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!

Greek, Lebanese, Turkish, Hummus, Homus, Houmus, chickpeas, dip,

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.

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  1. Janet Mozelewski

    I have a glut of walnuts so have used walnut butter instead. It gives it a more textured darker colour.
    Oh and tongue…..I remember liking it until I found out it was actual tongue! Heaven knows what I imagined it was.
    Cab still buy it at the butchers. In French supermarkets you can buy whole tongues to cook at home! They are huge and bluish!

    1. Camilla

      Excellent idea. I haven’t eaten tongue since either LOL!

  2. Paul Wilson

    Looks yummy.

  3. 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


  4. tiggerific1973

    Unusual combo, will give it a try :)

  5. 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!

  6. 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:-)

  7. Maya Russell

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

  8. Maddy

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

    1. Camilla

      Yes a win/win situation:-)

  9. 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:-)

  10. Tracy Nixon

    Mmmmm different! I think I want to try!

    1. Camilla

      I hope you give it a go:-)

  11. 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!

  12. Ann Robinson

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

  13. Paul Wilson

    Must remember to give this a go – looks lovely.

  14. George Worboys Wright

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

  15. Carolyn Clapham

    I made this last night, ready to serve as part of a picnic (!!!) lunch later. It tasted great while I was making it, so hopefully everyone else will love it too.

    1. Camilla


  16. Geoff Clark

    I think I’m going dippy, looks nice

  17. Emily @amummytoo

    The texture looks gorgeous and it’s a great idea as I can never find tahini locally. Thanks for linking up to #recipeoftheweek – sorry I’m a bit late over! Have Pinned this post and scheduled in a tweet. New linky live just went live for this week :) x

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-) Gosh don’t apologise:-)

  18. Jen @ Blue Kitchen Bakes

    Peanut butter is fantastic stuff, so versatile. I too have neglected a jar of tahini in the cupboard after using it a couple of times then forgetting about it. Love the addition of the smoked paprika too, one of my favourite spices.

    1. Camilla

      Yes, love peanut butter, maybe too much LOL:-)

  19. Ursula Hunt

    Great recipes idea

  20. Sarah, Maison Cupcake

    You know it’s uncanny I put peanut butter in my hummus for the first time ever this week and didn’t know you’d done it as well. Tastes amazing doesn’t it?

    1. Camilla

      LOL it certainly does Sarah:-)

  21. Kate @ Veggie Desserts

    Ha ha, I hate that there are so many ways to spell houmous! Genius to use peanut butter.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, yes it is confusing but I choose to spell it this way as that is how it’s spelt when I buy it!

  22. Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    Looks good especially with the smoked paprika.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Bintu;-)

  23. Nadia

    What a great idea ……

  24. Gavin Cowell

    Such an intriguing idea! Love it.

  25. Angie Hoggett

    What a great use for peanut butter, thanks for the recipe

  26. Honest Mum

    Clever idea, never heard of peanut butter being used as a substitute (Greeks the world over are weeping right now)! Bet it adds a lot of depth though and makes for a unique, filling taste! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

    1. Camilla

      LOL I’m sorry for making Greeks cry Vicki:-)

      1. Paul Wilson

        I’m sure the Greeks have bigger things on their minds right now.

        1. Camilla

          Bigger things that what? Houmous isn’t just made in Greece!

  27. Edward Guerreiro

    This is very similar to a recipe I use all of the time. I much prefer using peanut butter to tahini. I can notice the difference between them, but I enjoy each of them about the same. Plus, I don’t know of any other uses for tahini, so when I buy it, I just ends up sitting in my fridge until I finally get rid of it.

  28. Janice

    You made me laugh with your fig roll story! My grandpa was a butcher and my gran used to boil the tongue, so I don’t eat that either in the words of Viv Stanshall “It’s been in somebody else’s mouth” lol

    This is a great idea for when you don’t have any tahini and just want a small amount of hummus. I made so much the last time that I used a whole jar of hummus. It freezes really well, so worth making a large quantity.

    Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Camilla

      My Danish grandad was a butcher too Janice and 2 of his sons became butchers! I remember having delicious home-made pork scratchings that you just don’t get in butchers in Britain. I haven’t seen tongue for sale since the BSE crisis so not sure if it’s sold anymore?
      Glad to give you some hummus inspiration:-)

  29. Sus Chalmers

    this sounds a much more interesting combination that peanut butter and jelly! – must try it soon.

  30. Jeanne Horak-Druiff

    What a good idea to use PB instead of tahini! I need to try this and see how the flavour turns out!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, it’s a bit different but if you like peanut butter!

  31. Heather Haigh

    I’m must admit I’m not overly fond of tahini, though I love sesame seeds, so I do like the sound of this.

  32. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    This looks lovely! I agree about ingredients like tahini, it’s always a chore to use them up! Love making use of things I already have in the cupboards :)

    1. Camilla

      Exactly, I hate waste:-)

  33. Fuss Free Helen

    I adore hummus in all its guises, and it really is rather good for you too as long as you do not add too much oil.

    1. Camilla

      Yes, just a drizzle in this recipe:-)

  34. bev

    There’s not much that peanut butter can’t improve!

  35. Laura@howtocookgoodfood

    Love this idea Camilla, I have taught humus to my pupils and they are always horrified when they realise hummus is made from chickpeas. They all love it though! Peanut butter sounds like a great idea to replace tahini.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Laura:-)

  36. Sarah James

    What a great idea to use peanut butter in houmous it sounds delicious. I didn’t try peanut butter until I was an adult either & I love using it in cooking.

    1. Camilla

      The thing that put me off as a kid was Sunpat which would turn my stomach just looking at it – probably still would!

  37. Paul Wilson

    Never thought of hummus with peanut butter.

  38. Gingey Bites

    What a fab idea! I will definitely try this. I also totally agree with you, I love peanut butter but didn’t discover it until recently! Got to be crunchy though!

    1. Camilla

      Yes crunchy is my favourite too:-)

  39. Elizabeth

    Sounds lovely! I’m a big fan of hummus (:D) but I’ve been making it for years and years without tahini for that very same reason you describe. However, I recently decided I’d give tahini a go again and would you believe I used up the entire jar? I’d bought it to try an arabic cake (it was lovely) and the rest was used up in hummus! I will give your variation a go for sure though. :)

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Elizabeth:) Your arabic cake sounds fascinating, it’s good to get ingredients used up.)

      1. Paul Wilson

        Arabic cakes do sound nice.

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