Eat of the Moment

Let's Talk About Snacks, Baby (And A Recipe!)

I’m pretty particular about my snacks. I want them to be easy to prepare, but also good for me; tasty but also uncomplicated.  Trail mix, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt; I’m generally a healthy snacker. It’s rare you’ll see me with a mini bag of Doritos or something like that, although on hungover Saturdays or road trips all bets are off. These days, I pretty much always eat a late afternoon snack with a cup of green tea, and lately my go-to has been that elementary school staple, apples with peanut butter.  So simple, so delicious. Here are a couple of my other favorite afternoon snacks:

1/2 an avocado smushed onto a piece of toast and topped with a slice of tomato,a drizzle of olive oil, and some salt. 3 pm perfection, guys.

I also love a makeshift cucumber sandwich. Toast a piece of bread, spread with a thin layer of butter (chive butter if you’re feeling fancy) and top with sliced cukes, salt and pepper:

I really like toast, if you couldn’t tell.

But you didn’t come here just to hear about toast, did you? You came here for a recipe. Wellllllllllllllll here’s what I got for you: Avocado Hummus. Guacmas. Hummamole. Whatever ya wanna call it, this stuff is good. I was digging around my kitchen for a snack today and I thought Is avocado hummus a thing? Well, if it isn’t, I’m making it a thing. And this recipe was born by putting an avocado, a can of garbanzo beans and some other fixins’ into my food processor and calling it a dip. I found out later that yes, it is apparently a thing and of course I didn’t come up with the idea. But let me have my moment of glory, ok? I made a new awesome snack for myself!

And luckily, this recipe abides by my snack conditions: it’s easy (ready in five minutes), healthy (protein from beans and healthy fats from avocado), and tasty (lemon zest and cumin give it a kick).  You can taste both the hummus flavor and the avocado flavor but they meld beautifully. This hummus also has a surprisingly light, almost whipped, texture. Next time you’re feeling peckish, give this recipe a whirl.

Avocado Hummus

makes 4-6 servings

total time: 5 minutes

total hands on time: 5 minutes

What you’ll need:

  • 1 avocado, removed from peel and pitted
  • 1 can of garbanzo beans, drained (reserve 1/4 cup of liquid from the can)
  • 1/4 garbanzo bean liquid
  • 3-6 garlic cloves
  • 1 1/2 tbsps tahini paste
  • 2 tbsps lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1-2 tsp cumin, depending on your taste
  • salt to your taste

What you’ll do:

1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Do a taste test and add more salt, lemon juice or cumin, depending on how it tastes to you.

Here’s my snack-size portion accompanied by sliced fresh red peppers.

Of course, Avocado Hummus is equally as good with chips, carrots, pita bread or spread onto a sandwich or a wrap. I haven’t tried it, but this would probably be delicious if you added chili peppers, cilantro, or other herbs into the mix, too.

Sill want snack suggestions? Here are a bunch of other Eat of the Moment snack recipes for your perusal: Peanut Butter Yogurt DipHealthy Crunchy Snack Beans, Make Your Own Granola Bars, Apple Nachos and No-Bake Energy Bites. And now it’s your turn. What are your favorite healthy snacks? I’d love to know!


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