Avocado Hummus + Whole Wheat Pita Chips

As often as I can sneak olives and artichokes and feta into our meals, I do! We love Greek in this house, but my hubby is somewhat reluctant when it comes to those fabulous, fresh Mediterranean cooking staples. Like I always say, though, if I wrap it in paper-thin proscuitto or a hunk of fresh mozzarella, the man will eat anything.

Giving your pet a pill covered in peanut butter come to mind, maybe?

One thing that NEVER takes convincing, though, is avocado. We both eat it by the spoonful and enjoy it on nearly every salad, soup and spicy chili. Avocados are well loved in this house. We even risk life and limb for them!

So, instead of going the traditional hummus route, I decided that a simple mixture of white beans, lemon juice and his favorite fleshy fruit fit the bill perfectly for an early dinner “nosh” before our poker party.

A little spice from cayenne pepper and a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes kicks this mouthwatering Greek-Mexican dip up a notch! It’s definitely become my new definition of creamy, dreamy deliciousness in a bowl. Those poker playing boys are lucky I didn’t take the whole thing upstairs and hog it all to myself!

Served with homemade whole wheat pita chips for a garlicky, crispy crunch, this dip was deeee-vine. I mean, don’t you just want to dive into that bowl? If I could take a few laps and eat my way through, life would be alright, I tell ya.

As a delicious addition to your next Greek or Mexican night, or for any party that calls for something quick and easy, this healthy avocado hummus will totally hit the spot. It’s so fresh tasting and goes fabulously with a glass of chilled white wine!

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Avocado Hummus + Whole Wheat Pita Chips

Yield: Makes 1 1/2 cups dip // 24 chips

Ingredients:

For avocado hummus:

1 (15 oz.) can white beans (I used cannellini), drained and rinsed

1 avocado, cut into chunks

Juice from 1 lemon

1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon olive oil

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes and fresh cilantro, optional

For pita chips:

3 whole wheat pita bread pockets

2 Tablespoons olive oil or melted butter

1/4 teaspoon Greek or Italian seasoning

1/4 teaspoon garlic salt or garlic powder

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Salt, for sprinkling

Directions:

For avocado hummus:

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired. If dip is too thick for your taste, blend in a little more oil or lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Before serving, top with a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes and cilantro, if desired. Serve with pretzels, crackers or pita chips (recipe below).

For pita chips:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare a large baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.

Cut each pita bread pocket into 8 triangles. Place triangles on baking sheet.

In a small bowl, whisk together oil, Greek seasoning, garlic salt/powder and pepper. Brush each triangle with oil mixture. Lightly sprinkle with salt (use a little extra if you’re using garlic powder instead of garlic salt).

Bake for 6-8 minutes, or until lightly browned and crisp, careful not to burn.

Enjoy!

Hummus adapted from The Lovely Cupboard

Pita chips adapted from AllRecipes

      

52 Responses to “Avocado Hummus + Whole Wheat Pita Chips”

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    Jamie@Milk 'n' Cookies — September 18, 2013 @ 4:56 am

    Georgia, your whole-wheat pita chips look fantastic! I love pita chips, but I hesitate to buy them because — let’s be honest — I have no self control and usually eat the entire bag. But I like the idea of making them myself so I can make just a few at a time!

    The combination of seasoning that you used looks delicious!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — September 18, 2013 @ 7:29 am

    I love those wholewheat pita chips! The white bean hummus sounds wonderful.

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    Tieghan — September 18, 2013 @ 7:58 am

    This is just so perfect. Healthy and delicious!! I love this snack or appetizer. Perfect for the football games!

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    Dan from Platter Talk — September 18, 2013 @ 8:19 am

    Genius idea! I use avocados all the time and frequently make hummus but I never thought of the two of them together. Perfect match!!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — September 18, 2013 @ 8:47 am

    This is perfect for snacking all the time! I am all for this game day or every day, G! Lovely.

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    Erika — September 18, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    Love this!! and could devour the entire bowl..all by myself.

