This Low Fat Hummus still has all of the great flavors of the classic recipe, but it uses some lower fat options for ingredients. It’s not traditional!
Low Fat Hummus
The base of this recipe uses cottage cheese combined with the chickpeas. There is tahini added in to give it the classic hummus flavor. Less tahini is used in this low fat hummus recipe than in classic hummus, which helps cut down on the calories.
Serve it up with fresh and crispy vegetables like celery, cherry tomatoes and strips of red bell pepper for a healthy, diet-friendly treat. Or make some homemade pita bread to dunk away!
The texture of this hummus is quite similar to the classic version. The flavor is similar too. Is cottage cheese used as an ingredient in classic hummus? Nope. The purpose of it here is to extend the recipe into a larger portion without adding a lot of calories. The food processor will take away any visual that cottage cheese is even there. It’s a great, lower fat version of this favorite appetizer!
About olive oil:
Olive oil is sometimes added to hummus (drizzled on top). It’s totally optional, and of course you should leave it out if you are going for a low fat snack.
If you are looking for alternative hummus recipes, you may wish to try Roasted Red Pepper Hummus (my favorite). Roasted Butternut Squash Hummus is another good one to try- especially in the fall months. If you want to try a sweeter version of hummus, make Apple Spice Hummus and serve with fresh apple slices.
Low Fat Hummus
- ½ cup 1% low fat cottage cheese
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
- ½ teaspoon ground coriander
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 1 medium garlic clove, minced
- One 15-ounce can garbanzo beans (chickpeas) -- drain and save the liquid, then rinse the chickpeas
- ¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
- fresh veggies or pita, for serving
- In the bowl of a food processor, add all ingredients except parsley and veggies/pita; process until smooth. Use the reserved garbanzo bean liquid to thin out the hummus, if needed. Taste and adjust spices, as desired. Stir in the parsley.
- Scoop the hummus into a dish, cover and store in refrigerator.
- Serve hummus with pita bread or fresh vegetables.
- For serving size, divide the hummus into 4 equal portions. Nutritional information does not include dippers.