Apr 19
2012

Artichoke Hummus Recipe with Hazelnuts & Fresh Mint

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Afternoons were always the worst time of day. In the past, noshing turned from a healthy snack into about four handfuls worth of calories that could be considered a full blown meal. Cheese and crackers, then a few more cheese and crackers, maybe a cookie, then bites of the previous night’s leftover dinner. My goodness, that had to stop! When I began my health and weight loss journey, the afternoon snacks were the first thing I tackled. Small portions of dips such as artichoke hummus, full of dietary fiber and healthy protein, paired with vegetables or whole-grain crackers are what I need to keep me satisfied until dinner.

This hummus isn’t just about the artichokes and chickpeas. Toasted hazelnuts and fresh mint lend layers of flavor that make this dip something special. Besides dipping in vegetables at snack time, I also use this hummus as a spread on sandwiches. Roll it up in a whole wheat tortilla, along with strips of red bell pepper and a handful of spinach, or layer it on whole wheat toast with some cooked turkey breast and cucumber slices.

The recipe:
Place the toasted chopped hazelnuts in a heavy-duty blender or the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the hazelnuts are finely chopped.

Artichoke Hummus Collage 1

To the blender, add quartered artichoke hearts, artichoke water (from the can), garbanzo beans, garlic and Parmesan cheese. Blend until artichokes and garbanzo beans are finely chopped, scraping down the sides as needed.

With the motor running, slowly pour in olive oil. Blend until smooth.

Artichoke Hummus Collage 2

Transfer the dip to a medium-sized bowl, and stir in parsley and mint.

Serve with crackers and fresh raw vegetables.

Other healthy dips:
Cookin’ Canuck’s Edamame Dip with Smoked Paprika & Garlic
Cookin’ Canuck’s Spicy Black Bean Dip with Roasted Red & Chipotle Peppers
Two Peas and Their Pod’s Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dip
Family Fresh Cooking’s Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus with Crispy Chips
eCurry’s Roasted Tomato & Lentil Dip

Artichoke Hummus Dip with Hazelnuts & Garbanzo Beans

Yield: Makes approximately 2 cups

Artichoke Hummus Dip with Hazelnuts & Garbanzo Beans

From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts, lightly toasted
  • 1 (14 oz.) can artichoke hearts, packed in water (water reserved), quartered
  • 3 tbsp artichoke water (from the can)
  • 1 (16 oz.) can garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp minced Italian parsley
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh mint leaves

Instructions

  1. Place the hazelnuts in a heavy-duty blender or the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the hazelnuts are finely chopped.
  2. To the blender, add artichoke hearts, artichoke water (from the can), garbanzo beans, garlic and Parmesan cheese. Blend until artichokes and garbanzo beans are finely chopped, scraping down the sides as needed.
  3. With the motor running, slowly pour in olive oil. Blend until smooth.
  4. Transfer the dip to a medium-sized bowl, and stir in parsley and mint. Serve with crackers and fresh raw vegetables.

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{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar April 19, 2012 at 4:53 am

I love the look of this dip! Plus I really need to spice up my hummus….a change is in order!

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2 Maria April 19, 2012 at 7:15 am

Artichoke hummus is my favorite! I will have to try your version next time! Great healthy snack!

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3 Paula- bell'alimento April 19, 2012 at 7:29 am

I absolutely love Hummus. This one looks fantastic Dara! xoxo

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4 kelley April 19, 2012 at 7:33 am

I love a good twist on hummus to keep things fresh! Great idea!!

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5 Megan {Country Cleaver} April 19, 2012 at 7:48 am

I never would have thought to add mint and hazelnuts to hummus – but my imagination is running wild now!
I’m on that ceaseless snack-wagon now – I’m ready to tackle that beast and jump off. 12 more pounds to go! I can do it! Thanks for the continued inspiration Dara :)

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6 Beverly April 19, 2012 at 7:48 am

I love the sound of that dip! Also, I love those crackers– just bought some yesterday:-)

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7 Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen April 19, 2012 at 8:38 am

I haven’t tried hummus in a very long time, I am pretty sure this is one I would love!

