Smoked Red Lentil Hummus

Red lentils are one of those good, no great foods, rich in protein and fibre, among other nutrients. It was one of the foods I rediscovered during my Ten Day Fibre Challenge back in July. Now it’s a food that I eat regularly.

Move over chickpea hummus. Smoked red lentil hummus is quick, easy to make, and delicious! Blend it all together in a food processor and add more water if you want a thinner consistency. You can enjoy it with cut vegetables, crackers, wraps, sandwiches or power bowls. The choice is yours!


Smoked Red Lentil Hummus

Author: Jen - A Naturally Nu Foodie Recipe

Prep Time: 5 to 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 to 25 minutes

Total Time: 25 to 35 minutes

Number of Servings: 4 to 6


1 cup (250 mL) red lentils

2 tbsp (30 mL) lemon juice

1 tbsp (15 mL) water

2 tbsp (30 mL) avocado oil

¼ cup (60 mL) tahini

½ tsp (2 mL) roasted garlic powder

½ tsp (2 mL) cumin

¼ tsp (1 mL) to ½ tsp (2 mL) smoked paprika

¼ tsp (1 mL) lemon pepper (optional)

¼ tsp (1 mL) salt

Additional water (if needed to thin hummus texture)


  1. Prepare lentils. Option #1: In a medium pot, boil water and add lentils. Reduce to low-medium heat and simmer, covered until soft, approximately fifteen minutes. Allow lentils to cool. Option #2: Open and drain a can of lentils into a colander and rinse well with water. Pat dry and portion out one cup (250 mL) into a small bowl.

  2. In a food processor, combine lentils with lemon juice, water, avocado oil, tahini, roasted garlic powder, cumin, smoked paprika, lemon pepper (if using) and salt. Blend until smooth and add a tablespoon (15 mL) water to thin the hummus if needed.

  3. Serve with cut vegetables like red peppers, tortilla chips or gluten-free crackers.

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