What do hummus and guacamole both have in common? Answer: ‘they’re both awesome!’.
Also acceptable answers would be: ‘they’re both beasts of the nutritional world’, ‘they’re both really quick to make’ and ‘they both taste great, especially when dipped into’.
When we released this homemade hummus back in November (thanks again Sarah!) we were obsessed with the stuff. And…we still are! As a dip for carrots, peppers and other veg, spread on wraps, or even just eaten with a spoon – it’s great. If you’re looking for ‘pure’ hummus then look no further.
Equally, we once released this sexy take on guacamole. It’s great and to this day it’s still my favourite guacamole.
However, variety is the spice of life, and if you’re after an exciting take on either traditional dip then you’re in the right place.
Aristotle once said ‘The whole is greater than the sum of its parts’ and there’s a rumour going around that it’s about avocado hummus. To be fair, I started that rumour, and it’s probably (definitely) not true, but still, you get the gist.
By adding chickpeas and avocado together, you’re getting a recipe that is more flavoursome than hummus and creamier than guacamole.
The dip is also really good at replacing more unhealthy snacks – something almost all of us are guilty of from time to time.
It fills you up and takes down cravings – the perfect recipe for something new and exciting to take to a party too. And the fun doesn’t end there.
Health Benefits – Avocado Hummus
We’ve talked about it before – and we’ll talk about it again. Fibre. Fibre is so massively underrated it’s a crime. The average person gets nowhere near enough of it in their diet (check out these Harvard stats), but it’s one of the best single changes you could ever make to your diet! This report details why – including drops in obesity, diabetes type two and cardiovascular disease. Not to mention that fiber rich food keeps you feeling full – this a great boon to help cut down on unwanted (and as mentioned, often unhealthy snacking).
Both chickpeas (the main ingredient of hummus) and avocados are fibre-rich, and avocados bring some much needed ‘healthy fats’ to the table. These monounsaturated fats help lower ‘bad’ cholesterol, heart disease and oxidative stress. This summary from WHfoods puts it all in context.
This fat has another knock on benefit – a little fat is needed for the body to soak up essential vitamins and nutrients – and the avocado is packed full of them! From vitamins B6 to C to E to K – the avocado has them all, and the fat contained in the avocado will allow you to successfully absorb them all up. It’s like a self-regulating green mineral bomb.
So next time you wanna look really cool at a party, make some avocado hummus, memorise some of these hot stats and you’ll never be caught in an awkward silence again 😉
Drain the chickpeas and save the water.
Peel and deseed the avocado - remember to scrape out the dark green bits next to the skin - they’re the most nutritious part!
Juice the lemon or lime and peel then roughly chop the garlic.
Put all the ingredients together into a food processor (we use this one from Amazon and it’s great).
Add ¼ cup chickpea water and blend for about a minute (you can also use plain water).
Add it all to a serving bowl and sprinkle the paprika powder on top to give it a nice colourful finish.
That’s it, done. Easy! Time to enjoy your incredible dip 🙂