White bean hummus made with cannellini beans is a tasty dip or spread on sandwiches. Make this recipe for zaatar hummus with 5 ingredients!
Many of us are familiar with Mediterranean hummus, the popular spread made with chickpeas. That creamy dip is popular all around the world.
If you’ve ever thought, “What can I use instead of chickpeas for hummus?”, you may be surprised at how many options there are!
For example, dried beans (legumes) are a fantastic substitute for chickpeas in hummus!
There are recipes around for black bean hummus, and some that use red kidney beans. But white beans have a really creamy consistency, so they’re my favorite to use when I don’t have chickpeas on hand.
White bean hummus
Cuisine: Mediterranean and Middle Eastern
While the majority of hummus recipes likely originated in Mediterranean countries, changing the cuisine can be as simple as adding a regional spice blend. Which is exactly what I did for my bean hummus recipe.
I add a bit of Lebanese zaatar spice to the white beans, creating a Middle Eastern recipe for zaatar hummus!
Condiment or Appetizer/Dip
Food processor or high speed blender
Difficulty: Easy 🥄
Cooked white beans combined with tahini, lemon juice and seasonings to create a creamy white bean dip.
Hummus Ingredients - FAQ
Tahini is made from sesame seeds, which add a zesty, tangy flavor to hummus that many people enjoy. Not only that, but tahini helps increase the creaminess.
If you don’t care for it, there are substitutes for tahini, such as nut butters, regular better, and sesame oil.
There isn’t necessarily a “best” white bean to use in your hummus; it’s simply a matter of preference. It can be made with cannellini, Great Northern, navy beans, or another white bean of your choice.
They all have a similar flavor and consistency. Cannellini beans are a popular choice because they’re high in fiber and protein.
Do I have to make zaatar hummus?
Absolutely not, but I think the zesty spice blend pairs perfectly with the cannellini beans. Other spice blends that would work well include:
Making, storing and freezing white bean hummus
Making the creamy white bean dip couldn’t be any simpler! Just add all of the ingredients to the bowl of a food processor and blend until it’s thick and creamy!
It isn’t necessary to chill the white bean hummus before serving but you certainly can if you prefer cold dips.
Storing and freezing
After serving, store any leftovers in a covered container and keep it in the fridge. Use them up within 5 days.
While freezing hummus is an option, you should know that the consistency becomes very loose and watery when it thaws out.
Personally, I think the white bean dip tastes best when it’s freshly made.
White Bean Hummus
- 15 oz cooked white cannellini beans rinsed and drained
- ¼ cup tahini
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 ½ teaspoon zaatar spice
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ cup olive oil
- Add the beans, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, zaatar and salt. Pulse until smooth, scraping the bowl occasionally.
- With the machine running, drizzle in the olive oil until incorporated completely. Season to taste with salt if needed.
*The information shown below is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.