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Avocado Jalapeno Zummus

Avocado Jalapeno Zummus ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #spicy #zucchini #hummus #recipe

I want to start a new trend. I think “Zummus” should be a new word in the dictionary, kind of like the word “Zoodles” has taken over the foodie blog scene. Want to help me? Create your own version of Zummus and post it/share it/pin it (tag or message me and I’ll share it too!) … or simply pin this post and share it on whatever social media you prefer … facebook, twitter, reddit, yummly, stumbleupon … Let’s get this trend GOING!

It’s a simple idea, really … simply adding zucchini to your hummus. It was an idea that struck me years ago when I was challenged to make hummus with lima beans and I had tons of zucchini on hand. Zucchini Hummus … oh yes, ZUMMUS! The mild-mannered zucchini doesn’t take over the hummus … no, not at all. That’s not zucchini’s style. It’s a vegetable that is happy to take the supporting role, zucchini is, a quiet helper in the background. In this case, it simply lightens the creamy dip, adding a bit of nutrition and moisture and a little “bounce”, if you will. The dip is not so heavy when you add the zucchini, yet it still retains that creamy, tangy, garlicky taste and texture. You end up with a creamy dip that has no sour cream, no mayonnaise, none of that fattening junk that you normally find in dips. It’s high in protein, fiber, taste, with healthy fats and vegetables all in there. It’s totally gluten free, low in fat, heart healthy … I could go on and on and on about all the health benefits of the ingredients in this yummy dip/spread.

So are you in? Will you help me? Let’s make Zummus the newest household word for health-conscious folks across the world. Share this post with your friends and social networks. And then (if you happen to be a blogger … or even if you’re not) make this … or your own flavor variation of Zummus and post a picture and share it on facebook or Pinterest or Twitter (and I would love it if you would tag me so I can share it too).

Zummus deserves a place in our language, in our lives, in our homes, in our lunchboxes. (Not to mention, it gives you one more fabulous use for that vegetable that all of us gardeners … and even friends and family and neighbors of gardeners … both love and curse.)

Avocado Jalapeno Zummus

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Over 1 pint of dip

Avocado Jalapeno Zummus


  • 1 ripe avocado
  • About 1 cup of shredded or chopped zucchini
  • 1 15-oz. can chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), drained
  • 2 – 5 cloves of garlic (depending on how garlicky you want it!)
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoons tahini
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 - 1 jalapeno, seeded and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • juice of 1 lemon


  1. Pit the avocado and spoon the flesh into a handi chopper or mini blender. Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse, then blend until smooth, adding liquid from the beans or water if needed to get it to blend well. Taste and adjust Tahini, olive oil, and seasonings as desired.
  2. Enjoy with veggies, toasted pita wedges, crackers or use as a spread on wraps, pizzas or sandwiches.


RECIPE SOURCE: http://www.sumptuousspoonfuls.com/

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Avocado Jalapeno Zummus ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #spicy #zucchini #hummus #recipe

This recipe was shared at Weekend Potluck, Munching Monday, Simple Supper Tuesday, Freedom Fridays with All my Bloggy Friends and Hearth & Soul Bloghop.

I challenged some of my foodie friends to come up with their own version of Zummus.

Here’s one from Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen, flavored with cilantro and cumin … She says she just made the best sandwich EVER with her zummus. And I gotta agree with her that Zummus is just the funnest word ever to say!

Zummus from Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen

Here is an Italian twist on Zummus from Full Belly Sisters … I love the Parmesan and that she GRILLED the zucchini … yum!

Grilled Zucchini Parmesan Zummus

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23 Responses

  1. I am in, yes! this sounds SO good!

    August 6, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    • Ann

      Hurrah! I can’t wait to see your zummus, Kristina!

      August 7, 2015 at 7:07 am

  2. Zummus! Pretty fun to say. 🙂 This sounds like a tasty spread; I’m excited to try this one soon!

    August 6, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    • Ann

      oh I hope you do, Marissa! thanks for the sweet comments 🙂

      August 7, 2015 at 7:05 am

  3. I’m loving this use of zucchini!! And of course, the avocado is pure perfection!

    August 6, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you Kim! It’s a really fun (and healthy) dip.

      August 7, 2015 at 7:06 am

  4. Great way to use zucchini.

    August 7, 2015 at 5:50 am

    • Ann

      Thank you!

      August 7, 2015 at 7:06 am

  5. I am in LOVE with this dip!

    August 7, 2015 at 6:53 am

    • Ann

      That makes me soooo happy, Sarah! Thank you.

      August 7, 2015 at 7:06 am

  6. This looks awesome, what a creative way to make hummus!

    August 7, 2015 at 9:04 am

    • Ann

      Thank you Adam! It’s delicious. Are you up for making your own flavor of zummus? If you do, let me know … I’d love to see it!

      August 8, 2015 at 12:22 am

  7. Love humus and avocado, and together with some spicy jalapeño sounds so very good!!! Can’t wait to try this out!

    August 7, 2015 at 10:37 am

    • Ann

      I’m so excited for you to try it, Kelley!

      August 8, 2015 at 12:21 am

  8. I’m all over this! Lots of zucchini at the farmer’s market! Can’t wait to try it!

    August 7, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    • Ann

      Hurrah! Thanks Melissa.

      August 8, 2015 at 12:20 am

  9. I know a friend who would LOVE this….going to share it with them.

    August 11, 2015 at 11:18 am

    • Ann

      Awesome! Thank you, Karen.

      August 11, 2015 at 8:39 pm

  10. Ohh your sounds deeeelish Ann! If I wasn’t allergic to avocado that would so be happening at my house right now!!

    August 17, 2015 at 6:54 am

    • Ann

      Thanks Bobbi! I’m definitely going to try yours sometime soon!

      August 17, 2015 at 6:05 pm

  11. Love this avocado jalapeno hummus, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning.

    August 17, 2015 at 5:10 pm

  12. Charlene D Burns

    Hi. Looks like an awesome recipe. Do you think it would be ok to use can of great northern beans in place of garbanzo beans? I don’t like garbanzo beans. Thanks!

    August 17, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    • Ann

      Yes, I think great northern beans would work, Charlene. I have also made a version of this with lima beans and it was awesome!

      August 17, 2015 at 6:04 pm