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Cannellini Bean Hummus

My version of hummus features a delightful nuttiness from tahini, a peanut butter-like paste made from ground sesame seeds. The beans pack a lot of protein so it's a healthy snack for kids. —Marina Castle Kelley, Canyon Country, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings (1-1/4 cups)


  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • Pita breads, cut into wedges
  • Assorted fresh vegetables


  • Place garlic in a food processor; cover and process until minced. Add the beans, tahini, lemon juice, cumin, salt and pepper flakes; cover and process until smooth.
  • Transfer to a small bowl; stir in parsley. Refrigerate until serving. Serve with pita wedges and assorted fresh vegetables.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 78 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 114mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat, 1/2 starch.

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  • cindyames
    Jun 21, 2018

    Very easy to make and tasty, love the homemade pita chips

  • annrms
    May 25, 2018

    This is a delicious hummus. I especially like it because, to me, it's much creamier than one using chick peas (though I like that kind, too). When I make it, I put in very finely diced tri-color pepper, Italian pepper, minced parsley,and red onion (about 1/4 cup each).

  • MsLinda59
    Dec 4, 2014

    Easy and tasty. I did add a tablespoon of olive oil and a half teaspoon of sesame oil to increase the rich taste.

  • JessBella6
    Jul 7, 2013

    Easy, delicious summer snack!

  • auds1102
    Apr 6, 2011

    Very good! I needed to add a little olive oil to make it creamier. I also added in some lemon zest. My kids are eating it up!