This creamy black bean hummus has a real zip from fresh cilantro and garlic. This is a delicious, sesame-free alternative to traditional hummus.
It hasn’t even been a full year since we received the diagnosis of a sesame allergy for my son, but I really miss hummus.
Not that his allergy is about me – it’s not. Of course I will do whatever it takes to keep him safe! And for us, that means not allowing any of his allergens in our house. I want him to know that our house is a safe place for him. I know that many families just mark what food is safe and what isn’t, but at this stage, we aren’t comfortable with that. We don’t allow any tree nuts or any sesame in our home.
That being said, I can get by just fine with nut free granola, no nuts in my baking, and no almond milk to drink. But as I said, the thing that I miss is hummus.
It’s just such an easy, tasty, and healthy dip! I loved having a container of it on hand for snacks or lunch, and I loved going out to the Lebanese restaurants in town and having their amazing hummus platters.
When I’ve tried to make hummus without tahini, it just fell flat for me. It wasn’t the same texture or taste, so I just decided I would have to go without it. But then I remembered a cookbook that I used a lot when I was first married. It’s called Desperation Entertaining, and it has tons of easy and tasty recipes inside. I remembered making a black bean dip from that book many years ago – a black bean hummus that used peanut butter and cilantro, and it was delicious.
I found the book, looked up the recipe for black bean hummus, and decided to adapt it a bit. This new version uses sunbutter, and it’s absolutely wonderful. Creamy, delicious, and full of fresh flavor from lemon juice, garlic, and cilantro.
Cilantro Black Bean Hummus.
- 2 cloves fresh garlic minced
- 1/2 cup densely packed fresh cilantro
- 15 ounces canned black beans drained and rinsed
- 2 Tablespoons creamy sunbutter
- 1 Tablespoon organic canola oil
- 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and process on high speed. Stop the processor once or twice and scrape down the sides.
Continue processing until smooth and creamy.
Place the hummus in a bowl and garnish with more cilantro if desired.
Serve with chips or crackers for dipping.
Adapted from Desperation Entertaining.
This black bean hummus is:
- allergy friendly
- full of flavor from garlic and cilantro
- perfect for a party
If you’ve been missing hummus, I hope you’ll give this recipe a try!