Happy National Hummus day! Hummus is a popular snack across Canada — full of dietary fibre and healthy fats, most of us feel pretty good about serving the chickpea dip to our families with a plate of veggies or some crispy pita chips. 


Hummus has a mild and pleasant flavour that most people like, though it can be doctored in a number of ways to appeal to more adventurous palates. Normally hummus is flavoured with garlic and lemon juice and store-bought hummus often comes in varieties like roasted red pepper, but there are also plenty of tricks you can try at home to add some pizazz to your hummus. Here are three surprising varieties: 


  1. Avocado Hummus

If you love guacamole as much as you love hummus, why not combine the two in a single dip? This recipe uses cannellini beans instead of chickpeas for the hummus base and also incorporates a handful of arugula for some extra freshness. Feel free to play with the spices to bring it in line with your own go-to guac recipe. The recipe suggests that you serve it with homemade pita chips, but tortilla chips would also be a great option.  


  1. Roasted Vegetable Hummus

I love dipping veggies in hummus rather than using chips or pita, but why not incorporate some vegetables right into the dip? You can throw pureed pumpkin, beet, sweet potato or a number of other earthy root vegetables into hummus, which all lend some extra flavour, nutrients and, perhaps just as importantly, bright colour. Try this recipe for roasted carrot hummus, which packs a lot of flavour thanks to the addition of a complex blend of spices including fennel, coriander, cumin and caraway as well as a dollop of tomato paste.  


  1. Dessert Hummus

Hummus doesn’t have to be savoury and full of garlicky flavour — you can also make a dessert version. While they may be stretching the definition of “hummus” by taking out traditional ingredients like tahini, but as long as you’re using chickpeas as a base, you can get away with putting it under the hummus banner. Create dessert flavours with honey and white chocolate chips, pumpkin pie spice and maple syrup, coconut and agave, caramel and apples or try this recipe for a chocolate hummus that is best served with fresh strawberries.  


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