I’ve been eating hummus for breakfast, lunch and dinner for almost eight years (not really, but you get the idea). So cutting it when I found out nightshades and legumes might be the causes of my inflammation and mysterious weight gain, was probably a shock to my system. But honestly, I don’t really miss hummus, I miss more the experience of dipping (pita bread) in a creamy sauce. I’ve tried the only cauliflower hummus before but I was not really convinced, but this time I’m onto something good.
Cauliflower and artichoke hummus – A nutritious, lectin-free spin on a Mediterranean staple
This combination of artichokes, roasted cauliflower, roasted garlic and tahini works really well, and even more with a touch of nutritional yeast. To me roasting the cauliflower with nutritional yeast and garlic, not steaming or boiling it, is essential for extra depth of taste. You may even throw some olives into the mix, but I decided to keep them out for color reasons.
This was part of a bigger Mediterranean-style meal, with a nightshade-free greek salad, pita bread made with cassava flour, and sage mustard crispy chicken wings with green dipping sauce. The next day we had the same cauliflower hummus with homemade almond flax meal crackers.
More hummus recipes
For more hummus recipes try the Lectin-Light Roasted Vegetable Hummus and the Sweet Potato Hummus with Roasted Garlic.
Cauliflower and Artichoke Hummus with Roasted Garlic
- 1 big head cauliflower, florets, washed and dried
- few garlic cloves, unpeeled
- 3-4 tbsps nutritional yeast
- avocado oil for baking the cauliflower
- Salt & pepper (for baking the cauliflower)
- one, 9oz jar marinated artichokes, drained and pat dried
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- fresh lemon juice, to taste
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/4 tsp mustard powder
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 3 roasted garlic cloves
Preheat the oven to 375F.
Add the cauliflower florets to a baking sheet, drizzle with avocado oil, add nutritional yeast, salt and pepper and mix and coat well. Add the un-peeled garlic cloves in between the cauliflower.
Cook for about 40 minutes or until the cauliflower gets a little bit of color. Take out and let cool.
Drain the artichokes and squeeze some of the water out, pat dry with a towel or paper.
Peel 3 of the roasted garlic cloves.
Add all the cauliflower, peeled garlic cloves and artichokes to a food processor and mix until pureed. Start adding the olive oil and continue to mix until you get a smooth texture. Add lemon juice, mustard powder, tahini, salt and pepper, pulse one more time. Transfer to a serving bowl or a glass storage container.
One hour total time might seem like a lot, but the 40 minutes the cauliflower and garlic are roasting in the oven you can use to do something else, so it doesn't really take one hour to make this simple dish.
Bobbie MohrJuly 17, 2018 at 9:39 pm
Thanks for posting all of this helpful information. I am going to start the cleanse reL soon. I am still reading the book and started buying some of the things I will need. The recipes look great!
ClaudiaJuly 20, 2018 at 12:26 pm
Thank you Bobbie, I’m happy I can be of help. Good luck and please keep us updated with your progress. <3
Cynthia VanariaMay 17, 2021 at 4:17 pm
I just bought your cookbook to thank you so much for this INVALUABLE HELP. Today is day 1 of the 3 day cleanse and my quest for better health: no 24/7 severe acid reflex, no inflammation, no arthritis, no heart palpitations–why not give it a try! I have refused all medications (unless absolutely critical for survival) because I want to live as natural a life as possible without side effects. We shall see. For the past 9 days, I tried a modified Dr. Gundry and the acid reflux relief is astounding! I have great hope!
ClaudiaMay 18, 2021 at 8:11 am
Hi Cynthia, I wish you all the best in your health quest. I understand you with the acid reflux. I used to have the same problem.
Leah BruhnJuly 23, 2018 at 5:14 pm
Hi! I wondered if I could use frozen cauliflower instead of fresh? It is so hot here in AZ that I don’t like to turn on my oven to cook the cauliflower. Thanks,
ClaudiaJuly 23, 2018 at 10:48 pm
Hi Leah, I am personally not a fan of frozen cauliflower, I find it watery. I think the cauliflower needs to be dry and roasted for this to come out as I would like to. But feel free to experiment, you never know. I hope this helps xx.
