Cayenne and Flaxseed Hummus

Cayenne and Flax Seed Hummus (via is one the BEST snack foods, right? It’s creamy, flavorful, good for you (unless you’re allergic to chickpeas or something), and it goes so well with my other snack love: chips!

Cayenne and Flax Seed Hummus (via This version is sort of a surprise. It looks pretty unassuming. And then the initial first taste is pretty, um, normal too. You taste the creaminess of the chickpeas and oil, and you get a little flavor from the lemon and garlic. But then it hits you: spice! This hummus turns up the heat with a little kick from cayenne, one of my all-time favorite spices. You can adjust this based on how spicy you prefer things, but I totally recommend going to the edge of what you think you might like here as it’s kind of what makes this hummus fun. 🙂

Simple hummus ingredientsCayenne and Flaxseed Hummus

1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans)
1 to 2 cloves of garlic, mine was quite large so I left it at just one
1 tablespoon flaxseeds
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1 1/4 teaspoons cayenne*
1 teaspoon salt
juice from half a lemon (approx. 2 tablespoons)
1/3 cup olive oil

*If you aren’t sure how spicy you might like it, maybe you tend to like things less spicy, then start with only 3/4 teaspoon cayenne and taste after you’ve made the hummus. You can always blend more in, but if it gets too spicy for you, then it’s pretty impossible to scale it back. I really like this at the 1 1/4 teaspoons cayenne, so that’s what I’ve listed in the ingredients.

No tahini hummusFirst, drain and rinse the chickpeas. I like to remove the skins as it makes the final texture just a little smoother and creamier. But this is not necessary, only an option.

In a food processor or good blender, add the chickpeas, garlic, flaxseeds, spices, salt, and lemon juice. Give that a good blend, then turn off your processor and scrape down the sides. If you have a processor (or blender) that allows you to leave an opening in the top while it’s running, then use this to drizzle the olive oil in while it runs. If not, just add the oil in 2-3 batches. You don’t want to add it all at once as it might not blend as well as if you add it slowly.

Taste and add more salt, cayenne, or even pepper if you think it needs it.

Cayenne and Flax Seed Hummus (via When you’re ready to serve, you can drizzle on a little more olive oil or squeeze on the remaining lemon juice. Whatever you don’t consume, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Honestly it will probably last longer than a week, but hummus goes fast at our house so we never have it stored longer than this.

I am really into these blue corn tortilla chips right now, but I also enjoyed this with carrot sticks and even a sliced granny smith apple. The sweet and tart apple went surprisingly well with the heat of the hummus. xx. Didier

Credits // Author and Photography: Didier Li. Photos edited with Spiegeling actions. 

  • Yum! When making hummus I usually put the oil in with everything else, but I’ll try this tip to add the oil in slowly after everything else is blended! I’m not a fan of tahini so it’s great to see a recipe without it 🙂

  • I’m obsessed with hummus yet I’ve never made it on my own!! This looks delicious and it must have that lil extra kick to make it amazing!!

  • Can I just say how gorgeous this hummus looks?! Simply stunning! My husband has been on a hummus kick lately, so I will have to make this as a surprise this week:) Thanks for the recipe!

    XO – Sarah

  • Wow! flaxseeds in hummus should be interesting!

  • yum, yum and yum! love the flavor combination choice, definitely need to try this! thanks for the inspiration! xx. gigi.

  • Yum! We make hummus quite a bit in our house, and this would be a nice change up to our norm! Looks delish!

  • I love hummus! My favourites are moroccan spiced or caramelised onion. I love the heat in the moroccan spiced one, and then with the onion one, it’s just the perfect amount of sweet!
    xo April | April Everyday

  • Yum! This sounds and looks amazing! I’ve never made my own hummus but I really enjoy it, so maybe I’ll give it a go soon. Thank you for sharing!

    Didier xo //

  • This sounds super delicious, I wonder how the flaxseeds taste!

  • This sounds so darn yummy! I’m always looking for new healthy snacks to have around the house – adding this to my list for next week! 🙂

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  • Looks great. I’m one of those with a severe allergy to legumes so chickpeas are out of the question. But I developed this allergy as an adult so I had hummus before and I loved it so I was really sad not to be able to eat it anymore. But the blog world is awesome and I found a recipe of faux-mus made with heart of palms! You basically just use the heart of palms instead of the chickpeas and it tastes very similar (texture is the same too). So now I can do your recipe with the heart of palms instead.

  • I always use flax instead of sesame when I make my hummus. Love the cayenne kick in this one 🙂
    But I’d recommend starting out with just the flaxseeds in your food processor to grind them up. Our bodies have difficulty digesting whole flaxseeds so you’re probably losing a lot of the health benefits if they’re not fully ground.

  • This hummus sounds amazing! We’ll have to try this recipe out the next time we make some!


  • YUM! I love hummus and I love spicy!!!
    I’ve never made my own hummus before but I might have to give it a try!

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