Roasted Cauliflower Hummus

Roasted Cauliflower Hummus
You know what I hate? Suggested serving sizes.

I love hummus. I don’t make usually make hummus myself (unless it’s Edamame Hummus) because it ends up being a disaster, so I buy the little tubs of hummus at the grocery store. And I totally want to eat half the tub in one sitting. But a serving size is almost always two tablespoons.

Two tablespoons. Which is nothing! Who eats two tablespoons of hummus?!

I am totally a volume eater. Hummus is a healthy food, but the calories really add up when you want to eat more than two tablespoons. So I thought I’d try replacing the chickpeas with roasted cauliflower. Oh sure, my hummus wouldn’t have as much protein, but I’d be able to eat a lot more of it, which is nice too, right? As usual, I thought I was being super innovative, but then I Googled it and about a gajillion recipes for paleo hummus made with cauliflower came up. Oh snap.

Roasted Cauliflower for Hummus
Anyway, if you divide this Roasted Cauliflower Hummus into four HUGE SERVINGS (see, all caps means the servings are big), you end up saving about 90 calories per serving. I kind of wanted to have a more impressive number for you, but 90 calories is better than nothing, right? Each HUGE SERVING is a little over 200 calories, so if you serve this with some whole wheat pita bread and fresh veggies, it makes a nice light lunch.

Oh, and I bet you’re wondering how it tastes. Does Roasted Cauliflower Hummus taste like real hummus? Well, yes and no. With the garlic, lemon juice, and tahini, it does taste like hummus, but because it’s made with roasted cauliflower, it has a subtle sweetness and nuttiness that regular hummus doesn’t have. If you’ve ever added caramelized onions to hummus, it’s kind of like that.

Roasted Cauliflower Hummus

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Roasted Cauliflower Hummus

A lower calorie hummus with roasted cauliflower substituted for chickpeas.


  • 1 medium head cauliflower, broken into small florets
  • oil mister or cooking spray
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/3 c. tahini
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • lemon wedges, olive oil & parsley for garnish
  • pita bread and fresh veggies for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with oil or cooking spray.
  2. Place cauliflower florets on baking sheet. Spray with additional oil or cooking spray. Roast for 40 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking time. Remove from oven and cool.
  3. Combine cauliflower, garlic, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper in food processor. Process until smooth. Add water one tablespoon at a time for a thinner consistency, if desired.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with parsley, if desired. Serve with lemon wedges, pita bread, and fresh veggies.


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  1. says

    made this tonight and really really enjoyed it… great recipe. i thought i wanted more garlic so i went off recipe and ended up adding too much, but i added some more lemon and salt and it helped.

    • Kiersten says

      I actually tested the recipe with more garlic because I usually put more in my chickpea hummus, but for some reason with the cauliflower hummus, it just doesn’t work out! I’m glad you liked the recipe.

  2. Blanca says

    Do you by chance know what the caloric measurement for this is? I’m actually making some right now, my cauliflower is currently in the oven, and I wanted to be able to log it.

  3. Jodi says

    Thank you for this recipe! I have made it over and over, and every time it disappears within about two days. I gave my mom the link, she has been making it as well, and she and my dad love it! I love your blog, too. It has been a breath of fresh air. :)

  4. Andrea says

    I used this as inspiration tonight but as I only had half a head of cauliflower I used two beetroots alongside it, roasted the lot then blended with the garlic, tahini, olive oil and a spoonful of lazy chilli…delish! Thanks for the idea :-)

  5. mike says

    Love it! I ended up roasting garlic with the cauliflower to mellow it out… Little more garlic and olive oil for me… Deliciousness!

  6. Candice says

    Delishious! i just feel it is missing the cumin. Definitely a recipe i will use again and again and share with others :D Thank you!

  7. Thomo says

    I tried this recipe and added a bit more olive oil for creaminess. Mine too was just a bit bitter though I only used 1 clove of garlic. I was good for my first time making and having cauliflower hummus and will surely make it again.

  8. says

    You can’t call these dishes “hummus” unless they are made from chic peas. “Hummus” means chic peas in Arabic. The food looks good and healthy, but you must think of a new name. Hummus is not a catch word for anything that is mashed and can be dipped.
    Thank you,
    Salwa, Syrian heritage

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