Passionately smokey avocado hummus
My favourite food hands down is hummus! I absolutely feel that I could live on this super nutritious tasty dip.It is so easy to make, prepared in minutes for the week in salads, for a dip or to accompany a family meal depending on how you would like to use it. You can store it in a fridge for up to 4-5 days.
I love to experiment with flavours but have found using dried smoked chipotle chilli and fresh coriander with a little sea salt just works so well and I love the flavour.
I decided to use avocado for this recipe as I also adore guacamole (of which the main ingredient is avocado) and thought that the creaminess of this amazing fruit would go so well (and it did).
400g chickpeas tinned/soaked
1 medium avocado
1 tbsp tahini
juice from 1 lemon
1/3 of dried smoked chipotle
pinch of sea salt/himalayan salt
2-3 tbsp of water
1-2 cloves of garlic peeled and chopped
optional:handful of coriander
- cut the avocado in half (around the stone), remove the stone and spoon the green avocado from the skin into the blender
- place all of the rest of the ingredients into the bend and blend until smooth
- other ingredients to try when making your own hummus:
paprika, cumin, turmeric, fresh or dried chilli
Avocados are amazing!
My love for avocados has developed over the last few years. They have become much easier and cheaper to buy and are so nutritious. Here are a few reasons you may want to incorporate avocado into your dishes, dips, smoothies, to accompany eggs or salads:
Avocados are high in oleic fatty acid which is heart healthy as found in olive oil, has been found to reduce inflammation and decrease risk factors for cancer. They are low in saturated fat and no cholesterol – known to support healthy cholesterol.
They have been labelled as a ‘superfood’ on many occasions and for very good reason. Avocados are high in vitamin B5,B6, C, K, E and potassium, with smaller amounts of magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, zinc, phosphorous, vitamin A,B1,B2 and B3 (WoW!)
The healthy fats in avocado will help you absorb approximately 20% more antioxidants, when eaten with veggies.
Avocados are fantastic for eye health. Studies show that antioxidants (lutein and zeaxanthin) found in avocados significantly reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration.
If we could all eat more fibre we would reduce our risk of cancer and be much healthier overall and avocados are very high in dietary fibre. This means that you feel full/satiated much quicker than when consuming less nutritious foods.
Please do not let the fact these are the most fatty fruit, put you off including this amazing food in your diet, the fats will support healthy skin, hair and heart. I love to add half an avocado in my green smoothie and then rub the last bits into my skin (haha! perfect morning face mask).
Here are another few of my favourite avocado recipes:
- chop and mix all of the ingredients and serve
- lovely served with poached eggs, as a dip or with a salad
1 frozen banana
1/2 tbsp cacoa or cocoa powder
1 tbsp nut butter (almond/cashew)
- optional: a dash of coconut milk or greek yoghurt
- blend all of the ingredients and serve in a dessert glass