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Chipotle Almond Hummus

Chipotle pepper, cumin, and adobo sauce add a punch flavor to this Chipotle Almond Hummus. This creamy and light hummus is tahini-free and totally delicious as a dip or spread.

hummus w Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Chipotle Allmonds

According to the CDC, heart Disease is the number one cause of death in adult males over 65…and, last Sunday, my dad contributed to this statistic.

My dad, Ainsley, lost his long and laborious battle with Congestive Heart Failure on Sunday, August 10th and left the confines of his earthly body to be completely free.

Over the last 5 years or so, I watched him loose his ability to walk, to eat the foods that brought him so much joy and to drink a cup of tea without thickener added in. In spite of his state towards the latter few weeks – he always managed to ask my daughter how school was going; if she was ready for her SAT’s (something he has been asking her since she was in 5th grade) even whispering to her if she had managed to read a “Reader’s Digest Magazine” a couple of weekends before his passing.


I received a call from a middle school friend of mine whose words summed up my dad’s life – (having grown up in and out of each other’s homes) she said she couldn’t think of one person who would have something negative to say about my dad and I think that’s because he never spoke bad about anyone else.

While I miss him terribly and wish I had done more, read more, been there more, played more of his favorite music and said more during the last six months of his stay in a nursing home; I need to stop think of his passing from my point of view and be glad that today he might be jumping along, eating cake (better than we have down here on earth) and drinking ALL the thickener-free tea he can get his hands on!

As certain components of heart disease tend to be hereditary, my sister and I have to make sure we live healthier – workout more, stay active and eat healthier.

While I eat pretty healthy, I need to up my nut intake – specifically, my intake of heart healthy almonds which are pretty darn efficient in lowering the level of “bad” LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol in my blood; by incorporating almonds in my diet – especially in the form of this delicious hummus…

How to make this chipotle almond hummus?

Using about half a can of Blue Diamond’s new Honey Roasted Chipotle almonds in this hummus gave it a smoky, spicy yet sweet flavor.

I skinned the garbanzo beans – mainly because skinning them seems to result in a smoother hummus and since I was using ground almonds, I figured skinless garbanzos might be a better fit. Skinning garbanzos involve pinching them at the tips and the “skin” kinda just slides off.

I also boiled the almonds and soaked them for a tad bit after reading Lindsay’s post of the health benefits of soaking nuts.

hummus ingredients

This hummus wasn’t as dense and rich as the tahini based hummus recipes I have tried……it was light and totally delicious, and it was hard to stop dipping into…my hand model and main taste tester (aka my daughter) loved this photo shoot as she didn’t have to wait long to taste a pita chip full…

honeyn roasted chipotle almond hummus

…and, another and another pita chip full….

chipotle almond hummus

To all you who sent me emails, calls, and those who commented on my Facebook post – AND to those co-workers and bosses of mine who surprised me by showing up at my dad’s final farewell – from the bottom of my hart – thank you for your condolences, for your sweet words of comfort, and for being there in person – or in your thoughts; I am blessed to have y’all in my life.

This post is dedicated to my dad, who inspired me and taught me so much by living and leading and teaching by example. Thank you for never loosing your temper with me before heart disease took it’s toll, thank you for your never faltering encouragement and quick, heartwarming smile and always remembering the little things! My sister and I have been blessed to have had YOU as a dad – ciao – till we meet again one day!

Chipotle Almond Hummus

Chipotle Almond Hummus

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Shashi
Chipotle pepper, cumin, and adobo sauce add a punch flavor to this Chipotle Almond Hummus. This creamy and light hummus is tahini-free and totally delicious as a dip or spread.


  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Chipotle almonds
  • 1 cup garbanzo beans – skinned
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup water
  • juice of half a lemon


  • Add the quarter cup of water and 1/2 cup of almonds to a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Lower the heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and let cool
  • Add the cooled almonds and water to a blender or food processor and pulse till almonds are ground up.
  • Add the garbanzo beans, the cumin, the chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, the oilve oil and remaining 1/3 cup water and lemon juice and pulse till mixture is smooth and creamy.
  • Enjoy with pita chips and/or vegetables


Serving: 1g | Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 34mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 30g
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  3. What a wonderful hummous recipe. It is such a healthy kitchen offering and I love the addition of chipotle almonds to the chickpeas. My condolences to you and your family for the loss of your father. He was obviously a wonderful man.