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8 Erika - In Erika's Kitchen April 19, 2012 at 9:12 am

You’ve got me craving this in a big way – guess it’s going on my weekend to-do list. Delicious!

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9 SeattleDee April 19, 2012 at 9:37 am

Mmmmmmmm, the hummus sounds d’lish. Will you share some terrific cracker recipes to go with it?

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10 Tracy April 19, 2012 at 11:12 am

Looks delicious, Dara! A perfect afternoon snack!

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11 Karen April 19, 2012 at 11:49 am

Looked good so I copied this along with the Spicy Black Bean dip… thanks

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12 Rachel Cooks (formerly Not Rachael Ray) April 19, 2012 at 11:59 am

This looks so delicious–and what kind of crackers are those? They look super tasty.

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13 Living The Sweet Life April 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm

The mint in this dip, must take it over the moon – – it sounds so fresh and yummy!!

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14 lint April 19, 2012 at 1:21 pm

This looks so delicious. I will definitely start following you, this is amazing.

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15 claudia lamascolo April 19, 2012 at 3:52 pm

This one is my favorite how did you know! I love artichoke hummus now I can make it myself thanks!

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16 Asmita April 19, 2012 at 6:59 pm

This looks and sounds so delicious! I love all the fresh herbs you have added. Lovely!

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17 Deborah April 19, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Love this! I’ve never had these flavors combined, but I’m guessing that it would quickly become a favorite!

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18 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen April 19, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Love these flavors! This is the perfect healthy snack food.

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19 Gerry @ Foodness Gracious April 19, 2012 at 11:20 pm

I love my hummus but never had artichoke. Fantastic photos also..
Thanks,

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20 Angie April 20, 2012 at 5:59 am

What a great flavor combination! I would never have thought of that.

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21 Grace April 20, 2012 at 1:13 pm

My son has been all over artichoke dip lately. I think he’s really going to like the flavours of this dip Dara and it will be a great way to work chickpeas into his diet. Thanks for sharing!

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22 KimNB April 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Looks very nice and I love artichokes. It probably won’t be around long once it’s made but do you have any feel for how long this will last in the fridge?

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23 Lauren April 20, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Hazelnuts and mint sound so amazing in this!

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24 TheUrbanMum April 20, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Yum. I adore fresh mint, and nuts, and beans – what a wonderful combination. Perfect for this afternoons holiday drinkies.

The kids can enjoy it too. Might make some homemade lemonade to go with it. Love your blog, glad I found it. X

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25 Julia {The Roasted Root} April 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm

The hazelnut and mint idea sounds great! I have never thought to add mint to hummus – I don’t make it homemade very often, but next time I do, mint and hazelnuts are definitely going in. Great flavor, great protein. Good luck on the big half marathon tomorrow!!

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26 Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef April 21, 2012 at 5:40 am

What a fab dip and all those flavours mixed together would make anyone smile. Pinning worked fine this time. :)

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27 KalynsKitchen April 21, 2012 at 9:17 am

I’m completely infatuated with hummus of any type, but artichokes are such a plus!

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28 Kankana April 21, 2012 at 11:38 am

I was planning to make some artichoke dip but this sounds more healthy and I love hummus!

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29 Kevin (Closet Cooking) May 9, 2012 at 6:52 pm

I have been meaning to try an artichoke humus for a while. It sounds so tasty and yours looks amazing!

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30 Heather December 23, 2012 at 12:40 pm

I made this for Thanksgiving & added some lemon juice to it for some extra flavor. It just kept getting better the longer the flavors melded!

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31 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) December 27, 2012 at 10:34 pm

I’m so glad you enjoyed this dip, Heather!

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32 Texasmomma May 20, 2013 at 6:46 am

I had high hopes for the unique combination of ingredients…. This humus was an epic fail. Even my husband who will eat anything thought this was gross. We let it sit in the fridge overnight trying the “it might be better the next day” scenario…. didn’t help. Very innovative idea, maybe with some tweaks like omitting the mint and adding some other seasoning it would work.

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33 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) May 20, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Hi Texasmomma, I’m so sorry to hear that you and your husband didn’t enjoy this hummus. It was a hit in our house, but I certainly understand that not everyone likes every recipe.

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