smoke and spice almond hummus

Hummus is always a crowd pleaser at holidays and parties. It’s easy to pick up a tub at any grocery store, but nothing beats the fresh flavor of homemade. Chipotle chiles and smoked paprika provide a smoky heat, while sun-dried tomatoes, lime juice, and a variety of seasonings add to the intriguing flavor palate of this bold hummus from Nut Butter Universe by Robin Robertson.



  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 1/2 cups or 1 (15.5-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 or 2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 2 oil-packed or rehydrated sundried tomatoes, drained
  • 3 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon water
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup roasted slivered almonds, for garnish



  1. In a food processor, combine the garlic, chickpeas, chipotle, and tomatoes, and process to a paste. Add the almond butter, lime juice, paprika, coriander, cumin, and the water.
  2. Process until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and add 2 tablespoons of the cilantro. Pulse to combine thoroughly.
  3. Transfer the hummus to a bowl. If not serving right away, cover and refrigerate until needed. If serving right away, sprinkle the top with the almonds and remaining cilantro.

Makes about 2 cups.



From Nut Butter Universe by Robin Robertson. ©2013 Robin Robertson. Used by permission from Vegan Heritage Press. Photo by Lori Maffei.