My Favorite Zucchini Hummus

Zucchini Hummus is one of my favorite dips. Made without beans, this one is properly combined to help streamline your digestion, Paleo-friendly, and it tastes remarkably like the original!

zucchini hummus in a bowl

Zucchini Hummus Recipe

Zucchini replaces chickpeas in this recipe, making it lower in carbohydrates and legume-free for those who don’t tolerate them well. Because zucchini is so hydrating, you also don’t need to add olive oil to this recipe, making it lower in calories.

This zucchini hummus recipe couldn’t be easier to prepare. Simply add the ingredients to a mini food processor or blender, and process until smooth!

zucchin hummus in food processor

You can taste the mixture as you go, to make sure the seasonings are just right to your tastes. I usually add an extra squeeze of lemon juice if I’m going to eat this with carrots, since they’re on the sweeter side. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

zucchini hummus on a board

4.73 from 22 votes
zucchini hummus in a bowl
Zucchini Hummus
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

This Zucchini Hummus is made without chickpeas, using hydrating zucchini instead. It's properly combined for better digestion, Paleo-friendly, oil-free, and tastes BETTER than the original!

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: paleo, side dish, vegan, zucchini
Servings: 8
Calories: 65 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 cup diced zucchini (peel if you like)
  • 1/3 cup raw tahini
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt , or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients into a mini food chopper, starting with just 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 clove garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Blend until smooth and creamy, then add more lemon juice, garlic, and salt as desired to make your perfect dip.
  2. Serve chilled with your favorite veggies or crackers.

Per Serving: Calories: 65, Fat: 5g, Carbohydrates: 3g, Fiber: 0g, Protein: 2g

Recipe Notes:

  • I find that this recipe works best with a thick, raw tahini, like Artisana brand. Make sure the only ingredient on the label is sesame seeds. (There shouldn’t be added oil.) Other varieties of tahini can be used, but roasted tahini will impart a stronger flavor and might make the dip a little more runny in texture.
  • If zucchini isn’t in season, you could try this with steamed cauliflower instead, but the flavor will be slightly different.


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Comments

Scherry Hodges

Worst raw hummus I have ever had. Not to be mean just honest. It cost a small fortune to buy everything for the hummus and crudités. I used to make this years ago, but can’t remember who’s recipe that I used. It was better than any hummus raw or cooked that I ever tried. I guess I will keep searching. Sad, broke, and hungry.

Zara

Ah but hummus means chickpeas in Arabic :p So the title is misleading and should be called a hummus substitute/something else instead. I’m still going to try it. The comments are just too good to ignore it : )

nina

I’ve been making this recipe on and off for months and it’s great. I make it lower fat and lemony. I used 2 small zucchinis unpeeled, 1Tbsp Artisana tahini, 2Tbsp volcano organic lemon juice, 2Tbsp ground cumin, 1/8tsp Himalayan salt, blended in my nutribullet.
LOVE IT Detoxinista <3

    nina

    Plus 2 huge garlic cloves! ?

Anitra

You use a lot of sesame oil and tahini in your recipes… I am allergic to sesames… What would be a good substitute?

Jen Cook

I’m allergic to sesame seeds (Tahini), is there something I can substitute it with?

Miçia

Does every hummus needs to use tahini because in my country I can’t find any tahinis?

Emily

QUESTION: my husband just brought home a box of those knobby orange-y crookneck early golden summer squash. Do you think they woudl work for this recipe if I scrape out the seeds? I have made this as posted and really liked it! Trying to figure out ways to use up this squash!

nina

Amazing and yummy, super easy!
I made it with 2C zucchini
2T raw tahini
3T lemon juice
1/6T salt, black pepper
1/4T each cayenne & chili powders
3-4 leaves fresh basil

Polished it off in 1 sitting 😀
YummmmmE

Holly

Any alternatives to Tahini you would suggest?

Brianna

I made this today and it has a bitter aftertaste. I was thinking about adding some extra zucchini. Anyone else have any ideas?

Caterina

This hummus is fantastic. Just as you suggested, I have been eating this as a dip for all of the great fresh veggies out there now – cucumbers, radishes, tomatoes. It also makes a delicious topping for grilled chicken breast. A platter of this hummus and fresh veggies plus a couple of your date energy balls and you have the perfect lunch. Thanks again Meghan, your recipes are amazing.

Myra

Oh, my goodness this is so good. I don’t even like zucchini but we got some in the farm share this week so I wanted to use it up. I’m going to have to go buy it on purpose now. You’re a genius.

Rebecca

This hummus is DELICIOUS! I love it! Made it twice already this week!! Thanks for the great recipe!

sally

Do you think summer squash or patty pan squash could be used? I’ve been getting mass quantities of these from my CSA box for the last four weeks and am out of ideas…Thanks 🙂

Meredith

So the zucchini is not meant to be cooked, correct? I have a plethora of zucchini in my garden at the moment and then this recipe popped up in my facebook feed! However I’ve never used zucchini raw! Before I do, just wanted to ask if anyone knows if there’s any typical digestion issues with eating raw zucchini…?

    Katie G.

    I eat raw zucchini all the time. You shouldn’t digestive discomfort unless you are not used to eating raw veggies.

traegoldie

This is excellent! I added some turmeric and black pepper to up the nutrient value even more. So delicious!