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — September 18, 2013 @ 9:19 am

    Oh Georgia!! I could devour that whole plate of hummus + pita chips. In fact whenever the two are in front of me, it’s hard to concentrate on anything else. I have to try your white bean avocado hummus soon!

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    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — September 18, 2013 @ 9:22 am

    So pretty! I love anything with avocados.

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — September 18, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    I have to make this dip! I have a avocado just sitting on my counter waiting to become perfectly ripe :) Avocado is definitely something I could not live without. It just brings everything it touches to a whole new level.

    YUM, Georgia!

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health — September 18, 2013 @ 10:55 am

    i absolutely love this kind of dip – bean and avocado both does such a great job of making it smooth!!!

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — September 18, 2013 @ 11:04 am

    This dip and I are gonna become BFF’s

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    Eva Taylor — September 18, 2013 @ 11:12 am

    We love our avocados too; glad you didn’t have to slice off your hand to make this tasty dish this time. I used to make a nice clean paste of the dip but now I much prefer a more rustic texture, using a fork to mash the avocado; I always add chopped tomatoes too.

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs — September 18, 2013 @ 11:12 am

    I love greek food, so I definitely must try these pita chips. Girl, they look awesome!
    And I have to try this hummus too. I never have avocado, because everybody in my household loathes it, but I want to eat it so badly because it looks so tasty! x

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — September 18, 2013 @ 11:44 am

    We love Greek food too! And just about anything that involves avocados. This is one of my favorite versions of hummus

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — September 18, 2013 @ 11:58 am

    Totally making this for my next Greek night (we have a lot of those in my house ‘cuz I love Greek food!) Looks delicious, Georgia!

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    Ashley — September 18, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

    I love this Georgia! We love hummus for snacking but I really don’t play around enough with flavors. This one sounds amazing! We eat avocados like crazy so I have a feeling this would go down well in our house : )

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    Ash-foodfashionparty — September 18, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

    Loving the hummus and the pita. Both look so beautiful together.

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — September 18, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

    This is such a fabulous dip. Love those chips too!

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    Maria G. — September 18, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

    I like everything that is connected with avocado and I add it almost to every possible dish. This recipe caught my attention because of the same reason. I think this snack is rather nourishing and I`m sure that it has a piquant flavor.

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — September 18, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

    Pita chips and hummus is one of my favorite snacks and I love it even more homemade. These pita chips are awesome!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — September 18, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

    How did you know I eat hummus almost every day? Love your avocado version and homemade pita chips!

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    Liz — September 18, 2013 @ 5:20 pm

    Oooh, boy…I know what flavor my next batch of hummus will be! And your pita chips look just as divine!

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — September 18, 2013 @ 5:24 pm

    Ooh, this sounds great! I love avocado and am always looking for new ways to use it. And I love that you made your own pita chips – they look fab!

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    Teresa Blackburn — September 18, 2013 @ 5:54 pm

    We are big avocado fans at our house as well. When they are on sale we eat one or two every day. Edible treasures! Thanks for this recipe. Very good use of many of my favorites.

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — September 18, 2013 @ 6:34 pm

    Oh wow, I just want to dip my little heart out! Looks absolutely scrumptious Georgia. You can’t go wrong with avocado and cannellini beans + some pita chips. Delicious! :)

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    val — September 18, 2013 @ 7:43 pm

    I literally want to reach through the screen and grab the bowl of this . Looks great.

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    Eat Good 4 Life — September 18, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

    What a fantastic idea. This is just superb, white beans and avocado. I love the green tone of this. I thought it was some sort of guacamole judging by the color, but no, this is even better…well they are both really good :-)

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    Monica — September 18, 2013 @ 8:17 pm

    I love this idea! The dip sounds delicious and with the pita chips – yum!!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — September 18, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

    Amazing dip, I’m in love with those white beans in the hummus! Can’t wait to try.. but I’m worried I won’t stop until it’s gone! ;)

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    ATasteOfMadness — September 18, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

    This looks SO good! I need to remember to put avocados on my shopping list ;)

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    Mr. & Mrs. P — September 18, 2013 @ 10:03 pm

    Beautiful Dip. Love the color.. and so healthy!.. Pinned!!!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — September 18, 2013 @ 10:05 pm

