smokey chipotle hummus ~vegan, gluten free~

Hummus and veggie sticks, hummus wraps…blah blah blah

I’m always eating hummus, and recommending it to my clients.  It’s perfect for a quick bite, simple to make and is packed with protein.  But, I have to admit, it gets a little boooooring…

Here’s a recipe that will turn up the heat and break you out of a hummus slump!

Smokey Chipotle Hummus ~vegan, gluten free~

smokey chipotle hummus
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Vegan
  • 2 cans of chickpeas (rinsed and drained)
  • 5 cloves roasted garlic
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • ½ cup olive oil
  1. To roast garlic: Preheat oven or toaster oven to 400 degrees. Slice off top of garlic head, exposing the individual cloves. Drizzle with olive oil and wrap in aluminum foil and bake for 30-35 minutes or until cloves are soft.
  2. To make hummus: Place all ingredients in a food processor or high speed blender (I used a vitamix).
  3. Blend until smooth and creamy, add sea salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve with veggie sticks or grilled naan bread and enjoy!

Smokey Chipotle Hummus ~vegan, gluten free~

10 Top Ways to Eat Hummus

1.  Make a hummus wrap with edamame, sprouts, avocados and shredded carrots

2.  Serve with cucumber slices, peppers, carrots and radishes

3.  Make a hummus pizza by layering pita bread with hummus, toast until warm and top with shredded lettuce

4.  Dip for falafel and veggie kabobs

5.  Add a dollop to a salad

6.  Scoop into a halved avocado

7.  Use in place of mayonnaise

8.  Toss with hot cooked pasta and sprinkle with chopped cilantro

9.  Use in place of cream cheese on bagels

10.  Use as a spread for veggie burgers

cauliflower bites with spicy almond dip ~vegan~

A healthy addition to any appetizer spread or a no-guilt way to satisfy a snack attack!

Crispy baked cauliflower bites dunked into a spicy almond dip…

Cauliflower Bites with Spicy Almond Dip ~vegan~

The original recipe for the sauce is found here…I just made a few minor changes!  We make this sauce a lot!  It’s great for dipping veggie sticks or to add a kick to a tofu scramble or chickpea tacos!  The raw almonds mimics that of a cream based dressing…without the saturated fat!

This recipe uses nutritional yeast, which lends a cheesy flavor.  Not to be confused with baking yeast or brewers yeast, nutritional yeast is not a living organism.  However, nutritional yeast is grown from the same fungus as brewers yeast (Saccharomyces Cerevisiae).   Nutritional yeast feeds on molasses whereas brewers yeast feeds on the grains used to make beer .  Nutritional yeast is a vegan’s dream come true as it contains B-complex vitamins, all essential amino acids and magnesium, which are important for treating depression and fatigue!  It can be sprinkled on popcorn, avocado toast, hummus wraps or salads for an added nutritional boost!

Cauliflower Bites with Spicy Almond Dip ~vegan~

Cauliflower florets are baked on 400 degrees until crispy (around 30 minutes), make sure to flip once and keep your eye on the oven because they can go from crispy to burnt in seconds!

cauliflower bites with spicy almond dip
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Vegan
  • For the Sauce:
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup raw almonds
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2-3 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Bragg's amino acids
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • For the Baked Cauliflower:
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • paprika and sea salt to taste
  1. For the Sauce:
  2. Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender and puree until creamy.
  3. For the Cauliflower:
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  5. Cut cauliflower into bite-sized florets, rinse and drain. Don't pat dry, you want a little moisture left on the florets!
  6. Evenly spread onto lined baking sheet and dust with paprika and sea salt. Bake for 15 minutes, flip once and return to oven. Bake for another 15 minutes or until lightly golden and crispy. (Keep a close eye on them as oven temps vary. You may need to broil for a few minutes for added crunch!)
  7. Serve warm and enjoy!

Cauliflower Bites with Spicy Almond Dip ~vegan~

Happy Dipping :)