Creamy butternut squash and tahini come together with buffalo sauce to make an addicting sweet and spicy dip perfect for football Sundays!
Hi, friends! This recipe has been updated from 2014 and I’m reposting it!
I had the idea for this dip for some time now, I was just waiting for cubed butternut squash to come back to Costco. I’ll be honest, I’m not one for messing around trying to deal with difficult vegetables like butternut squash. Ain’t nobody got time for that, right?
The extra couple bucks to buy it pre-cut and ready to go supports my sanity. Once I saw it was back I knew it was go time!
(Note when I updated this recipe I actually used two 16 ounce containers or 4 cups of cubed butternut squash. I left this picture thought to show you what the precut stuff looks like in case you’ve never bought it.)
It’s not truly a hummus because it doesn’t contain any beans, but it does contain tahini which gives it a creamy texture and a hint of hummus flavor. The roasted butternut squash also lends to the creaminess but gives it a slightly sweet flavor, and then everything gets kicked up a notch with FRANKS RED HOT.
A quick spin the food processor and you’ve got yourself a potluck winning football Sunday dip!
You may think this recipe sounds weird and I get that, but don’t knock it until you try it. It is so unique and delicious, plus it’s packed with nutrients from all the butternut squash!
Why make a hummus without the beans? Well, beans are a healthy food, unless your body doesn’t tolerate them well. Some people have a hard time digesting them and others are more reactive to a substance called lectins that are found in beans. Lectins are found in other foods too, but not in as high of a concentration.
I bet you could guess, but, Mr. Hungry is one of those people that doesn’t tolerate beans that well. He can do a little bit of hummus now and then, but things made with high quantities of garbanzo bean flour are out. Which works out fine for me because I really don’t like the taste of beans.
I’ve tried to sneak more into my diet because I tolerate them and believe them to be a healthy food. The fact is, there is only one food group we need in our diet. We don’t need meat, dairy, beans, wheat, grains, nuts, etc. but, we do need vegetables and lots of them!
You probably can’t live on vegetables alone, but it is the one thing you need in your diet. Everything else is kind of negotiable depending on your tolerance and preference. I think that is pretty neat to think about! #nutrtitionnerdalert So go ahead and be adventurous with your food, you have nothing to lose!
Let’s Talk Ingredients:
Butternut Squash: Do yourself a favor and buy it precut, you’ll thank yourself.
Avocado oil: I love avocado oil because it holds up to high heat well. (See: Are you cooking with the right oil?)
Buffalo Wing Sauce: I used Stubb’s but you can use whatever is your favorite!
Tahini: Tahini yields creaminess and a hint at authentic hummus flavor. I think if you subbed any other type of nut butter here the flavor would be kind off. Cashew butter might be about the next best thing.Creamy butternut squash and #tahini come together with #buffalo sauce to make an addicting sweet and spicy dip perfect for #football# Sundays! #dips #appetizer #paleo #glutenfree #healthy
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Buffalo Butternut Paleo Hummus
Preheat oven to 350F.
Toss butternut squash in olive oil and place on lined baking sheet.
Bake until fork tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
Serve heated or cold with desired dipping utensils (tortilla chips, pita chips, vegetable chips, plantain chips, snap peas)
serving = ~ 1/4 cup
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