White Bean Hummus

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White Bean Hummus is creamy, earthy, and so much better than store-bought! Made with white beans instead of chickpeas, this fun twist on a classic dish is wholesome, satisfying, and bursting with flavor. Perfect for wraps, bowls, salads, dipping, and more!

137 CAL 13g CARBS 8g FAT 5g PROTEIN 2
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When you eat hummus as often as I do, you have to find ways to switch it up. That’s why I’ve recently begun experimenting with fresh and unique hummus variations including this new White Bean Hummus, that's so good! 

From Avocado Hummus to Black Bean Hummus to Edamame Hummus, I’ve come up with a ton of winners.

As you might have guessed, this is how I came up with the idea of this delicious hummus recipe with white beans. While traditional hummus is made with chickpeas, which require some peeling and prep work. White beans result in an ultra-creamy hummus with any extra bean prep work. 

Combined with lemon juice, tahini, and a delicious blend of spices, this white bean dip is beyond crave-worthy.

White Bean Hummus has become my go-to healthy appetizer or snack. It's great as part of a mezze spread with baba ganoush, tzatziki, pita bread, raw veggies, and lentil salad.

Serve it alongside your choice of veggies, crackers, pita chips, or pretzels. You could also use it to top off a sandwich, salad, or hummus bowl. I’m obsessed!

Hummus with white beans in two bowls served with paprika, olive oil, and herbs with breadsticks on the side.

Key Ingredients

To make this hummus recipe with white beans, you will need a few key ingredients:

  • White beans. Feel free to use any variety of white beans here, whether it be cannellini beans, great northern beans, butter beans, or navy beans. Canned beans are great for convenience, but feel free to cook them yourself. Either way works!
  • Tahini. This sesame seed paste is a signature hummus ingredient. It is known for having an earthy, nutty, and slightly tangy flavor that works beautifully in this dish.
  • Ice-cold water. I’ve found that this is the key to getting that smooth, creamy texture we all know and love. Start with just one tablespoon, then feel free to add more until you’ve reached your desired consistency.
  • Herbs and spices. I like to season this white bean dip with a combination of salt, pepper, coriander, onion powder, and cumin. Feel free to add a pinch of cayenne if you want a little heat.

How to make hummus without tahini?

If you want to make hummus without tahini, there are a few options. The easiest is to simply add some extra olive oil in place of the tahini.

You could also swap in another nut or seed butter like cashew butter, sunflower butter, or almond butter. This will slightly change the flavor.

One last option is to use Greek yogurt instead. This does give the humus a different flavor since it takes on some of the tanginess of the yogurt.

Bean hummus made with white beans in a bowl with breadsticks and crostini on the side.

How to Make White Bean Hummus

This hummus is ready in less than 15 minutes and it couldn't be easier to customize the flavor any way you want. Add more garlic, lemon, tahini, or spices to fit your taste buds.

1. Prepare the white beans.

One of the main reasons people make hummus with white beans instead of chickpeas is that they are smoother and creamier without any added prep.

While chickpeas need to be soaked and peeled, white beans are ready right out of the can. Simply rinse them well, then drain, and pat dry. 

2. Blend ingredients in a food processor.

Start by adding the garlic, tahini, and lemon juice to the food processor. This helps ensure the garlic gets broken down and helps add some creaminess to the tahini.

Slowly add in the white beans, salt, and spices. Pulse for at least 3-4 minutes until the beans are fully broken down.

Then slowly drizzle in the olive oil until it looks smooth and creamy.

If you are adding any additional ingredients like roasted red peppers (like in this roasted red pepper hummus), sundried tomatoes, roasted garlic, or 

3. The secret to perfect hummus - cold water or ice cubes.

The trick to making super smooth and creamy hummus is a couple of ice cubes or tablespoons of cold water.  Add them slowly and continue to pulse until the white bean hummus is ready.

4. Season and serve.

Taste the white bean hummus and adjust the seasoning as needed. It may need more salt, lemon juice, or seasoning.

It can be enjoyed right away but is even better after a few hours in the fridge for the flavors to deepen and combine. 

Add any toppings you like! We love topping it with olives, artichokes, harissa, grilled vegetables, fresh herbs, or pine nuts. 

