Easy Keto Hummus (Using Lupini Beans)
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Love hummus, but hate all the carbs?
If you’ve been missing hummus since you’ve been living the keto life, then I’ve got just the recipe for you! I’ve whipped up a super easy recipe for a low-carb hummus made from Lupini beans that tastes even better than your favorite carb-heavy version.
This keto appetizer will surely have your friends heading back for seconds!
Lupini beans, also called lupins, step in for carb-laden chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) in this oh-so keto-friendly recipe. All the other Mediterranean ingredients remain the same: lemon, garlic, cumin, olive oil, and tahini (sesame seed butter).
Lupini beans are high in fiber (29%) and protein (43%) with very few carbs.
People in the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and Nothern Africa have been enjoying Lupini beans for over 4,000 years. I bet that Cleopatra and Julius Caesar likely even snacked on them!😉 This ancient legume is already making a big splash in the keto-verse, so you can expect to hear more about it in the future.
Tips for making the best keto hummus:
- I learned one of my best kitchen tips from , a culinary consultant and chef in San Mateo, CA. If you soak minced garlic in a bit of lemon juice it will take out that hot, pungent bite that’s in raw garlic to create milder, aromatic garlic. I used this technique in this hummus recipe so you can give it a try and see the difference it makes.
- Expect the lupini bean flakes to make a huge amount of foam when you put them in boiling water, so use a pot bigger than what you would ordinarily use.
- If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a high-powered blender.
- Here are some super easy low-carb dippers you can enjoy with your keto lupini bean hummus: celery sticks, cucumbers, cauliflower, pork rinds, jicama, mini bell peppers, cheese crisps, broccoli, keto crackers, radish slices, and zucchini.
yield: 8 SERVINGS
prep time: 10 MINUTES
cook time: 4 MINUTES
total time: 14 MINUTES
Lupini beans step in for chickpeas in this creamy keto hummus dip recipe.
- 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1 1/2 to 2 lemons
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup Lupini bean flakes
- 1/3 cup tahini
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 2 tablespoons cold water
- Pinch of paprika
Pour lemon juice into a small bowl and add minced garlic and salt. Set aside for 5 to 10 minutes to mellow the garlic.
In a large pot, bring 3 cups water to a boil and add baking soda.
Add Lupini bean flakes to the boiling water and immediately reduce heat to medium-low. The flakes will create a great deal of foam. Simmer and stir for 3 to 4 minutes.
Drain bean flakes into a fine-mesh strainer and pour into the bowl of a food processor or high-powered blender.
Add lemon juice/garlic mixture, tahini, 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons olive oil (reserve 1/2 teaspoon for drizzling), cumin, and water and process on high for about 2 to 3 minutes. *Note: This Lupini bean hummus will not be as creamy as traditional hummus.
Add cold water, blend, and check the consistency. If you want it a bit thinner, add more cold water little by little.
Drizzle with the remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil and sprinkle with paprika. Serve with freshly cut vegetables for dipping.
This recipe was inspired by traditional Greek hummus and Brami Lupini Bean Hummus.
Yield: 8 servings (about 1 1/4 cups), Serving Size: 2 1/2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: 141 Calories | 9.7g Fat | 8.8g Total Carbs | 6.6g Fiber | 0g Sugar | 0g Sugar Alcohol | 7.8g Protein | 2.2g Net Carbs
Cut up some dip-worthy veggies and dive right in!
You can whip this up and have it on the table in about 10 minutes. Ten minutes more to cut up the veggies. Done!
I served this hummus last weekend, and my keto friends were thrilled to have hummus that they could enjoy again. Make a batch and let me know what ya think!
My Hip sidekick Jen gave this recipe a try and here’s what she thought:
“I’ve been missing hummus while living the keto life. This recipe is genius! It is “spot on” for taste and texture! There is NOTHING in the finished product to make you think there are no garbanzo beans in it. This hummus has the perfect slightly grainy soft texture you get with non-keto hummus. It pairs well with cut-up veggies and pork rinds. My whole family loved it!”
Have you tried our easy keto cheese waffle snacks?
I have jarred lupini beans… will this work?
Hi Sharon! That may work too! You may have to pop them out of their skins first. Be sure to check the directions on the jar. Hoping this is helpful
This turned out to be a great recipe after some tweaking . I used Flora lupini beans in brine in a jar which I found locally at Publix. I did not peel them. I had to add considerably more olive oil to get the hummus to a smooth consistency, and I roasted some garlic and bell peppers and threw them in the food processor with the hummus. In the end it tasted pretty close to garbanzo hummus. I will be making it again. Thanks!
Sounds delicious, Lisa! Thanks for letting us know how you made yours!
I have 4 or 5 jars of lupini beans and would like to make hummus using your recipe. Instead of buy lupini flakes, I’d like to use the beans. Please tell me how much of the beans should I use to replace the amount of flakes/water in your original recipe. I’d really like to make this delicious recipe. Thanks in advance for your help.
Hi Rita, Great question! I reconstituted 1 cup of dry lupini flakes with water to find out. If you’re using already prepared lupini beans you would use 2 1/4 cups of mashed lupins. Removing the skin is optional. Often lupini beans are preserved in brine. If that’s the case with your lupins, I’d suggest rinsing them well, soaking them in cold water for at least 30 minutes, draining, and rinsing again. You might also skip the salt in the recipe if you find the lupins are still salty. You may need a little more water and/or oil for moisture and creaminess. Let us know how your hummus comes out.
What about broccoli
That’s a great option too!
I plan to make this hummus recipe as I so miss hummus on my keto lifestyle. I just purchased lupini flakes with hummus in mind. Thank you for this recipe which is similar to the one I used with garbanzo beans. I will share it with you when I make it.
You are welcome! We make this recipe a lot at my home! I think you’ll love it!❤