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Top Low Calorie Hummus Recipes

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Hummus, a traditional middle eastern dish made of chickpeas, garlic, tahini, lemon, and oil, has become increasingly popular in recent years. Different varieties of this tasty dip have become popular as well, and here are a few top low calorie versions of hummus worth giving a try.

1. Cucumber Hummus

Kimberley K. Eggleston
The addition of cool cucumber makes this cucumber hummus refreshingly delightful. This hummus is made with most of the traditional ingredients like chickpeas, olive oil, garlic, and lemon, but has an added layer of flavor with the cucumber. Serve on pita wedges, or as a dip with freshly cut vegetables.

2. Guacamole Hummus

Guacamole Hummus
Kimberley K. Eggleston
Now here is a terrific combination of two delicious and popular dips: hummus and guacamole! Smooth, creamy avacado and the traditional garbanzo beans are complimented with all of the refreshing ingredients that make guacamole so good. Fresh cilantro, lime juice, red onion, and ground cumin give this hummus a mexican spin. Try guacamole hummus on baked tortilla chips.

3. Traditional Hummus

Kimberley K. Eggleston
Why not start out with what we all know hummus to be? A garlicky blend of chickpeas, olive oil, tahini, and lemon juice is what you would expect when you dish up a helping of hummus. This lower calorie version of traditional hummus uses low-fat plain yogurt, and omits some of the olive oil to help save a few calories. For an even creamier version, try using low-fat plain greek yogurt. Pile this hummus on fresh veggies or warm pita bread.

4. Chocolate Hummus

Chocolate Hummus
Kimberley K. Eggleston
Chocolate and hummus don't seem to go together, but in this chocolate hummus recipe they actually compliment eachother quite well. If you have a chocolate craving, try this hummus instead of a handful of chocolate or other traditional chocolate dip. Really, the only ingredient in both regular hummus and this chocolate hummus is the chickpeas. Cocoa, honey, and maple syrup add sweetness for a terrific dip with fresh fruit slices, pretzels, or pita chips dusted with sugar and cinnamon.

5. Black Bean Hummus

This black bean hummus uses black beans in place of the chickpeas, and adds lime juice and cumin for another mexican spin on the traditional dish. It is such a quick and easy dish to make, ready in about 10 minutes.

6. Low Fat Carrot Hummus

Here's a combination that you would not expect to find in a hummus recipe. This carrot hummus was created by Connie Guttersen, R.D. PH.D., courtesy of "The Sonoma Diet". Oil is not even used in this recipe, making it lower in fat and calories than a traditional hummus.

7. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Here is a hummus recipe with a little kick. Roasted red peppers really rev up this version, adding a bit of spice. Serve this roasted red pepper hummus warm.

8. Pumpkin Hummus

If you are not a fan of chickpeas at all, here is a hummus recipe that uses not chickpeas, but pumpkin as its base. Only a teaspoon of olive oil is added, so the calorie count stays low. Try this pumpkin hummus at a fall get-together for a festive addition.
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