  4. Ramona says:

    My deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss of your father. He sounded like an amazing man and father.

  5. Shashi, huge condolences to you and your family- you will all be in my thoughts. 🙂

  6. So sorry for your loss Shashi! You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Sending you big hugs!
    What a wonderful tribute to your father. Love that you added a photo collage of him.
    I always enjoy different takes on hummus and this chipotle almond one looks wonderful.

  7. Amy @ Long Drive Journey says:

    Oh, Shashi, I am so sorry – I hadn’t heard. My heart breaks for you, but I can tell what a wonderful man your dad must have been. Even though I don’t know much about him other than what you just shared, I know that he was a great man because he raised such a wonderful, caring, considerate person in you. Please let me know if there is anything at all that I can do. I am praying for you!

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much Amy – I have your number and sure will- sending a huge hug your way, my friend

      Hope your first week as a grad student is off to a great start!

  8. kitchenriffs says:

    Sashi, I’m so sorry to hear about your father. That was a wonderful tribute — really nice. Great looking hummus, too (love the almonds!), but that’s probably a small comfort at such a sad time.

  9. Shashi, my dear! I am so sorry for your loss. May the Lord comfort you and your family…
    I wish both you and your sister a healthy life, controlling well your cholesterol. The hummus looks amazing and healthy, loaded with great protein! XX

  10. Aw Shashi, I’m so sorry. You did a beautiful job honoring him in this post. I feel like I know the kind of man he was just by the little snippet of asking your daughter if she was ready for the SATs in 5th grade 🙂 He was obviously a very kind man who loved and thought the world of his family.

  11. ashley says:

    What a great idea to incorporate nuts into hummus. I’m so sorry about your dad, what a sweet post you wrote.

  12. A sweet and lovely tribute to your father, Shashi. He lives forever in your memory.
    I know the benefits of soaking raw nuts…but soaking roasted nuts? That’s new to me.
    Your hummus looks very delicious!

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much Angie

      I soaked them hoping they wouldn’t be so hard to grind up in my blender – when I finally get a food processor, I might not soak roasted nuts. I so appreciate your kind words.

  13. mjskit says:

    Sashi, I’m am so sorry to read about your dad’s passing. He sounds like a wonderful man, one who has left your family with many fond memories and lots of things to smile about. Lots of gentle hugs being sent your way. What a very creative way to use the almonds! I bet they really jazz up that hummus and help to clear the arteries at the same time. 🙂

  14. I’m so sorry to hear about this Shashi and very sorry for your loss. Sending lots of love and hugs your way! 🙂 This almond hummus looks DELISH! Love the fact that you’ve spiced it up a notch with the chipotle! Need to make this stat!

  15. My heart goes out to you! I am so sorry to hear about your father! CoQ10 is wonderful for congestive heart failure, I always recommend people over the age of 35 take it religiously! 🙂

  16. foodrecipeshq says:

    I’m sorry for you loss, Shashi. I hug you.

  17. Kim says:

    Oh, Shashi – I’m so sorry about your dad!! I knew he had been sick and not doing well but I know it is still hard! Huge hugs to you and your sweet daughter!!!

    • Shashi says:

      Kim, yes it was so much harder than I thought – 6 months ago his doc gave him 6 months to a year – but even though he had been so ill and so helpless, and we knew…and I know he is in a way better place now…it’s still hard. Thank you so much. XXs

  18. cottercrunch says:

    i’m so sorry for you loss. sending you lots of love and hugs. and i know he’d be proud of all you do now for health! xxoo

  19. Oh Shashi my deepest condolences. I’m so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. May he rest in peace 🙂

  20. Shashi, I am so heartbroken for your loss. Sending you thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort in the memories of your father. He sounds like such a wonderful man, and I know he must be so proud of you and your daughter too!

