Do you even HUMMUS?


 
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Where are my HUMMUS LOVERS ♡at?!


   Since the dawn of time I have been a hummus addict. There is nothing like a well-made garlic chickpea hummus; however, sometimes you want something a little different - something that feels a little more like a party in your mouth. Maybe even something that doesn't have chickpeas? *Gasps*

Yes, you can make hummus without chickpeas; or maybe you would call it a bean dip?

Hmmm... Nahhh, sticking with hummus!

   Lucky for you friend, you get to find out how to make my seasonal Roasted Pumpkin Hummus!
Now you might be thinking "Miya, pumpkin in hummus?! Naw b", but trust me - this is just so fall and garlicky (to keep the vampires away, obviously!) that you'll be feeling all festive and basic.

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   Since I am changing things on you, lets chat a little bit about why pumpkin is SO awesome (other than the fact that jack-o'-lanterns are made of pumpkin and that you can make pumpkin spice lattes out of them. REAL ones that is, there ain't no pumpkin in your Starbucks latte).

   Have you ever noticed how bright pumpkins are? I certainly hope you have! That bright orange colour that just screams Halloween tells a nice healthy tale. Like carrots, pumpkins are loaded with the antioxidant beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a plant carotenoid that gets converted into vitamin A in your body. "Beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer and offers protection against heart disease". (1) Vitamin A is also necessary for healthy vision; so you can see all those bright beautiful pumpkins! The flavonoids found in pumpkins destroy the evil free radicals that can be harmful to your body. Pumpkins are also a source of vitamin C, potassium, riboflavin, copper and manganese.

   Oh and don't forget about the seeds! Don't throw those away! The seeds are quite nutrient dense and contain lots of minerals and vitamins. The seeds also contain protein and a good amount of fibre.(2)

Now that you know all about why pumpkin is pretty much the bomb-diggity, it's time to get back to that HUMMUS!


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   I chose to go chickpea-free with this recipe because they are more difficult for humans to digest and those with digestive disorders like IBS, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, lactose intolerance, etc. likely have a really hard time. "Because of the way humans digest them, the increased fermentation can lead to pockets of temporarily trapped gas in the digestive tract, which can easily worsen symptoms for many of those diseases."(3) Beans in general contain sugars called oligosaccharides, which can make beans difficult to digest.


So my question to you is: do chickpeas make you fart? Don't lie!


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Roasted Pumpkin Hummus

Ingredients
1 small organic pie pumpkin
1 14-15oz can of organic great northern beans (BPA free lining) or you can use raw ones that have been soaked and then cooked (See this article)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Avocado oil for roasting (high smoke point) (Find here!)
2 cloves of garlic
1 tsp cinnamon + extra for roasting
Salt & pepper to taste

Serve with some delicious gluten-free crackers, my favourite are Mary's Organic Crackers - the new super seed ones are SO TASTY!

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Cut pumpkin into quarters, then half those quarters.
  3. Lay out pumpkin pieces on a baking sheet, skin down. Brush the pieces with some avocado oil, sprinkle with salt & cinnamon. Feel free to roast the garlic with the pumpkin or use it raw.
  4. Bake until soft - you should be able to easily put a fork through it, approximately 40 min. The tips of the pumpkin will likely burn a little, but that's okay.
  5. Cool on tray. Once cool, peel off skins.
  6. Rinse the beans. Add the pumpkin, beans, olive oil, garlic, cinnamon, salt & pepper into the food processor. Process until smooth. Taste test and add more spices, salt, etc. as needed.
  7. Serve with gluten-free crackers. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

If you LOVE pumpkin, grab my Pumpkin Spice Pancake recipe below!


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References

(1) University of Illinois Extension. Pumpkin Nutrition. Retrieved from https://extension.illinois.edu/pumpkins/nutrition.cfm. October 17, 2017.

(2) Mercola. What are pumpkins good for?. Retrieved from http://foodfacts.mercola.com/pumpkins.html. October 17, 2017.

(3) Superfoodly. (2017, September 12). Garbanzo & Chickpeas Are Gluten Free, But With Side Effects. https://www.superfoodly.com/garbanzo-chickpeas-gluten-free-side-effects/. Retrieved October 17, 2017.