Nicole

Just made this and it was delicious! I used regular tahini (roasted), as that’s all I had on hand.

CC

I made this tonight and it turned out really well. I used a bit less lemon juice since the raw zucchini were pretty watery. Thanks!

Sarah Loonam

Just made this and I’m in love!!! Thank you so much:)) I added more garlic on top and lots of cayenne…yummy!!
XO

Natalie Rivera

What if i dont have Tahini? i only have peanut butter and sesame oil.

Nancy Merlo

Hi Megan – I have been a big fan of yours for about a year now and I absolutely love every recipe of yours I have ever tried (and I have tried a lot!) This one is so awesome because I am allergic to garbanzo beans and have not been able to enjoy hummus for years! Thank you so much for allowing me to have hummus back into my life : )

DE DE

How many calories are in the raw bean free humus?

Peter Gee

these recipes look amazing. will begin right away. want to focus on the paleo, vegan, and sugar free categories.

Julie

This is so easy to make & delicious! Took 5 minutes to make. I can see it will be fun to add other veggies and spices. Thanks!

Pamela

You are a genius just made this and instead of tahini I toasted some sesame seeds them ground them in my nutribullet …used a Indian spice blend I made came out fantastic !!! It love your website you have nailed it on everything lots of comfort food choices

Ealla

I made this today but I added red pepper to mine to, it was fantastic.

Jenny

OMG! I just found your website yesterday and I have made 2 of your recipes already. Loving both!!! I just added additional zucchini because the lemon made it more watery, but still was sooooo delicious. How long does it keep in the fridge? I will be making another of your recipes tonight. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!

Elizabeth

Made it for Super Bowl! Loved it! SO GOOD and so easy! I can’t digest traditional hummus and I have missed it so much-not any more thanks to you!

maria

what is raw tahini? When I go to buy it, they say it’s sesame seeds? is that right?

    Stacy White

    Yes! Tahini is a sesame seed paste 🙂

Rochelle Anderson

This was so good that I posted it on FB. I gave you credit of course along with your web site. My afternoon snack today was this hummus and it was delicious!!!

Grainne

Love this recipe, turned out really nice. Just wondering how long would this keep in the fridge and would you recommend freezing it or not if too much was made?

Tara

Hi Megan,

Thanks for the recipe! I’m really looking forward to trying it. Question- do you think it makes much of a difference if you use raw tahini as opposed to non-raw but still organic?

Thanks!

    bianca

    You can buy sesame seeds from whole foods in bulk and make your raw and organic tahihi cheaper than you would for buying either choice from a store. :)) blend with water and /or olive oil.

    Stacy White

    The difference is non-raw is made using roasted sesame seeds. it has a nuttier flavour. Bot are super yummy!!

Diane

what is a good, inexpensive sub for tahini?

    Megan

    Hmm… I’m not sure. Tahini is what gives hummus a “hummus” flavor, so any other substitute will change the dip.

      Katrina

      Tahini is sesamee seed paste.

    Jen

    Creamy Peanut Butter is a great substitute for Tahini.

    bianca

    Just buy bulk sesame seeds from your local health food store, they’re pretty cheap. And you can buy as much as you need.

    Put them in a blender with lemon juice and/or olive oil. Ta da!

    jane montana

    fat free or light sour cream. I make my own hummus and add a tablespoon FF sour cream and its delicious. I like it better than Sabra

    Stacy White

    If you can find a Middle Eastern shop you can often find Tahini for a really reasonable price 🙂

asia

I love hummus but it upsets my stomach. This one tastes very close to the real hummus. I felt the lemon juice was too much, sour and also it made the consistency too watery. so I had to add extra zucchini and little celery to fix.
Thanks for the recipe.

Marianna S.

I was very skeptical of this recipe because how can zucchini taste like hummus? But OMG, it’s one of the best dips I have ever tired….ever. Ate with carrot and daikon sticks and it’s absolutely delicious!

Drrobyn

OMG that is so good! I tripled the recipe because my guest are going to love it. Serving with veggies and homemade flax crackers .
Thanks detoxinista
Robyn

sophie

wait…so chickpeas and tahini aren’t a “proper combination”?

Jess

Hello

I am a complete newbie to cooking and browsing through your site, I’ve noticed different kitchen appliances that you use. What is the difference between your blender, food processor, and food chopper? Will just using a food processor yield the same results for your recipes? I am a poor college student and prefer not to buy a lot of items if not necessary. Thanks a lot!!

Gabriela

i made your hummus today!!!! I have to say you are a genius!!!!! Not only I loved it, but so did my kids. You know if kids like what you cook you are doing something right. I love your website and I’ve been coming here almost everyday to get an idea on what to make. I recently went mostly raw, but im not into eating nuts. So thank you so much for your wonderful nutless recipes. Much love!!!!!!

    Megan

    That’s great! I’m so glad you and your children enjoyed it!

    Now I want some hummus myself. 😉

aubrey

what does this combine as???)!

Kris | iheartwellness.com

Ooooo I love hummus! Thank you for a wonderful “raw” recipe!

So you will go all raw again as well?? Great! I have someone to chat with now and share recipes with. I need like a diet plan to outline my days…..

Have a great day!

XXOO

Kristin

This hummus is so delicious! Thanks for a great recipe!

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