Recipe: sweet potato hummus

If you were around for our first two years of business, you probably remember our sweet potato hummus.

It was a central feature of the Mediterranean Bowl, and a popular boost to add to build-your-own bowls.

It was pretty unforgettable, if we do say so ourselves!

The addition of sweet potatoes and the absence of garlic gives this hummus a distinctive, unique, smooth sweetness, complimented by the nutty flavor of sesame oil and creamy chickpeas. 

We don't currently offer it on our menus, but we don't want that to stop anyone from enjoying this magical unicorn of a hummus variety!

In addition to giving this hummus a flavor boost, including sweet potatoes also gives it a nutritional boost.

Here are a few ways sweet potatoes increase nutritional density in this hummus:

  • The high fiber content of sweet potatoes helps aid in digestion. 
  • Sweet potato with skin are packed with energy for your body and mind.
  • Even though they are sweet, Sweet potatoes are considered low on the glycemic index scale, so a good choice for people monitoring glucose and insulin levels.
  • Sweet potatoes may help maintain a healthy blood pressure and are said to protect against cancer, especially colon and prostate.
  • One sweet potato contains more than 10% of your daily recommended potassium. Most adults are deficient in this important mineral.
  • Sweet potatoes contain vitamin A, an essential vitamin for female reproduction and hormone regulation.
  • Choline, present in sweet potatoes, is a very important and versatile nutrient; it helps with sleep, muscle movement, learning, and memory.
  • Sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene. Correcting vitamin A deficiencies with foods high in beta-carotene can restore vision.
  • Vitamins C and E in sweet potatoes have been shown to support eye health and prevent degenerative damage.
  • Eating three or more servings of fruits and veggies per day has also been shown to decrease the risk and progression of age-related macular degeneration. 
  • Read more on Medical News Today. 

Oh, and by the way... although there is much confusion, sweet potatoes are not related to yams. 

Without further ado, here is the recipe! We hope you love it as much as we do. Please post photos and use #dellabowlsathome or #dellabowls

A large platter of hummus is held by two hands.

Recipe: Sweet Potato Hummus


  • 1 cup sweet potato, cooked and mashed
  • 2 cups chickpeas, cooked
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil


  • Cook the sweet potato
  • Scrub sweet potato under cool running water to remove any residual dirt. Dry well
  • Prick with a fork in several places, and coat with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • Wrap in foil and roast at 325°F until just cooked through, and cool to room temperature
  • Peel and reserve orange portion.

Place the sweet potato and chickpeas in a blender and process on low speed to break them down.

Add the remaining ingredients blend until the hummus reaches the proper (smooth) consistency, stopping a few times to scrape the bowl down with a spatula.

Garnish each individual portion with a touch of sesame oil

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