This easy 5-Ingredient lentil hummus recipe uses lentils instead of chickpeas! It’s super creamy, vegan friendly, and ready in no time. Perfect for healthy snacking, or game day!
Chickpeas have been flying off the shelves these days so I decided to get creative and grab some canned lentils for today’s hummus recipe. It was a MAJOR win!
This hummus turned super fluffy, and incredibly creamy in no time at all!
I added a little lemon pepper seasoning on top (totally optional) and it was the perfect touch of spring.
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What are lentils?
Lentils are tiny round legumes—aka a seed that grows in a pod—that come in a variety of sizes and colors, including black, brown, yellow, red, or green.
They’re low in fat, extremely nutrient-dense, and generally pretty affordable to buy. Triple win if you ask me!
You can buy lentils dried or canned. For this recipe, I used canned lentils to cut down the prep time.
What are the health benefits of lentils?
- Lentils are high in protein. One cup of cooked lentils contains 18 grams of protein.
- Lentils are a good source of iron. One cup of lentils has 6.6 milligrams of iron, which is about one-third of what you need for the entire day.
- Lentils are full of fiber. One cup of lentils has 6 grams of it, which is actually almost four times as much as a cup of raw kale.
- Lentils are good for your bones. Lentils provide 38 grams of calcium per cup.
- Lentils are high in magnesium. If you have trouble sleeping, are stressed or overworked, your body could benefit from regular consumption of magnesium—and lentils can be a great source at 71 mg per cup of cooked lentils.
What’s in hummus?
Chickpeas are the base for most traditional hummus recipes, but I decided to switch it up and use lentils instead!
See below for the 5 ingredients in my quick and easy lentil hummus recipe:
- 1 Can Lentils
- 2 Tbsp Tahini
- ½ Lemon, juice of
- ½ tbsp. minced garlic
- 2 Tbsp Olive oil
- 2 Tbsp Water
- ¼ tsp Salt
- Cracked black pepper, to taste
I don’t consider salt, pepper, or water as ingredients. Do you?
How to make lentil hummus
- In a food processor or blender, combine all of the ingredients.
- Process or blend on high until smooth and creamy. Add additional water if needed – the amount will depend on the consistency of the tahini.
- Transfer to a serving bowl. Drizzle with a little olive oil, cracked black pepper, and any other seasonings you’d like. I added some lemon pepper seasoning to mine!
- Store lentil hummus in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
What do you serve lentil hummus with?
This 5-ingredient lentil hummus is a delicious dip for veggies, but it doesn’t stop there. Try adding lentil hummus to a wrap, sandwich, or salad.
One of my favorite sandwiches to make with hummus is this medium-boiled egg and hummus sandwich! It’s out of this world.
If you love this recipe you will also love:
- Healthy & Easy Five Minute Tzatziki
- Sriracha Sweet Potato Hummus
- Teriyaki Chickpeas
- Healthy Cottage Cheese Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Dairy-Free Cashew Pesto
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