I was first introduced to zucchini hummus while working at a raw food restaurant in Texas. I was so shocked and impressed by the flavor and texture of the hummus, it was so similar to regular garbanzo bean hummus. This recipe is extremely simple and easy to change around if you are looking for a different flavor profile.
I would consider myself a tahini, ahem…… connoisseur. Tahini is sesame seed butter and it is high in magnesium and calcium. I truly love tahini and I strive to find the best. I am not a fan of toasted tahini, I feel like it looses so much depth of flavor in the toasting (I know, opposite of what usually happens to toasted seeds/nuts) and is a lower quality product. Here is one of my favorite brands of tahini, it is more on the pricey side but so worth it.
3 cups roughly chopped zucchini (about 3 small – 2 medium)
1/3 cup heaping tahini
1/3 cup olive oil
1/8 tsp salt (more to taste)
1/2 tsp paprika
2 – 5 cloves of garlic
Process all ingredients in food processor or high speed blender.
*if you have a high speed blender, you can just toss in 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup sesame seeds and…..voila! you have just made tahini.
P.S. I work in Boulder as a personal chef. I cook healthy and delicious meals that are stored in the fridge and freezer to reheat at your convenience, perfect for a busy lifestyle. Gluten free? Paleo? Vegan? Contact me to hear about how I can create a custom menu to fit your dietary needs.