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 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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