One of my favorite snacks/spreads is hummus. I could put hummus on pretty much anything and it would bring a smile to my face. Unfortunately, it isn’t raw and so if off limits for another week and half (til the end of our 30 day raw challenge). I was feeling a little bored with straight up veggies in the afternoon and wanted to add some pizzaz to my snacks. So, I found this recipe for Zucchini Hummus in…wait for it, you’ll never guess…Thrive Foods.
Zucchini is loaded with good stuff. Of course there’s the fiber to keep you feeling full and keep your colon clean. But it’s also high in vitamins A and C and folate which are powerful anti-oxidants! Let’s not forget the high amounts of manganese and potassium! It’s also much lighter than traditional hummus. Not to mention the I added in a few spoonfuls of nutritional yeast for some extra flavor and vitamin B-12. I even made my own tahini for the first time! I just feel so legit when I make my own nut spreads and such.
- 1 cup raw sesame seeds
- 3 medium garlic cloves
- 10 sprigs of parsley
- 5 tbsp of lemon juice
- salt to taste
- 3 medium zucchinis, cut into chunks
- about 3 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional but delicious and nutritious!
- Grind the sesame seeds in a food processor with the s-blade until it is a creamy tahini (this takes a few minutes). Remove from bowl and set aside.
- Finely mince garlic in the food processor
- Add parsley, lemon juice, salt, zucchini, and blend until nearly pureed.
- Add the tahini back in and blend until it is smooth and creamy.
- Garnish with parsley and serve with chopped veggies.