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Lemony White Bean Hummus


Around the holidays many of us are asked to bring food to holiday gatherings. Instead of bringing the usual chips and dip or Christmas cookies, how about a veggie Christmas tree with this Lemony White Bean Hummus! The 3-D appetizer piled high with veggies and surrounded by hummus will be a hit at the party and is fun to make with kids! Dr. Yum has created this for neighborhood Christmas parties, and it is the talk of the town.

Hummus can be made with a variety of different legumes and vegetables. This is a tasty version featuring cannellini, instead of the usual chickpeas. The recipe below is for the hummus itself, but here is how to make your tree creation:



Floral foam cone (about 9 inches)

3-4 collard green or kale leaves, whole

3-4 broccoli crowns

Red, yellow or orange pepper

Pint of cherry tomatoes

Pint of miniature white button mushrooms

Bag of baby carrots

1 starfruit

Remove stems from collard green leaves and wrap them around the floral cone to cover the surface. Secure with toothpicks and trim any excess. Now you are ready to start attaching broccoli branches. Cut broccoli into pieces with short stems. Break several toothpicks in half. Insert sharp end into the stem of one piece of broccoli and use the broken end to push it into the floral cone. Start attaching broccoli covering the top and working in rows until you reach the bottom. You can leave a few spaces here and there for the veggie “ornaments”. Use whole toothpicks to attach mushroom and cherry tomatoes as ornaments in the spaces created by the broccoli. Cut the baby carrots into two smaller halves and include those as well. Now that your ornaments are up, you can make the “garland” for the tree. Cut the top off of a pepper. Then with a small paring knife start at the top and cut one continuous 1/2 inch strip until you reach the bottom of the pepper. Don’t worry if the pepper garland breaks. You can fasten it together! Starting from the top take the pepper garland and fasten it at the top. Drape it from top to bottom, using about 5-7 toothpicks to fasten it in place between the branches. If your garland has broken, use toothpicks to fasten it onto the cone with the ends touching each other. You should be able to drape your garland 2-3 times around the tree. Now the star!! Take your star fruit and cut into large star shaped slices. Take the prettiest slice and attach it to the top of your tree with a toothpick. Place tree on a plate and spread your lemony hummus dip around it like snow!


2-15 ounce cans cannellini beans (reserve liquid)
cannellini beans
ounce cans
reserve liquid
2 tablespoons tahini (omit or substitute with sunflower seed butter for sesame allergy)
omit or substitute with sunflower seed butter for sesame allergy
2 tablespoons olive oil
olive oil
juice of half a lemon
juice of half a lemon
zest of half a lemon
zest of half a lemon
1 clove garlic
½ teaspoon sea salt
sea salt


Drain two cans of cannellini, reserving some liquid. Combine all other ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth. Add small amounts of reserved liquid from beans to reach desired consistency. Taste for additional salt.

Babyfood Option:

Hummus is a nice flavorful smooth food for babies to try. Talk to your doctor in case there is a family history of food allergies, especially sesame or chickpeas. Babies many enjoy dipping a large chunk of veggie into the hummus and licking it off. Always supervise that baby does not bite off a chunk of the veggie and is just getting the flavor from licking. Avoid too much raw garlic for babies as this can taste a bit "spicy."

Prep time
15 min
Cook time
0 min
8 servings, 2 cups total
Nutrition Information

Yum Ratings

😫😟😐😀😍 “Love the lemon flavor!” —Sarah, a grown up
😫😟😐😀😍 “This is great as a dip, but would be great in a veggie wrap too!” —Julie, a grown up
😫😟😐😀😍 “I like to dip peppers in it!” —Jerry, age 3
😫😟😐😀😍 “This hummus is pretty tasty.” —Adele, age 4