Sunflower Seed Hummus

We were given this recipe by Chef Ron Russell of Sun Cafe in Los Angeles, CA and Plum Cafe in Sacramento, CA.  It has a deliciously mellow texture that's perfect for veggie dips and sandwich spreads.


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4 cups sunflower seeds, soaked and drained
1 cup raw sesame seeds, soaked and drained
1 cup water
8 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
¾ cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon sea salt
pinch paprika


  1. In a high-speed blender or food processor, blend sesame seeds with water until smooth.
  2. Add all other ingredients except paprika until smooth.
  3. Garnish with paprika and put in fridge to chill.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Serving Size: 5 cups
Sarah Yoo

Sarah Yoo is the associate director of Life & Health but wears a few dozen hats as other this-and-thats, as is the norm in non-profit work. Her favorite part about working at Life & Health is meeting the people that Life & Health content has helped. Ultimately, Sarah dreams of doing humanitarian work in a developing country with her family.

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