Paleo Hummus

It's shocking that these ingredients can result in a hummus flavor, but it does. Paleo hummus is a great dip for vegetables or crackers and as a sauce.

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I admit it: in the past year I've made and played with this Paleo Hummus recipe many times and in that time I've always wondered if it was “hummus” or “humus”.  I can tell you that it is definitely not “humus”, as its definition is “fully decomposed organic matter, sometimes used in gardening to improve the fertility of soil”.  Now we know.

I got to catch up with a bunch of friends from school this weekend who I haven't seen in a while.  It's come to my attention that almost everyone is married now.  I think there are only 2 of us in the group who are single.

That wedding thing is catching.  And expensive.  Last year I had 5 weddings to go to.  I think 3 this year.

There should be one big mass ceremony.  Once a year.  Or a wedding week.  Kinda like graduation ceremonies at big universities, how different programs are scheduled for their ceremonies all within a couple days.  Think about that week-long party!  And all the people you'd meet!  Now that would be the way to connect all the singles, no?

But it would never work.  Brides need their day, right?  I get it.  But it's cool.  Gets everyone together for mini-reunions.  It's weddings and funerals, right?  So obviously this is the more fun of the two.

Hey, do you have a go-to wedding gift that you can suggest?  I need help.  Maybe a gallon-o-Paleo hummus (Not humus.  Unless they're big into gardening).

Stay tuned:  I will show you one of my favorite uses for this hummus.  Next week.

What a tease.  😉

***Update:  Favorite use: Hummus Omelette.

See all of our Paleo Greek Weeks recipes here.

Paleo Hummus -

Paleo Hummus

  • Author: Raj -
  • Cook Time: 12 min
  • Total Time: 12 min
  • Yield: 4-5 cups
  • Category: dip
  • Cuisine: Greek


It's shocking that these ingredients can result in a hummus flavor, but it does. And it's great!


  • 1 head cauliflower (cut, steamed or boiled, and cooled)
  • 5-6 heaping Tbsp almond butter
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1-2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp dry mustard powder
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1 pinch black pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend until smooth.


This hummus is a fantastic dip. Steamed broccoli is a great match.

Καλή όρεξη! (Bon appetit!)

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I’m trained as a pharmacist, but my passion lies in changing people’s mental and physical health through amazing food… and laughter. I’ll laugh at my own jokes even if you don’t. I love food. Lust may be a more appropriate word. Prepare to get your Paleo-induced drool-on!


  1. Devi June 16, 2014 at 6:41 am - Reply

    Yum yum yum!!

  2. Sarah-lyn June 16, 2014 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    Chickpeas aren’t paleo!?

    • Raj June 16, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      Nope, they’re legumes.

    • Holley June 17, 2014 at 7:05 am

      Surprisingly no they are not, they can cause inflammation in some people. I have an issue with my thyroid, and subsequently avoid soy beans. This article is technical, but a good explanation. As always, listen to your body, and your health care professional, some people can eat them with no problem, or with moderation. But if you are suffering from leaky gut, inflammation or a hormone imbalance, legumes may be an issue.

  3. byanode November 17, 2014 at 6:00 am - Reply

    I just saw a recipe for a beautiful beet hummus made with chickpeas on Cooking Stoned. After seeing yours, I’m thinking of using cauliflower as a base. Have you tried that combo?

    • Raj November 17, 2014 at 6:55 am

      A sweet beet hummus? No, I haven’t. The only sweet hummus I’ve had was with pomegranate. But if you try, be sure to let us know how it goes.

  4. SoTM November 22, 2014 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    I made this tonight….not bad at all. I prefer flavored(like red pepper) hummus….but this was very close in consistency and taste to normal hummus. I will be playing around with this, maybe with other nut butters like macadamia.

    • Raj November 22, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      Son of the Mist,

      Yeah, I haven’t played with other flavors yet, but when you do please keep us posted!

  5. Juli November 30, 2014 at 7:18 am - Reply

    can tahini be subbed instead of almond butter?

    • Raj November 30, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      Are you asking about flavor for this recipe? I’m not sure, I haven’t tried it but I would think that yes it would work. Might have to play with the amounts of other ingredients.
      Tahini is technically paleo, but there is some debate as to seeds because of the phytic acids. So depending on your reasons for eating paleo and health goals, almond butter may be a better option (plus it’s cheaper, isn’t it?). You can read more about this at

      If you do try it with tahini, let us know what you find.

  6. Chance Bunger February 25, 2015 at 9:57 am - Reply

    Made this pretty much exactly how the recipe called for, turned out pretty good! Just a hair too spicy for me, i think next time i may cut back the cumin just a tiny bit and omit the cayenne altogether just to tone it down a notch. Great idea using the almond butter!

    • Raj February 25, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      Thanks Chance. Good point. Good suggestion for those who are hypersensitive to spices.
      I haven’t had any complaints about this being too spicy from the many people who have tried it or who I’ve made it for, but thankfully this is very adaptable to individual tastes.

  7. Ayngelina February 25, 2015 at 10:01 am - Reply

    Hummus is one of my favourite things!

  8. Kitty May 6, 2015 at 8:01 am - Reply

    is your choice of almond butter over tahini a flavor choice or is tahini not paleo?

    • Raj May 6, 2015 at 8:27 am

      That’s a great question. I haven’t actually made this one with tahini in such a long time that I almost don’t remember haha.

      This is seasoned for almond butter. Who doesn’t have almond butter and cauliflower in their paleo kitchen always? And I believe almond butter is cheaper.

      I have read some things about seeds (tahini is made of sesame seeds) being more inflammatory, but that really wasn’t part of the decision.

      Short answer: flavor and cost. And availability.

  9. Nina November 5, 2015 at 9:08 am - Reply

    Would frozen boiled cauliflower work? Thanks!

    • Raj November 5, 2015 at 9:39 am

      I don’t see why not. Strangely I haven’t tried that yet…

      Please let me know what you find if you do. Curious about flavor and texture due to water content.

  10. Kellie November 15, 2016 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    How long does this last?

    • Raj November 16, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      Good question Kellie.
      No idea. I eat it too fast to let it go bad…
      But actually, probably just a few days in the fridge. I don’t know how well it would freeze either. But if you are worried about running out of uses before finishing it, try jazzing it up with some of my other paleo hummus recipes.

  11. dannie June 5, 2018 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    lovely yummy recipe for breakfast.

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