As the leaves start to turn golden and the air begins to cool, I find myself craving warm, cozy flavors that remind me of fall. That’s why I decided to put a spin on a classic snack by creating this delectable apple spice hummus recipe!
This recipe is a unique blend of my two favorite things: apple pie and hummus. By using traditional fall spices like cinnamon and apple pie spice, I’ve created a dip that’s perfect for any autumn-themed party or gathering.
But don’t worry – this isn’t your typical hummus recipe. Instead of the usual chickpeas, I’ve swapped in garbanzo beans and added in tahini and creamy peanut butter for an extra smooth texture. The addition of fresh lemon juice cuts through the richness and adds a tangy zing that will make your taste buds dance with delight.
Trust me when I say that this apple spice hummus is so addictive that you’ll want to smear it on everything from pita bread to sliced apples. Plus, it’s easy to make and packed with protein and fiber-rich ingredients! So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Apple Spice Hummus Recipe: A Unique Sweet and Spicy Twist on a Classic Favorite
As an Israeli chef, I enjoy experimenting with exciting flavor combinations that will leave your taste buds dancing. That’s why I created this Apple Spice Hummus recipe.
What makes this hummus stand out is the perfect balance of sweet and spicy notes. The spice mix includes warm apple pie spice and cayenne pepper that gives a subtle kick to every bite. Plus, the apples create a pleasant sweetness that marries perfectly with the nutty tahini and creamy peanut butter.
One of the many reasons why you’ll love this recipe is because it caters to both sweet and savory palettes. The hummus is smooth, fresh, and vibrant enough for a snack or appetizer but also pairs wonderfully with any dish you can imagine. It’s versatile enough to pair with crackers or pretzels, and cut-up veggie sticks or add it on toast as a sandwich spread.
Another reason why you’ll love this recipe is its nutritional value. This hummus packs in protein and fiber from the beans, essential vitamins, minerals from the apples, healthy fats from olive oil, cashew, and peanut butter.
Lastly, this recipe is undoubtedly user-friendly with only 2 simple steps and less than 10 minutes of prep time. You won’t need to have complicated cooking skills, special gadgets, or exotic ingredients to make this delicious dip from scratch.
So give this recipe a try; I guarantee it will become your next favorite go-to dip for any occasion. Whether it’s for an afternoon snack or holiday party platter, my Apple Spice Hummus adds spice and flavor to your life!
Here are the ingredients you will need to create this delicious apple spice hummus recipe:
- Garbanzo beans: 2 cans of 15 oz (rinsed, drained)
- Golden Delicious apple: 1 large (peeled, cored, and chopped). You can also use McIntosh apples instead.
- Fresh lemon juice: from 1 medium-sized lemon
- Creamy peanut butter: 1/4 cup
- Tahini: 2 tablespoons
- Water: 1/4 cup
- Apple Pie Spice: 2 teaspoons
- Salt: 1/4 teaspoon
- Cayenne pepper: a pinch
Note: If you cannot find Apple Pie Spice at your local grocery store, try making your own by mixing together cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and allspice in equal parts.
The Recipe How-To
Now that you’ve gathered all the ingredients for this delicious apple spice hummus, let’s get cooking. Follow these easy steps to whip up a batch of this fantastic snack or appetizer:
Step 1: Drain and rinse the garbanzo beans
Take your two 15 oz cans of garbanzo beans (or chickpeas) and drain them in a colander. Rinse them with cold water and shake off any excess.
Step 2: Blend the ingredients in the food processor
Add your rinsed and drained chickpeas to the food processor, along with the following ingredients:
– 1 large peeled apple, chopped into small pieces
– 1/3 cup of cashew butter or creamy peanut butter
– 2 tbsp of tahini
– 2 tbsp of fresh lemon juice
– 1 tsp of apple pie spice or just cinnamon will do, too!
– 2 cloves of garlic, minced
– salt to taste (start with a pinch)
– 1/4 cup of water
Tip: If you like your hummus more spicy you can also add a pinch of cayenne pepper, but this is optional!
Step 3: Blend until smooth
Start blending everything in the food processor for a few minutes until you get a smooth consistency. Scrape down the sides if necessary.
Step 4: Taste and Adjust Seasoning
Taste it! Delicious fluffy air pockets already? By all means to dive in! Otherwise, here comes adjusting seasoning:
– Add salt to taste.
– Add more spices if needed.
Step 5: Blend again (and again)
Blend until you achieve your desired texture. Don’t be afraid to add more water or lemon juice to get it just right.
Step 6: Garnish and Chill
Transfer your hummus into a nice serving bowl, sprinkle some cinnamon on top, garnish it with some chopped apples, and drizzle with olive oil (optional). Serve immediately or refrigerate it for an hour before serving.
Now that you know how to make this spice hummus recipe you can experiment with different substitutions and variations according to your taste preferences or dietary restrictions. Don’t be afraid to mix things up and try new things!
Substitutions and Variations
When it comes to making apple spice hummus, there are many ways to get creative with the recipe. Here are some substitutions and variations that you can try to make this hummus recipe even more delicious.
– Brown sugar instead of honey: If you don’t have honey on hand, brown sugar is a great substitute. You can use about the same amount of brown sugar as you would honey in this recipe.
– Macintosh apples instead of Golden Delicious: While Golden Delicious apples work well in this recipe, you can also use Macintosh apples if that’s what you have. They will give the hummus a slightly different flavor and texture.
– Pumpkin spice: For a fun twist on traditional apple spice hummus, try adding some pumpkin spice to the mix. This will give the hummus a warm and cozy fall flavor that’s perfect for dessert hummus, pumpkin pie dessert hummus or appetizer.
