Hummus is traditionally made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, lemon juice, and garlic. While we love a traditional hummus, we also love experimenting with new flavors and ingredients (sorry hummus purists). This recipe roundup features some classics like roasted red pepper hummus and basil pesto hummus, but also includes some recipes that might surprise you, such as Creamy Buffalo Hummus and Sesame Edamame Hummus. Oh, and if you’re not a fan of savory dishes, don’t worry: there’s even some dessert options. Happy National Hummus Day!


1. Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Hummus from Lazy Cat Kitchen

From the website: “As I live in Greece where fire-roasted Romano peppers are a local staple, I went for the easy option and simply used a couple of those ready-roasted red beauties to give my hummus a blush of colour and a delicious red pepper taste, but if you aren’t as lucky and would rather make your own peppers, it is dead simple.”

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2. Roasted Beet Hummus from Minimalist Baker

From the website: “It’s also very simple to make. Once you have a roasted beet it’s a matter of throwing everything into a food processor or blender and whisking away. It also keeps for about a week in the fridge, making it the perfect weekday lunch solution or take-along snack.”

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3.Creamy Cauliflower Hummus from The Endless Meal

From the website: : “This cauliflower hummus is made by swapping the traditional chickpeas with roasted cauliflower, and you’d never know it. If you put this out at a party and didn’t decorate it with the giveaway roasted cauliflower bits, I’m 98.9% sure no one would question that it wasn’t real hummus. It’s a near dead ringer and I just. can’t. stop. eating. it.”

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4. Carrot-Ginger Hummus from My Quiet Kitchen

From the website: “Carrot-Ginger Hummus is made with fresh ginger, carrots, lemon, and miso. Inspired by the carrot-ginger dressing served in Japanese-American restaurants, this fluffy, oil-free hummus is lightly sweet, ginger-y, and perfect for dipping and spreading.”

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5. Chocolate Hummus from Chocolate Covered Katie

From the website: “The main ingredient in this brownie batter hummus is beans, and you can use black beans, cannelini beans, or–for true hummus–chickpeas or garbanzo beans. It differs from savory hummus in that the garlic, olive oil, tahini, and other savory ingredients found in traditional hummus recipes have been replaced with cocoa powder, chocolate chips, almond or peanut butter, and sweetener of choice.”

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6. Creamy Buffalo Hummus from Fresh April Flours

From the website: “We love dipping anything and everything into hummus: chips, bread, vegetables, even chicken, and especially spoons. “

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7. Simple Sesame Edamame Hummus from Street Smart Nutrition

From the website: “This Simple Sesame Edamame Hummus is made with frozen shelled edamame and it’s soy easy to make! See what I did there?”

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8. Dill Pickle Hummus from Bree’s Vegan Life

From the website: “This dill pickle hummus is vegan, oil free, and gluten free. It is super healthy, easy to make, and absolutely delicious!”

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9. Basil Pesto Hummus from The Blissful Balance

From the website: “You know that one snack you always eat when you come home after a night out in college? Hummus. If we ever had to go on a road trip somewhere, we always packed hummus. Studying in the library for hours? Hummus.”

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10. Cake Batter Hummus from Don’t Waste the Crumbs

From the website: “So you’ve got the beans – then add vanilla extract and just a little bit of milk to thin and BAM – you get a DELICIOUS healthy dip that tastes just like cake batter, without excess sugar . . .”

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Kirsten Clark is a high school English and Social Studies teacher, a reader, a runner, a writer, a lover of good food, and most importantly, a new mom. Kirsten lives in Vermilion, Alberta with her husband, and since welcoming a baby boy last December, she is embracing the new adventure of motherhood with all of its ups and downs. She occasionally blogs at, and posts regularly on Instagram @kirstenlanae. Find her on Twitter also.

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