Gluten Free Living – 2014
Avocado Cilantro Hummus is a delightful appetizer that’s great for any tailgating party. I love avocados. Guacamole is one of my favorite foods. I can eat avocados raw and plain, in tossed salads, marinated salads, pasta salads, appetizers, layered dips, sauces with pasta, sandwiches and, of course, in Taco Salads. Yes, I love avocados. While they’re high in calories they are one of the best veggies/fruits you can eat with excellent essential oils and other properties that are so healthy.
But it didn’t used to be that way. I never tasted avocados until I was in my late thirties when we were in New England and went to church with a bunch of transplanted Texans. They ALL loved guacamole and anytime there was a potluck someone brought it.
Finally, I got up the nerve to try it one time. It was so good I was hooked on guacamole forever. Yum. From that point on, anytime we went to Tex-Mex restaurants, I always ordered Guacamole on the side because I enjoyed it so much.
My husband, on the other hand, hates Guacamole and doesn’t really care for avocados or cilantro either. Which is great for me because when I make it, it means I get to eat it all! We had company over for dinner last month and I made a couple of hummus recipes for some of the folks who were on gluten free diets. I made a batch of Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus and this Avocado Cilantro Hummus.
The Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus was spicy hot, but the Avocado Cilantro Hummus had just enough heat to make it interesting but not enough to burn your tongue or anything. Everyone loved this recipe and those who weren’t afraid to try the Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus loved it as well!
My Guacamole Hummus uses tomatoes so it has a completely different taste and texture than this recipe. Both are fabulous recipes but I offer this new one for a scrumptious new flavor I think you’ll love. If you enjoy trying new hummus recipes, then let me recommend Avocado Cilantro Hummus. It’s healthy, gluten free and vegan which is great for anyone trying to eat clean or lose weight.
I like to serve my hummus recipes with veggie dippers which make this a fantastic lower calorie snack. Quite frankly, I make a meal of hummus with raw veggies. Go ahead, live dangerously. Give Avocado Cilantro Hummus a chance. It’s especially good for tailgating parties when you offer so many other high calorie foods. Or, you can make up a batch just for yourself and salivate over every bite. 🙂
Avocado Cilantro Hummus is a delicious clean eating recipe.
Every bite of Avocado Cilantro Hummus is mouthwatering.
Avocado Cilantro Hummus is a great recipe to serve for tailgating parties.
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients.
Drain and rinse garbanzo beans (chick peas). Mash with a fork.
Place garbanzo beans, garlic, jalapeno, soy sauce, salt, olive oil, water and lemon in a food processor or blender.
Add sesame tahini (ground sesame seeds and cilantro.
Add peeled, quartered avocado slices. Puree until smooth.
Garnish with fresh, chopped cilantro leaves.
Serve Avocado Cilantro Hummus with crackers or veggie dippers.
Here’s the recipe.
AVOCADO CILANTRO HUMMUS
(My own concoction)
- 16-oz. can garbanzo beans, drained and mashed with a fork
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- juice of one lemon
- 1 tbsp. tahini (ground sesame seeds)
- 1 tsp. tamari low sodium soy sauce
- ¾ to 1 tsp. salt
- 2/3 cup packed cilantro leaves
- 3 avocados, peeled, pitted and sliced
- ¼ of a small jalapeno pepper, seeded and sliced thinly, or more if you desire more heat
- 1 tsp. minced garlic from a jar
- 2/3 to 1 cup water, as needed
- cilantro, for garnish, as desired
- Puree all ingredients in a blender or food processor.
- Spoon into serving bowl.
- Garnish with cilantro, if desired.
- Serve with fresh veggies or pita dippers.
- Makes between 2-3 cups hummus.
Avocado Cilantro Hummus has just enough jalapeno to provide a tiny kick without taking over the taste of everything else.
This lovely hummus recipe is gluten free and vegan.
If you enjoy avocados, you will love Avocado Cilantro Hummus.