Paleo Cauliflower Hummus is a healthy appetizer ready in 10 minutes! This yummy cauliflower dip is a nutritious snack that you can feel good about! Dip all the veggies you want in Cauliflower Hummus and feel great! Cauliflower is such an amazing vegetable! It can seriously be anything, like my favorite low carb cheesy cauliflower breadsticks!
Paleo Cauliflower Hummus isn’t just a delicious Paleo appetizer, it’s low carb, Keto approved too! Requiring only a few staple ingredients and 10 minutes, you can have this easy Paleo dip on the table in no time. It’s super easy!
This cauliflower dip gets its creamy texture from healthy fats like almond butter and olive oil. A combination of garlic and aromatic spices gives it a flavor that’s so good, you’ll never miss the chickpeas! Next time you’re whipping up a healthy Cauliflower Pizza Crust, be sure to make a batch of this amazing cauliflower dip too.
PALEO CAULIFLOWER HUMMUS
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I started making this easy Cauliflower appetizer several years ago when my husband got into the Paleo Diet. I was experimenting with lots of cauliflower recipes and started brainstorming which of our other favorite foods I could remake using healthy ingredients.
We LOVE hummus. But since legumes aren’t Paleo approved, I wanted a way that we could enjoy our favorite snack without compromising Paleo guidelines. One taste of this tasty Paleo Cauliflower Hummus, and we were hooked!
Since then, I’ve been serving this Cauliflower Hummus at just about every tailgate party. I love how easy it is to prepare! It’s a great option for our guests who are eating Keto too.
What is the Paleo vs. Keto diet?
Although they are somewhat different, the Paleo and Keto diets have quite a few similarities.
Keto is more focused on consuming nutritious fats and some protein, while significantly reducing carb intake.
Paleo focuses on consuming foods that were eaten during the Paleolithic Era (AKA caveman time). This diet aims to restrict refined carbohydrates, additives, and toxins like Lectin and Phytic Acid that may restrict the body from absorbing nutrients.
Is Hummus Paleo? Is Hummus Keto?
Chickpeas, also known as Garbanzo Beans, are neither Paleo nor Keto approved!
Chickpeas (which are the main ingredient in traditional hummus) are high in carbohydrates, phytic acid, and lectin. They are not recommended for either the Paleo or Keto lifestyles.
Cauliflower, however, is acceptable for both Keto and Paleo! It’s the perfect substitution for chickpeas in this easy Cauliflower Hummus! Cauliflower doesn’t have a potent flavor and can be pureed to a creamy consistency.
Ingredients in Cauliflower Hummus
It only takes a few ingredients to make a delicious Cauliflower Hummus
Bonus: Most of the ingredients are probably already in your pantry!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Steamed cauliflower florets
- Almond butter
- Olive oil
- Ground cumin
- Cayenne pepper
- Salt and pepper to taste
This Paleo hummus recipe calls for 4 cups of cooked cauliflower. You should be able to get just about 4 cups of florets from one large head of cauliflower.
How to Make Paleo Cauliflower Hummus
- The first step to making this creamy cauliflower hummus is to steam the cauliflower until it’s fork-tender. You can do this in your microwave or in a steamer pot on the stove. Make sure that you can easily pierce it with a fork in order to get that ultra-creamy hummus texture.
- Allow the cauliflower to cool to room temperature. Then toss it into a blender or food processor or blender along with all of the other ingredients except for the olive oil.
- Puree the hummus ingredients, and slowly add the olive oil in a stream while pureeing. Doing this will almost emulsify the hummus, giving it that smooth, creamy consistency that makes this cauliflower hummus so good.
Is hummus low carb?
This one certainly is!
Only a few of the ingredients contain carbs. One head of cauliflower has roughly 29 grams of carbs. Two tablespoons of almond butter have 6 grams, and garlic cloves only have a gram or so of carbs.
Since this Paleo Cauliflower recipe makes 10 servings, that only comes out to roughly 3.6 grams of carbs per serving! It’s the perfect addition to your low carb diet!
How to Serve Low Carb Hummus
I like to serve this Cauliflower Hummus with sliced cucumbers, carrot sticks, and olives. Here are some other ideas for serving:
- Serve with your favorite low carb pita chips or tortilla chips for dipping
- Pair it with sliced radishes, bell peppers, and celery
- Spread it on bread for hummus toast
- Use it in place of sugary condiments like mustard and ketchup on sandwiches
- Use it to make a healthy and delicious Hummus Chicken Salad
- Dress it up with Feta, tomatoes, and olives to make an amazing Greek Layered Dip
More cauliflower and hummus goodness!!
- BBQ Cauliflower Bites
- Low Carb Cauliflower Breadsticks
- Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
- Edamame Hummus
- White Bean Hummus
- More APPETIZER recipes…
Tools used to make this Paleo Cauliflower Hummus recipe
Food Processor: This is my favorite food processor! I use it nearly every day to shred, chop, blend, and puree ingredients for my family’s favorite recipes.
Microwave Steamer: This microwave steamer is a great tool for any home cook in a hurry. Use it to steam vegetables right in your microwave. You’ll have healthy food cooked in no time, with minimal cleanup required.
*This post originally posted on 10/25/2012.
- 4 cups cauliflower florets
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 1-2 garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Add a steaming rack over a few inches of water in a large pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Add cauliflower on top of the steaming rack and steam for about 10 minutes.
- Remove cauliflower from the pot and allow to cool.
- Add cauliflower, almond butter, garlic cloves, ground cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, and salt to a food processor.
- Begin to puree ingredients and slowly add the olive oil in a small stream. (This will deliver the creamiest results.) Puree for another minute after the oil is all added.
- Remove hummus to a serving bowl and drizzle a little extra olive oil on top and add a sprinkle of paprika, if desired.