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Bean-Free Za'atar Beet Hummus

This bean-free za'atar beet hummus is fresh and vibrant! The za'atar adds tangy and savory flavor, while the cumin seeds add toastiness and texture. It's thick, rich, and full of fiber. You won't even miss the chickpeas!

Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Grain-free, Mediterranean
Keyword bean-free hummus, beanless hummus, beet hummus
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12


  • ~3 cups raw red beets, peeled and chopped into 1-inch pieces (about 2-3 medium beets)
  • 1-2 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 Tbsp + 2 tsp za'atar spice blend, separated (make sure it's gluten-free)
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 3/4 cup tahini
  • 1 large lemon, juiced
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling on top, if desired
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp cumin seeds, dry toasted (see below for instructions)
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish optional
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Place beets in a large bowl and drizzle with 1-2 Tbsp of avocado oil. Sprinkle in sea salt to taste and the za'atar. Stir to coat and pour onto prepare baking sheet. Bake for 60 minutes, stirring halfway through. Set aside to cool slightly once done.

  2. While beets are cooling, toast the cumin seeds. Heat a small pan over medium-low heat and add the cumin seeds. Dry toast for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once slightly darker and fragrant, remove from heat and set aside.

  3. To a food processor bowl, add the slightly cooled roasted beets, tahini, 2 Tbsp of olive oil, garlic, ground cumin, sea salt to taste and remaining 2 tsp of za'atar spice. Process until smooth, scraping down the sides with a spatula and re-blending, as needed. Taste and adjust flavors as desired and blend again, if needed. 

  4. Transfer to a serving bowl and mix in the toasted cumin seeds. If desired, add fresh cilantro and sesame seeds for garnish. Serve with whatever you like! 

Recipe Notes

This recipe is pictured with grain-free crackers, which you can find HERE.


Some commercial varieties of za'atar contain toasted wheat, so be sure to check the ingredients! I used and recommend this one.