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  • Jan 17, 2019

    Author: Julianne Hall

    I’d like to start off this blog post with a warning; this is NOT your average hummus recipe. It’s a “wow, oh my God, what is in this?” recipe. This Sweet & Smoky Flaxseed Hummus is bursting with flavor and packed with texture. Don’t get me wrong, I actually love my plain old “boring” hummus too. But this is the one you are going to want to make when you have company to impress or when you’re going to a potluck and want to shake things up.

    The first thing you might notice about this Sweet & Smoky Flaxseed Hummus recipe is that it uses orange juice instead of lemon. The orange just brightens up the other flavors so well, and pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the maple syrup. (If you don’t have an orange, lemon juice will do in a pinch.)

    Believe it or not, there’s only one tablespoon of maple syrup in this entire batch. I promise it’s enough! You could even lower to two teaspoons if you are trying to limit sugars, but don’t omit it completely. It wouldn’t be a “sweet and smoky” recipe without it! (You guys know I love my maple syrup!)

    For the smoke and spice, we have two components: paprika (regular is fine if you don’t have smoked) and liquid smoke. It’s my firm belief that every vegan needs a bottle of liquid smoke in their fridge. So if you don’t have it, stop what you’re doing and go buy some. I’ll wait.

    Okay, so now that you’ve got your liquid smoke, we can continue! The last vital component to this Sweet & Smoky Flaxseed Hummus is, you guessed it, FLAXSEED. I’m using ground flaxseed from Healthworks instead of tahini in this recipe and my only explanation is that it. just. works.

    Flax is going to add omega-3 essential fatty acids, protein, iron, magnesium and fiber to this recipe. Not to mention, it delivers a delicious nutty flavor that goes so perfectly with our sweet and smoky profile. I am hooked on this flax from Healthworks because it is cold-milled and ground for easier digestion, as well as better nutrient absorption. And it saves me the time of having to grind my own! Just don’t forget to store your ground flax in the freezer since it can go rancid quickly when left out.

    Right now you can get a two-pound bag of flaxseed straight from Healthworks’ website using the code Flaxseed15 at check-out for 15% off. And you can also check out the rest of my favorite Healthworks products over on my Amazon shop page! Their products are significantly more affordable than a lot of other name-brands on the market, and they source their superfoods sustainably so you can feel good about spending your hard-earned dollars.

    This recipe is super easy to throw together, delicious, nutritious, and has that WOW factor to impress. I won’t judge you if you just want to make it all for yourself, though!

     

    SWEET & SMOKY FLAXSEED HUMMUS 

    INGREDIENTS

    • 1 15-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice, (about one orange worth)
    • 3 tablespoons Healthworks Ground Flaxseed
    • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
    • 1 teaspoon orange zest, (about half of an orange worth)
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
    • 1/8 teaspoon liquid smoke

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend for about 30 seconds or until ingredients are incorporated.
    • Scrape the sides down and continue blending for another 1-2 minutes, or until you’ve reached your desired consistency.

    NOTES

    For a smoother hummus, remove the skins of each chickpea before blending. I NEVER do this, but it’s an option if you want to be fancy!
    If your hummus is too thick or not blending properly, slowly add a spoonful or two of water while the blender is running to thin it out or get things moving.
    For a little extra sweetness, drizzle another spoonful of maple syrup on top before serving.

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