This easy Superfood Beet Hummus recipe is a vibrant and healthy twist on beet hummus, bursting with vitamins, minerals, and skin-nourishing collagen protein. This homemade hummus is quick to make with chickpeas, tahini, and beets for a delicious and clean snack.
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Oh man, you guys, today's recipe is a good one. It'll totally upgrade your next party, as the color alone of this vibrant beet hummus is just showstopping.
And that's before you consider how good it is for you! Of course, no one will know–this beet hummus is creamy, full of flavor and easily the most beautiful cracker top ever.
But it's also insanely healthy thanks to Vital Proteins new Collagen Veggie Blend. You might remember this nutrient-dense protein powder from last month when we interviewed the co-creator, Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, for our In Her Shoes series.
If you recall, this AIP compliant blend of collagen protein packs a whopping 11 organic fruits and vegetables, 20 grams of collagen protein (amazing for skin, hair, nails, digestion, joints!), 6 grams of fiber and 300% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C (hello, immunity boost!).
There’s also no added sugars, sweeteners, dyes, flavorings, or emulsifiers, so it's a super clean product that will up the nutrition ante on whatever you mix it with.
Today, we're blending it with beet hummus. YASSSSSS!
how do you make your own hummus?
Making your own hummus seriously couldn't be any easier. In fact, every time I make homemade hummus, I wonder why I ever buy store-bought varieties…it's that easy!
Simply throw everything into a food processor (this is the one I use) and pulse until smooth. If you don't have a food processor, you can also make hummus in a blender (especially a high-powered blender like a Vitamix, which you can get on Amazon or buy direct through their site here where you may get a special deal).
So what is hummus made out of? A basic hummus recipe is made with cooked, mashed chickpeas or other beans, and is usually blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic.
For this beet hummus, we obviously added beets…cooked beets, to be exact. You can make them yourself, or if you want this recipe to seriously take you less than five minutes, you can buy pre-cooked beets at the grocery store. I recommend Love Beets brand, which makes an organic variety in a mild vinegar sauce that goes perfect in this hummus recipe.
If you do cook your own beets, try adding 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to this recipe to achieve a similar flavor profile.
why you should make your own hummus
Although you can always buy beet hummus pre-made at stores like Trader Joe's and Costco and other hummus flavors from brands like Sabra at most grocery stores, including Walmart and Kroger, I still think it's worth the five minute effort to make your own hummus.
Most store-bought brands contain inflammatory hydrogenated vegetable oils (like canola, soybean and sunflower oil) and often include other harmful additives and preservatives.
But when you make your own hummus, you're in the driver's seat and you get to decide exactly what goes into your recipe, including how much sodium and sugar, two things often added in excess to store-bought products.
And you don't have to worry about hummus recalls, of which there were a lot last year.
Aaaaaaaand, if that weren't enough reason, when you make your own hummus you can majorly up the nutrients by adding Vital Proteins Veggie Blend. It's got spinach, kale, carrots, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, lemons, raspberries, broccoli, cherries and cranberries inside, so this hummus goes from being good-for-you to GREAT-for-you with just 1 scoop.
is hummus good for you? healthy?
There's a lot of controversy in the fad diet world about whether or not hummus is healthy.
Hummus is not Paleo–that would require no chickpeas to be used in the recipe since they're legumes (though if you use sprouted chickpeas you might find them easier to digest). But chickpeas are full of dietary fiber, protein, B vitamins, manganese and other nutrients.
And, this specific recipe is not Vegan–the Vital Proteins veggie blend is made with collagen from grass-fed cows in keeping with the Global Animal Partnership 5-step animal welfare rating standards.
And yet, this beet hummus recipe is still incredibly good for you despite the lack of buzzwords. Take a look at some of the nutrition benefits of hummus:
- Hummus is High in Plant-Based Protein: Not only is traditional hummus full of plant-based protein thanks to the chickpeas, but since we added Vital Proteins Collagen Veggie Blend to this beet hummus recipe, we've added an additional 10 grams of protein. Did you know that collagen improves your skin’s appearance, reduces joint pain, helps with digestion and soothes your gut’s lining (AMAZING for anyone with leaky gut or IBS), increases your metabolism, strengthens teeth, nails and hair, helps your body detox AND reduces the appearance of cellulite (source). Whoop whoop! That's also why I put collagen peptides in my coffee every morning.
- Hummus if Full of Fiber-Rich Carbs: Yes, chickpeas are high in carbs. But not only are they also high in fiber, which helps with digestion and blood sugar regulation, but when combined with other low carb ingredients, hummus winds up being a moderate source of the good carbs your body needs for energy. It's also less than 200 calories per serving for anyone who hasn't learned that calorie counting doesn't work (pssst, here's what you should do instead).
- Hummus Contains Heart-Healthy Fats: Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cultures have been consuming healthy fats, like tahini (sesame seed butter) and olive oil, for centuries as part of their anti-inflammatory diet–remember, inflammation is the root cause of most chronic diseases. Hummus fits firmly into the anti-inflammatory diet, which can help to lower cholesterol and triglycerides levels, to reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, and to lessen the chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. (source)
So yeah, hummus is healthy. Extremely healthy! Add some Vital Proteins Collagen Veggie Blend and immune-boosting beets, and we're talking about NEXT LEVEL HEALTHY!
how long does beet hummus last?
This beet hummus recipe will keep in your fridge in an air-tight container for a week. But I dare you to not finish it all in one sitting!
What to eat with beet hummus
Oh, the list of foods that goes well with hummus is endless. Traditionally, hummus is scooped with flatbread, like pita, or served as an accompaniment to falafel, grilled chicken, fish or eggplant.
So, in modern day America, chips and crackers are an obvious pairing (my favorite are Mary's Gone Crackers; shown here), but dipping fresh veggies into hummus is also one of life's greatest pleasures. Try carrots, bell peppers, cucumber, or mushrooms.
If you try this recipe, be sure to share a photo and tag me @rootandrevel on social media–I’d LOVE to see how it turned out for you!
Easy Superfood Beet Hummus
- 6 organic cooked beets (I recommend Love Beets organic mild vinegar beets)
- 1 can organic, no-salt-added chickpeas
- 2 tablespoons organic tahini
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tablespoons organic extra-virgin olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon for drizzling
- 2 tablespoons Vital Proteins Veggie Blend Collagen
- 2 tablespoons organic thyme, chopped (fresh)
- In a food processor, add all ingredients except thyme. Pulse until smooth and texture is desired consistency (I like mine thick and creamy, but smooth).
- Transfer beet hummus mixture to serving bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and garnish with thyme. Serve with your favorite crackers, veggies or chips!
*Nutrition Panel does not include Vital Proteins Veggie Blend Collagen, but here is that nutrition panel for that product
Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser
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