– Creamy peanut butter instead of tahini: If you don’t have tahini on hand, you can use creamy peanut butter instead. While this is not a traditional ingredient for hummus, it can still make for a delicious alternative. Mix together lemon juice, water and creamy peanut butter for an exciting twist.
– Boar’s Head hummus dip base: If you’re short on time but still want to make apple spice hummus then head to your nearest retailer or Etsy shop and pick up a tub of Boar’s Head Hummus Dip Base! Just prep your apple slices for dipping and enjoy your homemade dish with minimal effort!
– Apple butter: For an extra dose of apple flavor, add in some apple butter! This will give the hummus a thicker and creamier texture while also adding plenty of sweetness.
Overall, feel free to experiment with different ingredients until you find the combination that works best for you. Remember that while these substitutions may change the final taste of the dish slightly they won’t ruin it entirely so take an edible perspective!
Serving and Pairing
When it comes to serving and pairing my Apple Spice Hummus, the possibilities are endless. I love to spread it on crackers, bagels, or pita bread. To add a sweet and savory touch to the hummus, spoon some apple butter on top and sprinkle with cinnamon. You can also use the hummus as a dip for sliced apples or veggies like carrots and celery.
For a heartier meal, spread the Apple Spice Hummus on a wrap or sandwich with turkey or roasted chicken. The flavors compliment each other perfectly creating a delicious lunch option. Do you want a vegetarian option? Go for roasted vegetables like sweet potatoes or eggplant as they pair well with the apple spiced hummus.
If you’re hosting a party or get together, set up a hummus buffet where guests can create their own dip platter with different veggies and crackers. This is always a huge hit as everyone can tailor their platter to their liking.
You can also get creative with your presentation! Use small dishes for individual servings or create larger plates for sharing where people can dip into the hummus in the center of the plate.
In conclusion, whether you choose to serve this Apple Spice Hummus as an appetizer, side dish or paired with different foods, it always provides an explosion of flavor in every bite.
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
You can store the apple spice hummus in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. This hummus has a chance to thicken as it sits, so be prepared to add a little water or lemon juice to get it back to the correct consistency.
If you plan on making this recipe ahead of time: I suggest prepping all of the ingredients separately and mixing them together minutes before serving. This will keep the apples from getting too brown and ensure maximum freshness.
To reheat: If you have leftovers that need reheating, scoop the desired amount into a heat-safe bowl, cover it with a damp paper towel, and microwave for 30 seconds at a time until it reaches your desired temperature.
This apple spiced hummus is perfect for parties, meal prep or quick snacks! It also makes an excellent companion to fresh apple slices, crackers, or even used as a spread on sandwiches. Just keep in mind that because of its texture, it may separate if left sitting out for too long.
Follow these storage and reheating tips for optimal freshness and taste. You’ll appreciate how easy this recipe is to create and store.
Tips for Perfect Results
Using the right techniques and ingredients can elevate any dish, and this is no different when it comes to making apple spice hummus. Here are some tips to ensure that your final product is always creamy, flavorful, and perfect every time you make it.
Firstly, when adding the spices to the hummus, make sure you add them while blending the ingredients in your food processor. This will ensure that the spices are evenly distributed throughout your hummus mixture with no lumps or clumps of spice remaining.
Secondly, if you prefer a bit more kick or heat in your hummus, consider adding a dash of cayenne pepper. This will provide a nice balance to the sweetness naturally found in the apple pie spice and golden delicious apple.
Thirdly, use a reliable brand of tahini or creamy peanut butter that contains nothing but natural ingredients for the best flavor outcome. The quality of these ingredients will directly impact the overall taste of your apple spice hummus.
Fourthly, try using apple juice instead of water when processing your chickpeas. This will give an extra layer of flavor to your hummus instead of using plain water. It’s also advised to add a little bit of water at a time so that you can regulate the consistency depending on preference.
Lastly, don’t hesitate to experiment with different kinds of apples other than Golden Delicious, such as Macintosh or Granny Smith apples which pairs well with chickpeas for tangy flavors.You can also try varying your apple type from recipe to recipe within this apple spiced hummus category to find out which one you like best!
These tips are tried and tested and guaranteed to improve the flavor and texture of your homemade apple spice hummus recipe. Give them a try next time you decide to whip up some creamy goodness for yourself or for loved ones!
In conclusion, if you’re looking to spice up your hummus game or add a touch of fall into your snack routine, then my Apple Spice Hummus recipe is the perfect way to do so. This hummus is creamy, delicious and full of flavor, making it an excellent addition to any snack plate, dessert table, or meal spread.
With the right mix of ingredients and a little bit of patience, you’ll have yourself a fantastic hummus dip in no time! Plus, it’s a healthy alternative to many other dips or spreads out there, so you can indulge without feeling guilty.
So, whether you’re serving up a delicious side dish at your next dinner party or just need something tasty to snack on after work, my Apple Spice Hummus is sure to impress. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations using the ingredients mentioned in this recipe — it’s all about finding what works best for you!
Overall, I can confidently say that this is one of the best hummus recipes out there – not only because it’s unique but also because it’s downright delicious. Give it a try and see for yourself. Happy cooking!
Apple Spice Hummus Recipe
- 2 (15 ounce) cans garbanzo beans, rinsed drained
- 1 golden delicious apple, peeled and chopped
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter or 1/4 cup tahini
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- In a blender, blend: garbanzo beans, chopped apple, lemon juice, peanut butter, water, salt, apple pie spice and cayenne pepper, until smooth and creamy. Cover and refrigerate up to three days.
- Before serving, sprinkle the dip with cayenne pepper.
- Serve with apple slices, wheat crackers, and crisped pita wedges.