This post was originally published here on June 1, 2015. I’ve updated the photographs and text to better showcase just how snack-tastic this hummus recipe really is!
It’s hard to believe that Easter is next weekend. We’re still in a Winter weather holding pattern here in New England (can you hear me audibly sighing through the Internet?). So the idea of fresh cut grasses, baby animals and delicate Spring flowers seems to me to be more like a story built out of a fantasy fiction novel, rather than a concept based in reality.
But the calendar advances none-the-less. Which means that Easter is less than one week away. Cue panic attack. Because up until this point, the only thing I’ve managed to do to prepare is indulge in a couple bags of Cadbury Mini Eggs.
Seriously, I have a problem with those things. They are my greatest weakness.
But since we can’t just eat chocolate all day long on Easter (or can we?), let’s talk about something slightly more nutritious: carrots.
Carrots are always a must-have item for the Easter Holiday. Typically, I have them either in cake form (I make this recipe from The Faux Martha every year) or as a simple side dish. But now, I’m also making them part of my appetizer spread by breaking out this Spiced Roasted Carrot Hummus.
Plain hummus will always be good. Always. But sometimes, it’s nice to jazz things up a bit. Case in point: this Spiced Roasted Carrot Hummus. In addition to the usual players (chickpeas, tahini, lemon, olive oil and salt), I’ve blended in some carrots that I first roasted with a handful of whole spices and tomato paste. And holy smokes, you guys! It’s a flavor explosion! It’s like hummus on steroids. No lie. You seriously won’t be able to stop digging into this vibrantly colored dip (or using it as a sandwich spread!). And it also happens to be vegan and gluten free, too. So that’s cool.
There is one thing worth mentioning before you embark on snacking nirvana. This hummus won’t get super-duper smooth. So if you’re particular about that kind of thing (I get it if you are), then just be aware of that fact.
Spiced Roasted Carrot Hummus
For the Hummus:
Ok I think I need this hummus for breakfast! I love that you used carrots in here, Liz! Sounds so delish! I’m practically addicted to hummus, so this looks absolutely perfect!
Thanks, Gayle! Totally acceptable for breakfast! 🙂
I’m all for hummus, all the time. Since this has veggies in it I can totally just stuff my face with some ice cream later, right? Also, I’ll bring the cocktails, you bring the hummus, DONE.
Yup, that is very good logic!
Summer entertaining is the BEST. So casual, everyone is a little tipsy and tan… it’s perfect. So is this hoomus 🙂
Tipsy and tan. I like it!
Ah heck yes! I love the idea of carrot hummus. I bet the carrot adds a nice unique flavor and sweetness – this would be amazing on a wrap! Cheers to all the summer barbecues with all the summer appetizers and all dat hummus!
Oh yeah, I totally used it as part of a lettuce wrap too. So good!
Delectable, hummus, Liz! Yes, to Summer… but my tan doesn’t roll in till around late July! I’m still in my fleece up here!! hehe! So I’ll be pasty white, munchin on this hummus and BBQ… it’s okay. I’ll take summer any ole’ day!
Oh sorry you guys are still chilly up there! But thankfully hummus is great no matter what the weather is!
The colors of this hummus are lovely and the slight sweetness of the carrots would pair perfectly with the Nut Thins! Pinning 🙂
Thanks, Medha! I love the color too!
This sounds delicious! And look at that pretty color. This is my kind of healthy snack!
Thank you Natalie!
This hummus is out of this world! Love that you used carrots. I’m so excited to try this!
Cool! Thanks, Jen!
My daughter is a hummus-inhaling machine, so I’ll be making some of this for her, for sure! Sounds delicious!
Your daughter will love it! Thanks, Jennifer!
PRETTY!!! That color is just stunning and I just love the styling of it all! 😉
Liz, this is totally genius! I LOVE it! I would happily dip carrots in this and not feel redundant at all.
Ha ha! Ok, more carrots then!
Oh how I love hummus! This looks both beautiful and tasty.
Thanks, Valerie. Let me know if you try it out!
Yummy! I must try such hummus when I have carrots 🙂
Sounds like a good plan!
GAH. I’m dying over the gorgeous color of this hummus, Liz! I never would have thought to throw carrots into my hummus, but it totally makes sense since I already DIP carrots in my hummus!
Thanks, Sarah! I love the color too!
Mmmmm!!!!!! I loooove hummus so much, but I’ve never made it with carrot before! What an amazing idea. I definitely have to try this. Thank you so much for sharing!
I hope you get to try it out! Thanks!
I’ve never thought to put roasted carrots in hummus before but I bet it adds just the perfect sweet dimension! I also have a crush on anything orange so I’m definitely going to try this for my next summer shindig.
Oh you’re going to love this hummus, Sarah!
Oh I love adding things to my hummus!!
Meeee toooo! 🙂
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We’re still experiencing winter weather here too Liz. So sick of being cold! Warmer temps can’t get here soon enough. I’ve been indulging in some Easter candy already myself too. I need this carrot hummus to set me on the right track.LOVE the combo of seeds in your recipe! Can’t wait to give it a try!
OMG the candy kills me every year! Love me those Cadbury eggs!
Oh goodness, Liz… y’all are up to your knees in snow! Crazy! We got a good sleet storm last week… and the mountains just got another good pounding of the white stuff – it is beautiful!! So I’m with you… I love a good chunky hummus when there’s an inclusion involved… your update is so beautiful! Well done my dear! xo
The snow has definitely been pretty. But now that it’s almost Easter, I’m over it. Lol!
I’ve never seen roasted carrot hummus before. It looks delicious!
I hope you try it out, Jess!
OMG I need to try it on toast…looks SO good!
It’s a delicious spread or dip!
This hummus looks irresistible!
I definitely couldn’t stop eating it!
Those roasted carrots are everything!!
They add so much flavor!
Can’t wait to try this 🙂
Once you start, you won’t be able to stop!
I LOVE hummus! This looks so delicious!
I love hummus in all forms!
I could eat this all day long!
I pretty much did!
So much snow?!! That’s crazy, we are having a good spell of warmth. Wish I could send you some.
And I’m with you, love a chunky dip, this looks so so good with the tahini and the spices. Delicious my dear.
Hope you are having a great weekend!!
Thanks so much, Asha! Fingers crossed for some warmer weather soon!
oh yes!!!! this was a runaway success at home… I made this with a little twist from my Indian kitchen and we all loved it.. sure to make it more often .. thanks a bunch, Liz.
That’s awesome to hear, Kalyani!
Beautiful photos! I was curious about your ingredients because I’ve made a version of this, but with more of a white bean approach. I like hummus, but I don’t always have to have the tahini and lemon elements. Love the seasoning!
Would be great with white beans, too! I’m always looking to change things up a bit. Thanks, Mimi!