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Heightened Hummus

Chickpea dips that delight


There's more to hummus than chickpeas. Get creative with these nutritious takes on the traditional dip.

Creamy, hearty, and nutritious, chickpeas are the ultimate base for dairy-free dips. Reaching far beyond classic hummus, these legumes become effortlessly elevated when blended with a few savoury (and sweet) components.

Chickpeas are rich in a range of nutrients. With one cup supplying nearly 50 percent and 30 percent of our recommended daily intake of fibre and protein, respectively, they support digestive health, blood sugar balance, and satiety.

The two most common varieties of chickpeas include the firmer desi and the velvety kabuli. Their colours range from tan to brown, green, red, and black. Darker varieties have a more toothsome texture, making them ideal for use in salads and soups.

Whether you cook your own chickpeas or open a can, the following hummus recipes are sure to delight and surprise.


Did you know?

Cooking dried chickpeas is budget friendly and simple: cover 2 cups (500 mL) dried chickpeas with water and soak overnight; drain, rinse, and combine in pot with 8 cups (2 L) water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, partially cover, and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until tender; drain and cool. Cooked chickpeas can be portioned into sealed containers and stored in the freezer. This method yields approximately 6 cups (1.5 L).



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Matthew Kadey, MSc, RDMatthew Kadey, MSc, RD