Boost the nutrition—and the color!—in your next batch of homemade hummus by adding beets. But fear not: this Beet Hummus is creamy and mild enough for the kids.

beet hummus on blue plate with crackers

Beet Hummus

I love to add veggies to all sorts of foods, including hummus. And blending a few beets into homemade hummus is a seriously fun way to perk up lunch and snack time with a colorful food that the kids will get a big kick out of. This can be a fun way to serve up hummus and/or beets to kids who haven’t loved them in the past by emphasizing the unexpected color on their plates.

TIP: Unlike classic hummus, this one doesn’t contain any garlic, which I find can be a little much for some kids. You can totally add it in if your kids like traditional hummus or stronger flavors!

Nutrition in Beet Hummus

By adding beets to hummus, you’ll gain fiber, potassium, Vitamin C, and a little iron. I know that many kids (and adults, for that matter!) don’t love beets, but adding them to hummus can make them fun to try. The flavor is mellow and the color is just so fun.

ingredients in beet hummus

Ingredients You Need

To make this simple hummus recipe, you’ll need:

  • Chickpeas: These beans are sometimes called garbanzo beans. You can use canned or beans that you’ve cooked from dry.
  • Cooked beets: I typically use Boiled Beets here, but you can also buy fully cooked beets. Look in the produce section of your supermarket.
  • Fresh lemon
  • Tahini: This sesame seed paste adds the classic hummus flavor.
  • Plain yogurt: Either regular style or Greek will both work.
  • Salt
  • Cumin

TIP: You can use canned chickpeas or homemade from dry. If using canned, rinse and drain them to remove any excess salt.

how to make beet hummus steps

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at the simple process involved in making this recipe. Scroll down to the end of the post to see the full information.

  1. If using canned beans, add to a colander to drain. Rinse with water.
  2. Place all ingredients into a food processor.
  3. Blend well. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  4. Serve as a dip, a spread, or as a tea sandwich filling.

TIP: You can also do this in a blender if preferred, though you may need to stop a few times and scrape down the sides to get it well incorporated together.

What kind of beets are best in this recipe?

I usually use boiled beets in this recipe, though you can used canned or roasted beets too. They all work. Just be sure to drain any liquid off of canned or boiled beets. And classic red sugar beets give the best color to this hummus if choosing between those and golden or striped beets at the store or farmer’s market.

Beets Baby Food

This recipe is a great way to make beets for babies. You can spoon feed the hummus or spread it onto lightly toasted bread for them to feed themselves. For babies new to solids, use a half of a piece of toast or a finger-size piece so they can suck and gnaw on it.

For older babies eating finger foods, cut the bread into small squares.

If you want to introduce this food to a baby who hasn’t had many foods yet, you could simply blend beets and yogurt for a more streamlined version of this recipe. You can also check out my Beets Baby Food.

beet hummus on crackers on divided plate

How to Store

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Stir before serving if any liquid has separated.

Best Tips for Success

  • Add a clove of raw garlic to the food processor for additional flavor.
  • Use boiled, roasted, or canned beets. Just be sure to drain any and all liquid.
  • Use plain whole milk yogurt for the best creaminess.
  • Serve as a dip for raw veggies or crackers, or spread on lightly toasted bread.
  • Season to taste with salt. You may need more or less depending on the flavor of your beans.
  • Adults may like this thinned with additional lemon juice and used as a salad dressing.
  • To make this hummus nut-free, omit the tahini. The creaminess will still be there from the yogurt.
  • You may also like Easy Hummus Wraps, Sandwich Roll-Ups, Carrot Hummus, Nut-Free Hummus, and Sweet Potato Hummus.

I’d love to hear your feedback on this recipe if you try it, so please comment below to share!

This post was first published July 2019.

beet hummus on blue plate with crackers

Easy Beet Hummus

This brightly colored hummus is a delicious spread for crackers, toast, or sandwiches. Or it can be served as a dip. You can omit the tahini if needed for an allergy.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Dinner
Calories 44kcal
Servings 12 (Makes about 3 cups)

Ingredients

  • 1 14.5- ounce can chickpeas (drained and rinsed and patted dry)
  • 1/2 cup boiled beets
  • 1/4 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients into a blender and puree until very smooth.
  • Spread onto toast, bread, or crackers. Or serve as a dip with soft veggies like sliced cucumber, snap peas, or bell peppers.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Notes

  • Add a clove of raw garlic to the food processor for additional flavor.
  • Omit the tahini if needed to make a nut-free hummus.
  • Use boiled, roasted, or canned beets. Just be sure to drain any and all liquid.
  • Use plain whole milk yogurt for the best creaminess.
  • Serve as a dip for raw veggies or crackers, or spread on lightly toasted bread.
  • Season to taste with salt. You may need more or less depending on the flavor of your beans.
  • Adults may like this thinned with additional lemon juice and used as a salad dressing.

Nutrition

Calories: 44kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 156mg, Potassium: 77mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 13IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 21mg, Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    So excited to try this recipe! My 14 mo loves hummus but I was struggling with how to serve her beets since I don’t eat them. Will leftovers freeze well?

    1. Great! I haven’t tried freezing it but I think it would be okay. If it looks separated after you thaw it out, just stir it up!