Tahini Free Lemon Hummus

This tahini free lemon hummus is packed full of cashew butter, chickpeas and lots of lemon and garlic flavor. Perfectly smooth and perfect for dipping with toasted pita or crunchy vegetables. 

This tahini free lemon hummus is packed full of cashew butter, chickpeas and lots of lemon and garlic flavor. Perfectly smooth and perfect for dipping with toasted pita or crunchy vegetables. 

Sometimes I want dinner to just be me, some dip, crunchy vegetables and chips. Snack food as dinner just might be my favorite type of dinner. I mean, what’s better than munching the night away?

As you all know I have a major love for all things hummus and that includes picking it up at the store as well as making my own. I don’t typically keep tahini in the house so I like to swap it out with a little cashew butter instead. It’s lighter in flavor than some other nut butters (I’m looking at you almond butter!) and not overly expensive. PLUS my local grocery store even has their own organic store brand of cashew butter for only $6.99 a jar.

Totally a steal!

This tahini free lemon hummus is packed full of cashew butter, chickpeas and lots of lemon and garlic flavor. Perfectly smooth and perfect for dipping with toasted pita or crunchy vegetables. 

Another reason I love using cashew butter is that I’m slightly allergic to sesame. I know, you’re probably thinking “ummmm I’ve seen you post recipes using tahini packed hummus before…” and you’re right. I have. And I still make them ALL THE TIME for my husband and friends. I have no issues with being around the stuff but if I eat more than say 5 bites I start to get a little itchy. And a little red. And a little sweaty. And a little full of hives.

All in all – not a good time.

I once told my allergist that I still eat sesame filled things but I just take it easy and only take a few bites. She did not like this answer.

At. All.

In fact, she told me to cease my behavior immediately and don’t be such a dingus. Ok, she didn’t call me a dingus but she did tell me to stop eating it. Sigh.

This tahini free lemon hummus is packed full of cashew butter, chickpeas and lots of lemon and garlic flavor. Perfectly smooth and perfect for dipping with toasted pita or crunchy vegetables. 

But, since it’s still safe for me to be around I often make crazy good recipes for him with traditional hummus and I eat my tahini free lemon hummus. This version is PACKED full of lemon flavor with just a hint of garlic. Then I top it with a few drizzles of extra virgin olive oil, minced parsley, toasted pine nuts and pomegranate seeds.

Don’t those little seeds look like rubies? I love the way they look. And taste. Obviously.

{Looking for even more dip recipes? Try my charred triple onion dip, baked spinach bacon dip, Greek topped hummus, warm loaded baked potato dip, preserved lemon and mint whipped feta dip or my edamame garlic scape hummus.}


Tahini Free Lemon Hummus

This tahini free lemon hummus is packed full of cashew butter, chickpeas and lots of lemon and garlic flavor. Perfectly smooth and perfect for dipping with toasted pita or crunchy vegetables. 

Yield: About 2 cups hummus

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup cashew butter
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, more for topping
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Minced fresh parsley, for topping
  • Pomegranate seeds, for topping
  • Toasted pine nuts, for topping

Source: Nutmeg Nanny


Add chickpeas, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, cashew butter, water, olive oil and kosher salt in a food processor. Blend until smooth.

Taste and add more kosher salt if needed. If hummus is not smooth enough you can drizzle in some olive oil or lemon juice and blend until desired consistency is reached.

Drizzle hummus with olive oil and sprinkle with parsley, pomegranate seeds, and toasted pine nuts before serving.

Serve with pita and fresh vegetables.

37 Responses to “Tahini Free Lemon Hummus”

  1. #
    Tadka Pasta — August 1, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Lemony and creamy! Great combo with the cashew butter.

  2. #
    Maris (In Good Taste) — August 1, 2011 at 5:15 am

    Looks like the real thing to me! Even better!

  3. #
    Erica — August 1, 2011 at 6:37 am

    This looks super creamy! Love the idea of using nut butter instead of tahini. I usually just use the juice from the chickpea can

  4. #
    Dave at eRecipeCards — August 1, 2011 at 8:49 am

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  5. #
    Veronica — August 1, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I’m so glad you found a way to make it that you’re not allergic to! Hummus is too delish to ration! 🙂

  6. #
    Joanne — August 1, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Mmm I actually adore cashew butter and I know it would be great in this hummus!

    Crazy that you’re allergic to sesame seeds…that must make eating at any Asian restaurant super hard!

