Introducing you all to a great healthy snack – roasted butternut squash hummus. This savoury sweet delight is bursting with flavours of paprika, cumin and lemon. And best still is that it goes with everything – crunchy vegetables, toasted pita chips, homemade sharwarmas and my favourite crisp apple slices.
This is a variation of the basic hummus recipe I posted a while back. Adding roasted butternut squash gives the hummus a deeper and sweet flavour that complements the chickpeas and spices very well. You end up with a lovely colourful creamy healthy dip that is sooooooooo morish. And it is very easy to make too. Hummus is one of my usual contributions to lunch or brunch parties – especially those last minute gatherings.
If like me your pantry is stocked up with endless chickpeas then here is one further way to use them up. Vary the spices to suit your tastes and your pantry staples. You could try substituting the butternut squash to make a sweet potato hummus.
As I write this I am lying on the floor trying to see how many pitta chips I can fit in my mouth. I think I can fit three hummus covered pitta chips in one go. My recipes ideas book is open to the hummus page and I am dreaming up other combinations of vegetables I can add to hummus. I think I am a hummus addict. I think next I will try the red hummus………………….
This is the final recipe in the pantry staple spotlight on butternut squash. Please be sure to check the others out.
- 400g (14oz) peeled and cubed butternut squash
- 400g (14oz) can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans) rinsed and drained
- 1 tsp smoked paprika (or to taste)
- 1 tsp ground cumin (or to taste)
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 heaped tbsp tahini paste
- 6-8 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (to your taste)
- 2 tbsp water
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Preheat oven to fan assisted 160C / 180C /350F / gas 4
- Toss butternut squash cubes in a little olive oil and salt and roast for about 25 mins till done. Make sure you turn the butternut squash at least once so that the cubes brown evenly on all sides.
- Allow to cool and transfer butternut squash into a food processor.
- Add all the other ingredients into the food processor.
- Whizz them into a paste.
- Check for seasoning and lemon juice and add a little more if necessary.
- Transfer into a bowl, sprinkle on some paprika.
- Serve with crunchy vegetables, pita chips or fruit slices and enjoy.