When you are craving a slightly fancier hummus, I highly suggest trying this butternut squash hummus. It's creamy and smooth, but with just a few extra ingredients, it becomes so much more. If you haven't tried the spice/nut blend called dukkah you are in for such a treat. Once you whip up a batch of it, you're going to want to add it to everything.
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I think there is something so comforting about dips and spreads. Maybe it's because it is often served as an appetizer with a group of people. But even if you are eating it alone, it can still bring back lots of memories. When I was making this hummus, I was reminded of when I was in university and going to the grocery store with a friend and picking up a bunch of different dips. We were having a girls night in, with wine and food. I also remember both of us looking at the calorie count on that tub of hummus and the other dips and feeling guilty. I don't know if she felt guilty, but I did. As we sat there, talking, catching up and eating our dips, I was counting the amount I was eating in my head.
I knew that the next day, I would have to make up for the calories in some way. Whether that was restricting more food or more working out, I felt compelled to "work it off." What should have been a fun girls night in, quickly became a night consumed with something as insignificant as eating too much baba ganoush and hummus. Rather than focusing on just being there with my friends and catching up, I spent another night in my head. It isn't a fun way to live and I am so happy to be past that point in my life. But I know it's a struggle for so many women (and men). Although I can't take away that anxiety you feel around food, I can at least try and tell you that you can move past it. And you can have a better relationship to food, and your body. If I could do it, so can you!
If you haven't tried dukkah yet, your tastebuds are in for a real treat. I kept hearing about dukkah over and over again but hadn't gotten around to making it myself. So I finally did, and I was SO impressed. It is so simple to make, with just some toasted spices and nuts, and it's bound to become a staple in your home too. You can use it in so many ways once it is made. Traditionally you use it as a dip with bread or veggies, or you can use it as a spice rub on meats too. Personally, I love it paired with this butternut squash hummus. You can check out different variations and read more about dukkah right here.
As I said earlier, this butternut squash hummus is a really tasty alternative to the regular or classic hummus. Adding some butternut squash to it is a great way to add some veggies in but it also adds a lot of flavour. I like to roast my butternut squash in cubes and freeze what I don't use for smoothies. By roasting the butternut squash, you impart a lot more flavour than if you were to cook it another way. So for this recipe, I suggest roasting it. Whatever you don't end up using for this hummus, you can save the rest for later. Or if you are feeling a little "squashed out" do what I do and freeze some of it for smoothies later.
I also think adding some crispy sage on top of this with the dukkah makes for an ultra savory hummus. The sweetness of the squash helps to balance the flavours of the sage. If you want to see another way I love having sage (and butternut squash), check out one of my most popular recipes, this butternut squash pasta.
Whenever I make hummus from scratch, I always like to do a few things to make my hummus extra smooth and creamy.
Whether you choose to use canned or cook your own chickpeas, personally I haven't tasted a huge difference in the final product. And that's why I usually use canned chickpeas, and just rinse them well. I do recommend buying canned chickpeas that are in a BPA free can, I use this brand. They also cook their chickpeas with kombu. Kombu, a sea vegetable helps make the chickpeas easier to digest.
I hope you love this butternut squash hummus as much as I do. And don't forget to tag me on Instagram if you make it, and/or leave a comment or review below.
Creamy, butternut squash hummus topped with the spice blend- dukkah and crispy sage.