Beets are low in calories and a great source of nutrients, including fiber, folate and vitamin C. Beets also contain nitrates and pigments that may help lower blood pressure and improve athletic performance. They should be a regular part of any healthy diet. I got the idea to add them to hummus and I am so glad I did. This hummus is so delicious and free of oil! It does contain tahini and more than most traditional hummus recipes- it lends creaminess and over all amazing flavor.
I used my Vitamix blender to blend it to a completely smooth consistency.
1 15 ounce can of low sodium garbanzo beans or 1.5 cups of cooked garbanzo beans
1/4 cup of tahini
1 cup of frozen and defrosted beet chunks (I bought mine from Trader Joe’s and just placed the bowl on the counter for a couple of hours to defrost)
2 large cloves or garlic (more or less depending on your taste)
Juice from 1.5 lemons
1/2 tsp of salt
Put everything in the blender and blend until smooth. Serve with veggies, flax crackers, whole wheat oil free pita bread, or baked french fries.
Recipe by Raw Chef Debra Garner
To learn more about the raw food/plant based diet and Debra’s services please visit her website. She offers a 6 week raw vegan/plant based coaching program.