White Bean Hummus

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White Bean Hummus is an easy white bean hummus recipe with just 4 ingredients!  It’s a healthy appetizer or snack that’s made in minutes, and may be customized with whatever ingredients you have on hand.

white bean hummus on a serving platter surrounded by fresh vegetables

**This post was originally published in January 2013.  I’ve updated the photos and recipe, and included more useful information in the text.

I hope this finds you all doing well!  We’re hanging in there, and are simply grateful for having jobs that allow us to work from home, having time together, and most importantly our health.

Yesterday I was listening to the radio and heard that many people are gaining weight due to being sheltered in their homes due to the virus.  

 We’ve all heard of the “Freshman 15”, which refers to gaining 15 pounds in college?  Well, they’re calling this weight gain the “Quarantine 15”.  

The struggle is real.  We’re all pent up in our homes, anxious about what the future holds, and are seeking comfort through food.  

I’m doing my best to eat healthier snacks like this White Bean Hummus.  It’s creamy, nutritious and is the perfect dip for crunchy vegetables!

white bean hummus recipe presented on a platter with fresh veggies

Why you’ll love this cannellini bean hummus:

  • White beans lend a mild flavor and creamier texture to this hummus.  It’s simple, fresh and creamy!
  • Recipe contains only 4 ingredients, most of which you have in your pantry.
  • White bean hummus is a good source of plant based protein and fiber. 
  • This recipe works for gluten free, dairy free and vegan diets.
  • Hummus is versatile — it’s great as a dip, a spread for sandwiches, condiment for grain bowls and so much more! 

What are white beans?

There are three main varieties of white beans:

  • Cannellini beans are medium sized beans, and are basically white kidney beans.  
  • Great northern beans are medium-sized white beans that are smaller than cannellini beans.
  • Navy beans are small, pea-sized white beans, and are the smallest on the market.

All of the varieties listed above have a mild flavor and creamy texture, so they would all work well in this recipe.   

close up of cannellini bean hummus

Hummus Ingredients

Most hummus recipes include chickpeas and tahini like this lemon hummus.  This white bean hummus recipe has no tahini.  You can certainly include it if you wish!

There are only (4) ingredients in this recipe, most of which are pantry staples:

  • Cannellini beans
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Lemon juice
  • Smoked paprika and chopped parsley are optional garnishes

How to make White Bean Hummus

This recipe is extremely easy!  I use my handy mini food processor and it comes together in minutes.

  • Place the white beans, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste in the bowl of the food processor.
  • Process the hummus until smooth, and adjust the seasoning as necessary.
  • Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil, smoked paprika and freshly chopped parsley, if desired.
  • Serve with your favorite raw vegetables, chips or crackers for a healthy snack or appetizer.

overhead shot of white bean hummus on a serving platter with vegetables

How to customize this recipe

The glory of hummus is its versatility.  It can be changed up a number of ways to use up whatever you have on hand.

Customize this white bean hummus recipe with the following ingredients:

  • Fresh or dried herbs
  • Spices
  • Citrus
  • Tahini
  • Sun dried tomatoes
  • Roasted vegetables like garlic, chilies, bell peppers, winter squash or carrots
  • Hot sauce

Recipe Notes

  • If raw garlic is too strong for your taste, use 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or roasted garlic.
  • Store hummus in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
  • Hummus is great as a spread for a vegetarian sandwiches, Greek wrap, a condiment for Mediterranean hummus bowls, and so much more!
  • Change this white hummus recipe up by adding your favorite spices, herbs, sun dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, tahini and more!

cucumber dipped into white bean hummus

See all of my Appetizer recipes.

More hummus recipes:

Butternut squash hummus

Carrot hummus by Bon Appetit

Green hummus

Lemon hummus

 

White Bean Hummus

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

White Bean Hummus is an easy white bean hummus recipe with just 4 ingredients!Ā  It's a healthy appetizer or snack that's made in minutes!

White Bean Hummus

Ingredients

  • (1) 15 ounce can of cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of one lemon (2 tablespoons)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Drizzle of olive oil, smoked paprika and parsley, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add the beans, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and salt and pepper, to taste to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the hummus is nice and smooth, then taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary.
  2. Place the hummus in a serving bowl and sprinkle with smoked paprika, parsley and a drizzle of olive oil, if desired. Serve with chips, crackers or veggies and enjoy!

Notes

  • If raw garlic is too strong for your taste, use 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or roasted garlic.
  • Store hummus in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
  • Hummus is great as a spread for sandwiches, a condiment for grain bowls, and so much more!
  • Change this white hummus recipe up by adding your favorite spices, herbs, sun dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and more!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 162Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 5gSugar: 1gProtein: 7g
Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.

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