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White plate with light brown hummus sprinkled on top with sunflower seeds, chopped parsley and paprika powder. Crackers are scattered around it.

Hummus without Tahini (but with Sunflower Seeds)

This is The Best Hummus Recipe Without Tahini. Why? We don't just skip tahini and make a garlicky chickpea puree as most of the tahini-free hummus recipes would do. Nope. We found the perfect substitute which is roasted sunflower seeds (or sunflower butter). They add a nutty taste that you would need to wholeheartedly enjoy this dip as a proper hummus.
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Condiment
Cuisine Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Middle Eastern, Nut-free, Soy-free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword gluten-free hummus, hummus without tahini, oil-free hummus, vitamix hummus
Prep Time 3 minutes
Blending 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings (½ cup)
Calories 203kcal


  • 3 cup Chickpeas (canned)
  • ½ cup Water or aquafaba
  • ½ cup Sunflower seeds half - if you use sunflower seed butter
  • 3 Tbsp Lemon juice (freshly squeezed) it is almost 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Pepper to taste


Prepare the ingredients

  • Drain canned chickpeas. Peel the garlic cloves. Squeeze the lemon. Measure sunflower seeds. Measure water.

Blend until smooth

  • Now, add all ingredients to your blender and blend it for 2 minutes until you get smooth and fluffy homemade hummus. Done! 5 minutes!
    (If you have a don't have a Vitamix, check out the Notes for tips on how to make it in a food processor.)



Top tips if you don't have a Vitamix

If you want a creamy hummus, but don't have a high-power blender like Vitamix or Blendtec, follow our top tips.
  • Peel chickpeas - Take a bowl and fill it with water. Drop the drained chickpeas in it. Use your hands to rub the chickpeas together. You can see the peel are floating to the top. Take a fine mesh sieve and grab the peels from the top.
  • Use sunflower seed butter - If your blender or food processor is not strong enough, use sunflower seed butter. Choose one which is 100% sunflower seeds* and there are no sugar or salt or other funny ingredients. First, you puree the chickpeas until creamy and then add sunbutter and other ingredients.
  • Make sunflower butter - You can make sunflower butter with your food processor. Albeit if you have a large one, you may need too much to make it work. But it is totally doable. It is a similar method as making Homemade Peanut Butter. Start chopping the seeds with your food processor. Stop and scrape the sides time to time. Continue until you have a free-flowing paste.


Serving: 1serving (½ cup) | Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 399mg | Potassium: 322mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 28IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 3mg