For fans of hummus and guacamole, this recipe is for you. Delicious and incredibly easy, avocado hummus is an anytime snack packed with heart-healthy fats, plant-based protein and fiber.
The vibrant green color of this hummus is due to none other than the avocado. A fruit praised not only for being rich in flavor and satisfying in texture but also extremely nutrient dense. High in potassium, fiber and loaded with "good fats," found to improve heart disease risk factors. Studies have shown that avocados can lower LDL, or "bad," cholesterol and increase HDL, or "good," cholesterol as well as reduce blood triglycerides.
Also known as garbanzo beans, chickpeas join the avocado with an impressive list of nutrition properties — an excellent source of plant-based protein, fiber, B vitamins, iron, and zinc. Like all legumes, chickpeas are a complex carbohydrate which means the body can slowly digest chickpeas for sustained energy and increased satiety, making you feel full for longer.
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1 can, no-salt-added chickpeas
1 ripe avocado
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
3 Tbsp tahini
Juice of half a lemon
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Food processor or blender
- Drain chickpeas and transfer to a food processor or blender.
- Add avocado, salt, cilantro, tahini, lemon juice, and garlic cloves. Begin to puree.
- While ingredients blend, slowly stream olive oil through the food processor or blender opening. Continue to puree until smooth.
- Transfer finished hummus to a bowl and garnish with olive oil, cilantro and additional spices of your choice. Serve with chips, pita or crudités.
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