I eat a lot of avocados. I toss them in my soups and salads. I eat them plain straight from the skins with nothing more than a little freshly cracked pepper and a spoon. I really love mashed avocado on toast (although I don’t do much bread these days). So, adding a couple of ripe avocados to the food processor while I was whipping up some hummus seemed like a no-brainer. This Avocado Hummus has a great flavor…think of it as guacamole with the added nutritional benefits from the chickpeas.
The great thing about avocados, besides their incredible flavor and buttery texture, is they offer a wide range of important nutritional benefits, such as potassium (which helps control blood pressure) and lutein (which promotes good eye health). They’re also a good source of the B vitamins (except B-12), vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, fiber and phytonutrients.
You can obviously serve this Avocado Hummus with tortilla chips, pita chips, crackers, veggies….or you can use it to make yourself a heart-healthy sandwich. Either on bread…or stuffed in Romaine lettuce leaves. Sometimes when I make this hummus, I’ll add some fresh jalapeño to give it a little kick. You can keep this hummus creamy – or fold in some mashed avocado to give it a little texture. I personally like it with the pieces of avocado. Something to sink my teeth into. But, either way, you’ll love this Avocado Hummus!!
Yield: 6 - 8 servings
Total Time: 10 Minutes
- 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 2 medium ripe avocados, cored and peeled (reserve 1/2 avocado)
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons freshly lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic, peeled
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped (more for garnish)
- 1 teaspoon fresh jalapeno (optional)
- Add all of the ingredients (except for 1/2 of an avocado) to a food processor and process until smooth.
- Chop or mash the remaining half of avocado and fold into the hummus for a chunky texture. If you prefer a smooth hummus, then add all of the avocado and process until smooth.