This autumn-inspired Garlic Pumpkin Hummus dip is always a crowd pleaser this time of year. Adding pumpkin to hummus boosts the overall nutrition, flavor and creaminess of this classic dip.
Hummus is already a nutritious snack option that can be served as a spread or dip with just about anything. To make this plant-based protein snack even healthier, I’m adding fall’s favorite vegetable, pumpkin. It works so well in this dish and adds a subtle orange hue that whispers, “I’m festive” when set out at a gathering. I topped the garlic pumpkin hummus with my Roasted Pumpkin Seeds which is the perfect sweet and salty compliment to this creamy and savory dip.
This time of year I’m always making homemade pumpkin puree for all my fall recipes so I always have extra to add to recipes like this.
All you need for pumpkin garlic hummus:
- garbanzo beans
- homemade pumpkin puree
- ice water
- maple syrup (just a touch – optional)
Everything goes into the food processor and out comes the most amazing seasonal hummus dip that is so creamy and delicious. I like to garnish it with flaky sea salt, good quality extra virgin olive oil and pumpkin seeds.
What should I serve with garlic pumpkin hummus?
This time of year, my favorite way to serve garlic pumpkin hummus is with warm crispy socca. So addictive! (Just omit the avocado mash that is shown in the recipe I linked).
You can also use it as a dip with pita, chips or crunchy raw vegetables. Or, try sliced apples for a truly fall-inspired appetizer.
Around the holidays I like to garnish the pumpkin hummus with pomegranate seeds to make it look more festive. The pumpkin flavor is not too strong so you really can use it how you would regular hummus.
Why add pumpkin to hummus?
In addition to lending a velvety creaminess, this bright orange gourd is packed with disease-fighting nutrients and overall health benefits. Pumpkins are packed with antioxidants known as carotenoids that can protect cells from free radical damage. They also offer fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, folate, potassium and vitamins A, C, E and K.
Plus, everyone loves adding pumpkin to everything this time of year. So why not hummus too?
Want more pumpkin recipes in your life?
Try these vegan and gluten-free pumpkin recipes (both savory and sweet):
- Creamy Pumpkin Garlic Pasta
- Easy Blender Pumpkin Soup
- Pumpkin Risotto
- No-Bake Mini Pumpkin Pies
- Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake
- Pumpkin Pie Vegan Overnight Oats
- Baked Pumpkin Oat Pancakes (created for The Washington Post by me)
Now, Let’s Make This Creamy Garlic Pumpkin Hummus Happen!
I serve this recipe a lot this time of year and everyone seems to just love it. I cannot wait for you give this one a try! Now, let’s get cooking!
This festive Garlic Pumpkin Hummus dip is always a crowd pleaser this time of year. Adding pumpkin to hummus boosts the overall nutrition, flavor and creaminess of this classic dip.
- 1, 15 ounce can chickpeas
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 cup homemade pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup tahini (runny not hardened)
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
- 2 tablespoons ice water
- 1/4 teaspoon pure maple syrup (optional)
- Open the can of chickpeas and do not drain. Instead, pour the entire can of chickpeas into a pot. Add 2 cups of water to the pot and bring to a rolling boil. Reduce heat to medium and add 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Stir well and allow to bubble. You can skim off the foam if needed but I usually just reduce the heat slightly and stir in order to manage the foam. You can also place a wooden spoon over the pot (off to the side and away from the flame). This prevents it from overflowing. You want this reaction to happen as this is what removes the skin from the chickpeas and helps to soften them. Once the foam disappears, repeat the process with the other teaspoon of baking soda (meaning bring the mixture back to a boil, add 1 teaspoon of baking soda and stir allowing it to foam). Cook the chickpeas for a total of 10 minutes. The longer you cook the chickpeas the better as you want them overcooked.
- Rinse and drain the cooked chickpeas under cold water and set aside.
- In a food processor, combine the garlic, tahini and salt. Process for one minute. Drizzle in 2 tablespoons of the ice water as it processes the tahini.
- Add in the cooked (and fully rinsed) chickpeas and homemade pumpkin puree. Process for 1-2 minutes. Check the hummus and if it is too thick drizzle in more ice water (1 tablespoon at a time).
Taste and adjust as needed adding more tahini for richness, salt for saltiness or ice water to thin it out more. You may need to scrape down the sides and process another couple seconds at the end to ensure everything is well incorporated.
- Transfer the pumpkin hummus to a large flat bowl or deep plate. Using the back of a spoon make a “well” in the center. Garnish with good quality extra virgin olive oil, Sweet & Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seed and flaky sea salt.
- Serve as a dip with