No Bean Zucchini Hummus.

Via Caley Alyssa
on Jul 10, 2012
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So, I’ve been on a bit of a hummus kick lately.

But, having just finished a cleanse traditional hummus made with garbanzo beans can be a little bit heavy and dense in a belly that feels light and clean.

Enter, zucchini. Not only is this little veggie abundant and in season right now, but it makes for a delicious and light version of hummus that doesn’t leave you feeling bloated and uncomfortable!


  • 2 – 3 zucchini, peeled
  • 3/4 cup raw tahini (this can be pricey so if you can’t find raw, don’t beat yourself up about it!)
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 Tbs ground cumin
  • optional: 2 cloves garlic


  1. In a food processor or high-speed blender, combine all of the ingredients and blend until thick and smooth
  2. Serve in your favorite dish (I got mind from Cafe Gratitude up in San Francisco! I hear they’re opening a new loation in Venice off of Rose Street…) and enjoy with cucumber, peppers, celery, carrot sticks, or wrap it up with your favorite veggies, some greens and maybe a bit of avocado?


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About Caley Alyssa

As a D-1 collegiate athlete with a background in nutrition and anatomy, and an internship with a naturopathic center for healing, Caley Alyssa found herself wanting to help people achieve healthier, happier lives. She quickly came to realize that she wanted to promote preventative and therapeutic methods encouraging active, energetic lifestyles rather than focusing on treatment centered around prescription drugs and the increasingly paramount “band-aid” mindset. In 2006, Caley moved to San Francisco and began to study yoga completing her 200 hour training with Yoga Tree with Janet Stone, Darren Main and Elise Lorimer. From there she went onto study with Shiva Rea and obtained a certification to work with children and at risk youth. In 2010, Caley’s quest to bring health and happiness to others lead her to enroll with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York to become a Holistic Health Coach, registered with the American Drugless Practitioners. Caley now lives in Los Angeles with her husband. She designs and leads seasonal cleanses for individuals, yoga studios and corporate businesses sharing her lifelong journey of finding balance, wellness and happiness in all aspects of life!


5 Responses to “No Bean Zucchini Hummus.”

  1. Love hummus. Love Zuchini Thanks, Caley.

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  2. Jen says:

    How many people does this serve? It seemed to make a lot, but I used large zucchini and not raw tahini.

  3. […] Hummus is the Arabic word for chick pea—otherwise known as garbanzo bean—and is one of the oldest foods known, dating back to Egypt more than 7,o00 years ago. Between hummus and the pyramids, those Egyptians really knew what they were doing. […]

  4. caley alyssa says:

    I would say up to 10 people. It does depend on the size of zuchini you use, and if you're serving this as an app or main side.

  5. […] I always spell zuchinni zucchini wrong. I totally blame my summer camp for it. We were broken up into four teams for the week (tigers, lions, panthers and.. darn what was the fourth one?! oh yeah, Indians –I won’t even mention how un-PC those cheers were) and every day in the dining hall we did loud cheers for our teams. One of the favorites was “Go (insert name of team) _ _ _ _ _ (and spell it out).” So, for example, “Go, Tigers! T-i-ge-r-s!!” and we would shout it over and over and over again trying to outshout the other teams in the dining hall. Well someone came up with the Go Zucchini version for some random reason and people started shouting that version out to everyone except it went like this: Go zuchini! Z-u-c-c-i-n-i!! It wasn’t until after going back home a month later and screaming it over the dinner table with my sister that my mom informed me that, “Um, I like your cheer and all honey, but zucchini is spelled zucChini.” Hmmm.. ok, then. Anyways, here’s the recipe. I love it and it’s great if you love hummus and are avoiding beans because you won’t miss your old hummus at all. I got the recipe here. […]