Broccoli Hummus Recipe

by Gena on May 4, 2010

How do I love thee, hummus? Let me count the ways:

I love my zucchini hummus. I love my digestive-friendly hummus. I love hummus in wraps, on salads, and served up with veggies for dipping. I love it almost as much as I love my guac, and sometimes more. No matter how you slice or dice it, I’m a hummus fiend.

My friend Caroline is a hummus fiend, too. And as it turns out, she’s also a lover of broccoli (in fact, that most beloved of crucifers is nestled snugly in her blog title). Recently, as I was reading Caroline’s blog, I thought, “Hmm. Broccoli+hummus. Broccoli hummus?” Heck, if I could make it out of raw zucchini, then surely I could make it out of broccoli, too?

The problem was that I worried about the bitterness of raw broccoli. Dearly though I love that veggie in any shape or form, it tends to pack a spicy (and not always pleasing) bite when we’re lovin’ it in the raw. Still, recent experiments with a broccoli-tahini pate had given me encouragement that raw broccoli can, with the right balance of flavors, be perfectly mellow. And so, with Miss Caroline in mind, I set out to concoct a recipe for a raw hummus that’s simple, tasty, and that tempers the bitterness of raw broc.

The key, it turned out, was to mix broccoli and zucchini together in equal parts. The rest was predictable: tahini, a little nooch (that’s nutritional yeast for you non-vegans), some salt, pepper, and even a squirt of mustard, and my perfect broccoli hummus–all raw and vegan–came to be. I spent the better part of my weekend doing away with the stuff, but graciously saved a photo for you all from today’s lunch, at work:

Caroline, this baby’s for you.

Gena’s (Raw) Broccoli Hummus (yields about 1 1/2 – 2 cups)


1 1/2 cups raw broccoli, chopped
1 1/2 cups raw zucchini, chopped
1/3 cup raw sesame tahini (substitute regular tahini if that’s what you have)
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tbsp organic mustard (totally optional)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cumin
3 tbsp lemon juice
Freshly ground pepper

Place the veggies into your processor and process till finely chopped. Add remaining ingredients, and blend till smooth. This will mean stopping a few times to scrape your bowl!

If the mix is too thick — which it may well be — add a thin stream of water or more lemon juice to thin it out. I like my hummus very thick, and the zucchini adds liquid, so I only added a few tablespoons of water as I went along.

What’s a better way to pack nutrition into your lunch than to infuse your hummus with green power? This is a great way to get kids to eat their broccoli (or, if you’re a broccoli fanatic like Caroline, to find ways to eat more of the stuff). And it’s also just a darn tasty recipe, which I think you’ll all love. It’s great on its own, but I’ve already enjoyed it in raw wraps and scooped atop salads, as pictured in this post.

So next time you whip up a batch of chickpea crack hummus, keep this variety in mind. Your body will thank you for the boost of calcium and protien, and your palate will thank you, period.

Before I go, a note to people who use Google Reader: last night, a few of you let me know that my posts were just showing up as blurbs. This was not intentional–I was fiddling with some techie stuff for the blog and changed it by accident–so no need to, um, freak out at me, as a few of you did! My settings are back to normal, and my posts should show up in full next time.


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Mandiee May 4, 2010 at 11:34 pm

Broccoli is probably my favorite veggie. I can’t go a day without it! Great recipe; I’ll definitely be trying it out!

Have a lovely day!


Danielle (Coffee Run) May 4, 2010 at 11:40 pm

This looks great!! I’m a hummus fiend too…although I discovered that it’s actually the tahini that I love :D


Laura May 4, 2010 at 11:44 pm

I too am guilty of being a Hummus fiend! I recently got onto the sweet Hummus bandwagon, yummo! (Its so weird typing Hummus, in Australia we generally call it Hommus)


Glidingcalm May 5, 2010 at 12:05 am

Awwwwwwww I love hummus, I love broccoli hut Caroline, and I love Gena!! This post is perfecT! :D


sophia May 5, 2010 at 12:30 am

Wow, a whole hummus dedicated to the dear Caroline! Lucky lady! ;-)
I’m actually not the biggest hummus fan, but loving the color in this one!


