White bean and basil hummus

Great northern or cannellini beans give a similar consistency to traditional chickpeas and tahini in this white bean and basil hummus recipe. With plenty of garlic and a hint of cayenne pepper, it’s as healthy as it is delicious.

If I was ever to come across a vampire, I have no doubt that I’d be able to repel him from about 20 feet away. You see, I am one of those people that practically oozes garlic from their pores when that garlic is eaten raw. My husband could gnaw on an entire bulb of garlic (not that he ever does that…that would be grounds for sleeping in different rooms) and still come away smelling like mint toothpaste. Me? I smell like an entire field of garlic for at least 24 hours after eating any of the raw stuff.
So, is there raw garlic in this hummus? Well, of course! You know why…it tastes too darn good to leave out. However, you’ll notice that I specify 1 to 2 cloves of garlic in the recipe. Make the call depending on your OGL (that would be Odiferous Garlic Level…just made that up).

Before I start getting emails from hummus lovers, I fully admit that this is not truly hummus. After all, it’s not made with chickpeas, there isn’t any tahini on the ingredients list. However, this white bean version has the same smooth, dip-able consistency of traditional hummus and packs of punch of flavor with fresh basil, garlic and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper.

This recipe was inspired by a stroll through the new Trader Joe’s that opened up about 15 minutes from our house (hallelujah!). The sample that day was Trader Joe’s version of hummus with basil, and my older son fell in love with it right away. In fact, I had to stop him from visiting the sample stand five times…”Um, I think they’ll recognize once you stop for a sample more than three times, bud.”
We almost bought the Trader Joe’s version right then and there, but I knew we could whip up our own version in no time at home, leaving out a couple of the less-than-natural ingredients that they use to elongate shelf life.

Eight ingredients and 10 minutes later, we had our hummus. Savory and creamy, with just the right amount of garlic. Success!

White Bean & Basil Hummus Recipe

Prep time: 10 mins
Total time: 10 mins
Serves: Makes 1 cup

⦁ 1 (14 oz.) great northern or cannellini beans, drained & rinsed
⦁ 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
⦁ 3 tbsp water
⦁ 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
⦁ 1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced
⦁ ¼ tsp salt
⦁ ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
⦁ ½ cup thinly sliced basil
1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the beans, olive oil, water, lemon juice, garlic, salt and cayenne pepper. Process until smooth.
2. Add the basil and pulse until the basil is chopped and incorporated into the hummus. Serve.
Weight Watchers Points: 2 (Points+), 2 (Old Points)

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 tablespoons | Calories: 92.2 cal | Fat: 5.3g | Saturated fat: 0.7g | Carbohydrates: 8.6g | Sugar: 0g | Sodium: 165.4mg | Fiber: 2.8g | Protein: 3.3g | Cholesterol: 0mg

Orginally published by: Dara Michalski | On Cookin’ Canuck 



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