Easy to make but with a fancy feel, this roasted carrot hummus is the perfect transition treat as we move from summer to fall! The flavor is unreal! Great as a healthy snack or appetizer.
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The warmness of fall and light and airy feel of summer come together in the most perfect dip begging for some amazing crackers. Easy to put together but with a fancy feel, this roasted carrot hummus is the perfect transition treat as we start a new season!
Roasted Carrot Hummus
I’m going to own this one outright, back to school is killing me. The schedules and lunches and organization that was all lost during our care free summer is back with a vengeance and I am having a hard time jumping on the train. I need a slower transition before I completely combust.
The first thing I am tackling is food. With both my big boys in school this year, I have double the starvation. Have you ever seen 2 little children take down a pantry of snacks? It’s not pretty. If I have to hear, “But MOM I am hungry!” one more time, I may lose it.
Kids love carrots. Kids love hummus. Why not combine the two?
What can I serve with hummus?
When it comes to food I love texture. Since hummus is soft, I love pairing it with something crunchy. The crackers from Simple Mills are some of my favorite! Amazing texture, great taste. And my kids love them!
Not only are they made with a short list of ingredients, but you know what the ingredients are and they are all simple and whole food based! No artificial alien like things that you have to look up, and even then don’t understand.
There is one more thing that made me love these crackers. They are strong! You can dip them without the cracker crumbling. I know, weird of me to mention, but there is nothing worse than a million crumbled crackers in your dip that get mushy and pretty much ruin it. EWE.
As if all this wasn’t enough, for all you allergy peeps out there, these are certified gluten-free and free of grains, dairy (minus the few cheddar flavors), soy, corn & artificial colors, flavors & preservatives.
Other things that pair perfectly with hummus
- As a spread for your sandwich
- as a topper for baked potatoes
- Thin it out and use it as a salad dressing
- Put it on toast
- Use it to decorate and make cute things (plus keep your kids busy, bonus yes!)
Are carrots and hummus good?
Not only do I love dipping carrots in hummus, because crunch, but adding roasted carrots into the hummus brings the flavor to the next level! It adds veggies, more nutrients and basically makes a perfect dip.
How to choose the best beans for this recipe
I used something different here, white beans instead of chickpeas. I loved the creamy flavor they added and the smooth texture. When choosing which type of bean you should use, think about the end result you want.
Adding the white beans definitely makes it more creamy. The chickpeas give a more bean like flavor and make it more light and fluffy in my opinion.
What types of carrots work best?
Any type of carrots works here, but I prefer the regular large carrots. When roasted these give a more traditional flavor and are amazing!
How long will hummus last in the refrigerator?
Hummus should last about a week in the fridge. After that it starts to lose flavor and go bad. Keep it in an airtight container for best results
Can you freeze carrot hummus?
Yes! I do it all the time! Just put in an airtight container, lay a piece of plastic wrap on top of the hummus so it covers the top and helps prevent freezer burn and then cover.
Tools you’ll need for hummus
This recipe really only requires two tools, your oven and a food processor. It’s pretty simple to get this delicious hummus nice and smooth! You can also use a blender, but make sure you have a tamper tool to help move it around.
How to Make Roasted Carrot Hummus
This hummus takes a little extra step to get that delicious roasted carrot flavor, but it’s so worth it! Other than that it’s super easy.
- Roast the carrots.
- Blend it all together.
- Serve! You can decorate with the kids too!
Easy to make but with a fancy feel, this roasted carrot hummus is the perfect transition treat as we move from summer to fall! The flavor is unreal!
- 1 cup chopped carrots , about 6-7 medium sized carrots
- 2 tablespoons chopped shallots
- 4 cloves fresh garlic
- 1/4 cup veggie broth or 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons veggie broth , low sodium if nedded
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Roasted carrots from above
- 15 ounces cooked white beans , drained and rinsed (about 1 can)
- 1/4 cup veggie broth , low sodium if nedded
- 2 tablespoons pine nuts (see note)
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh chopped Italian , flat leaf parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (optional, may be salty enough with the roasted carrots)
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- Chopped roasted red pepper
- Pine nuts
- Fresh Parsley
- Crushed red pepper flakes
- Drizzle of olive oil
Combine all of the ingredients for roasting and place in a glass baking dish. Bake at 400°F/200°C for 30-35 minutes, until the carrots are beginning to brown and get soft.
- Meanwhile, add the dip ingredients into a food processor. Once the carrots are done roasting, place everything from the baking dish into the food processor as well. Blend until smooth.
- You can also make this a fun kid activity by gathering toppings like thin strips of carrots, olives, fresh parsley leaves, chopped red peppers and pine nuts and allow kids to create funny faces and creatures with the crackers. Use the hummus as a "glue" to hold everything together.
- Food processor or blender
- You can substitute the pine nuts with walnuts if preferred. Or if there is a nut allergy you can use pumpkin seeds or omit altogether.
- Make sure you know how spicy the crushed red pepper you use is. We had no spice issues but depending on the one you use it could be spicy and you may want to add less.
- This makes about 2 cups hummus, serving size is 1/4 cup