Okay, that might sound weird to you but hear me out. This dip is creamy, lightly smoky and delicious. I never really need an excuse to cook with pumpkin, but when I saw this recipe on Forks Over Knives, I definitely got a little excited. It's not every day that I see new and creative ways of using my favorite fall squash.
So reserve your judgment until you give it a try! And no, it doesn't matter that it's not October. You can make this any time of year, you have my permission.
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 can white beans (cannellini or other), drained and rinsed
1 cup pure pumpkin (I use farmer’s market brand)
¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1 medium-large clove garlic (adjust to taste, use smaller clove for kid-friendly)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon tahini
¾ teaspoon cumin
¼ teaspoon (rounded) allspice
¼ teaspoon (lightly rounded) smoked paprika (if you don’t have smoked paprika, use another ¼ teaspoon cumin - then go out and get yourself some smoked paprika!!)
½ teaspoon pure maple syrup (optional)
¼ cup toasted pumpkin seeds (see note for toasting; reserve about 2-3 tablespoons for garnish)
In a food processor add all ingredients except pumpkin seeds. Puree until very smooth. Taste, and if you’d like to add additional garlic or spices, add a little. Then, add most of the pumpkin seeds (reserving a couple of tbsp), and pulse through. Transfer mixture to a serving dish, and top with remaining pumpkin seeds. Serve with whole-grain pita breads, tortilla chips, warm whole-grain bread, etc.
Beans Note: The combination of chickpeas and white beans makes this hummus a little creamier than using just chickpeas alone.
Pumpkin Seeds Note: To toast pumpkin seeds, place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (I use my toaster oven and a small baking tray). Bake at 400ºF for several minutes until they turn a golden color and you can smell a nutty aroma. This won’t take long, maybe about 5-7 minutes, possibly longer depending on your oven. Just be sure to watch them after about 6-7 minutes, as they can burn quickly.