Paleo Hummus

Yesterday, I noticed someone on twitter refer to “being hungry” so they ate “old hummus” and proceeded this with the #paleo hashtag. Now hummus, as you may or may not know, is made primarily from garbanzo beans (commonly referred to as chick peas) which by all Paleo standard is a no no. Legumes a definitely permitted. However, hummus is fracking delicious!! After I saw that I thought back to the last time I had the scrumptious condiment. It had been over 2 years!!

Now I wanted some. How to make a paleo version of this Middle Eastern delicacy?

I don’t know why, but A white fleshed sweet potato came to mind. The ones I get from my local Asian market that they name “purple sweet potatoes”. Unfortunately the skin is the only thing that is purple, but for this case that was what I was looking for. (I would really like to find actual purple fleshed sweet potatoes…)

The recipe turned out pretty well. The texture and aroma were bang on. The only difference in flavor was a slight sweetness from the potatoes. Still and all, excellent!

Paleo Hummus


  • 1 lrg Sweet Potato (white fleshed, cubed and boiled soft)
  • 1/4 cup Tahini (sesame butter)
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Milk
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic (crushed)
  • 1 Lemon (juiced)
  • 1/2 tsp Cummin (ground)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • water


  1. Place all of the ingredients into a food processor or a blender and puree.
  2. If the hummus is too thick, add in some water, a bit by bit, to get the desired thickness.
  3. Place in a glass container and refrigerate. Will keep for a few weeks.
  4. To serve, place on a dish, sprinkle on some paprika and drizzle with some olive oil

If you make this, please let me know how it went for you and wether you liked the recipe or not. 🙂

8 thoughts on “Paleo Hummus

  1. Von Reply

    Am going to try this tonight, thanks Brock, looks good.

  2. Paulette Goddard Reply

    beware of sesame. It has tons and tons of omega-6. Not good at all.

    1. My Paleo Life Reply

       Far less offensive than say, walnuts… Unless you eat the whole batch in one go (which I doubt you could), I wouldn’t sweat it. Especially if you’ve been eating clean. 🙂

      1. Paulette Goddard Reply

        no – sorry, you’re underestimating the problem. See this chart of Omega 6 and 3 content of many common foods:
        Just 2 tbsp contains ruinous amounts. And I dare say that Tahini in the quantities per serving above would be at least the 2 tbsp’ worth shown in that chart. It’s delicious, easy to eat stuff – but that doesn’t make it worthwhile if you are trying to protect your health. 

        1. My Paleo Life Reply

          “Ruinous” may be a bit over blown here. If you are eating a clean Paleo diet and decide to have some of this dip, you are not going to “shit the bed” (as mr. Wolf says) over it. Your body should be able to handle the influx of omega 6.

          Seasame oil would be more like 1 tsp per serving. How much hummus are you eating at one sitting LOL

  3. coley Reply

    just made this tonight …… it was ah.some!!!  just like you said …. so similar to real hummus, but a little sweetness. woot!! thanks!!!

    1. My Paleo Life Reply

      Yeah, need to work on the sweetness a bit, but overall it is pretty nice.Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

  4. Caitlin McCarthy Reply

    Try to source a REAL “kumera” they’re from New Zealand and they have white skin and purple flesh .. very similar to a sweet potato – happy hunting! =D

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