Unicorn Hummus

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(Note: this post was originally published on May 13, 2021. The date above reflects migration to the new platform.)

Hummus Fit for a Unicorn

Prepare to be awed. Unicorn Hummus is here and I'm so into it! This is absolutely my most favorite food right now, and it's totally perfect for celebrating the brighter days of spring and summer.

I'm sure you guys are all by now aware of my hummus obsession. I've made springy lemon hummus, holiday hummus, carrot hummus, tropical hummus, hummus stuffed inside a pumpkin, and just about everything else imaginable. See my Instagram for many more fun creations, including a purple sweet potato hummus and a bright "green monster" hummus loaded with herbs.

But then I had an epiphany about another kind of hummus that seemed like it would be the most fun of all. Multi-colored hummus! Why have I never thought of this before? Thanks to its light color, hummus is a perfect vehicle for just about any color you can dream of adding to it. I'm certainly no stranger to colorful hummus... and yet, I had never made one involving multiple colors. Horror!

Thank You, Superfood Powders

This pink, purple, and blue Unicorn Hummus is naturally colored using pink pitaya powder and blue spirulina. Neither ingredient has much of a taste, but gosh are they fun and pretty! I've kept the hummus recipe really simple since the colors are the focus. It's just a classic lemon hummus that has a nice balance of richness, acidity, and salt.

Of course you can really use this concept as a starting point for your own colorful hummus experiments. There are loads of natural colors out there that would work great; think things like turmeric, green spirulina, matcha, beet powder, etc.

Having trouble finding colorful superfood powders? Many health food stores and food co-ops carry them; just ask! You can also order them online.

Tahini... and A Killer Discount!

In terms of flavors, tahini is definitely the powerhouse in this recipe. I always use Seeds of Collaboration tahini. It's rich, nutty, and decadent, plus it has the most creamy dreamy texture. And while I'd argue that it's always important to have a good tahini, I think it's especially important in this recipe since there are so few ingredients.

Seeds of Collaboration is a long-time supporter of The Rogue Brussel Sprout, and is offering a 20% discount to Rogue Brussel Sprout followers using the code ROGUE at check-out. Please get yourself some of this liquid gold! It changed my tahini perspective entirely, and I'm sure it will do the same for you. If you search "tahini" on this blog, you'll find a ton of recipes that use it, both sweet and savory.

Serving Suggestions

Because of the awesome, fun colors in this hummus, it really excels most as a dip on a snack board. Clearly it demands to be center-stage! We've been enjoying it with some crackers, seedy bread, veggies, nuts, and fruit for a casual date night. Major bonus points for serving it alongside some (naturally) colored cocktails, as shown below!

This hummus is make-ahead friendly too, so it would work great for a party. Make it the day before and keep the different colors in separate sealed containers in the fridge. When you're ready to serve, just transfer to a serving bowl, swirl the colors, and garnish. You can also easily double the recipe if you're feeding a crowd.

Let's Talk Ingredients

Here's what you'll need for this recipe, as well as some thoughts, tips, and possible substitutions. If you make any substitutions, I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below.

  • Chick peas
  • Tahini. I love Seeds of Collaboration! Get yourself some, I promise it will change your perspective on tahini forever. Use the code ROGUE at check-out to save 20%.
  • Lemon, salt, pepper, and olive oil
  • Blue spirulina. This is a bright blue edible algae. You'll likely need to order it online but it's 100% worth it. So fun and versatile!
  • Pink pitaya powder. This is just freeze-dried, powdered pink dragonfruit and it has a delightful citrusy taste in addition to its great color. Again, you may need to order this online. Beet powder or hibiscus powder would also work, although the color will be more purple rather than pink.
  • Garnishes of choice

Closing Thoughts

What do you guys think? Are you sold on Unicorn Hummus?? I'm convinced that this is just about the most fun thing ever and I'm quite sure I'll be making it all summer long. Colorful food makes me so happy, and it's a fun way to celebrate the natural beauty of some very colorful and unique plants.

When I was a kid, My Little Pony was my absolute most favorite toy. If you're familiar with them, they're brightly-colored ponies with some major 80's flair. I think those ponies were the origination of my love for all things colorful, which has clearly followed me into adulthood. So when I was 5, I had colorful ponies... now at 35, I have colorful hummus. See, it all makes so much sense.

Have fun with this one!! It's a blast! And please do share your photos if you make this one, since I'd love to see.

Share It!

It makes me so happy to hear from you and see your creations! Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think about this recipe. If you post a photo on Instagram, hashtag #TheRogueBrusselSprout and tag me (@TheRogueBrusselSprout) in the post text so that I'm sure to see it.

Suggested Pairings

Unicorn Cocktail

Blackberry Limoncello Gin Smash

Unicorn Cauliflower

Snack Board Guide

Funfetti Tahini Chick Pea Blondies

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Unicorn Hummus

Hummus goes unicorn-style with the addition of fun colors that come from superfood powders! This dip, which is loved by kids and adults alike, is a snack you can feel good about.

Author:
Lee

Ingredients

For the Hummus

  • Two 15-oz cans of chick peas, drained and rinsed
  • 0.5 c tahini
  • Juice of a lemon
  • 1 tsp flaky sea salt, like fleur de sel
  • Generous grind of black pepper
  • Drizzle of water or olive oil as needed
  • 0.5 tsp blue spirulina
  • 2 tsp pink pitaya powder

For Garnishing

  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Pine nuts
  • Black and/or white sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, combine the chick peas, tahini, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Process for several minutes until a smooth, creamy consistency develops, scraping down the sides as needed. If you have trouble getting a smooth hummus, add a little splash of water or olive oil (the latter with yield a richer hummus). Repeat as needed.
  2. Divide the hummus in half and put it in two separate mixing bowls.
  3. Add blue spirulina to one and pink pitaya powder to the other. Add the coloring agents gradually so that you can see how the color is developing. You can always add more if you want a darker color.
  4. Take about a quarter of each color and mix them together in a third bowl so that you create a small amount of purple hummus.
  5. Transfer the hummus to a serving bowl, with the pink on one side, the blue on the other side, and the purple between. Smooth them out to create an even surface, then swirl them together to blend the colors.
  6. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil, some pine nuts, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

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