Last week we came across Offbeet Food in Hampshire. It was hands down one of the best vegan cafes I’ve ever eaten in. As if the dining experience wasn’t enough, I spotted a free recipe card for Beetroot Hummus at the till while settling our bill. Inspired by the stunning hand-drawn vegetables on the card, we stopped to buy a few of the ingredients on the way home. But as with so many recipes I find on these adventures, it was soon lost under a pile of papers, dog leashes and computer equipment.

At the weekend while tidying up I came across the card again, and set off on a mission to make it. I was curious to try it as one of the ingredients was toasted caraway seeds and I’d never done this before. Also, the recipe didn’t require chickpeas and I couldn’t help myself but think it was going to be a bit strange. But it was delightful!

Offbeet Beetroot Hummus recipe

Offbeet Food beetroot hummus instructions

Ingredients for Beetroot Hummus

  • 6 medium boiled and peeled red beetroots
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Pinch of orange zest
  • Squeeze of lime juice
  • 2 tsp toasted caraway seeds (I loved toasting these..snap, crackle, pop!)
  • 1 fresh red chilli (de-seeded)
  • Pink salt and Black pepper

Beetroot hummus ingredients

Simple Steps to Making Beetroot Hummus

  1. Add all the ingredients to a food processor and whiz till very smooth (I left it running for a couple of minutes, stopped to see if it was seasoned enough, then put it on again for 2 further minutes)
  2. Add more orange juice or stock if too thick and season to taste

This is where I went off on a tangent, mainly because I’d messed up and bought 3 large beetroots instead of 6 medium (thinking it would be the rough equivalent!)  Instead of the mixture being too thick, it was too runny, and I had a brief panic before throwing open the cupboards to think about what I could use to thicken the mixture.

I settled on cashew nuts, and added 1 cup to the mix and blended it again for a minute. It worked beautifully and the taste was almost creamy. I also sprinkled a few sesame seeds on top for the extra calcium.

Offbeet Food recommended spreading it on toasted bread and adding griddled veg, which sounded delicious. But we couldn’t wait and tore open a bag of crisps to enjoy it fresh out of the food processor!

I think this “hummus” is super versatile and you could use this fantastic mix as a dip, spread and even a sauce for pasta.

Beetroot hummus and crisps

The Mighty Beetroot

I was surprised to learn that beetroot is a great source of folic acid, and due to their nitrate content can help lower blood pressure. They also contain something called betanin which is what causes the rather alarming surprise in the bathroom, but is completely harmless!

We learned something new while trawling through beetroot information – there is such a thing as a white beet and sugar can be extracted from it. Back in 1806 Napoleon closed all the ports to British ships which led to a severe sugar shortage in France. In 1810 they planted hectares of beets and built 150 factories, and by 1813 they were producing sugar from white beets. Et voilà!

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About Michelle

Michelle grew up in a culture where it was normal to eat meat at every meal. Watching close family suffer multiple health problems drove her to learn more about eating for health. After watching Food Inc Michelle took the plunge into veganism and hasn’t looked back since. She is now on a mission to bring vegan inspiration to everyone!

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