Fat & Happy: Spinach and Fig Hummus

Ever get bored of hummus? It’s everywhere; probably because it’s a basic go-to when you need a quick appetizer option. Don’t get me wrong. I do like hummus, but I also like flavor.

I found myself with a lot of spinach the other day, even after making a spinach salad, sauteed spinach-stuffed potatoes and this super yummy spinach and mushroom dahl. I was beginning to wonder if I could eat any more spinach. But then I found myself in need of a quick dip to go with veggies, and I just happened to have some dried chick peas soaking. It seemed like a blender marriage.

The result is a beautiful green hummus with hints of sweet from the fig jam. A wonderful break from typical hummus and perfect as a dip or a sandwich spread. This makes an enormous amount of dip, and great for a large party. Cut the recipe in half if you are making this for yourself or a smaller party.

No matter how much you make, it’s a Fat and Happy and Healthy delicious!


Spinach Fig Hummus

  • 8 cups spinach
  • 2 cups chick peas*
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons fig jam (+ a drizzle for the top)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Touch of pepper

Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor, and whirl to combine.

*I used 2 cups of chick peas, though I might add an additional cup for a thicker consistency the next time I make this.

Happy Healthy Tips: Chick peas are loaded with protein, fiber, magnesium; spinach is filled with phytonutrients.

For more recipes, go to Monique’s blog: FatandHappyBlog.com and Monique’s new site,HappyEatsHealthy.com