Green Monster Hummus

I’ve seen a lot of smoothies lately referred to as “Green Monsters” because of their inclusion of spinach so I thought it was time for a spinach-infused Green Monster Hummus. You know what that means? Bright green goodness…served on a cracker! If you’re into hummus recipes as much as we are, take a look at our Vegan Smoky Hummus recipe. Or maybe you’d like to try my Vegan Carrot Hummus.

Namely Marly's Green Monster Hummus is a great appetizer served with crackers

My family accuses me of having an obsession with spinach.

Don’t tell them I said this, but I think they’re right.

I do try to find ways to pack “healthiness” into unsuspecting dishes. Chickpeas in cake? I’ve done that. You’ll see that recipe this week…it’s not one to miss!

Spinach in cookies? Yes to that one too. And now this poor hummus is my latest victim.

Hummus garnished with olive oil, pine nuts, and sliced black olives.

I added cup after cup of spinach and then hit the pulse button on the food processor. Those chickpeas didn’t know what hit ’em!

Poor spinach. It’s not easy being green.

I know this spinach obsession makes me a bit weird. Not the Alicia Silverstone-feeding-your-infant-pre-chewed-food kind of weird. But still weird, nonetheless.

Crackers are served with this green hummus by Marly.

I guess I’m perfectly fine with my food being pulverized to a grainy pulp by kitchen appliances, thank you very much. It must be the small-town girl in me coming out.

Serve this Green Monster Hummus with crackers or pita bread at your next family dinner

My daughter and I agreed that sometimes hummus can be a bit too garlicky. It’s great while you’re eating it, but can leave your breath a little tangy. So this hummus is high on the spinach and low on the garlic.

Sliced yellow peppers are used as a garnish for this bright green and tasty hummus.

Sure, making this Hummus may make you weird, but feel free to add more garlic if you want to balance out on the wild side.

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Sliced yellow peppers are used as a garnish for this bright green and tasty hummus.
Green Monster Hummus
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Enjoy this delicious, colorful Green Monster Hummus with pita chips, crackers, or serve it as a condiment on sandwiches too.
Course: Snack
Servings: 6
Calories: 145 kcal
Author: Marly
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 -2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Bragg (an alternative to soy sauce)
  • ¼ - ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 cups raw spinach
  1. Pour all hummus ingredients into a food processor and pulse until well-combined. (Begin with 1/4 cup of water and add more if you'd like a thinner hummus)
  2. Scrape down the sides of the food processor bowl and then process until you achieve a fine consistency.
  3. Pour the hummus into a serving bowl and garnish with olive oil, pine nuts, and sliced black olives. Serve with pita bread or your favorite crackers.
Nutrition Facts
Green Monster Hummus
Amount Per Serving
Calories 145 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 560mg 23%
Potassium 107mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 18.8%
Vitamin C 3.9%
Calcium 3.3%
Iron 5.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


That’s it! See? Another simple and delicious vegan (and gluten-free) recipe that will fancy your checkbook, waistline, and even your taste buds. Sometimes it’s good to be a little weird.

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46 Responses to Green Monster Hummus

  1. I love all types of Hummus! This looks fantastic Marly!

  2. What is Bragg? I am unfamiliar! Thanks

  3. This looks so yummy- I can’t wait to try it.

  4. Yum! This looks & sounds great. Nice photos and like the way you write about pulverising the spinach 😉

  5. Oh my goodness this looks amazing! love that color. I haven’t made hummus in quite a while, need to try this out.

  6. Amazing!! I love my usual green monster smoothies and a good hummus — love the combo and hilarity 😉

  7. I’m the founder/moderator for Punk Domestics (, a community site for those of use obsessed with, er, interested in DIY food. It’s sort of like Tastespotting, but specific to the niche. I’d love for you to submit this to the site. Good stuff!

  8. I’m with you on the garlic issue– I love me some hummus, but often I find the garlic totally overpowers the rest of the spread! This looks amazing. I share your blender obsession as well– and why NOT add spinach to your chickpeas? Great taste, amazing nutrition, beautiful color! Well done all around.

  9. I LOVE colorful hummus! Yours is absolutely beautiful and I’m going to make it tomorrow morning 🙂

  10. What a wonderful way to work spinach into hummus – and the color is awesome! I love hummus, but I’ve never chucked in spinach before, but this has inspired me 🙂 I am featuring this post in today’s Friday Food Fetish roundup (with a link-back and attribution), but please let me know if you have any objections. It’s a pleasure to be following your creations…

  11. I just made this, and it came out just as delicious as I hoped it would! It was really easy to make too, which is a plus. I wonder how it would taste if I substituted kale for spinach…maybe I’ll try that next time. Also, FYI I pinned it on Pinterest and within a day 50 other people had repinned! 🙂

  12. Fresh or dried herbs?

    • Thanks, Penelope. I forgot to add that little detail. I corrected the recipe – it should have read dried herbs. I guess sometimes it takes a village…

  13. I love making hummus and I love spinach! I’m so totally going to make this! thank you. 🙂

  14. This was an amazing recipe! I substituted the dried basil and garlic powder for a handful of fresh basil and a crushed clove of garlic. Just this hummus alone on bread made a fantastic sandwich!

