If you read any women’s health magazines, you would think that hummus is one of the most essential foods for health. It’s paired with chips as a side with veggies, as a snack, or on a pita wrap at lunch. Seriously, what is it with “diet” food and hummus? But being a diet magazine lover for years, I jumped on the hummus bandwagon and never looked back. I ate in constantly seeing it as the perfect healthy snack. And really, for most folks in moderation, there’s nothing wrong with a little bit properly prepared hummus… it certainly isn’t unhealthy, especially when comparing it to most snacks. However, when I realized I had issues with sesame, and cut legumes out of my diet like so many of us do, hummus went out the window.
Hummus is delicious, you guys. I miss it. I miss dipping crackers in it, I miss eating it with veggies, and I miss having all of these super cute little single serve packs to throw in my lunch box on the go. With more and more folks going Paleo, Whole 30, and AIP, I know I’m not alone in this grievance over the loss of hummus. So, why not make a yummy alternative? This Avocado Cauliflower Hummus was just the thing! It’s Whole 30 compliant, Paleo, AIP, and the perfect substitute for all of my hummus dreams.
Why I Love This Avocado Cauliflower Hummus…
1. It’s Whole 30, Paleo, and AIP
First, why isn’t hummus compliant with these protocols? Legumes are the main one to call out. Chickpeas (which I honestly still really love) are legumes and not compliant on a AIP, Paleo or Whole 30 protocol because of lectins which harm gut health. I tend to stay in favor of legumes for many folks if they’re properly soaked and prepared rather than just taken out of a can. Regardless, this is a good options if legumes are out of your diet right now.
The other limiting factor with traditional hummus is Tahini. Tahini is a sesame paste that’s compliant for a Paleo and Whole 30 diet, but not AIP because sesame is a seed. For me, I do much better without sesame, so this was a necessary recipe for myself, and all of us who have issues with sesame.
2. It’s full of healthy fat
One of the reasons that hummus is so popular in Women’s Health magazines is because it’s a clean, healthy fat. Sesame is a good fat, and if hummus is actually made with olive oil, (and not canola oil) that’s a healthy fat as well.
This recipe is the same in that it still uses olive oil, and swaps out the tahini with avocado, another delicious healthy fat. These fats give the hummus tons of flavor, and help keep it filling.
3. It’s the perfect party side dish or healthy snack
This hummus is great to bring along to a party, or eat on your own as a healthy snack. I like to pair it with…
- Sliced carrots
- Sliced cucumbers
- Simple mills crackers (pictured in this recipe… they’re not AIP or whole 30)
- Plantain chips (not Whole 30)
So good, and such a nice change of pace from the typical compliant snacks!
- 1 head cauliflower, steamed and cooled
- 1 large avocado
- 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- Fresh cilantro
- Add the cauliflower to a food processor and set to puree
- Add in the avocado, lemon juice, 1/4th cup of olive oil, salt, garlic, and onion
- Puree until creamy
- Remove from the food processor and chill for 25-30 minutes in the fridge
- Top with 1 tbsp of olive oil and fresh cilantro
- Serve with compliant cracker (Simple Mills almond flour crackers pictured... not AIP or Whole 30) or fresh veggies