Roasted Red Beet Hummus

With so many different variations and styles of Hummus available, you won't be left short of new and fun ways of enjoying everyone's favorite snack. You have your standard ingredients; chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic and love. That alone can create some pretty amazing yumminess, but  when you are really looking to step up your hummus game, look no further than the incredibly tasty, healthy and vibrant Roasted Red Beet Hummus!

The colour alone will stop you in your tracks, electric and bold, this hummus not only packs a punch of flavour it will have you drooling before you even taste it. By simply adding the roasted beets, you transform your favourite snack into an eye popping snack that will have everyone talking about the colour and flavour! Check out Healthy Planets own Roasted Red Beet Hummus recipe and get the party started today!


Ingredients

1 small roasted beet

2 cups soaked and cooked chickpeas or canned garbanzo beans drained and rinsed 

1 medium lemon zested

2 large garlic cloves diced  (you can always add more to perfect your recipe for garlic lovers!)

¼ cup tahini 

½ cup fresh lemon juice

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

pinch of salt and pepper to taste 

finely chopped fresh herbs (cilantro, parsely, for garnish)



Instructions

Healthy Planet always recommend using dried chickpeas and soaking them for 12 hours. Once you your chickpeas have soaked for 12 hours, remove them, rinse them and add to a boiling pot of water with a pinch of salt. Boiling the chickpeas should last between 60 - 90 minutes, check for softness throughout. Make sure to save the water used to boil the chickpeas once done boiling, this will be used later to add moisture and flavour to your hummus! Grab your blender or Vitamix and get ready to make Roasted Beet Hummus!

Preheat your oven to 325F and start off by roasting your beet, wash and completely wrap in tinfoil. Roasting your beet should take 35-45 minutes, you are looking for softness throughout the entire beet. Take your beet out of the oven, unwrap and let rest and reach room temperature. Once it has cooled, you can peel the skin from the beet leaving just the inside meat. Dice the beet into small pieces, this will make blending them with the rest of the ingredients easier. Grab your blender or Vitamix and get ready for some Roasted Beet Hummus!

When loading your blender or Vitamix, make sure the plug is out of the wall and the machine is unable to be turned on. Once you have confirmed that your machine is unplugged, start adding your ingredients. Beets, chickpeas, lemon zest, diced garlic, tahini, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Start by pulsing everything until combined thoroughly. Once everything is starting to blend start using more power and slowly add the extra virgin olive oil. If you find the consistency to not be as creamy as desired, slowly add a little bit of the water used to boil the chickpeas, this will give you moisture and added flavour. If you are using canned chickpeas, slowly add a little olive oil until you reach your desired texture. As always, taste the hummus before removing from your blender or Vitamix. Add more salt, pepper if needed. 

And just like that, you have Roasted Red Beet Hummus. Grab your favourite serving bowl and garnish with finely chopped herbs and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil! Stack your sliced vegetables close by and start scooping.  The flavour will be sure to match the colour, bright and vibrant! #livelifehealthy 


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