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Paleo Pecan Hummus

Attention all snackers! I’ve got another great recipe for you to try.

Since going paleo, you’ve probably wondered, “but what about hummus? I thought hummus was healthy?”

I will not argue whether traditional hummus, made with chickpeas, is healthy or not. I will say this: it is not paleo. Chickpeas are a legume – aka, a bean. Not primal.

I loved hummus as much as you do so I put my thinking cap on.

Hummus is usually made with Tahini, a sesame seed paste. I believe it is the Tahini that gives hummus its ‘hummus-ey taste.’

Sesame seed paste is paleo. GREEN LIGHT! Let the experimenting begin.

I chose to make my paleo hummus with pecans. It is so delicious that I don’t know if I’m going to be able to finish writing about it before I go plate some up …or more likely, eat it standing with the refrigerator door open.

Throw the four simple ingredients into your food processor and let it run until it has a creamy consistency you’re happy with. Note that the longer you let it run, the more liquid it will become.

Have patience! [Patience not expected to exceed 15 minutes of food processing, of course].

If for whatever reason your hummus won’t liquefy, either add more Tahini or a smidge of EVOO.

Enjoy with your favorite veggie finger food! I like mine with carrot sticks, celery sticks, and on a spoon.

Remember to check out my 24-Day Paleo Challenge Page for daily updates on what I’m eating, the supplements I’m taking, progress through workouts, and other musings.







Paleo Pecan Hummus


2 cups Pecans

¼ cup Tahini

3 tsp Kosher Salt

2 tsp Black Pepper


Put all ingredients into a food processor and blend on high until it achieves a consistency you’re happy with.

The longer you blend, the more liquid it will become.

If the mixture does not liquefy after 15 minutes, add more Tahini or 1 tsp EVOO.

Time: 15 minutes


11 Comments Post a comment
  1. Yum, looks great! Tahini is definitely what makes hummus, not chickpeas, contrary to popular belief. I bet this tastes awesome with the pecans! Clever combination.

    January 3, 2013
  2. Reaaly enjoyed reading this. Great photos. Anxious to try this.

    January 3, 2013
  3. G.Carroll #

    Considering that the ancient Native Americans ate lots of Beans and Evoo is a Processed Renaissance invention…anyway sounds good. Maybe you just need to get your timing right.

    February 28, 2013
    • Good points, G. Carroll! “Paleo” and “Primal” are referenced less in the temporal sense and more in a broad attempt to characterize a food/nutrition theory. If you’re curious and would like more information, Robb Wolf does a wonderful job of walking through the basics with a full explanation of the scientific foundation:

      I hope you found that helpful! If you give the recipe a try, I’d love to know your thoughts. I’m always working to improve. Many thanks for your feedback!

      February 28, 2013
  4. Alexandra #

    Looks delicious! I will have to try this out. I have been using peeled zucchini and tahini to make hummus. It tastes just like hummus!

    December 19, 2013

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