Spring is here, and there’s no better way to celebrate the wonderful weather than eating outside. One of the best foods to bring on a picnic or serve as an appetizer is, in our humble opinion, hummus! This delicious dip has been a staple in Egypt and other places in the Middle East from as far back as the 13th century.
Traditionally, this dip is made with chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) tahini, lemon juice and garlic. And even though you can make a raw version of hummus with sprouted chickpeas, we love this recipe using cashews in place of the traditional bean. The tahini, a sesame seed paste, is essential to give hummus of any kind its creamy smoothness, and we’re using a house-made tahini in our recipe. It’s really more simple to make than it sounds.
Sesame seeds are also nutritional powerhouses—thumbs up to these seeds for being small but mighty! They are full of copper and manganese, and are an excellent source of dairy-free calcium—perfect for vegan eaters. One of sesame seeds’ nutritional secrets is that they contain two unique substances: sesamin and sesamolin. These belong to a group of special beneficial fibers called lignans, which have been shown to reduce cholesterol and prevent high blood pressure.
But these little seeds can be calorific in large quantities, so just because this recipe is raw vegan, it doesn’t mean it’s low calorie or low fat.
Beware! This hummus is so easy to make and so delicious you’ll want to eat every day. We love dipping into it with any of our Go Raw Flax Snax and raw veggies like sliced carrots and zucchini, red bell pepper and celery.
Some of you may have been lucky enough to grab some of this at the Go Raw L.I.F.E. Center last week! If not, here’s the recipe for you to make it at home.
Cashew Garlic Hummus Recipe
(Yield: 10 ounces)
½ cup sesame seeds
½ cup sesame oil
½ cup water
1 garlic clove
½ cup soaked cashews
1 tsp. sea salt
Using a high-speed blender (see our blog from last week), blend the sesame seeds and sesame oil until smooth.
Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until it reaches the consistency you desire.
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