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Pink Hummus with Seedy Oat Crunch
July 8, 2018 in Appetizer · Dairy-Free · Gluten-Free · Nut-Free · Recipe Box · Vegan · 6 Comments

Pink Hummus with Seedy Oat Topping

This pink hummus recipe is sponsored by the Cherry Marketing Institute, a continued partner of Heartbeet Kitchen.

The color pink hit its peak in 2017. And I’m convinced it’s here to stay. It has made its way to our clothing, kitchens, and even our food. Trendy – yes. But there’s no denying the instant surge of calm, youthful happiness I feel whenever a pink cupcake, salad, or this hummus is set in front of me.

Although I love beets, they aren’t the main flavor component in this recipe. Their sole job – the color! Although beet hummus sounds delicious and intriguing, I’ve had one too many renditions in restaurants or cafes that are overpowered by the earthy characteristics. Or on the other hand, bland and grainy.

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When I think about the proper dip, contrasting texture is very important. That’s where the toasty, seedy, crunchy, dried Montmorency tart cherry topping comes in. Reminiscent of a savory granola, but made quickly on the stovetop, just enough to produce a golden brown flavor and bring out the nuttiness of the seeds. With every bite, you get a little bit of creamy with a little bit of crunch. So good!

Besides its special pink color, this hummus has an incredibly smooth texture from my go-to technique: peeling half of the chickpea skins and adding up to 1/2 cup of the chickpea water while blending. This, in addition to the tahini and olive oil send it into ultra creamy territory. Both those ingredients add rich flavor as well.

The dried Montmorency cherries are a tart, sweet component that really compliments the rest of the savory ingredients – similar to how we often use them in salads. July is actually harvest month for this specific variety of cherry, which grows vibrantly in Michigan and six other American states. I even had a chance to visit Traverse City, the tart cherry capital of the world, and explore the cherry farms a few years ago. The harvest process is called “shaking”. When the Montmorency tart cherries are ripe, a harvesting machine encircles each individual cherry tree, agitating the trunk in a figure-eight motion until the cherries are shaken loose from the tree and dropped into a bed beneath.

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A conveyor belt then whisks the fallen cherries to large bins of cold water, referred to as a chill down, before they are transported to a facility where they are rinsed with even colder water to retain firmness. Because fresh Montmorency tart cherries are extremely delicate, 99% of the cherries harvested become frozen, dried, or juice products. Which is why we can enjoy them all year round!

You can serve this hummus with crackers or vegetables, roasted summer squash, pita bread, or as a spread for a lunch wrap. If you make this recipe, be sure to share it with me on instagram, tagging me @heartbeetkitchen or using hashtag #heartbeetkitchen.

Xo!
Amanda

Pink Hummus with Seedy Oat CrunchPink Hummus with Seedy Oat Crunch

Pink Hummus with Seedy Oat Crunch

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Prep Time 10min Cook Time 10min
Serves 6

Ingredients

Topping: 

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons rolled oats

1 tablespoon flax seeds

1 tablespoon white & black sesame seeds

2 tablespoons raw sunflower seeds

2 tablespoons dried Montmorency tart cherries

big pinch of salt

Hummus

1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and water/juices reserved (I peel the skin off my chickpeas to make the hummus super smooth, totally optional)

2 small cloves garlic

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/3 cup tahini

2 (1/4 inch thick) slices of roasted beets

1/3 to 1/2 cup of reserved chickpea water

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

juice of one lemon

oregano leaves for garnish

Directions

Heat olive oil in a medium skillet, over medium heat. Add remaining topping ingredients, and stir to coat. Cook for 5-6 minutes, until oats and seeds are lightly browned. Remove from heat and pour onto into a bowl to cool. Set aside.

In a food processor, combine chickpeas, garlic, salt, tahini, and beets. Process for 20 seconds, to start breaking down. Add water, start blending again, then drizzle in olive oil through top hole in food processor. Stop, scrape down sides, and add lemon juice. Blend for 1 1/2 minutes until smooth. Taste, and adjust salt if needed.

Spread hummus onto a plate, and scatter topping off to one side. Add a bit of extra tahini and olive oil. Sprinkle with oregano leaves.

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6 thoughts on “Pink Hummus with Seedy Oat Crunch

  1. Ruby

    I am obsessed with this color! Such a gorgeous + unique hummus. Since I make a batch almost bi-weekly, I’m always looking for variations. Can’t wait to try this! <3

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  2. Becky Kostka

    This looks delicious! Ithaca cold-crafted hummus makes an amazing lemon-beet hummus. Super smooth and tasty! I find it at the Lunds downtown Minneapolis and have to be careful not to eat half the container in one sitting.

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