  7. #
    Diana — August 1, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I absolutly love your blog! I follow a few cooking blogs, and have reccently started one of my own, and I have to admit I check yours more than the others! I posted a link to your blog on mine to share your recipes with my friends and family. Love this hummus recipe!

  8. #
    Jeanette — August 2, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    So glad you were able to find a substitute for tahini so you can enjoy your hummus. It is so liberating once you figure out a few substitutions in cooking and baking. When my son was first diagnosed with numerous food allergies, I was totally at a loss, but as I gradually learned to make substitutions, it became so much easier. Your tahini-free hummus looks like the real deal!

  9. #
    Kate@Diethood — August 2, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    I never use tahini…I prefer it without…it’s delish! 🙂 I like this version with lemon and cashew butter…sounds wonderful!

  10. #
    hungryandfrozen — August 2, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    That’s no fun that you’re allergic to the beautiful sesame seed…but awesome that you’ve found a good substitute. I actually made cashew butter just two nights ago, already I think I’m addicted.

  11. #
    Raina — August 2, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Yum! I love hummus too. This sounds really delicious. Great idea to substitute with cashew butter. I just tasted a dip the other day where they put hummus on the bottom and then topped it with chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, and olives. I had never seen it like that, but it was great:)

  12. #
    Marla — August 2, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Love the use of cashew butter!

  13. #
    rebecca — August 3, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    looks great to be honest I made baba ganoush recently and think I added too much tahini too yuck

  14. #
    grace — August 4, 2011 at 4:29 am

    although tahini doesn’t attack me as it does you, i never buy the stuff. i do love me some hummus, though, and have taken to using peanut butter in its place. cashew butter would be even tastier, and i love the touch of lemon!

  15. #
    My Inner Chick — August 4, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    –I buy hummus every time I get groceries. And I eat it all week long with blue chips. I’m utterly addicted. The lemon hummus looks devine. 🙂 I shall TRY to make it 🙂 Thanks.

  16. #
    Lyndsey — August 4, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    That is the best thing about making it yourself beside the cost factor! It sounds great! Hummus is a lot like pesto so many good ways to make it. I like adding white beans to mine it makes it so creamy.

  17. #
    Cooks_Books — August 4, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    I’m a huge fan of hummus, but I also love cashews. I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks!!

  18. #
    Diana @ a girl, a dog and an oven — August 6, 2011 at 10:38 am

    What a great idea!! I love hummus and I’ll have to try this one! 🙂

  19. #
    Shelby — August 12, 2011 at 5:39 am

    I’m thinking the flavor of cashews really would make this taste wonderful!

  20. #
    CC — August 28, 2011 at 5:19 am

    Oh wow! love the twist. bookmarking!

  21. #
    Kita — August 29, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Tahini free? You are my savior! I can never find tahini when I need it and I am too impatient to make it! Thank you!!

  22. #
    Nicola — July 7, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Wow. This is great! and really easy to make. The cashew butter gives the same creaminess as tahini but a more luxurious texture.
    The only downside is that I found the lemon a bit overwhelming. Would recommend making with the juice of one lemon and adding more if you want. Otherwise this is perfect! Thanks 🙂

  23. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — March 6, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    I could eat the entire bowl

  24. #
    Amanda — March 6, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    Love that this doesn’t use tahini, and those pomegranate seeds!

  25. #
    Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet — March 6, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    That looks luscious and I’d love a big serving right now!

  26. #
    Delaney | Melanie Makes — March 7, 2018 at 12:44 am

    I love how colorful this is!

  27. #
    Jen — March 7, 2018 at 8:57 am

    I could totally make a dinner out of this too! I’m in heaven!!

  28. #
    Sabrina — March 7, 2018 at 8:58 am

    This looks so creamy and delicious! Yum!!

  29. #
    Abeer — March 7, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Looks great! I need to try your recipe!

  30. #
    Sandra | A Dash of Sanity — March 13, 2018 at 2:08 am

    This looks so good! I need to try this! Would be a new favorite way to make hummus!

  31. #
    Anita Schecter — March 22, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    It’s beautiful and I’m sharing it. But I have to question my friendship with someone who doesn’t routinely keep tahini in the house. I mean, I keep it in every cupboard. 🙂 🙂

  32. #
    Alanna-Jane — August 20, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    I’m allergic to sesame too! As with the way of allergies, the more I eat, the worse it gets. Except sesame oil. The oil seems totally ok. Thanks so much for this recipe.


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