Hummus, a traditional middle eastern dish made of chickpeas, garlic, tahini, lemon, and oil, has become increasingly popular in recent years. Different varieties of this tasty dip have become popular as well, and here are a few top low-calorie versions of hummus worth giving a try.
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Now here is a terrific combination of two delicious and popular dips: hummus and guacamole for this herbaceous avocado hummus! Smooth, creamy avocado and the traditional garbanzo beans are complemented with all of the refreshing ingredients that make guacamole so good. Fresh cilantro, lime juice, red onion, and ground cumin give this hummus a Mexican spin. Try guacamole hummus on baked tortilla chips.
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Why not start out with what we all know hummus to be? A garlicky blend of chickpeas, olive oil, tahini, and lemon juice is what you would expect when you dish up a helping of hummus. This lower calorie version of traditional hummus uses low-fat plain yogurt and omits some of the olive oil to help save a few calories. For an even creamier version, try using low-fat plain Greek yogurt. Pile this hummus on fresh veggies or warm pita bread.
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Chocolate and hummus don't seem to go together, but in this chocolate hummus recipe, they actually compliment each other quite well. If you have a chocolate craving, try this hummus instead of a handful of chocolate or other traditional chocolate dips. Really, the only ingredient in both regular hummus and this chocolate hummus is the chickpeas. Cocoa, honey, and maple syrup add sweetness for a terrific dip with fresh fruit slices, pretzels, or pita chips dusted with sugar and cinnamon.
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Low Fat Carrot Hummus
Here's a combination that you would not expect to find in a hummus recipe. This carrot hummus was created by Connie Guttersen, R.D. PH.D., courtesy of "The Sonoma Diet". Oil is not even used in this recipe, making it lower in fat and calories than a traditional hummus.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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If you are not a fan of chickpeas at all, here is a hummus recipe that uses not chickpeas, but pumpkin as its base. Only a teaspoon of olive oil is added, so the calorie count stays low. Try this pumpkin hummus at a fall get-together for a festive addition.