Hummus-stuffed deviled eggs Hummus-stuffed deviled eggs Why didn't we think of this before? Hummus makes a great filling for deviled eggs – and it's much healthier than mayo. (Photo: Meal Makeover Moms / Flickr)

Surprising ways to use hummus

From deviled eggs to dessert, Hummus expands far beyond its role of go-to dip.

Ah, hummus. Beloved dip and occasional sandwich spread. But there's so much more to this creamy concoction – a world of flavor and opportunity.

To celebrate Hummus Day, we're taking a closer look at some of the most interesting ways to cook and eat with hummus.

Deviled eggs

Hummus-stuffed deviled eggsHummus-stuffed deviled eggs only require a few ingredients. (Photo: Meal Makeover Moms/Flickr)

For a healthier take on deviled eggs, forget the mayo and use hummus instead. Just mix hummus with olive oil, relish and egg yolks, then pipe into your hard-boiled eggs. Meal Makeover Moms breaks it down step-by-step on their website.

Use it as a batter

Hummus-battered chickenHummus makes a great gluten-free batter for frying chicken. (Photo: Mallory Dash/Flickr)

A guilt-free version of fried chicken, hummus can act as a batter for oven-baked chicken to add flavor, moisture and texture. Just spread the hummus over your chicken before baking – and add whatever spices you want (cumin, paprika, and chili powder all do very well) and bake as usual. For detailed instructions, check out this recipe over at Gimme Some Oven.

Add to your dressings and sauces

Spicy hummus dressingThis spicy hummus dressing was made with sriracha for a spicy kick. (Photo: Sweet Beet & Green Bean/Flickr)

Hummus makes an excellent base for dressings and sauces. For a dressing, just thin it out with olive oil, water and whatever spices you so choose. Adding lemon juice or orange juice adds a great citrus flavor for salads. For an easy, go-to dressing recipe, check out this spicy hummus dressing from Sweet Beet & Green Bean.

Roasted cauliflower saladHummus, like tahini, adds a boost of flavor to roasted veggies. (Photo: Robyn Lee/Flickr)

Alternatively, toss your roasted veggies with hummus – you don't need much else! It adds a depth of flavor as well as a nutritional boost.

Pretty up your pizza

Pita pizza with hummus and Daiya cheeseFor an easy pizza fix, grab a pita and spread hummus, toppings and the cheese (or cheese substitute) of your choice. (Photo: Kelly Garbato/Flickr)

Add Mediterranean flair to your pizzas by subbing hummus for the usual tomato-based pizza sauce – or take a step further and make it a pita pizza, like the one above. You can top the pizza with roasted red peppers, olives, sun dried tomatoes, feta cheese, artichokes and more, for a hearty and heart-healthy option.

Grill out with it

Chickpea pattiesA great vegetarian option for grilling season, chickpea patties are easy to make with whole chickpeas and hummus alike. (Photo: nowpicnic/Flickr)

Chickpeas have just the right texture for a veggie burger that packs enough heft to compete with the original, and you can add hummus as a binding agent to any burger alternative, like black bean burgers.

Or, as Bon Appétit cleverly points out, you can add hummus to regular burgers as well!

Sweet possibilities

Chocolate chip cookies made with chickpeasChocolate chip cookies made with chickpeas are a healthy, vegan and gluten-free alternative to the usual dessert. (Photo: Sarah R/Flickr)

The simpler form of hummus, pureed chickpeas without the olive oil, garlic and lemon juice, can be subbed instead of flour for gluten-free cookie recipes. This chocolate chip chickpea cookie recipe at Texanerin Baking has us convinced that a truly healthy dessert is actually possible!

Hummus has also been known to find its way into... ice cream?

Sweet hummus Sub out maple syrup and peanut butter for the garlic and olive oil and you've got yourself a sweet treat! (Photo: Sarah R/Flickr)

Chickpeas have yet another trick up their sleeve: their uncanny ability to mimic cookie dough. There is a plethora of sweet hummus recipes out there, from peanut butter cookie hummus to spot-on chocolate chip cookie dough dips like this one from Snack Girl. You can make it thick and eat the cookie dough risk-free, or you can blend it well enough to dip your favorite fruit in. It's pretty much a win-win situation.

For more creative ideas and recipes for how to cook with hummus (hummus casserole, anyone?) check out Bon Appétit's roundup here. And as always, feel free to share your ideas in the comments below!


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Surprising ways to use hummus
From deviled eggs to dessert, Hummus expands far beyond its role of go-to dip.