This simple artichoke hummus is bean free, grain free, and smooth and creamy just like traditional hummus. With just a few simple ingredients, this hummus will come together in just a few minutes and is perfect for get together or just to dip you veggies in as your afternoon snack.
Hummus has been a long time favorite snack of mine. I can easily go through a store bought container of hummus in a day or two, it’s just so addicting. Of course I try to practice portion control but sometimes I just can’t help myself. Dave has been eating mostly paleo since we discovered he has quite a few food sensitivities and allergies. After going through a major sugar cleanse, eating almost all paleo has really helped him feel like a normal person again.
But traditional hummus isn’t paleo, and we are still trying to heal his gut, so we are being cautious of what we reintroduce. Since we will be watching the game on Sunday, he wanted something to dip his plantain chips and veggies in during the game. We are also an a mission to get him eating 8-10 servings of veggies and fruit a day. This easy paleo artichoke hummus kills two birds with one stone (because let’s be honest he’s going to eat all the plantain chips). The ingredient list is just 7 simple ingredients, all of which you likely have in your pantry now (that is if you love artichoke like I do).
Water (I don’t count this an an ingredient, should I??
Optional ingredient: Hemp hearts or tahini
And if you aren’t a veggie hater, you will be IN LOVE with this dish. I’m honestly so obsessed with artichokes and lemon, this was just a natural dish and I knew it would be fantastic. The surprise was when I brought a spoonful of it upstairs for Dave to try and he gave it a thumbs up and said “Yeah that will be good to dip peppers in tomorrow”. And since hoard artichoke hearts from Trader Joe’s we can enjoy this a few times this week if we want to!
I used frozen artichoke hearts from Trader Joes that I sauteed in coconut oil and then squeezed lemon juice and sprinkled with salt. However, I think a well drained can of artichoke hearts in water (not in oil) would also work perfectly.
Did you know that artichokes have nine times the vitamin C of orange juice and peppers in the ORAC System (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) . Vitamin C can help keep the immune system healthy! Did you know that Vitamin C assist in the formation of collagen? Collagen supports the development of bones, cartilage, muscles and also helps the skin look young and vibrant!
Artichokes are also great for muscle recovery! Did you know that they are full of potassium (which is an electrolyte that we lose when we sweat during exercise). Potassium also helps reduce the effects of sodium on blood pressure. Water follow salt through the body, and when you eat a meal heavy in sodium, extra water enters the blood, causing blood pressure to raise. Potassium has the ability to help mitigate these effects of sodium on blood pressure.
Full of fiber, artichokes help you feel full which is great if you are trying to reduce your overall calories for the day. Fiber is also an important part of healthy digestive system, and it’s recommended that men get 48 grams fiber per day and women get 35 grams fiber per day to help increase satiety, lower blood fat and cholesterol, reduce the risk of colon cancer, allow for proper intestinal motility and boost overall gut health.
To make this hummus beyond easy to make, you will need a good food processor. I have a confession, the first food processor I tried to make this in failed miserably. Luckily I just bought a new one and it stepped up to the plate like a champ. I was so mad since I now have 2 food processors to wash. Anyone else hate washing dishes as much as I do. The literally never stop and when I’m recipe testing the kitchen gets CRAZY quick! I digress. So use a good food processor the first time and you will be golden 🙂
Easy Paleo Artichoke Hummus
- In a large skillet, spray with coconut oil spray and add artichoke hearts. Cook 4-5 minutes over medium high heat. Add juice of 1/2 lemon and 1/4 tsp. salt. Stir and cook 1-2 additional minutes.
- Add cooked artichokes to food processor. Add the juice of the remaining 1/2 lemon, the rest of the salt, 2 cloves garlic minced, garlic powder, and water. Blend well.
- Scrape down sides and add chopped parsley and hemp hearts or tahini and blend until smooth (scraping down sides again if needed).
- Serve cold or at room temperature.
What about you?
- Are you trying to get more veggies in your diet?
- Do you love artichokes?
- What is your favorite hummus flavor?