This Spicy Walnut Hummus with Roasted Garlic is made without tahini and the nutty walnut taste is balanced perfectly by the spicy red pepper and mellow garlic flavor.
**This post was sponsored by California Walnuts. I was compensated for my time. All thoughts & opinions are my own**
In case you didn’t know, February is American Heart Month! Heart disease is the #1 killer of men and women in the United States. While there are some non-controllable factors that put you at increased risk for heart disease (gender, genetics, ethnicity, etc), there are several things you CAN control. Along with being physically active and not smoking, what you eat can have a big impact on your heart health. Making healthy food choices can help you manage your blood pressure, cholesterol and and blood sugar levels, all of which can reduce your risk for heart disease.
As an RD, I love sharing heart-healthy food choices so when California Walnuts reached out to me about partnering with them to spread the word about walnuts and heart health, I jumped at the chance. Did you know walnuts are certified by the American Heart Association as a heart-healthy food? An ounce of walnuts (approx 12-14 halves) gives you 4g of protein and 2g of fiber and they’re only nut to provide a significant source of alpha-linoleic acid (the plant-based omega-3 fatty acid).
More than two decades of research has shown that walnuts may help lower cardiovascular risk factors by decreasing LDL cholesterol by 9-16%, and diastolic blood pressure by 2-3 mmHg. These two factors are major contributors to heart disease risk, and cutting them is a critical step toward a healthier heart.
Spicy Roasted Garlic Walnut Hummus
Sounds pretty good, right? Even though California Walnuts has a GREAT recipe section on their website (check it out if you’re looking for some creative ways to add walnuts to your diet), I wanted to share a recipe of my own with you guys today as well!
As you know, hubby and I are big hummus fans. We always have some in the fridge, along with some chopped veggies, for snacking. I’ve made several different varieties of homemade hummus but I’ve never tried adding nuts! Walnuts have a definite nutty flavor so I decided to add a mellow garlic flavor thanks to some roasted garlic to help balance it out and then, as per usual, I kicked things up a notch by making it spicy!
Here’s how you make it:Print
Spicy Roasted Garlic and Walnut Hummus
A simple homemade hummus that’s the perfect balance of nutty and spicy with hints of garlic flavor throughout.
- Yield: 1 1x
- 1 can chickpeas, low-sodium or no salt added (1¾ cups)
- ¼ cup reserved liquid from can of chickpeas
- 1 medium bulb roasted garlic (8–9 cloves)
- ¾ c raw walnuts
- 1 – 2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon water or lemon juice
- Roast garlic and let cool slightly*
- In a food processor, combine walnuts and garlic and pulse until well chopped.
- Drain and rinse chickpeas, reserving ¼ cup liquid and add both to food processor.
- Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth.
- Add an additional Tablespoon liquid if you want an even smoother consistency.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
While I think hubby prefers to keep eating his daily nuts by the handful, this may be my new favorite way to enjoy them. I loved the flavor combo and the fact that you could actually taste the nuts in the hummus!
Are you a walnut lover? What’s your favorite way to use them?
Mine’s a three-way tie between toasting them to add to a salad, adding them to a banana muffin or this hummus!
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Arman @ thebigmansworld says
I’ve seen walnuts in Pestos but never in a hummus- What a great idea, Linds!
I love walnuts but you know me 😉
crack, mouth, done.
whatever works 🙂
Angela @ Happy Fit Mama says
I love roasted garlic in hummus. I like the addition of walnuts for a nice nutty touch. YUm!
Looks delicious! I wondered about making hummus myself but for some reason assumed it would be so much work. Looks effortless! And so good!
it’s so easy! definitely give it a try!
Linz @ Itz Linz says
i do like walnuts! i love making banana nut pancakes!
yummmmm craving those now!
Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious says
Roasted garlic is my favorite hummus and I adore that you used walnuts as a base. Pinning!
I agree. I’ve always assumed that making hummus would be a lot of work but it’s really not. This motivates me a lot to actually make it. Thanks for sharing!
super easy! you should def give it a try!
Jennifer FIsher says
If nothing snacky was around, I’d just dip my fingers into this 🙂 YUM
agreed 🙂 make it work!
Dietitian Jess says
I love nuts in any form… this is such a creative way to use them, definitely trying this soon!
let me know what you think!
Laura @ Mommy Run Fast says
Mmm, walnuts in hummus, so clever! My daughter is not a fan of the hummus I make with tahini in it… I bet she’d like this!
yay! hope it’s a hit!
