A lentil hummus recipe that makes a wonderful appetizer or snack. It is gluten free, dairy free, and vegan!
Can you guess who’s hand that is in the picture above? Nope, it’s not mine. It belongs to the culprit who single-handedly devoured two batches of this hummus in only a few days! Yup… it’s Cohl’s. Boy can that man eat some hummus!!
So why make hummus with lentils instead of chickpeas? I have been told that lentils are “healthier” than chickpeas, but does that argument hold true? After doing a little research I found the following results…
- Lentils have ~55 calories less than Chickpeas/cup.
- Lentils have 33% less of the fat than Chickpeas.
- Lentils have 4mg of sodium in 1 cup while Chickpeas have ~700mg.
- Lentils have 50% more FIBER and PROTEIN than chickpeas do.
Hmmm… looks like a no-brainer to me. Lentils are obviously more nutritious than chickpeas on all fronts. By no means am I encouraging you to give up your go-to chickpea hummus recipe, but instead you can add this wonderful alternative to your recipe rotation when you’re feeling in need of a little change! My guess is that you probably won’t be able to tell the difference. (If you are a hardcore chickpea hummus fan be sure to check out my Classic Hummus recipe here!) Hope you enjoy!