CatolAugust 3, 2018 at 2:58 pm
I miss hummus so much. just what is nutritional yeast and why should I have it in my pantry? and what do you scoop it up with?
ClaudiaAugust 3, 2018 at 5:01 pm
Nutritional yeast is deactivated yeast and it’s used mainly by people not eating dairy and meat to enhance the flavor of their foods. It has a nutty / cheesy taste but don’t expect to truly replace dairy. It’s super reach in B vitamins so is a good addition to your diet, weather you are dairy restricted or not. I hope this helps.
Leah BruhnSeptember 3, 2018 at 3:23 pm
I made this today (I did end up roasting the cauliflower). Can I freeze the hummus? I would freeze it and then take it out when needed a thaw in the refrig.
ClaudiaSeptember 4, 2018 at 8:40 am
Yes you can! Totally.
LeahSeptember 5, 2018 at 4:08 pm
So delicious and easy to make !! I did end up freezing on container. My family is visiting next week and I want my sister to try this! Yum!!
ODNovember 1, 2018 at 4:50 pm
It’s absolutely delicious Follow the recipe and it turned out amazing. Thank you so much
Candace L MoralesMay 18, 2020 at 2:30 pm
I just learned that Tahini has a high lectin content. Can you recommend a Tahini that does not have lectin? If so please let me know. Also, Sunchokes make a wonderful hummus. Ive had it before but can not find a recipe without garbanzo beans. Do you have such recipe?
ClaudiaMay 23, 2020 at 2:37 am
Tahini is just sesame seeds butter. Don’t have a high lectin content. Maybe you meant hummus (because of chickpeas)? Also, chickpeas can be pressure cooked and you can mix with tahini and spices and make compliant hummus. I love sunchockes but they are a little hard on my tummy. I try not to eat them too often :))). Yes, please check my post about how to reintroduce beans.
SusanJune 22, 2020 at 5:45 pm
When making the hummus, do I just replace the olive oil with tahini? Same quality? I know he doesn’t want olive oil for phase 1!
ClaudiaJune 23, 2020 at 3:01 pm
Hi Susan, you certainly can do that.
Melissa BellevueNovember 16, 2020 at 7:47 am
Do you happen to have nutritional info on this recipe? I am also trying to lose weight and counting calories at the moment.
ClaudiaNovember 16, 2020 at 8:20 am
Hi Melissa, I don’t have, but there are many apps for people who want to keep track of calories. I would never worry about this meal that would contribute to gaining weight though. Don’t even worry about calories in vegetables like cauliflower and artichokes. In this case you can just calculate how many calories in the olive oil and cut there if you want to keep it lower. But you need the healthy fats in order to lose weight, it’s not all about calories. Idea; maybe check my post about the five day fast mimicking cleanse, my mom lost 3.6kg in 5 days doing that one. Calories are calculated to not go over 900 a day. I hope this helps xx
Claudia Jean VirgaNovember 8, 2021 at 3:28 pm
Hi Claudia. I love all your recipes and appreciate you sharing your knowledge. I am allergic to yeast, even nutritional yeast is not recommended. Is there something I can replace it with or would it be ok to leave it out completely?
ClaudiaNovember 9, 2021 at 7:49 am
Hi Claudia, yes, you can totally skip the nutritional yeast. It going to slightly modify the taste, but it will be good anyway. I haven’t had nutritional yeast in a long time either.
NitaJanuary 24, 2022 at 9:05 am
Claudia, this recipe is delicious! I too am a hummus lover so I was elated to try this and find that it checked all the boxes for me. The nutritional yeast and roasting of the cauliflower really give so much depth to the flavors. Question… I am literally craving this all day now. How much is too much?
ClaudiaJanuary 25, 2022 at 3:25 am
Hi Nita, I’m so happy you loved this hummus. If you feel good when eating it, I don’t see a problem eating this often. You’ll probably have enough of it at one point :)))