Jody - Fit at 57 says
I don’t have a food processor but looks good!
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
Ooo what a great combo! Perfect healthy fat addition!
healthy fats for the win!
Kelly // The Pretty Bee: Cooking & Creating says
This sounds really delicious! Love the addition of walnuts!
Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl says
Adding nuts to hummus is SO good!! I become hooked after I added the Wasabi and Soy Sauce almonds to my hummus a couple of weeks ago. SO, so delicious! I’m actually not a HUGE walnut lover on their own, so this would be the most perfect way for me to incorporate them into my diet!
perfect! i’ve gotta step up my game next and try some different flavored nuts!
Kirtley @ The Gist of Fit says
That looks amazing! I’m not the hugest fan of tahini, so i need to try that!
me neither! just can’t get into it so i like this alternative!
Erin @ Her Heartland Soul says
Josh would love this! Thanks for sharing!
yay! hope he likes it!
Tara | Treble in the Kitchen says
What a brilliant idea!!! I love walnuts 🙂 Gonna have to try subbing them out for the tahini and give this recipe a try!
Yum! We’ve been making a lot of hummus lately. This looks like a fun new recipe to try. 🙂
Cat @ Breakfast to Bed says
Walnut hummus….different! I think I like it.
Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona says
Hummus is one of my favorite dips. I’m going to have to try this recipe.
Alysia @ Slim Sanity says
I do love walnuts! Never thought of using them in a hummus though. I have wanted to try making a walnut butter…yum!
yum, that’s on my list too!
Erin @ Erin's Inside Job says
This looks great! Im actually not a huge fan of tahini and the consistency weirds me out a little bit, so this is a great option. I have about 4 bulbs of garlic bc whenever I get a delivery from Blue Apron they always send a whole bulb instead of only the 2 or 3 cloves I will need, so I was just wondering what to do with them the other day!
roasted garlic is the best answer 🙂 so good!
Christine @ Love, Life, Surf says
That’s such a great idea to include walnuts in hummus. My husband would love this!
lindsay Cotter says
you know i love this. Hummus is a food group to me! so are nuts! haha
Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes says
This sounds absolutely incredible! I can’t wait to try it.
thanks katie, let me know how you like it!
Angela Gilmore says
I love walnuts in my salad, or with yogurt, but the best way to eat them is in brownies or banana bread! I love the idea of putting them in hummus, and I have also seen them in pesto instead of pine nuts.
hmmmm banana bread, yum!
Ashley @ A Lady Goes West says
Hi Lindsay! Love to see you working with California Walnuts. I’m a California girl and walnut lover. And I’ve always wanted to make my own hummus. Great recipe! 🙂
21 Day Workout says
Thanks for sharing! The print function wasn’t working for me? I hand wrote the recipe, just thought you would like to know in case anyone else was having trouble 🙂
thanks for letting me know! i’m working on it!
Jenni @ Fitzala says
This sounds absolutely wonderful! I love that it doesn’t include tahini – hate having to buy an ingredient that I only use for one recipe and then store until I want to make it again!
me too! this is the perfect solution!
genevieve @ gratitude & greens says
Walnut hummus sounds delicious! I’d never thought of adding nuts to hummus, so I gotta give this a try 🙂
Alyssa Rimmer says
Okay I’m a seriously obsessed with hummus and I’m loving your combo here. I haven’t though to add nuts to my recipes before, but this is far too tempting to not try 🙂
Sandra Laflamme says
I have never tried making hummus. Adding walnuts would be a great addition. Thanks for the suggestion!
Jonathan | Party food ideas says
Damn, this post just made me so hungry for some hummus! I’ve never tried a hummus that utilized nuts, but it sounds like it would be fantastic.
thanks! let me know if you try it!
Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food says
I, actually, despise walnuts…however, I think I could handle them in this hummus! I use them when I make an avocado sauce for pasta and, as long as they’re chopped up in my food processor, I’m good to go!
the perfect solution!
I love hummus… and this garlic walnut flavor looks YUMMY! 🙂
Debbie @ Live from La Quinta says
Such a great idea to use walnuts for hummus! And roasted garlic! Oh yes. Pinning!
Would have given this 5 stars, but 1 – 2 tsp of Cayenne pepper is a bit much. 1/2 to 3/4 tsp is all you need. Otherwise, great recipe!