Roasted Garlic Red Lentil Hummus


The Canadian Lentils Recipe Revelations Challenge comes to a close this Monday evening which gives me just enough time to enter 4 recipes. (Yes, you can expect yet another lentil recipe coming up tomorrow.) I’m the Queen of Procrastination, didn’t you know?

So yeah, if you haven’t caught on, February 2015 is LENTIL MONTH here on I Love Vegan.

This challenge has been an opportunity for me to finally get around to posting some of my favourite recipes from the last few months. November and December are so full of holiday themed recipes there’s just no time for posting anything else!  Thanks to Canadian Lentils, this month I’ve finally shared my vegan ‘egg’ salad sandwich recipe, my homemade granola, and today I’m sharing my absolute favourite roasted garlic hummus – now with the goodness of lentils!

Which brings me to a little secret I’ve been needing to get off my chest…

I do not make my own hummus… (I know! What kind of food blogger am I?)

My favourite hummus is Fontaine Santé’s Roasted Garlic Hummus. Ughh, it’s so creamy, so smooth, so perfectly salty and garlicky… Even better? They sell 2-packs of EXTRA LARGE containers at Costco for $6!!

Trust me, it’s not like I haven’t tried to make hummus in the past, I HAVE, but it’s just never been the same. My homemade hummus is usually way too thick, not at all creamy, and never deliciously addictive like Fontaine Santé’s is.

Eventually, Dana, from Minimalist Baker posted this Best Ever 5 Minute Microwave Hummus and I knew that this was the recipe that would help me recreate my very favourite hummus EVER.

The secret to Dana’s recipe? Microwaving a can of chickpeas (undrained!) with garlic for 5 minutes before blending the mixture together with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. Using the chickpea juice IN the hummus? GENIUS. I knew this technique would be the secret to my new ultra creamy homemade Fontaine Santé copycat hummus.

And I was SO right! Good god, THIS HUMMUS!!!!!!

The texture is soft, light, and luxuriously creamy. It’s intensely garlick-y and just zippin’ with a hefty dose of lemon juice. And while not inspired by Fontaine Santé, I decided to toss in some nutritional yeast too. I mean, why not? It’s delicious, provides an extra kick of protein and B vitamins, and nooch goes well with most savoury things anyway!

Of course, the BIGGEST difference between this hummus and Fontaine Santé’s is this one is made with both chickpeas AND lentils! Yep, I substituted half of the chickpeas with cooked lentils making this hummus higher in protein and fibre but lower in fat than your typical chickpea hummus.

This hummus is perfect for dipping crackers, chips, pretzels, or fresh chopped veggies. Spread it on sandwiches and wraps. Or thin it with a touch of water or vegetable broth and use it as a delicious, creamy salad dressing!

We’re entering this recipe into Canadian Lentils Recipe Revelations Challenge. Each recipe is judged based on taste, appeal, use of lentils, simplicity, and social media popularity. We’d be so grateful if you could help us out by ‘pinning’ this recipe from the Canadian Lentils Recipe Revelations Challenge Pinterest board.

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Ingredients :

  • 1 cup canned chickpeas + all of the juice from can
  • 1 cup cooked split red lentils (boiled) (or 1/2 cup dry – refer to cooking instructions)
  • (head of garlic + a drizzle olive oil – refer to cooking instructions)
  • ⅓ cup tahini
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional – will thicken the hummus a lot)

Instructions :

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Peel most of the paper from a head of garlic. Slice top of the head off so that each clove is exposed.
  3. Drizzle the exposed garlic cloves with olive oil. Wrap in aluminum foil and bake for 40-50 minutes or until the cloves are completely tender.
  4. Once the garlic has cooled, squeeze the root to push the roasted garlic out of the cloves.
  5. Approx. ½ cup dry red lentils (split) = 1 cup cooked. Rinse ½ cup dry red lentils (split). Add the lentils and 1 cup of unsalted water to a small-medium sized saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil for 5-10 minutes (until lentils are just tender.)
  6. Combine canned chickpeas + juice, cooked red lentils, roasted garlic, and salt in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 5 minutes.
  7. Add microwaved chickpeas and lentils to your food processor along with the tahini, olive oil, lemon juice and nutritional yeast (if using.) Process on high until nice and creamy.
  8. Optional: For a super velvety texture, transfer hummus to your Vitamix, Blend-Tec or other high speed blender and blend on high for 1-2 minutes.
  9. Chill before serving. Optional: Garnish with sesame oil, chili powder or paprika, and chili flakes.

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