Houmous with Peanut Butter

Houmous with Peanut Butter

Houmous, there seem to be an infinite number of ways of spelling it and many more ways of preparing it! I stumbled across an article in the Huffington Post a while ago about using peanut butter instead of tahini in houmous. It was an idea that struck a chord with me immediately as firstly I’m a hug fan of peanut butter (took me until adulthood to find this out) and secondly I’m all for being frugal. I remember an unloved jar of tahini paste in my cupboard that got used once or twice and then just languished there forgotten until it was too late! That’s the thing with specialist ingredients, you buy to make one dish and then you’re left wondering what to do with the rest of the jar. So to be able to make houmous with peanut butter instead (which is always in our cupboard) makes perfect sense!

Why not get you kids making this houmous during the summer holiday, I’ll bet a lot of them don’t even realise houmous is made with chickpeas! I remember as a child loving fig rolls and hadn’t a clue what a fig actually was – when I finally found out I went off them completely bizarrely! The same thing happened with Ox tongue that we used to have sliced from the deli counter, a family friend boiled a whole ox tongue for tea one day and that was enough to put me off for life! I don’t think you get tongue any more so a whole generation of kids have been spared! That said I’m sure no children will be put off houmous because it’s made with chickpeas!

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We enjoyed our houmous with some wholemeal pittas or you could use it as a dip for crudité or crisps!

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Houmous with Peanut Butter
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A tasty peanuty and houmous that won't have you wasting the rest of a jar of tahini paste.
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Greek Lebanese
Serves: 6
  • 1 x 400g Tinned Chickpeas
  • 2 ½ tblsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 heaped dsp Peanut Butter
  • 4 tbsp Water
  • Salt
  • Garnish:
  • Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
  • Shake of cayenne pepper or smoked paprika
  1. Put all the ingredients in a blender (I used my mini herb chopper) and whizz until smooth.
  2. Check the seasoning and adjust if necessary.
  3. Place in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil and dust with cayenne pepper or smoked paprika.
  4. Serve with pittas.

I’m entering a few events with this houmous:

Credit Crunch Munch which I run with Helen of Fuss Free Flavours and hosted this month by Sarah at Maison Cupcake. Recipe of the Week over at A Mummy Too and Tasty Tuesdays over at Honest Mum.

Credit Crunch Munchrecipe-of-the-weekTasty Tuesdays

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  1. dawn obrien

    love houmous and love peanut butter but would never have thought of combining them! going to give it a try next weekend x

    1. Camilla


  2. tiggerific1973

    Unusual combo, will give it a try :)

  3. Margot @ Coffee & Vanilla

    I would really love to try this, we love peanut butter but since my daughter has the allergy we don’t bring peanut products into the house. It looks soooo good 😉

    1. Camilla

      Oh no that’s such a shame! Allergies are such a nuisance!

  4. Paul Wilson

    People seem to be regarding peanut butter as more of a health food now.

    1. Camilla

      Well many peanut butters these days are made with just nuts and nothing else so as long as you don’t eat it to excess then it is a great source of vitamins and minerals:-)

  5. Maya Russell

    Such an unusual combination. Not sure I’d like it, but Interesting enough to try!

  6. Maddy

    Wow- how simple is that?
    Definitely one for the kids to make!

    1. Camilla

      Yes a win/win situation:-)

  7. Carole Cambridge

    Wow, this is something a bit different. I’d never have thought of putting peanut butter and houmous together… it’s probably one of those combinations that really works! Definitely going to give it a try :)

    1. Camilla

      Fab, hope you like it:-)

  8. Tracy Nixon

    Mmmmm different! I think I want to try!

    1. Camilla

      I hope you give it a go:-)

  9. Anne Dalzell

    I love houmous and peanut butter but never tried them together. I’ve still not give my 2 year old peanut butter for fear of an allergic reaction, this might be ideal as a first try for him.

    1. Camilla

      I think maybe a 1st step would be to say hold a peanut as those with this allergy can’t even do that!

  10. Ann Robinson

    I wouldn’t have thought of using peanut butter but i can see how it would work so it’s worth trying

  11. Paul Wilson

    Must remember to give this a go – looks lovely.

  12. George Worboys Wright

    Interesting, I’m gonna have to try it :)

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