A Healtibella Beauty Food Favorite: Raw Vegan Sunflower Seed Hummus

This raw vegan hummus is a fantastic bread spread or dip for crudités. It's also a great alternative to chickpea or white bean hummus (but I love those too!), so perfect for anyone who has trouble digesting beans. Because sunflower seeds are extremely rich in the antioxidant vitamin E, the body's primary fat-soluble antioxidant, their free radical neutralizing power also helps us keep our skin healthy and youthful. A mere 35 grams (1/4 cup) provides an incredible 82% of vitamin E!

Regarding bean based hummus: cooking beans with a small piece of Kombu seaweed helps reduce their associated bloating and gas issues. I had a client who insisted she could not eat chickpeas (bloating). I didn't nudge her to eat them, but I wasn't at all surprised when she told me after one month of transforming her diet that she could eat chickpeas! She was surprised, but I wasn't. Many people are able to tolerate beans and pulses after they have rid their diets of white processed grains and sugars and improved their intestinal health.

Back to the hummus! (scroll down for recipe)

Sunflowers in Arles, France, where van Gogh famously painted these flowers.

Sunflower seeds are truly a gift of one of nature's most beloved flowers. As you know, the cheery, happiness-inducing flower produces these seeds. I loved them as a child, but now I love them even more, especially toasted and sprinkled in salads or raw made into this hummus. 

In addition to being rich in vitamin E, the seeds are rich in selenium, which helps control cell damage, thus playing an important role in preventing cancer. They also contain bone-healthy minerals, because along with calcium, our bones need magnesium and copper to stay strong and sunflower seeds are rich in these minerals too. Magnesium also helps reduce stress, muscle pain, and migraines.

More nutritional power of sunflower seeds: just 35 grams (1/4 cup) has vitamin E (82%), copper (70%), vitamin B1 (43%), manganese (34%), selenium (34%), phosphorus (33%), magnesium (28%), vitamin B6 (28%), folate (20%), vitamin B3 (18%).  (Data: World's Healthiest Foods)

Hummus Recipe:

  • 2 cups sunflower seeds (no need to pre-soak)
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups water (adjusted to the consistency you desire)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 - 2 tbsp extra virgin cold pressed olive oil (to your taste)
  • ½ cup tahini
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 tbsp tamari sauce
  • sea salt or Himalayan pink salt to taste
  • dash of paprika (optional)

In a blender, combine all of the ingredients and whiz until smooth. Add water one tablespoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency. Chill in the refrigerator or serve immediately.

Hope you enjoy it! And if you're doing a Clean Program cleanse, this hummus is detox-compatible!

xx, Juli