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pumpkin spice hummus

Since I already gave it away with the title, I won’t make you guess.

Pumpkin hummus.  A sweet, spiced, dessert-like hummus.   


Believe me, I was a skeptic too, up until adding the last scoop of pumpkin, a little more cinnamon, and a pinch of clove.  It took awhile to get the flavor juuust right.

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It’s always weird to think about a food that is typically savory or sweet, in the opposite way.  Like savory oatmeal or savory nut butter.  In a sense, it just doesn’t seem right.  But that’s just because it deviates from the norm.

And who likes to be in the norm?

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I went out on a limb with this.  I was all ready to plug my nose, and gag it down with apple slices, if it didn’t turn out. 

Maybe the best thing to do is not think of it as hummus, but maybe just dip.

Pumpkin spice dip. 

Have you ever had cream cheese pumpkin dip?  Take this to a party and people will be just as impressed!  Or, hoard it all for yourself, like I’m currently doing.  Actually, that’s not too hard because Chris doesn’t like pumpkin, except for pumpkin donuts.

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So far, I’ve eaten this with apple slices + sweet potato…and seriously, at least 1/4c from a spoon.  At least!  Now the decision on how to incorporate it into breakfast.

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I’m not sure how I feel about this as an oatmeal topping.  A little too mush-on-mush.  But what about spread onto toast with a drizzle of maple syrup?  Or, rolled up in a toasted tortilla with apple + banana?  Buckwheat bake topping?  Buckwheat bake filling!?

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Pumpkin Spice Hummus [yields ~3c]

  • 1.5c chickpeas [1, 15oz can]
  • 1c pumpkin puree
  • 1/4c raw cashew butter
  • 2T sunflower oil
  • 2T honey/maple syrup/brown rice syrup
  • 1t vanilla extract
  • 1.5t cinnamon
  • 1/4-1/3t ginger
  • 1/8t nutmeg
  • 1/16t cloves
  • 1/2t salt
  1. Combine all ingredients in your food processor.
  2. Blend until smooth.  Taste + adjust spices if needed.

*Raw cashew butter [unsalted/unroasted] yields the best flavor, but other nut butters will work.  I suggest raw almond or raw tahini.  You can easily make raw cashew butter at home in your food processor.  Process 2c of cashews [for an 11c capacity processor], scraping the bowl when needed for about 8-12min, until cashews are buttery + smooth.  Add 1/2-2T oil if needed to smooth out.

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Pumpkin is one of my favorites.

It has been + always will be.

I blame this on my dad.

Thanks dad!

But, I realize that may not be the case for you.

Hold on tight.  Something similar, and pumpkin-free, will be appearing soon.

I’m actually not sure which version I like best!


Reader Comments (66)

I love that you went sweet with this hummus! I made a savory rosemary pumpkin hummus last week and thought it was great but this sounds so unique. I definitely want to play around with a sweet version now. :)

Buckwheat Bake filling??? You are a genius I say! I expect to see this option sometime soon :) This on plain ole apples sounds like heaven though.

Have a great day Ashley!

October 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBalancing Sylvia

Ooh, when I first read this, I thought it was going to be savoury. Sweet sounds like a tasty option though! I love the tortilla idea for breakfast.
I've made a savoury pumpkin hummus before, with peanut butter and curry spices. It's quite delectable in its own right!

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJane

I've been trying to figure out what to do with the container full of leftover chickpeas in my fridge... and I found it. Holy perfect end to my evening.

Can't wait to try this out for myself!

this looks rich and wonderful and awesome.

the nut butter, the sweetness of the maple, the cinnamon, the sunflower!

pinning it to my pumpkin board on pinterest :)

Yum yum yum! This looks amazing. I have to try this. Thanks! =)

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

Oooh sounds lovely!

I'm thinking it will definitely work in a collard wrap with apples or something, that sounds like lovely combo of crunch and mush and totally refreshing too.

Gotta get a food processor so I can make this...

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMari

This sounds awesome Ash! I've tried a similar recipe before as a dipper for veggies, but I think you're on to something with the buckwheat bake filling!

Sweet or savory, pumpkin hummus sounds fantastic!
I tried sweet hummus with peanut butter and chocolate chips, and actually is pretty good. Can't wait to make this one!

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarina

I have been conjuring up images of a pumpkin hummus..err...dip! And, wallah! here it is :D

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ Jess Go Bananas

OMG! This looks so good and I love that you added cashew butter. Made some last night, so I know I'll be using it in this recipe!! Thank you!!

I am not a big pumpkin fan either so I am excited to see the pumpkin free version!!

