Macadamia Nut Hummus (paleo and oil-free!)

Macadamia Nut Hummus #paleo #vegan #glutenfree

You know that unsettling feeling that you get when you’ve been away from home for awhile?

You may enjoy where you are, but deep down you long to slide into your favorite pair of sweatpants, cuddle up on your couch and do nothing but watch sunbeams dance across the floor?

Mmm that sounds lovely.

Macadamia Nut Hummus #paleo #vegan #glutenfree

Today marks the 60th day of Kevin and I living out of our suitcases. And, with just 7 days to go until we move from my parents’ house to our old home in Airdrie, we can’t help but yearn for some sunbeam watching, sweatpants wearing, napping action.

Last weekend was the first time in over 2 months(!), that I was able to set up a photo shoot, dust off my camera, plan a couple of recipes and spend the day in the kitchen cooking for you. It felt so good and grounding in every way possible.

And, to keep things simple, light and fresh (because I must admit, I was a bit slow in the kitchen) I made a raw, nut-based, chickpea-free hummus.

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It’s spreadable, scoopable, sharable…

All the “ables”.

And it only has 5 ingredients!

Macadamia Nut Hummus #paleo #vegan #glutenfree

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Macadamia Nut Hummus (Paleo and Oil-free!)
Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Egg-free
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Serves: 8
Nut-based, paleo-friendly hummus with a slight kick of spice.
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts, soaked in water for 24 hours, drained and rinsed
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2-3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  1. Add all ingredients to the bowl of your food processor or high powered blender and blend on high until smooth.
Begin with 2 cloves of garlic and 2 tablespoons of water and work your way up, if needed.

Makes approximately 1¼ cup of hummus, 2 tablespoons per serving

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Strange, but when you soak macadamia nuts they almost get “woody” in a way. Very similar to chickpeas.

Make sure that you soak the nuts. If you don’t, you’ll end up with a nut butter consistency that just isn’t good at all.


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Tell me about a time where you’ve been away from home and secretly wished you were back living the simple life (as sweet as your vacation or escape may have been).

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  1. Wow this looks amazing!! I love macadamia nuts, there are one of my fav nuts, but I’ve always heard they are very fatty so I tend to only enjoy them once and awhile. It would drive me crazy living out of a suitcase for that long! I can barely make it a weekend.

  2. I did a motorhome trip with my husband and his parents as the second part of our honeymoon earlier this year (the first part was just us, in Thailand, in tropical bliss!) and we were on the road for over two weeks trekking down from Minnesota to Texas and then across to Las Vegas. As fun and exciting as it was to go and see all of these amazing sites, after the first week, the inability to cook things, unless we had pulled over, and inability to wash clothes and get a decent nights sleep (it was so cold!) really wore me down. In Vegas we ended up booking ourselves into a hotel for two nights and it was the best sleep I had experienced in the entire trip! All the best for your move in!

    • Wow, it DOES sound like an adventure… but definitely, I feel your frustrations on that one. Kevin and I are thinking of having our honeymoon in Thailand! Great to know that, that section of your trip was pure bliss!

      • Thailand is amazing, I can’t recommend it highly enough! Its also very friendly for us dairy free folk, as their creamy recipes are made with coconut milk! A very lovely place for a honeymoon, as long as you steer clear of the party places!

  3. Wow! I am so impressed that you have been living this way for so long! And blogging! Seriously you are an excellent planner :)
    I have never experienced living out of a suitcase for such an extended period of time. I would imagine it is difficult. Clever you renting the house out!
    Macadamia nuts, they are so good! I have never added nuts to hummus before, guess it is time to start.

    • haha thanks Lauren! Yes, it’s been quite the adventure! The macadamia nuts as hummus just works. They get slightly woody and very chickpea-like when you soak them! It’s quite interesting.

    • Thanks Meg! It’s a good one… I’ve been spreading them on mega chard wraps and stuffing it full of veggies!!!

  4. YUM! I haven’t attempted macadamia nuts in a savory dish but they worked great for my vegan tiramisu whip cream – super creamy! I just wish they were a bit easier to find unsalted. Good luck with the move into your own home sweet home!

  5. I hate to admit it, but… When I was in Europe in 1997 for three weeks right after I graduated from college, I had the hardest time just relaxing and enjoying myself. It felt like the whole trip was chaotic, hustle and bustle, from one place to the next to the next to the next. My boyfriend had been saving for years to go by himself and his parents didn’t think that was a great idea so they paid for me to go. I think we’d been through Paris (cut my finger badly), Brussels, and Amsterdam (cried myself to sleep) before I really and truly lost it somewhere in Germany while we were on our way to Prague and got off at the wrong train stop. Prague was good because we knew someone there (who gave our clothes a proper washing) then I finally got my travelling legs steady going through Venice, Florence and Rome.

    This recipe looks nice and easy – wonder if it would work with Brazil nuts… I have had a bag of them in my freezer for months!

  6. So excited for you guys! Can’t wait to hear about the move….60 days, I’m not sure I could hack it!!! Big pat on the back for you! Is it actually a house you lived in before you’re moving in to?

    • We didn’t think we could do it either… and to think, the original plan was 90 days! AH!

      Yep. It’s the house we moved out of last year when we went to Montreal. We own it, rented it (smart move on our part) and now we get to move back in!

        • Yes, that definitely sweetened the deal!

  7. I’d be counting down the days until I could unload my suitcase too! I don’t particularly like unpacking, but any holiday longer than a week makes me start to miss my closet and all the conveniences of having all my things in one place. Having said that, as you described, holidays and travel are something I still love. When my family moved to the Middle East, we had to ship our container of pretty much everything but the clothes were were going to wear for 3 months of the summer. We shipped in May and were supposed to have the container waiting for us when we arrived at the end of August, but it got lost somehow in Italy (not sure how that was on the route!?) and we didn’t see it till November!

    • Ah! I remember you telling me about this. I would go nuts if all of our things went missing. We did the container thing for this move, too. I think I emailed our account manager every day until it was confirmed that our container was safe in Calgary, waiting for us. I’m not sure how your parents managed to keep their cool!

  8. Yum! I just recently experimented with soaking macadamias and making a macadamia coconut cream with a dash of cinnamon. Lovely with a banana.
    I’ll have to try this savoury version too. Macadamias are sooooo more-ish.