  15. What the heck is “Bragg”?

  16. Are you using raw spinach or cooked spinach ? Looking forward to trying this recipe. I’ve just cooked some chickpeas and I am fond of hummus!

    • I think fresh, raw spinach is the best. That’s what I used and it adds a nice touch of flavor (and color). I’ll change the recipe to make note of that. Thanks and I hope you enjoy it!

  17. That’s what I thought ! I tried it immediately, it’s delicious. I changed a feuw things and used 2 garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon coriander seed and a few leaves of cilantro instead of the dried herbs that I don’t have.
    Thank you for this good idea.

  18. i did use fresh garlic, almost 2 cans of chickpeas and soy sauce [since i didn’t have any braggs]. totally LOVE this hummus. something about the combination of just those ingredients is perfect. clean, light and fresh tasting…will DEF make this again!

  19. Made this last night – the only thing I did different was add garlic cloves instead of garlic powder.

    I thought it was too salty. I added another can of chickpeas & added freshly ground pepper. Still a little salty but overall …delish!

    • Great idea to add spinach! Recipe was good but I also agree that it was too salty. Added another can of chickpeas and that helped.

    • Salt is one of those “eye of beholder” things – each person has a different capacity for it. Great idea to add another can of chickpeas!

  20. Hi –

    I thought this looked so good but had an issue with liquidyness! It was so wet!!! It didn’t form a nice thick hummus.

    • Hi Rebecca
      I guess I like hummus that isn’t quite so thick, but that said I did adapt the recipe to say 1/4 – 1/2 cup of water. That way people can begin with a quarter cup and add more if they want it thinner. Thanks for your feedback…it’s always appreciated!

  21. Hi Marly,

    It looks a great and healthy idea. I was just wondering how to prepare more spinach and I found this lovely recipe. I also have a couple of questions, can I use frozen spinach instead of fresh spinach? If yes, is it the same measure (2 cups)?

    Thank you in advance!!

    • Hi Karina
      I have never tried frozen spinach with this recipe. It could be tricky because frozen spinach will be wilted when it thaws. If you want to give it a try, I would eliminate the water requested in this recipe and just add it if you need it at the end. Good luck! Marly

  22. I’m making this tonight. I keep all these ingredients on hand all the time since I started with eating clean. Nothing wrong with the spinach, I eat massive amounts of green food everyday. Thanks fir the recipe.

    • Let me know how it goes. I hope you like it as much as we do!

  23. This is delicious. I just made it but used fresh garlic and basil instead, and am not disappointed with that decision 🙂

  24. I cannot wait to make this! I put all of the ingredients on my grocery list to make asap. I also featured it on my latest post, Friday Favorites, as one of my favorite recent pins 🙂

  25. Sandra Gulin

    I just wanted to say that I’ve made this hummus several times and I LOVE it. It’s my absolute homemade favorite. The only changes I’ve made are that I never add any water because it’s already fairly wet for a hummus without it, and sometimes I add fresh garlic rather than granulated. Excellent recipe!

    • You just made my day, Sandra! So glad you liked this recipe…and love your changes too.

  26. Would you be able to tell me what kind/brand of crackers are shown with the hummus? I’ve purchased these last summer at Costco and have been searching for them ever since! Thanks. Recipie looks great, by the way.

    • Hi Diana! I believe those are the Food Should Taste Good Brown Rice Crackers. Those are amazing crackers!! I used to get them at Costco, but I’m not certain I’ve seen them there recently.

  27. Hi Marly, do you have a home made Tahini recipe you use in this or store bought?

    • I always use store-bought tahini. However, I have found that I can also peanut butter in a hummus recipe and it will do in a pinch. Let me know how it goes!

  28. I am a huge fan of any type of hummus and this green hummus is genius! What a fantastic idea 🙂

  29. What a great twist on hummus. Keeping this on my must make list!

    • I think it’s a great summertime hummus…which means I’m going to have to make some more of it myself!

  30. Fresh garlic, fresh basil, and a bit of fresh oregano bring this recipe over the top! Really watch the water in this recipe I use lots of lemon juice (also a bit of lemon zest) so that really takes care of the liquid portion of the recipe ! Thanks sooo good.


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