Jill’s Secret Spread and Dip



Jill's 'Secret' Spread and Dip

Jill Keb with Plant Life Journey Retreats
My neighbor assumed this was an avocado based dip because of the color and rich flavors. A fun combination of pesto and hummus, this dip tastes decadently cheesy without the dairy or fat!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American, French, Italian
Servings 8 people


  • 1 Food Processor


  • 1 1/2 cups garbanzo beans aka. chick peas, drained SAVE the cooking liquid - aka. Aquafaba
  • 1 whole lemon, zested then juiced lemons yield various amounts of juice so set some aside and use your judgement to add later as you adjust seasoning at the end
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil packed down to measure
  • 3 cloves garlic papery skins removed & ready to drop in machine
  • 2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast aka. Nooch
  • 2 Tbsp Tahini
  • 1 Tbsp Aquafaba the cooking liquid from the beans
  • 1/2 tsp salt more or less - to taste - optional
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper of choice more or less - to taste - optional


  • Using the S blade on a food processor, run the machine and drop the 3 peeled whole garlic cloves into the chute
  • Add drained beans, basil, lemon zest, nooch, tahini, aquafaba and 1/2 of the lemon juice (reserve some to add more at the end as you like)
  • Let machine run for several minutes, scraping down the sides as needed.
  • Add more aquafaba if desired. Blend until very creamy, adjust seasonings and serve as desired.
Keyword cheese, chick peas, dairy-free, garbanzo, wfpbno
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