Quick, easy and tasty, this easy carrot hummus recipe is a delicious and different way to enjoy the traditional chickpea dip. Great for kids and adults alike this carrot hummus is a brilliant addition to any mezze meal.
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Try as I might I can't get baby S to eat carrots*.
He's an amazing eater on the whole and tucks into pretty much everything that I offer to him. The exceptions are broccoli and carrots.
This carrot hummus recipe is an adaptation of my baby-friendly hummus recipe. It's a really easy way to sneak an extra portion of veggies in should you need to.
What is carrot hummus?
Hummus is a classic middle eastern dip, made from chickpeas, tahini (sesame paste), garlic, salt and lemon juice. It's eaten widely across the Middle East.
Although I don't remember seeing it in the UK in my childhood, hummus is now fairly ubiquitous in British homes and supermarkets. We get through tubs and tubs of the stuff these days.
Carrot hummus is simply hummus with added carrot.
Hummus lends itself perfectly to having vegetables added to it - see below for more ideas. The carrot adds colour, flavour and nutrients and it's a great way of getting a portion of vegetables into picky eaters.
Because carrot is a similar colour to the chickpeas it's the perfect vegetable to add to your hummus. The finished hummus is slightly more orange, but not so much as anyone with an anti-vegetable radar turned on (like my 3- and 5-year-olds) would notice.
Can you make raw carrot hummus?
I cook my carrots before making carrot hummus, which makes a really smooth dip.
However, if you prefer you can make raw carrot hummus by adding grated raw carrot to the rest of the ingredients before blending.
Other vegetable hummus and dip recipes:
- Roasted beetroot dip
- Healthy garlic tahini sauce
- Homemade hummus for babies
- Butternut squash dip
- Syrian roasted red pepper dip
- Pea and mint dip
- Harissa hummus
What ingredients do you need to make carrot hummus?
Hummus is fairly simple to make. All you need are:
- 1 large carrot
- a tin of chickpeas
- a lemon
- a clove garlic
- tahini paste
- olive oil
- salt, optional.
Do you need any special equipment to make carrot hummus?
However, you could also use a handheld blender*, a large pestle and mortar or a potato masher to make it. Just bear in mind that your hummus won't be as smooth.
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Here's how to make my easy carrot hummus recipe:
- 1 large carrot peeled and diced*
- 400 g tinned chickpeas drained and rinsed, use salt free ones if serving to babies
- 1 lemon juiced
- 1 clove garlic crushed
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1-2 tbsp water
- salt to serve, optional
- Steam the carrot until tender*.
- Allow to cool then blend with the chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, tahini and olive oil until smooth.
- Add one tablespoon of water and blend again. Add the other tablespoon gradually until you have the desired consistency.
- Keeps for a couple of days in the fridge in an airtight container.
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*It made me laugh reading this recently as the now three-year-old baby S devours carrots like there's no tomorrow. They are without fail the first thing to disappear from his plate. Perhaps it was all the early exposure. Perhaps it was this carrot hummus!
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The beautiful Moroccan style bowl used in this photo was kindly gifted to me by Moroccan Bazaar.
NB: The photos for this recipe were updated in April 2018.