Paleo Friendly Hummus




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I have started on a Paleo diet which means that one of my favorite foods, hummus, is now off limits.  Legumes are not part of the program, thus those little chickpeas gotta go.   I miss them already.

Hey hummus, call me!

So what is a girl to do? I can't just live the rest of my life hummus free.  So I did some searching and found a few recipes for fake hummus, or as a friend pointed out to me, "fummus"

I have to give credit to Primal Kitchen Chaos, a blog where i found all sorts of great Paleo friendly recipes.  I found this particular recipe on her site, and wanted to share the love with my I'ble peeps.

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Step 1: Stuff


1 3/4 cup Zucchini
1/2  Macadamia Nuts (unsalted...and if you can find raw, even better)
2 T Tahini  (You can also make your own tahini if you wish, I just used store bought)
2 T Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
2 1/2 teas. Lemon Juice
1+ cloves of Garlic
1 teas. Sea Salt 
1 slightly rounded teas. Cumin
2 Roasted Red Peppers

Step 2: Prep

Peel your zucchini and cut into a rough chop.  

If you are using store bought tahini, make sure to stir it real good before you measure it out.  The stuff settles much like organic peanut butter, so give it a nice stir.... or ELSE!

I would also recommend patting dry the red peppers as much as possible.  The excess water from the jar sort of made the consistency of the fummus a little runnier than I would have liked.

Step 3: Blend Baby Blend!

Put everything in the food processor and pulse or blend until it is smooth and creamy.

(I also did a roasted garlic one, roasting garlic in the toaster oven until creamy and almost sweet. problem is that there was too much garlic, and it was super spicy and practically inedible the following day. Use caution when making a garlic one), or make it strong, and give it to a neighbor!

Step 4: Bon Apetit!

Once you have the consistency you like, you are all done! Now go! Go enjoy your delicious new fummus.  I'm telling you, if you had your eyes closed, you'd never guess it was wasn't hummus.

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    37 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Can't wait to try this one. I've done a cauliflower version that tasted good, but the mouth feel was off for me.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you for this! I totally forgot to check Instructables for Paleo recipes. I was at a greek restaurant with friends recently and they got hummus and it bummed me out a little bit, so I'm glad I found this! I've been doing it for 13 months now and it's crazy how much weight I've dropped.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I know it's been months since anyone has commented on this thread. I wanted to add that I have been enjoying Paleo lifestyle choices since May and the big thing that keeps me focused is that my blood panels showed HUGE improvements - including my thyroid which I have been under treatment for hypothyroidism. I may never get to go off of my meds entirely - but I do have better energy, weight loss, better focus and an over all general well being since doing this with a very good chance that my medication dose will be reduced. There are many valid points - but what really matters is how much healthier people can be simply be removing processed grains, dairy, sugars and legumes.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Glad that Paleo has worked out for you! Im trying to post as many as I can. The folks at my gym love making new paleo dishes, so keep checking back for more!


    wow you people are the most amazing at sticking to a diet that i have ever heard of. i have a really fast metabolism so i don't have to worry but if i did this is were i would be

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I have been doing Crossfit for the last month. Been going everyday, and it's totally changed me! I lost about 10lbs in the first month just from working out and cutting out crap food.

    I feel stronger and absolutely amazing! (except maybe while I'm doing burpees or attempting wall climbs)

    Congrats on your accomplishments!


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction in Los Gatos, CA I love it, and totally addicted! Since this post, I'm down almost 20lbs! Crossfit and Paleo for the win!


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction


    while im sure you checked out the primal diet thoroughly before commenting, you will realize it is not a "fad diet", it is a lifestyle and a way of eating.

    Infact, the way "You" eat, is the "FAD" diet. If you track the evolution of Humans, you will realize that we have only eaten many of the things we eat today, at best, for 10,000 years. We have been on this planet for over 4 milion years and in relative comparison,the last 10,000 years is the FAD. Paleo/Primal lifestyles promote eating like our most distant ancestors, who didnt suffer from heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc.

    Check out Robb Wolfe and Mark Sisson and you will understand.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Since when are olives, never mind olive oil, paleolithic? Did paleolithic people have olive presses and vessels for storing olive oil and separating out the bitter water? Not to mention modern red bell peppers, modern garlic, zucchini, etc? They're all cultivated crops. Meyer lemons date back to 1908 and have been in continual cultivation since thanks to the process of grafting.  The same goes for most citrus, apples, pears, avocados, etc.

    Peppers have been continually cultivated from the pequin chile (and its offspring) over the past 8,000 years or so, and the pequin chile, which I grow in my garden, is VERY, VERY different than almost every other capsicum out there.  Peppers have changed dramatically since the pequin was first cultivated.  Potatoes and beans have most likely been in cultivation longer than peppers and are closer to the paleolithic era.

    I don't understand how beef, chicken, reindeer, pork, etc. are allowed since they all come from domesticated animals.  You're not exactly going to find a a plump leghorn chicken wandering around the woods.

    For the record, I don't have a problem with whole food diets, and I'm sure this diet works if you switch to it from the modern American diet.  However, the basis of the paleo diet is a perversion of science and history.

    Interesting point that you bring up potatoes and beans may have been around for a while. I do notice that some tribal/aboriginal or ancient cultures do carry on the traditional root vegetables(cassava, taro, etc), many are starchy which I think this diet excludes.

    You have completely valid points! Plainly put, I don't imagine Wooly Mammoth will be on my meal plan anytime soon. For now, it will be whatever i can get at Safeway grocery stores.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I clicked on the link above and saw it was another sales pitch to buy books on some diet. If you have to pay for advice on what to eat, you are part of the fad.