I like this butter bean hummus more than traditional hummus made with garbanzo beans. It has a light fresh taste – it is a taste that reminds me of summer (even when it isn’t). Plus – it takes only one minute to prepare – just add the ingredients to the food processor and blend!
When I was in Helsinki in September, I filmed a video for Finnair. Finnair brought three foodies from across the world together to talk about how we explore new places. The theme of the video was to bring foodies from the East and West together with a Finnish local. I was paired up with Wun Ling Li from Hong Kong and Pipsa Hurmerinta, who hosted Top Chef Finland. We met up in an allotment garden and discuss travel and Finnish culinary trends.
One of Pipsa’s favorite Helsinki restaurants, Maannos, made a delicious bean hummus for us to snack on, and today I am sharing my own version! I remember the hummus in Helsinki tasting so fresh and I knew that I wanted to recreate it when I returned home.
The food scene in Finland is booming, there are so many fantastic restaurants and so many new restaurants have opened since my first visit to Helsinki in May 2016. Modern Finish cuisine emphasizes the use of fresh vegetables, in uncomplicated yet sophisticated ways. There is an intention behind every ingredient, and you can taste them in the final dish.
Inspired by the bean hummus from Maannos, I made this super simple butter bean hummus seasoned with lemon, garlic, and a touch of greek yogurt. By using greek yogurt instead of tahini, the hummus has a lighter fresher taste and a tiny bit of tanginess.
I love the idea of making hummus without tahini, because you probably have all of the ingredients you need in your fridge and pantry already.
Making this butter bean hummus is as simple as putting all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender and turning it on. It’s so easy!
I like to serve hummus with a variety of vegetables and some pita chips.
If you want to read more about Finland, check out these blog posts:
What to do in Helsinki in Winter
What to do in Helsinki
Where to Eat in Helsinki
What to do in Turku
Where to Eat in Turku
Seeing the Northern Lights in Finland
Why You Should Visit Lapland in Winter
Visiting Allotment Gardens in Finland
And if you want to try some more hummus recipes, check out these posts:
How to make Butter Bean Hummus:
- 1 (16 ounce) can of Butter Beans
- 1 clove of Garlic
- 2 tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
- 2 tablespoons Yogurt
- 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 tablespoons Aquafaba (the liquid in the can of beans)
- 1/2 teaspoons Salt
- 1/4 teaspoon Lemon Zest, plus more for garnish
- Paprika for garnish
Place all ingredients, except the garnishes in a food processor or blender. Pulse or blend until the hummus is smooth. Taste and add more salt if necessary.
Serve with pita chips and vegetables. You can serve immediately or chill for later.