Caitlin May 5, 2010 at 12:40 am

I just made this right now! I was looking for a way to use up my broccoli. How perfect :-) And delicious!


bitt May 5, 2010 at 2:34 am

i have to admit i’m a little scared but maybe i will give it a shot.


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) May 5, 2010 at 3:13 am

I am all over this as I really dont do well with chickpeas, despite trying, it just never works well for the ole GI tract, even with kombu. Anyway, love me some brock and love zuke, so this is perfect for me…and another way to use up random veggies…blend baby, blend! Great job, Gena!


Michal May 5, 2010 at 6:23 am

This looks and sounds so yummy! :)


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is May 5, 2010 at 6:31 am

I love hummus, so I bet I would like this!


BB May 5, 2010 at 7:26 am

My little guy has recently decided to shun green veggies so I’ve had to get more sneaky, err, creative with meal preparation. This looks like a winner!


Marija May 5, 2010 at 7:59 am

What a coincidence…I was craving some hummus yesterday and I didn’t have zucchini on hand to make your zucchini version, so I thought, why not try it with broccoli instead…and I liked it even better (I’m a huge broccoli fan)! Other than tahini and broccoli, I put some carrots in there as well for sweetness, cumin and garlic (which I love!), dulse granules, lemon juice and nutritional yeast and I used it as a filler for my sushi rolls instead of rice….so delicious, even my carnivorous hubby loved it!

I have a question about nutritional yeast (which I only recently discovered and I absolutely love it and add it to everything): Do you need to store it in the fridge or not? I noticed some stores have it in the fridge and others don’t.



Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) May 5, 2010 at 8:17 am

Broccoli hummus?!?! You can count me in on this recipe, it looks incredible! I am a hummus fiend too :)



kim May 5, 2010 at 8:25 am

Great recipe! The term ‘hummus’ is so open for interpretation nowadays. Although garbanzo beans are still my #1 love, I’m always open to freestyle play. :)


Lauren May 5, 2010 at 8:38 am

HUUUUGE hummus fan here! :) Great recipe! I have got to try it out!


brandi May 5, 2010 at 10:07 am

yum! I love broccoli WITH hummus, so I bet this would be great.


Kenzie (Healthy Purpose) May 5, 2010 at 10:10 am

that looks and sounds great! I’m off to make hummus in a couple minutes. going to make a 1/2 raw version. :)


Katie May 5, 2010 at 10:41 am

This is such a great idea! I woke up this am and made this, but I can’t eat raw broccoli (I know it sounds weird, but my throat gets scratchy), so I lightly steamed it first. DELICIOUS!


The Ordinary Vegetarian May 5, 2010 at 10:51 am

Don’t mind if I do! This hummus is such a gorgeous color.


Salad Days May 5, 2010 at 11:12 am

Oh! I’ve been looking for ways to eat more raw broccoli. This is it! I have just the right amount in the fridge…Tonight, I’ll get some zucchini on the way home and whip up a batch! Yum!

The Ordinary Vegetarian is right, too. It has such a lovely color :-)


Raya May 5, 2010 at 1:21 pm

This looks great! I am a serious hummus lover and always looking for new ways to make RAW hummus. Can’t wait to give this a try!


Maria (Tough Cookie) May 5, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Too funny! I am eating hummus right now! Divine!


Bianca- Vegan Crunk May 5, 2010 at 4:06 pm

I’m re-instituting raw food Tuesdays in June (I’d planned on May, but turns out the first Tuesday in May was my mom’s birthday … and that meant cookies and eating out). So, I’ll keep this in mind for sure. I bet this would be the business with some flax crackers.


Christine (The Raw Project) May 5, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Sweet, another hummus recipe to try – thanks!


Mama Pea May 5, 2010 at 4:54 pm

So it wouldn’t be raw, but I might blanch the broccoli before I try making this. I love steamed broccoli so much!

I also love Caroline…and hummus! Duh.

Hope your week is going well, G.


Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather May 5, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Ahh I love finding new ways to add more brocolli and veggies to my plate! I’ll be picking up a zuchini soon to mix in with my broccoli, thanks for the recipe!


BroccoliHut May 5, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Wow, thanks so much for the recipe! You KNOW I am trying this one, pronto!


Ian May 5, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Broccoli = love
therefore, broccoli hummus = 2 * love :D
thanks for the awesome recipe!


Evelyn May 5, 2010 at 6:37 pm

I love broccoli and hummus, so I know this will be a winner for my taste buds. :)


Aletheia May 5, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Congratulations – you win. I have seen enough tweets of this post within the last 24 hours to be successfully convinced that I must try this recipe. STAT. I will be purchasing nutritional yeast shortly and will have broccoli hummus in my stomach by the end of this week.

That is all.



Diana (Soap & Chocolate) May 5, 2010 at 10:15 pm

I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve only made homemade hummus once in my life so far, but it was pretty rockin’ so now I’m kind of obsessed with trying more hummus recipes. I’ll have to add this one to the list. :)


pure2raw twins May 5, 2010 at 10:46 pm

Wow this hummus sounds great! Thanks for sharing girl :)


Julie Lynn May 6, 2010 at 11:14 am

The hummus looks delicious. I never would have thought of using broccoli. You are so clever. :)

When I make this I am going to substitute hemp seed butter for the tahini (since tahini is a high oxalate food). I’m really looking forward to trying it!

Saving this recipe so that I don’t lose it. :)


Julia May 6, 2010 at 11:43 am

I absolutely love broccoli! Once I totally freeked out because we didn’t have any in the house and I had to go find it at 945pm… luckily whole foods was still open :]


elise May 6, 2010 at 12:04 pm

oh gena…my fellow hummus fiend…thank you for yet another great recipe. however, try as i might to get on board with tahini, i just dont seem to have the same affinity for it as so many other food bloggers out there. maybe this will be the lucky recipe that changes my opinion?


Ricki May 10, 2010 at 8:40 am

I’m so intrigued by this recipe! I, too, adore hummus, and this will be a great change–just happen to have both broccoli and zucchini in the fridge. Any suggestions for what I could use instead of nooch? I’m still a bit wary because of the yeast.


Sarah May 10, 2010 at 1:10 pm


I’ve just made this and it’s delicious! I don’t usually like tahini but I liked it in this recipe (though I did only use 2 tbsps). So glad to have an alternative to chickpea hummus that I like. Thanks :)


Ashley @ texsea May 12, 2010 at 11:12 am

I made this to top a salad, and it’s so, so good! Maybe it’s because I went light on the tahini, but I couldn’t get it to thicken to the right consistency. I ended up adding a couple spoonfuls of chia gel, and it turned out perfect!

Great recipe, thank you.


Niki August 22, 2010 at 12:44 am

I’ve read that raw broccoli is hard to digest. That’s one veggetable that I normally leave for cooking. However, I do think that blending the broccoli helps the digestion proces further. What is your opinion on this?


Alisha June 21, 2012 at 4:55 pm

So… mustard means prepared mustard? Or powder?


Gena June 21, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Regular mustard (not powdered).


candy June 26, 2012 at 10:35 am

I love broccoli but was looking for a way to eat it raw This recipe knocked me off my feet. I will definitely be making this again. Thanks again


Felicia October 24, 2012 at 4:23 pm

So good! Even my boyfriend thought so and he mostly only like meat and chips! Mine came out a little thin though! I’m new to the land of vita mix so perhaps I mixed it wrong. Delicious either way!


FoamRollers August 13, 2013 at 8:43 pm

This is so delicious, ever since I went Paleo carrots and hummus has been a staple snack for me. Nice way to mix it up.



Ivana October 24, 2013 at 12:55 pm

I like the classic version with chickpeas, but I had no idea that this version with broccoli can be so delicious. Excellent recipe!


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