This spicy pumpkin hummus is your new go-to fall appetizer – you’ll be eating it from Halloween through Thanksgiving. It’s hummus with a seasonal twist. Pumpkin adds a delicious flavor and a boost of vitamin A and the warming spices are perfect for cooler weather.
It’s a Fall Favorite! Especially when there’s a spicy pumpkin kick
Everyone loves hummus – it’s delicious and nutritious. This fall, take your hummus game to a new level with the addition of healthy pumpkin!
I love this spicy pumpkin dip recipe because it’s fast (under 10 minutes) and gives you room to play with flavors. If you like things spicy – use more chili! Like it sweet? Add some maple syrup. I like to amp up the fall flavors with cinnamon and nutmeg (or pumpkin spice if you have that around)!
Why is pumpkin healthy?
Pumpkin is an excellent source of beta carotene, which gives it its orange color (like carrots and sweet potatoes). Beta carotene turns into vitamin A after you eat it, which is great for your eye and skin health and supports your immune system. Pumpkin is also high in fiber.
Did you know that all parts of the pumpkin are edible? Roasted pumpkin seeds are both tasty and nutritious! They are low in calories and high in protein and iron.
What should I dip in my pumpkin hummus?
Wondering what to eat with pumpkin hummus? You can serve it with an assortment of veggies – carrots, celery sticks, and red bell pepper slices are great choices. Pita chips are fast and easy and pair well with this dip. You might also enjoy crisp apple wedges as dippers.
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Spicy Pumpkin Hummus
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- 15 oz chickpeas
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp spicy paprika or chili powder
- ¾ cup pumpkin puree
- 2 tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp white pepper
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp toasted pumpkin seeds optional, for garnish
- Add all the ingredients except the olive oil to a high-speed blender or a food processor. Begin blending.
- As you blend, drizzle in the 1/4 cup of olive oil. Blend until completely smooth.
- If you like a thicker dip, add less oil. Taste and add more salt to your liking
- Top the hummus with more olive oil, salt, paprika, and roasted pumpkin seeds if you wish.
Hand Size Portions
When you look at the nutritional values of a meal to log what you are eating, that is called tracking macros. A lot of people use this method to reach their health goals.
Looking at hand portion size and using this method to gauge how and what you eat is also a great method to help you reach your health goals. Many people who use this method often think this form of tracking meals is easier and more sustainable for a lifetime.
Want to learn more about hand portion size and how to use it to reach your goals? Check out the article How to Get Started with Hand Portion Sizes.
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