Health Benefits of White Beans

It’s true that white beans are a terrific source of plant-based protein and fiber, but that’s just the beginning of what they can do for your body. According to Healthline, some of the most impressive health benefits of white beans include:

  • Promoting a healthy weight. White beans have a high nutrient density and very few calories, making them a great food for losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight. Additionally, the protein and fiber found in white beans keep you feeling full for longer, which in turn makes you less likely to overeat.
  • Supporting digestion. High-fiber foods like beans support a healthy digestive tract and can promote regular bowel movements.
  • Building muscle mass. Especially for those following vegan or vegetarian diets, white beans are a terrific protein source that can help build muscle, transport nutrients, and produce hormones.
  • Providing essential nutrients. Aside from being a rich source of both protein and fiber, white beans are packed with vitamins and minerals like folate, magnesium, vitamin B6, copper, iron, and zinc.

Ways to Serve White Bean Hummus

I love this dish because it is unbelievably versatile. You could serve this dish as a dip, salad dressing, sandwich spread, quinoa bowl topping, and more. To get you started, here are some of my favorite ways to serve this dish:

  • As a dip. This is a refreshing and delicious dip to throw into your weekly rotation. Pair it with fresh veggies like celery, carrots, broccoli, or bell peppers, or serve it alongside some pita chips. Really, anything works!
  • As a salad dressing. This hummus recipe is a fun and healthy way to step up your salad game. Use a dollop of White Bean Hummus to finish off any salad that you’d normally serve with a creamy dressing. (Might I recommend this Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad or this Spinach Salad.)
  • On sandwiches. White Bean Hummus is a protein-packed mayo replacement that adds some creamy consistency and incredible flavor to any of your favorite sandwiches and wraps.
  • Atop grain bowls. Every good grain bowl could benefit from a dollop of hummus. Try using this dish to top off this Broccoli Grain Bowl or these Honey Balsamic Roasted Vegetable Bowls.
  • With charcuterie. A bowl of homemade hummus is a surefire way to enhance your charcuterie board. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of paprika, then serve with cured meats, cheeses, and fresh veggies!

How to Store This Dish

One of the greatest things about this hummus with white beans recipe is that it’s incredibly easy to store. In under 10 minutes, you’ve got a dish that can be enjoyed with your favorite snacks and meals throughout the week.

To store leftover hummus, simply transfer it to an airtight storage bag or container. Then, you can store it in one of two ways:

  • In the fridge for up to 4-5 days.
  • In the freezer for up to 3 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about this white bean hummus recipe:

Just about any white bean variety will work great. Some of the most common choices include cannellini beans, navy beans, great northern beans, and butter beans. To take the more traditional route, feel free to use chickpeas instead.

Cold water is the secret to getting the creamiest, lightest, and fluffiest hummus. It may not seem entirely necessary, but trust me—adding cold water to hummus is a game-changer. This simple trick makes a huge difference!

Because the color of hummus is naturally neutral, there are plenty of easy ways to enhance the appearance with various garnishes. Some of my favorites include high-quality olive oil, whole chickpeas, fresh parsley, paprika, and freshly cracked black pepper.

Creamy white bean hummus in a bowl with olive oil, herbs, and paprika.
The Recipe
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White Bean Hummus

137 CAL 13g CARBS 8g FAT 5g PROTEIN 2
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  • 1 lemon, juice (about ¼ cup)
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 garlic clove (small)
  • 15 oz canned white beans, drained and rinsed (or 1.5 cups cooked white beans)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt (more to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp ice cold water (more if needed to get a smooth consistency, or ice cubes)

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Add the tahini, lemon juice, and garlic to the good processor. Process for about 1 minute until the mixture is slightly fluffy and appears whipped.

Lemon juice being poured into a food processor for white bean hummus.

Add the white beans, salt, coriander, onion powder, pepper, and cumin to the food processor. Begin to process, scraping down the mixture as needed.

White beans being added to a food processor.

As the food processor is running, drizzle in the olive oil. Check the texture and then add ice water one tablespoon at a time until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

White bean hummus in a food processor.

Taste and season with salt as needed Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of paprika or fresh parsley. Serve with baked pita chips, pretzels, crackers, or fresh veggies.

Fresh herbs being added to hummus with white beans in a bowl.


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Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 2 tbsp
Amount Per Serving
Calories 137
Calories from Fat 68
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 159mg
Total Carbohydrate 13g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 0g
Protein 5g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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