Hummus is one of those things you can use as an appetizer, dipping sauce, or spread. You can even eat it with a spoon! Hummus has a wide specter of flavors, and it can fit pretty much into any meal plan.
Regular hummus is not keto-friendly because it is originally made with chickpeas. As you already know, you need to find something that can replace them in a low-carb recipe. We did research and experimented in the kitchen until we found the right answer. Cauliflower is an absolute winner for our Low Carb Cauliflower Hummus.
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Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable with sulfur-containing compounds that have been shown to fight cancer (*). Sulfur-containing compounds also help stimulate the production of detox enzymes in the liver to assist with the removal of toxins from the body.
In addition to cauliflower, tahini makes up a big part of this recipe. If you forgot to buy tahini and you have some sesame seeds leftover, you’ll get two spreads by making one. As an added bonus, your final hummus is going to be super healthy.
Despite their small size, sesame seeds are extremely nutrient-dense. They contain a good amount of healthy fats and fiber to keep you full, promote digestion, and stabilize blood sugar levels. Sesame seeds also contain a unique class of lignans, including sesamin and sesamolin, which have been shown to protect against high blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood clots (*).
Additionally, sesame seeds are a good source of vitamin E, which has antioxidant abilities in the body. Vitamin E is needed to reduce inflammation, prevent the risk of chronic diseases, and keep your skin healthy.
Our keto hummus recipe is perfect for other seasonings and ingredients. This is a good start point where you can experiment and find the most enjoyable flavor. We hope you’ll fall in love with our cauliflower hummus!
To make your homemade tahini, add sesame seeds to the saucepan over low heat. Stir constantly until they change the color. They should be lightly brown. Remove them and transfer to a blender or food processor. Add in olive oil and salt. Blend until you get a nice smooth consistency.
Cook frozen cauliflower florets for a few minutes. Drain the water and transfer them to a blender. Add in one garlic clove, a pinch of salt, olive oil and water or lemon juice. Mix then combine tahini.
Blend until very smooth. If it’s too thick, add one or two more tablespoons of water. It depends on the consistency you like the most.
Top with smoked paprika. Serve with breadsticks, keto bread, or grab a spoon and eat as is! Enjoy!
Keto Cauliflower Hummus
- Roast sesame seeds in a saucepan over low-medium heat. Stir constantly until they are lightly golden.
- Transfer seeds to a blender. Add in olive oil and salt. Blend for 1-2 minutes.
- Cook cauliflower florets in water until softened then drain the water. Alternatively, you can also roast cauliflower in the oven to give it a smoky flavor. Add cooked cauliflower to the blender with tahini then add garlic, salt, olive oil, and lemon juice. Blend until smooth and homogeneous.
- Transfer the hummus to a bowl. Top with smoked paprika and serve with your favorite low carb dish.
Here are some low-carb side dishes that go well with hummus: