Ten years ago, most people didn’t even know was hummus was. Now It’s pretty much a staple item in everyone’s refrigerators. Rumor has it that McDonalds might even start selling hummus (God, probably the most unhealthy, genetically modified hummus they can come up with). Hummus is healthy, but it definitely isn’t low calorie. Most store-bought brands contain anywhere from 60-80 calories per 2 tablespoon serving. If you’re like me, I end up eating at least four or five servings in one sitting. In which case, your “low calorie snack” has now turned into a full calorie meal.
For years, I have been experimenting with ways to make a low calorie hummus that still tastes awesome. After endless experimenting, I have come up with this recipe! This hummus has only 13 calories per tablespoon!! I think the key to this recipe is cooking the beans in veggie broth and roasting the garlic, so if you use canned beans or raw garlic, I’m not sure it will taste as good.
This recipe was inspired by a dish I had at Portabello Vegan Trattoria, my absolute favorite restaurant. In the vegan mecca that is Portland, this is one of the most upscale and delicious vegan restaurants of them all. You have to make reservations about a week in advance, unless you want to wait about 2 hours for a table. Their menu is ever-changing, based on what is locally in season. This recipe tastes and looks pretty damn close to an entree they are currently serving at Portabello. It’s absolutely amazing, but it does have a lot of steps to it. I would definitely save this recipe for a special dinner or a weekend. The ingredients listed make 4 servings. I had leftovers for dinner the next 2 days and it was still delicious.