Well, I am not necessarily going to offer a solution to this semi-healthy, semi-unhealthy deliciously addictive snack, but rather a little something different for those times when you need to give hummus a break because you literally ate your entire body weights worth of it.
Thanks to the beautiful blog Love & Lemons (probably one of my favorite blogs - EVER), I get to share a little treat called almond herb spread. In my opinion, this spread is a mix between hummus and pesto yet has none of the ingredients you would find in either mixture. This almond spread does have a couple weird ingredients in it, nutritional yeast and miso paste. The good news is that these two ingredients can go into a lot of other different things and the nutritional yeast can be stored in your pantry for a long time (it also has B-12 in it, which is quite beneficial, so it might be wise to incorporate it as much as you can).
Almond (herb) Spread - from the lovely Love & Lemons
- 1 cup almonds
- 1/2 garlic clove chopped
- 1/2 tsp miso paste
- 1 tsp nutritional yeast
- 1/2 - 3/4 cup water
- 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
This is the recipe I followed. There are substitutions as suggested by Love & Lemons, as well as the addition of different herbs to make it officially almond herb spread. Frankly, I think it is just as amazing with or without the herbs.
This stuff can go on socca (a gluten-free flatbread I have yet to create a post about), normal bread, pita chips and I am pretty tempted to try and incorporate it in a pasta or quinoa dish sometime in the near future. Like I mentioned before, I am not sure if this is necessarily more nutritional than hummus - but it sure does change it up a bit, deliciously so.
Here are some other things you can make with nutrional yeast & miso paste:
- Vegan caesar salad (nutritional yeast)
- Miso-tahini dressing
- Miso soup
- Marinades (miso - can be mixed with soy sauce and other asian ingredients)
- Nutritional yeast is also sometimes used to give a "cheese"type flavor
- Popcorn topper (nutritional yeast)