Hummus without Tahini – Parsley Flavor (Sesame & Nut Free)

If you don’t like or can’t have tahini, this parley hummus without tahini should be your bean dip of choice! It comes together in 10 minutes or less and is perfect for healthy dipping.

If you don't like or can't have tahini, this parley hummus without tahini should be your bean dip of choice! It comes together in 10 minutes or less and is perfect for healthy dipping. Get the healthy dip recipe on RachelCooks.com!

As many of you know, my little man (N) has a sesame seed allergy (you can read the story of how we found out at that link – we found out the hard way when he was 15 months old – aka the worst day of my life). He’s allergic to nuts too, but sesame is far more severe and many people are completely unaware that it’s even a possibility.

People also don’t know that sesame can be found in things such as makeup (yes, really!) and vegetable oil. It can also be snuck into products as a “natural seasoning” or “spice” on an ingredient label. Eating at Asian or Lebanese restaurants is out of the question for us. (We still do get our Lebanese carryout sometimes when it’s just the four of us. Thankfully his allergy is through ingestion and not inhalation and we’re all very aware and careful.)

Would you believe that many people don’t even know that there is sesame in hummus? If you’re one of these people, it’s okay! Let’s take a minute to chat about that, though. One of the main ingredients in hummus is tahini. In fact, I think tahini is what makes it hummus and not a “bean dip,” but we’re calling this recipe hummus anyways. So, tahini. Tahini, if you’re unfamiliar, is basically just ground sesame seeds. If you were to make peanut butter with sesame seeds instead of peanuts, you’d have tahini.

If you don't like or can't have tahini, this parley hummus without tahini should be your bean dip of choice! It comes together in 10 minutes or less and is perfect for healthy dipping. Get the healthy dip recipe on RachelCooks.com!

I’ve said it more than once already and I’ll be preaching this until the day I die, but if you have a kid in school, please please please please educate them in the importance of washing their hands immediately after they eat and not sharing food. Please. Even if they just have an apple and pizza in their lunch or anything else you might assume is completely innocent.

On Halloween of this past year, N actually had a reaction after eating a breadstick from a local pizza place at a family member’s house. We called the place they ordered from and they offer sesame seed crust and although we didn’t order that and were assured there was “NO WAY” there could be a sesame seed on the breadstick, we still ended up in the ER. My poor little Spiderman said, “Is this Halloween?” as we pulled up to the hospital. Instead of candy, he got a hospital gown and a popsicle.

I’ve never wanted my kids to live in a bubble, and I still don’t. But, as time progresses with this allergy, I find myself becoming more and more cautious (some would say crazy) about how we handle these allergies. If you don’t have a loved one with an allergy, count your blessings and please be patient and gracious to people who do. We literally live every day in fear. That sounds extreme, but fun events such as birthday parties, potlucks, and dining out? They all become stressful and anxiety-producing events. You know what else isn’t fun? Telling your three-year-old that he cannot have the pizza and birthday cake at the party. It kinda sucks, to be honest. Of course, I know it could be worse and my intention isn’t to ramble and rant. I’m so thankful that I have a healthy boy and modern medicine and an EpiPen.

Anyyyyyyyways. Should we talk dip? Can you tell I’ve become slightly passionate about food allergies?

If you don't like or can't have tahini, this parley hummus without tahini should be your bean dip of choice! It comes together in 10 minutes or less and is perfect for healthy dipping. Get the healthy dip recipe on RachelCooks.com!

This dip doesn’t look like hummus, I know. If you’re going for something that looks and tastes more like hummus (even hummus without tahini), I would omit the fresh parsley in this recipe. I just love the flavor it adds. Plus the color is kind of perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, right?

If you’re allergic to sesame, I would absolutely love to hear from you and hear your story. I hope you like this hummus without tahini as much as we do. If you’re craving more bean dips, try my healthy southwestern black bean dip or roasted garlic white bean dip.

Used in this recipe:

Parsley Hummus without Tahini (Sesame & Nut Free)

If you don’t like or can’t have tahini, this parley hummus without tahini should be your bean dip of choice! It comes together in 10 minutes or less and is perfect for healthy dipping.

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Ingredients:

  • 16 ounce can of garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed parsley leaves (some stems are okay too)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients together in food processor until smooth. Scrape down sides as needed.
  2. Store in airtight container in fridge for up to a week.

serving size: 2 tablespoons

note: If you’re going for something that looks and tastes more like hummus, omit the fresh parsley in this recipe. I just love the flavor it adds.

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Verdict: I love this hummus without tahini – you won’t even miss the ground sesame seeds – the fresh flavors are so bright and satisfying.

Husband’s take: He can be weird about both parsley and garlic so I honestly did not think he was going to like it. Surprise surprise, he loved it! He took it in lunches with carrots.

Changes I would make: None are necessary.

Difficulty: Very easy.

Hummus without tahini - nutrition label

Actual nutrition may vary depending on how recipe is prepared.

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13 comments

  1. Can your Little One eat sunflower seeds? I use them successfully in different spreads and bean pastes. It obviously doesn’t taste sesame but imitates well tahini texture and improves a nutritional density of the meal.

  2. Not allergic to tahini but I LOATHE stirring it, so I’ll be making this, please and thank you :)

  3. This looks like an option for me! I’m not allergic to sesame, but I just don’t like regular tahini. Thanks for sharing your allergy story too.

  4. glad you made something the whole family can enjoy.

    I have the hardest time with people not understanding me not being able to eat bell peppers since I can tolerate some other peppers, though I tend to not partake too much of any pepper should the allergy/sensitivity worsen to include all peppers. And, I have found documented evidence it’s real, plus my allergist backs me up on it

    My husband can’t eat cheddar, so I have to substitute when I make mac-n’cheese, nachos, tacos, etc… but he can eat any other cheese. However, he can’t eat pepperoncini.

    • That’s so interesting to me! That’s how I feel about giving N sunflower seeds – I’m worried the allergy will worsen and one day I’ll find out the hard way…

  5. Great post!! I’m obsessed with parsley, so this hummus is right up my alley. I do love tahini, but find that it’s often not needed in homemade hummus!

  6. I love tahini and am gratefully able to eat, but I love all kinds of hummus recipes! This one sounds so good Rachel! Your spiderman is lucky to have you looking out for him. Food made with love and care always tastes better!

  7. Hi Rachel, so glad I found your page! My husband is severely allergic to all seeds and nuts, all shellfish, strawberries, watermelon, chocolate, eggplant and coconut. Needless to say I completely understand the stresses involved in potluck and eating out. Even cooking at home was a challenge for me when we were first together. I’ve learned a lot about allergies and ER visits over the last 10 years but always appreciate a new recipe for something I love and he can’t have, until NOW! Thank you for sharing!

    • Thanks for sharing your story! It’s always so nice to hear from people who understand the struggles of having a food allergy or a loved one with a food allergy. I hope you guys love the hummus! Thanks again for taking the time to comment!

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