  21. My dear Shashi, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss.
    He sounds like an amazing person and you and your daughter are his greatest legacy.
    I’m sending you big big hugs my friend and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

  22. Kelly says:

    Oh Shashi, I am so extremely sorry to hear about your loss 🙁 He sounds like an amazing and very kind man who raised a very very special lady. I am sending you and your family lots of warm thoughts and prayers through this difficult time 🙁 As always, thank you for sharing this wonderful and inspiring post as well as this amazing and creative recipe. *big big hugs*

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so very much Kelly!
      He was an amazing dad and person and (looking at the silver lining) he will do well up above! 🙂
      Hugs back atcha, my friend!

  23. Shashi, I’m so sorry for your loss. Your dad sounds like a wonderful person and I feel the world of all your readers is a better place just for having heard about him from a daughter who obviously loves him very much.

    Your play on hummus sounds absolutely divine! I still haven’t used the almonds I bought a whle back so maybe this is the push I need in that direction. I’m trying to get healthier nuts in my diet as well. 🙂

    • Shashi says:

      Awww- thanks so much Sashi – your kind and comforting words choked me up! So sweet!

      Good luck using those almonds – I sure hope you give this recipe a try!

  24. hipfoodiemom says:

    I’m so sorry to read about your father passing away. He sounds like he was a great man. . what a lovely, inspiring post!

  25. oh Shashi, I am so sorry to hear it. He has raised a wonderful daughter in you – and you are his greatest legacy. He sounds like such a kind man. lots of hugs coming your way.

  26. spicedblog says:

    Shashi, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Hang in there and know that you’ve got a ton of folks out here who support you. P.S. That hummus looks absolutely delicious…what a clever trick to include almonds in there!

  27. Oh Shashi… I’m so sorry about your loss 🙁 I’ve been keeping you and your family in my prayers ince I heard the news, and I hope that you’re all holding up okay. Sending tonnes of love and good thoughts <3

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks oodles Amanda!!! I am holding up ok – he struggled so much – at times he couldn’t reach for a glass of water even – so that made it easier for me cos now I know he is up where he doesn’t have to worry about the constraints of his earthly body anymore…doesn’t stop me from missing him though. Thank you from the bottom of my heart sweet lady!

  28. Shashi, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. It really does sound like he was an incredible person. What an inspiration that he never spoke badly about anyone!
    As usual, you’ve come up with a wonderfully creative recipe here. It makes so much sense to add nuts to hummus. 🙂

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks Helen – growing up I remember him telling me “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” in reply to my ranting – I must say it helped keep things in perspective.

  29. Khushboo Thadani (@KhushbooThadani) says:

    Oh Shashi I am so sorry to hear about your dad’s passing- I had no idea! May his soul rest in perfect piece…and by the sounds of the kind of person he was, I am sure he will. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

    I eat a lot of almonds daily in the form of raw & nut butter and if anything, you have motivated me to ensure that I keep my intake up…good thing they are so versatile!

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much Khushboo – knowing he is at peace is what makes it so much easier – he had been ill a long time and really struggled with everyday things I take for granted.
      I sure do appreciate your kind words my friend.

  30. hotlyspiced says:

    I’m so sad to hear this, Shashi. What devastating news and it sounds like your dad was not only a great father but a very special person. I’m sure you will miss him terribly. My very best wishes to you at this terrible time.

    Your almond hummus looks very good xx

  31. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef says:

    I’m sad to hear about your father’s passing. No matter how much we prepare for it, we’re never ready when it happens. My prayers are with you, your daughter and your family. It sure sounds like he was a very special man in addition to being a terrific dad.

    Your almond hummus sounds good. I need to up my almond intake too.

  32. Dearest Shashi, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this difficult time. I don’t think that we ever feel like have spent enough time with our parents and the ones we love. I know your dad will be missed dearly. Take Care, BAM