Hummus is everywhere, and you’ll often see it recommended as a healthy snack. It’s full of fiber, slow digesting carbs, and protein. But what if you can’t eat chickpeas? Unfortunately, as great as it is, it can leave you feeling bloated and in search of hummus alternatives.
The bloating is caused by lectins, which are found in the chickpea (and other types of beans). These lectins make your stomach swell or, in severe cases, even cause vomiting.
So, if you’ve ever wanted to find an alternative to hummus, I’ve got you covered! Try this healthy and delicious dips, that won’t leave you feeling bloated.
Also, you can modify the recipes by adding/removing ingredients to suit your taste!
Avocado & Feta
- An avocado – remove the peel.
- Feta 4oz
- Lemon juice 1 tsp
- Pinch of parsley or thyme
- Black pepper – if desired
Take your avocado and chop it into fairly small pieces. Then add the feta and lemon juice. You can even add a little parsley, thyme or black pepper if you wish.
Put all the ingredients in the food processor for 30 seconds to blend them and then enjoy! Or, you can mash it with a fork and leave it a little chunky.
Also, it is worth noting that the dip does survive in your refrigerator providing it is covered. You can give it a quick mix before serving the following day.
Blend for 30 – 60 seconds and then start dipping!
- Ground pistachios 1 tbsp
- Ground hazelnuts 1 tbsp
- Coriander 1 tsp
- Sesame seeds 1 tbsp
- Dried cilantro 1tsp
- Dried orange peel 1tbsp
- Greek yoghurt 4 tbsp
To create this you need to toast the hazelnuts, pistachios and the coriander for several minutes on your stove.
If you like, you can then add the sesame seeds, cilantro and orange peel and toast for another minute.
Allow it to cool slightly before adding the Greek yoghurt. You can adjust the amount of yoghurt to suit the taste and consistency you require.
Sour Cream & Onion
- Olive oil 2 tbsp
- Greek yoghurt
- Sour cream 16oz – use the reduced fat option
- Garlic salt 1tsp
- Large onion
Add the olive oil to a pan and heat it on your stove. You can then sauté the onions for 20-30 minutes. However, be careful not to caramelize them but to have them translucent and soft.
It may help to add water to keep the onions how you want them.
You now need to let them cool before placing them in a bowl with the Greek yoghurt, sour cream, and the garlic salt. Mix it all thoroughly together. Additionally, you can add black pepper if desired.
Honey Mustard Dip
- 2 tbsp organic honey
- 2 tbsp Mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp white vinegar
- 2 tbsp mustard of your choice
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
This is really easy to make and has just 98 calories per serving! Just whisk it all together until it’s smooth and then enjoy. Also, if you’re planning on saving it for later, keep it chilled until you need it.
Goats Cheese & Pumpkin
- Soft goats cheese ½ cup
- Pumpkin ½ cup – it must be pureed first
- Herbs of choice
- Cream cheese ½ cup
Start by pureeing your cooked pumpkin to ensure it is a smooth consistency. After you’ve made your puree, you can add in the soft goat’s cheese and the cream cheese.
Whisk this for a few more minutes until it is all smooth. Additionally, you can then add any herbs you wish. For example, thyme and rosemary are excellent choices but any will do. Ideally, have these finely chopped so that you don’t need to whisk it again.
You can also add pumpkin seeds if you wish. Then it’s ready to enjoy!
There are hundreds of different dips you can make which don’t use chickpeas or beans. All you need to do is experiment with a food processor and your favorite ingredients.
Who knows, you might just create your own healthy dip which everyone else loves! If not, as long as you enjoy it that’s all that really matters.
Try them out and let me know did you like them. :)