You’ll love this creamy White Bean Hummus that’s packed with festive holiday flavors! This dip is loaded with dried cranberries, infused with garlic and rosemary olive oil, and topped with crunchy chopped pecans.
Add the unique addition of orange juice for a burst of tart citrus flavor that brings it all together. This delicious dip has a lightly sweet and sour taste and is perfect to pair with all your favorite dippers!
💚 Why You'll Love This Recipe
This cannellini bean hummus is your new favorite holiday appetizer! A hummus base made from healthy white beans and the sweet-tart flavor of dried cranberries. This festive hummus will be a huge hit at your next holiday party or as an appetizer at your cookie swap!
It only takes 7 ingredients to put together this holiday cranberry hummus, and your guests will love the smooth and nutty flavor from the white beans contrasted with the sweet cranberries and crunchy pecans.
If you love unique hummus recipes like this White Bean Hummus, try this super-healthy Homemade Turmeric Hummus, which requires no tahini to make! Or whip up this super tasty Roasted Red Pepper Hummus instead!
🧂 Ingredients Needed
- olive oil - ensures your hummus will be full and creamy.
- fresh rosemary - adds a pungent and aromatic flavor that's reminiscent of pine and perfect for a holiday dip.
- garlic cloves - provide a sharp and savory garlic flavor that brings out the other ingredients.
- white beans - act as a replacement for chickpeas and create a smooth and creamy hummus base with a nutty and mildly earthy flavor.
- orange juice - for a burst of citrus flavor that lightens things up.
- dried cranberries - for a pop of gorgeous red color as well as an infusion of distinctly festive holiday flavor.
- pecans - add a nice crunch for texture variation.
- Saute the rosemary and garlic cloves in olive oil until fragrant
- Pour the oil, rosemary, and garlic into a food processor with white beans, salt, orange juice, and cranberries, then blend until smooth. Top your White Bean Hummus with extra cranberries and pecans and serve with your favorite dippers!
No, these are two completely different ingredients. They can provide similar flavors and textures, but traditional hummus is often made with chickpeas (or garbanzo beans) and this cranberry hummus is made with white beans.
Overall, white beans do provide more health benefits than chickpeas. They're higher in calcium, potassium, iron, and fiber, and also contain lots of protein.
Any kind of white bean will do the trick! Cannellini beans are my go-to, but nearly all kinds of white beans (which include navy beans, great Northern beans, and butterbeans--or baby lima beans) all produce similar effects in recipes.
💭 Expert Tips and Tricks
- Be sure not to burn the olive oil. Only cook long enough to start releasing the fragrances from the garlic and rosemary.
- Any kind of blender or food processor will get the job done when it comes to blending your ingredients. Be sure to scrape the sides as you go.
- Drizzle the hummus with a bit of olive oil just before serving for extra moisture, smoothness, and a pretty presentation.
- If you find your hummus is too thick, add small amounts of water and blend until it's the desired consistency.
- I recommend letting your hummus sit in the fridge for an hour or two before serving. This allows all of the flavors to meld together.
📌 Making this cranberry hummus is a great way to gather your friends and family for a tasty and festive appetizer around the holidays! Enjoy around the fire with a glass of wine or your favorite cocktail.
💡 Substitutions and Variations
- I like to use cannellini beans, but any kind of white beans will work for this white bean hummus. That includes great Northern beans, butterbeans (or baby lima beans), and navy beans.
- Serve with crackers, chips, veggies, pieces of bread, pretzels, and more!
- This cannellini bean hummus also make a great companion for cheese boards and charcuterie boards.
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. I don't recommend freezing your cannellini bean hummus.
🍴 What To Serve With This Dish
If you want to make a delicious snack platter, make another one of these recipes to go along with your cranberry hummus. Serve some Pretzels Bites with Olive and Parmesan for dipping, or pair with a Homemade Queso or Guilt-Free Jalapeno Artichoke Dip. You could even try serving your hummus in Tortilla Bowls for a fun twist!
✔️ More Festive Recipes You'll Love
- Chocolate Covered Potato Chips - These homemade chips are covered with chocolate and decorated with festive sprinkles.
- Vanilla Wafer Christmas Bark - Use tasty vanilla cookies to make this incredibly addictive Christmas bark!
- Elf Nibbles - An adorable holiday snack mix featuring chocolate candies, cereal, and pretzel bites.
- Christmas Mimosas - This cocktail from Cocktails and Appetizers is a great option to serve with your holiday brunch or alongside Christmas dinner!
White Bean Cranberry Hummus
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📋 Recipe Card
White Bean Hummus with Cranberries
- 1 Food Processor
- Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the fresh rosemary and peeled garlic cloves. Saute for a minute until fragrant.¼ cup olive oil, 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, 2 garlic cloves
- Pour the olive oil with the garlic and rosemary into a food processor. Add the remaining ingredients, except the pecans, into a food processor. Blend until very smooth. Adjust to desired thickness by adding extra water if needed.28 ounces white beans, drained and rinsed, 2 tablespoons orange juice, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ cup dried cranberries
- Serve topped with chopped pecans and/or extra cranberries alongside fresh bread or crackers.⅓ cup pecans
- Be careful that the olive oil doesn’t burn. You just need to sauté garlic and rosemary until fragrant and then remove the skillet from heat.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- Serve with crackers, chips, pretzels, veggies, bread, and more!
Nutritional information is an estimate. The nutritional values for your final dish may vary based on measuring differences and products used.
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Do you drain and rinse the beans?
Yes, they should be drained and rinsed. My apologies for leaving that out, I have corrected it!
What an amazing Holiday Hummus recipe! It's so healthy for the whole year!
Thanks for sharing!
This was such a unique and unexpected recipe! Quick, easy and delicious; looking forward to serving this for Thanksgiving, indeed!
This hummus recipe is perfect for holiday parties. The cranberries make it so festive. This is going on my holiday menu. Thank you!
I've never made hummus with cranberries before. Fantastic variation - thanks for sharing!
Fantastic hummus recipe! There is just nothing better than making and enjoying hummus at home!