Smoky Butter Bean Hummus Recipe

Accidentally bought a can of butter beans thinking they were chickpeas. Only discovered this one day when I really fancied some hummus. Didn’t think with the thicker skins this would work, but fortunately it works very well. I use un-hulled sesame seeds for this as they are more nutritious and use them directly rather than adding tannin.

I don’t add any oil to the hummus while making it as its easy to add too much and makes washing up easier. Also by adding it at the end with the smoked paprika it turns eating the hummus into a work of art – with every scoop full bright red paprika oozes to the new depths. Enjoy with raw vegetable crudites, on bread or just as part as a spread.


  • 1 can of butter beans
  • 1 lemon, juice of
  • 1 clove of garlic, pealed
  • 3 tablespoons of sesame seeds (unhulled are better)
  • smoked paprika
  • olive oil


  1. Add everything into the blender apart from the oil and paprika – put the sesame seeds closest to the blade as they take the longest.
  2. Blend with a touch of water until its smooth and no signs of whole sesame seeds.
  3. Add to serving dish, sprinkle on paprika and splash on olive oil on top. I usually use about 1 tea spoon of paprika and 20ml olive oil – but adjust for you tastes.

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