English pea hummus (Paleo-ish/vegan)

english pea hummus

why is all my food green?

I spent a good long time trying to figure out of english peas were Paleo, and never really got a conclusive answer. Some say yes, because they can be foraged and eaten raw. Some say no, based on the carb load. The guy from Mark’s Daily Apple says they are Primal, which is kind of his own diet that happens to be very similar  to Paleo in nature. That’s cool with me, because I want to share this recipe. It is delicious as hell, doesn’t include chick peas (about 80 million percent less farts, WOOHOO!), and it scratches an itch I have had for awhile. I miss hummus. Also, 2/3 cup of the peas only had about 14 grams of carbs, which I think is not a lot at all, considering this dip is sort of rich and even I can’t eat TOO too much of it. I was just after my workout, cooking, and taste testing and I probably still only ate like 1/4 cup.


10 oz green peas

2 Tablespoons tahini (which, if you are like me, you have to buy small quantities in bulk so you don’t eat it by the spoonful. whoops.)

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1/2 meyer lemon, juiced

1/2 teaspoon dried garlic

salt and pepper to taste

I just whirred all of these together in my Vitamix* until it was smooth and creamy. Because peas are sweeter than chickpeas, and because I used a meyer lemon there was a lightness and perkiness to the flavor that was totally unique. It’s very springy, and I’m sick of winter, so yep. Eat up!

* You could probably use a regular blender but you may need to add more liquid which will probably effect the taste. Sorry non-Vitamix havers. I feel your pain.


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3 Responses to English pea hummus (Paleo-ish/vegan)

  1. Kris says:

    I don’t think people discount them because they’re carby. In fact, a lot of the Paleo community is shifting away from a total low-carb approach (well, at least ketogenic approach…of course by default a paleo diet will be lower carb than 95% of Americans). It’s more generally thought of as non-paleo because it’s a legume, which of course in most cases is an agricultural product.

    In general though, i think common sense is needed when making food choices. Peas are healthy, no matter what diet you’re on.The recipe looks great!

  2. I’m totally making this – looks delish! (P.S. The other great thing about English peas: protein. Love ’em.)

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