Creamy Roasted Beet Hummus (Without Tahini)

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This bright and delicious roasted beet hummus recipe is a perfect appetizer or snack. This is the best hummus recipe because the color alone will make people want to try it. The vibrant pink and the creamy texture make this a crowd pleasing dish.

How to Make Hummus Without Tahini

Most hummus recipe have tahini in them. Tahini is ground sesame seeds that resembles a nut butter. If you don’t have it or you are trying to avoid it, don’t worry it is super easy to make without.

Instead of tahini I use a little bit of greek yogurt to give that creamy texture to the dip. If you don’t want to use yogurt you could also just use a little extra olive oil to get the beet dip to the right consistency.

How to Roast Beets

This recipe calls for 1 large or 2 small roasted beets. Roasted beets can take some time, so if I am roasting them, I like to make a few extra to use in other recipes as well.

To roast the beets, simple cut off any greens from your fresh beets. Then wrap beets in aluminum foil and set on a baking tray. It is good to use a baking tray because this will catch any juices that come out of the beet.

Roast in the over at 400°F for about 50 minutes.

Once the beets are roasted, let them cool and then the skin will peel right off. If you make extra beets just store the leftover beets in the fridge in an airtight container. You can use them for beet salads, sandwiches, or sauces.

If you are feeling extra adventurous, try making these beet raviolis with your extra roasted beets.

Bowl of beet hummus next to pita chips and veggies.

Tip for Making the Best Hummus

  • To keep it creamy: If you want to make your hummus extra creamy, use a little extra yogurt or olive oil.
  • To make it quicker: If you don’t want to bother with roasting beets, you can buy canned beets. You can also make roasted beets in advanced and make the hummus next day.
  • For best results: Try to use high quality olive oil. This really makes a difference in the dip. If you only have a little bit, use it for the topping. I love using the Kosternia olive oil.
  • For the best flavor: Make sure to taste the dip as you go. Since the sweetness of the beets can vary it is important to taste and adjust the seasoning if you need. You might want more salt or more lemon juice depending on how the flavors are coming together.

Hummus Toppings

To make this homemade hummus look extra indulgent, it is really all about the toppings. The beautiful pink color stands of its own but there are some thing you could add to the top of the hummus to make it look extra delicious. Here are a few great options.

  • sliced green onions
  • toasted pine nuts or walnuts
  • lemon zest
  • drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
  • goat cheese
  • fresh chopped parsley
Beet hummus in a bowl topped with pine nuts and green onion.

Commonly Asked Questions

Can I use golden beets?

You can use golden beets if that is all you have, but if you want the vibrant color, you need to use the classic bright red beets.

Does this taste similar to a classic hummus recipe?

It has a similar taste but it is definitely different. The beets give a sweetness the dip, but the beet flavor isn't over powering. Even in you don't love beets, you will still like this dish. Also without the tahini added it doesn't have that slightly nutty flavor that traditional hummus recipes have.

Are beets healthy for you?

Adding beets in to your hummus if a great way to change up the flavor and color of the classic chickpea hummus. Beyond that, beets have an extensive amount of health benefits that are great to add into any dish. They are packed with a ton of vitamins and nutrients but low in calories. They are also know to help increase blood flow and reduce blood pressure. The are a great vegetable to try and add into your diet and this healthy beet hummus is an easy way to do it!

Creamy Roasted Beet Hummus (Without Tahini)

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  • 1 large beet or 2 small (about 1 cup), roasted and peeled
  • 1 can (15oz) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 a lemon)
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 3 tbsp greek yogurt
  • 3 tbsp ice cold water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Topping: pine nuts or sliced green onion
  • Serve with pita chips, pita bread, of sliced veggies


  1. If you still need roasted beets start by preheating the oven to 400°F.
  2. Cut off any green in the beet. Wrap it with aluminum foil, place it on a baking sheet, and roast until slightly softened (about 50 minutes).
  3. Remove the beet and let them cool before removing the skin.
  4. Add the beet, along with all the remaining ingredients to a food processor. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust the flavor to your liking.
  5. Add your hummus to a serving bowl or platter. Top with an extra drizzle of olive oil, some pine nuts, or green onions.
  6. Serve with any type of chips of veggies.


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