Peanut Butter Hummus

Peanut Butter Hummus | Food & Nutrition | Student Scoop
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Hummus typically calls for an ingredient called tahini. Tahini, a paste made from sesame seeds, is an awesome ingredient to use in recipes, but it is typically more expensive and an item I don’t readily have on hand. Instead, I like to use peanut butter to give it that necessary nuttiest and creamy texture.

I love this hummus because it is so versatile. You can throw in whatever spices or additional flavor you love. For example, I personally love to blend in ½ teaspoon cumin and sprinkle sesame seeds and parsley over the top for added presentation.

It is also a flexible dip as it can be served with everything from pita chips to pretzels to veggies. If you have leftovers, spread it over sandwiches, crusted chicken or stir into soup.

Hummus is a great source of plant-based protein and fiber, keeping you fuller longer.

Peanut Butter Hummus

Serves 8


  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons water, plus more as needed
  • Additional spices or add-ins of choice


  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. If necessary, add more water to reach desired consistency.
  2. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.


You can use sunflower seed butter if you are nut-free. Tasty add-ins include ½ teaspoon cumin, ½ teaspoon paprika, pinch of cayenne pepper, 2 roasted red peppers and fresh chopped parsley.

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Mackenzie Burgess is a recent graduate at Colorado State University with a bachelor’s in food science and human nutrition, working toward the goal of becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist. Her recipes focus on utilizing fresh produce, reducing food waste and simplifying food. Find more of her recipes on her blog at