    So fresh and inviting, Georgia! The perfect appetizer with homemade pita chips toasted in the oven. Thanks so much for sharing, girl!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 19, 2013 @ 1:11 am

    We don’t nearly have enough Greek food at our house but that’ll change when I make this glorious hummus! Love the homemade pita chips too!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — September 19, 2013 @ 1:41 am

    MMMMM… we love avocado hummus and thanks for sharing the homemade pita chip recipe :)

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    Irina @ wandercrush — September 19, 2013 @ 2:00 am

    Such soft and lovely photographs! Ahhh nothing like a batch of whole wheat pita chips straight out of the oven (not to mention with a big bowl of dip ready for them). Thank you for this :)

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    easyfoodsmith — September 19, 2013 @ 2:46 am

    Pita and hummus look fabulous and I love the pairing of spices.

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    Ramona — September 19, 2013 @ 4:32 am

    What a very cool switch up from the typical hummus!! Really fun! :) Love the color. I am total digging the whole wheat pita chips too… they go perfect together. :)

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    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — September 19, 2013 @ 6:43 am

    Yum, yum, yum! I am in love with both avocados and hummus. This is my ultimate dish. We’re having company this weekend and this will absolutely be making an appearance!

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    Karen (Back Road Journal) — September 19, 2013 @ 7:21 am

    Love your idea of mixing two ethnic foods into this delicious appetizer.

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — September 19, 2013 @ 8:03 am

    Avocado hummus?! YES!!! I’ve been putting avocado in everything lately!!! Now here’s another thing I’ve got to put it in!

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — September 19, 2013 @ 8:18 am

    I could sit all by myself and eat the whole bowl!

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    Shashi — September 19, 2013 @ 8:42 am

    Thank you so much for this avocado hummus recipe, Georgia! I adore avocados and pairing them with beans to create this hummus- why its brilliant! Cannot waiut to try it!

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    Jaclyn — September 19, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    This has got to be the prettiest hummus I’ve ever seen – hummus would seem hard to get a good pic of but you totally did it! I definitely want to try this, love that you made the pita chips too!

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    Kitchen Belleicious — September 19, 2013 @ 9:37 am

    this looks amazing. I heart hummus so much. i eat it everynight while I am getting dinner ready! Avocado is so rich and creamy I know this taste as amazing as it sounds

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    Pam — September 19, 2013 @ 10:40 am

    What a great idea. We love avocado in my house too. The pita chips look delicious and so does that hummus!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — September 19, 2013 @ 11:52 am

    Your pictures are gorgeous. I don’t know how you manage making potentially ugly looking food like hummus look so pretty!

    And how funny you posted this now. I asked my FB readers what sugar free snacks I could possibly eat and several of them said hummus and pita chips. I’ll have to share this with them tomorrow! :)

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    honeywhatscooking — September 19, 2013 @ 3:30 pm

    Coming from Greece, I miss Greek Food. THis looks delish. I’m not a fan of feta, but I can deal with it, but olives and artichokes are amazing. Love the hummus twist with avocado. Gorgeous photos.

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    Gaby — September 19, 2013 @ 7:25 pm

    Avocado + Hummus is the best snack ever!! Lovely photos too!!

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    Jenn and Seth — September 19, 2013 @ 10:31 pm

    love this dip! absolutely irresistible!

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    Ada ~ More Food, Please — September 20, 2013 @ 8:37 pm

    It’s brilliant how you decided to incorporate avocado into the hummus. It looks and sounds delicious!

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — September 22, 2013 @ 4:38 pm

    Whoa this is so easy to make and I love both hummus and pita chips! Perfect healthy snack for my family. I never heard of Greek seasoning before. Gotta check in supermarket next time. Sounds like easy great flavor seasoning!

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    Katherine — August 11, 2014 @ 1:48 pm

    DELICIOUS REPICE!!! THANK you so much for sharing!

    I loooved the pita chips! I made them for dinner for my girlfriend and I and she lovedd them! :-) was completely filling with the hummus and delish for the taste buds :) Thanks for sharing :)

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