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


  • In a high-speed blender or food processor, blend sesame seeds with water until smooth.
  • Add all other ingredients except paprika until smooth.
  • Garnish with paprika and put in fridge to chill.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Serving Size: 5 cups
Sarah Jung
Sarah Jung

Sarah Jung is the associate director of Life and Health Network, but wears a plethora of hats as editor, communications director, and sometimes photographer. Unrelated to Life and Health, Sarah is the country director and founding member of Oon Jai Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to empower people living in developing countries through friendship and working, learning, and mentoring side-by-side with the locals. In her spare time, Sarah likes to read, write, and find mountains to climb.

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