Today I was going to make hummus...and I had been at work. Kind of silly how I day dream about recipes instead of other things I could be doing, but I suppose, since I work in a health food store, I am looking at food a lot! I was feeling rather uninspired in the realm of hummus. I didn't want the usual flavors such as plain garlic, or roasted red pepper. Now, don't get me wrong, those flavors are delicious, but I was in an exotic sort of mood. I randomly walked by the Terra chips, which are delicious with hummus by the way, and the "Sweets & Beets" variety caught my eye. Suddenly it dawned on me...sweets and beet hummus! I had used beets in hummus before, and they gave it a lovely pink hue, but didn't add much flavor. Sweet potatoes however, would add a sweet flavor, and their colors together would be beautiful! So when I got home, I whipped up this concoction, using white beans as the base, and the usuals for hummus, olive oil, lemon and cumin, with a bit of chipotle for kick, and of couse lots of garlic! I changed it up by using some almond butter instead of the traditional tahini, because I love the sweet flavor it gives the hummus. It was beautiful once it was all blended together...like a sunset, a vibrant coral pinkish color. But even more exciting was the flavor! It was sweet, and garlicy, with a zip from the lemon and heat from the chipotle! Scrumtious, especially with the Terra chips I had bought that inspired it! I also enjoyed some as a dip for raw green beans and it was fabulous! Try out this lovely hummus with some chips, or whatever you like to munch on!
1 cup cooked beets, diced
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup almond butter
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1/4-1/2 tsp chipotle powder (depending on how spicy you want it)
water as needed