 TBS olive oil, plus more for drizzling on carrots and garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt, plus a small pinch for roasting carrots
  • 1 can of white beans (about 15 oz/425g), drained, liquid reserved
  • 2 TBS lemon juice
  • 2 to 3 TBS water or liquid reserved from white beans
  • 1 1/2 TBS tahini
  • 1/2 to 1 TBS harissa
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Cilantro Jalapeño Hummus

  • 1 can of cannellini beans (about 15 oz/425g), drained, liquid reserved
    • 1/3 cup packed cilantro (leaves and tender stems)
    • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded
    • 1/2 bulb of garlic
    • 2 TBS lemon juice
    • 2 to 3 TBS water or liquid reserved from cannellini beans
    • 1 1/2 TBS olive oil
    • 1/4 tsp salt

Optional Toppings

  • olive oil
  • pine nuts
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Chop off the top of the 2 bulbs of garlic. Drizzle a tiny bit of olive oil on each bulb and wrap in aluminum foil. Drizzle a bit of oil on the carrot and sprinkle a small pinch of salt. I actually roasted a whole bunch of carrots because it seemed silly to roast only one. Bake for about 35 to 40 minutes until the garlic has softened and the carrots can be easily pierced with a fork.
  3. Unwrap garlic bulbs from inside the foil and let it cool for 10 minutes before handling.
  4. Take one bulb of garlic. In a medium bowl, squeeze out each clove from its papery skin. Add the rest of the ingredients for the garlic hummus into the bowl and blend with an immersion blender until smooth. You can also blend all ingredients in a food processor. Use more or less water to get the right consistency for your hummus.
  5. Chop up the large roasted carrot and place carrot pieces in another bowl (or food processor). Add half of the roasted garlic cloves from the other bulb. Add remaining ingredients for the carrot harissa hummus and blend everything until smooth.
  6. In a third bowl (or food processor), add remaining roasted garlic bulbs and ingredients for the cilantro jalapeño hummus. Blend everything until smooth.
  7. Serve all three hummus dips together or separately. Top with an extra drizzle of olive oil, pine nuts, cilantro, paprika, and pepper, if you like.

 

Perfect Hummus Three Ways - Roasted Garlic Hummus, Carrot Harissa Hummus, and Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus - it's a great protein-packed dip for pre- and post-workout! by @healthynibs

Perfect Hummus Three Ways - Roasted Garlic Hummus, Carrot Harissa Hummus, and Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus - it's a great protein-packed dip for pre- and post-workout! by @healthynibs

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of S&W Beans.

12 thoughts on “Perfect Hummus 3 Ways (Roasted Garlic, Carrot Harissa and Cilantro Jalapeño)

  1. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    Bingo wing? Never heard that term before. But I love it! I hated PE class too. I was awkward in my younger years and it was just a bad scene. Love this trio of hummus flavors! Especially the harissa! And while I do enjoy my smoothies, I definitely would rather eat my protein than drink it! 🙂

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  2. Julia

    5 pull ups in a row is a fabulous goal – I can’t do one full pull up, so I basically gave up my dream of being a ripped pull up maven years ago, though you’ve inspired me to get back to it, ha! All three of these hummuses sound amaaaaaazing! I’m huge into garlic, too so I’ll definitely be roasting up some serious bulbs to prepare these recipes. This is looking like a fabulous spread – a perfect post-workout snack and awesome for appetizering with friends!

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  3. Traci | Vanilla And Bean

    P.E. class was the worst! You had to change clothes, get all sweaty, then put your regular clothes back on! I stunk for the rest of the day! I couldn’t run hardly at all… I was always embarrassed. It was the worst part of middle school for sure! I love these three dips, Lisa! We eat a lot of humms around here too.. keep it stocked in the fridge and freezer for back up! I love how you’ve incorporated Jalapeño too…. my favorite! Delicious work my dear!

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    1. Lisa Lin Post author

      OMG, Traci, I totally forgot about how we had to put regular clothes back on after gym class! Why did they make us do P.E. before the day was over??

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  4. Amy | Club Narwhal

    I was the SAME way in middle school–especially around Presidential Fitness Test season, specifically because of the pull up! 5 pull ups–what an awesome goal 😉 These hummus variations sound too, too good.

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