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

A hummus without tahini? Definitely interested. Never thought of using a different nut butter as replacement. This is why I love your blog...always challenging the norm. :)

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Not skeptical at all. I made a spiced sweet hummus before and loved it. Why don't I do that more often??? This looks delicious!

This sounds amazing!

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

This sounds divine!!! I never made my own hummus before, but I love anything with pumpkin in it so I might give it a try! :)

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKim @ Eat, Live, and Blog

This sounds delicious. Definitely one of those dips that we be eaten mostly by the spoonful by myself!

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany

How perfectly fall!! I've never tried anything like this before :)

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren @ What Lauren Likes

hah looks like you answered your own -how to incorporate this into breakfast- question quite easily! This looks fabulous... seriously, pumpkin and hummus are two of my favorite things in the first place, why not combine them?!

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkatie @KatieDid

Um, yes please! THAT LOOKS INCREDIBLE!! Seriously - hummus alone would've done the trick for me, but PUMPKIN HUMMUS!?!?

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate

Pumpkin spice hummus?!?! I am all over that! Yum! Love your creativity :)


Me either!! I hope I'm not the only crazy one who likes it!

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oooh, I bet that was really good!! Butternut squash would work too. Yumm

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Haha, thanks Jennifer! ;) Yes, hummus can be made with any type of nut butter. Just depends what type of taste you're looking for! I didn't want the nut butter part to be noticeable, so I used cashew butter, since it's so light in taste.

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Perrrrfect timing!!

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

A savory version sounds delicious too...yum!

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oh yes, love the collard wraps!!

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

You should be able to use a blender or even if you have one of those magic bullet things. :)

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Averie!! I love that you have a pumpkin pinterest board!

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Let me know what you think!! I haven't had any taste testers yet. ;)

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oh, my. That sounds fantastic! I have a curry honey hummus recipe that is one of my all time favs!

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I think on apples is my favorite. Such a delicious contrast!

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Is this real life. I want to bathe in that shit

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatelyn @ Chef Katelyn


October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I love sweet hummus! It took me awhile to get the courage to try it, but it really is delicious. I mostly make cookie dough hummus but next time I will try your pumpkin hummus!

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNikita

He... doesn't like.. pumpkin ?

I don't understand.

I've never tried hummus before, but have always wanted to and have always wanted the first time I had it to be homemade, but I can NEVER find tahini. Maybe I'll have to give this recipe a try with the cashew butter :)

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

I'm loving the overwhelming amount of pumpkin recipes I'm finding lately. I'm imagining this on a piece of toasted pumpkin bread. Pumpkin on pumpkin? Yes please!

You probably already got ideas for the turnips, but just wanted to share that my favorite is to roast them in wedges like potatoes with whatever seasoning I'm in the mood for that day. Turnip fries!

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarissa

I was planning on making hummus today and had a half used can of pumpkin in the fridge. I think I'm going to give it a try! I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks!

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie at Burnt Carrots

Hmm, I've never been a dessert hummus fan but the cashew butter has me intrigued. I love pumpkin and cashew together! perfect harmony

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCasey @ Insatiably Healthy

yummmmmeh!!! I would love to spoon feed myself this... mmmmm

This looks great! Definitely sounds a little odd at first, but when you read the recipe, it makes sense!

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Fall in a bowl right there! Soo delicious looking!!!

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen@FoodFamilyFitness

That hummus sounds absolutely heavenly. There's nothing wrong with making a savory version of something naturally sweet. ;)

Okay, so I'm probably not going to make this recipe because I'm not really a pumpkin fan. BUT I just had to tell you that all of the photos for this post are ah-maze-ing! The strategic use of bright white space and depth here is really aesthetically appealing, and a very nice break from the usual warm color overload people usually use for pumpkin photos.

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaraHadley

A beauty to make during this season a hummus with a twist. Love it

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLola

I just stocked up on pumpkin and I have a freezer-full of garbanzo beans - must try this soon!

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia

Sometimes I think our brains are telepathically connected. I was just imagining a pumpkin hummus. You make my dreams come true! Looks aaaamazingly delicious.

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

Gah, I just wrote myself a note to experiment with pumpkin hummus tomorrow, so I'm not reading your recipe, but I'll come back and compare when I'm done :)

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErrign

[...] to roast sometime next week.  Now to decide which recipe needs to be made first… like this one or maybe this one or a whole lot of these (new favorite obsession btw)!!  Oh, so many options! [...]

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPumpkin. « Better off Ba

This looks amazing. I made Chocolate-Hummus earlier this year, so I am a big believer that beans make excellent sweet treats, and I can't wait to try this!

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDiana @ VeggieNextDoor

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