Eat Skinny Be Skinny: Avocado Hummus Cucumber Bites

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Happy [Meatless] Monday friends! I’m very happy to report that I’m still alive and well after that tropical storm mishap this weekend. Although it was not nearly as bad as Mr. Weatherman predicted, I’ll be perfectly happy if we never have to deal with a similar storm again. (You hear that, weather gods?) Being the novice hurricane person that I am, I (rather frantically) started baking and cooking Friday night to ensure we had plenty to eat before the storm. I found this to be the perfect time to whip up a batch of avocado hummus. Because I was determined the power would go off and stay off for days (I’m sort of dramatic) I decided to serve the hummus on slivers of cucumbers with a dash of roasted red pepper (best to kill the produce, just in case!)

Y’all probably think I’m nuts. Which, to be honest, I do feel a little nuts sometimes. But trust me, I wasn’t the only nutter in the grocery store buying 3 bottles of wine and 10 jugs of water. Thankfully, the DC metropolitan area is full of crazies who fear storms, snow and any sort of precipitation at all so I’m not alone in my hysteria. However, I will say, I am a much better driver.  (We won’t get into the s*&*show that is dc driving in the rain right now). Alas, I digress. Let’s talk about the delicious little hors d’oeuvres I’m planting in front of your pretty little faces instead, mmk? A little less of a heated discussion.

Now, I didn’t just wake up with the brilliant idea to throw some avocado into some chick peas, I’m not that much of a recipe genius. While at the Frito Lay Demonstration, the head chef prepared a batch of avocado hummus, sans the chick peas.  

It tasted like Middle Eastern guacamole, it was really good. However, I missed the consistency and flavor of the chick peas, so I kept those in my recipe. The texture was definitely chunkier and heartier, but the zest of the avocado, lime and cilantro gave it that distinct guacamole flavor. It was the best of both worlds, guac & traditional hummus! Plus, the sweet, crunch of the fresh cucumber and the flavorful roasted red pepper garnish made each bite truly remarkable.

If you are someone who has moderation issues (hi, nice to meet you, I do too!) don’t fret if you’ve popped about 5 in your mouth. Each little cucumber & hummus concoction only has about 35 calories and 2 grams of fat so you won’t derail your diet. Talk about a perfect party snack! (And pre-hurricane snack, obvli.) If you aren’t a cucumber person, this dip is just as good with pita or tortilla chips!

Prep time: about 8 minutes.
Assembly time: about 2 minutes.
Yields: about 8 1/2 cups of hummus and about 8 cucumber bites.

NOTE: This recipe will make extra hummus so you’ll have some left over.

Avocado Hummus Cucumber Bites

What You’ll Need:

  • 2-3 cucumbers, sliced (depends how many apps you plan on making)
  • 2 cans (15 ounces) of chick peas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 avocados
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3-4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons of tahini
  • Liberal dashes of salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 cup of low fat yogurt (plain) – you can use sour cream as a substitute
  • 1 sprig of cilanto, finely chopped
  • 1 roasted red pepper (from jar), finely chopped

How to Make Them:

  • Place chick peas and garlic in a food processor and puree until semi-smooth. (I like mine a bit chunky).

  •  Add remaining ingredients and puree until smooth. (Note: I hand mashed the avocado and spices so I could make it a bit chunkier). Add more salt, pepper and lime juice if preferred.

  • Set up cucumbers on a plate or wooden plank. Add a dollop of hummus and chopped red pepper to garnish. Enjoy!
  • Cover remaining hummus with foil or wrap and chill until you are read to eat it. As I mentioned before, it’s great with chips, pita or even veggies!

Seriously, once you pop, you just can’t stop. These salty, savory, sweet and crunchy hors d’oeuvres make the perfect date night or party app! Plus, your friends will think you spent hours on them because of how beautiful and flavorful they turn out!

Nutritional information per cucumber bite: 35 calories, 2 grams of fat, 7 grams of carbohydrates and 1.25 grams of protein.

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  1. Posted by Carolyn on
    Monday, August 29th, 2011
    Mmmm, avocado in hummus, sounds wonderful.  A great way to ride out the hurricane!
  2. Posted by RavieNomNoms on
    Monday, August 29th, 2011
    I pretty much love this! I love avocado...and basically everything else you have going on there. These look great!
  3. Posted by No Bacon on
    Monday, August 29th, 2011
    They are so beautiful! I love avocado and can't wait to give this a try!
  4. Posted by Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. on
    Monday, August 29th, 2011
    I love the idea of combining avocado and hummus! These look really good!
  5. Posted by eliotseats on
    Monday, August 29th, 2011
    I'm loving this.  I am a huge hummus fan and this could make a mean appetizer "dinner."
  6. Posted by Lauren on
    Monday, August 29th, 2011
    Yum! I can soo tell these are addicting :)
  7. Posted by Sarah Bulmer on
    Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
    I love this idea for a hummus-guacamole hybrid! It sounds much better served on cucumbers than chips so I'm glad you decided to use up your produce. Everyone made such a huge deal over here in MA too but it turned out to be nothing in my immediate area (thankfully, and even though we were ready with gallons of water, alcohol, and cupcakes, just in case)
  8. Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
    These look fantastic! I'm always looking for new "skinny" snacks-- thanks for sharing :)
  9. Posted by Avocados From Mexico on
    Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
    Hummus and avocado are great together, but the cucumber and the roasted red peppers add just the perfect twist! Thanks for this yummy appetizer!
  10. Posted by Lindsey@Lindselicious on
    Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
    What a great little bite!  I love avocado hummus and I love the healthy switch up you did with the cucumber chips.  So smart!
  11. Posted by Susan on
    Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
    What a great idea!!  I like the idea of using cucumber in the place of crackers.  Thanks for sharing!
  12. Posted by Anonymous on
    Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
    I think if I'd been facing that storm, it would have been 3 bottles of water n 10 jugs of wine :) Glad it's passed over without too much damage.  Love these little hummus bites.
  13. Posted by Tiffany on
    Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
    What a lovely appetizer!
  14. Posted by Kimmie on
    Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
    Avocado hummus sounds delicious - will definitely have to try!
  15. Posted by Robyn Medlin on
    Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
    I love this- this looks awesome and guilt free. Can't wait to try! Bookmarked!
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  18. Posted by Sarah on
    Friday, June 10th, 2016
    Do you mean two cans (15 ounces each)? Or 15 ounces total?? Thank you!! Can't wait to try.
  19. Posted by Amy on
    Tuesday, January 28th, 2020
    These would make a great in-between meal snack. Protein and carbohydrate. Plus a good way to get in those 8 to 10 servings of vegetables/fruit a day!