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Creamy Sweet Potato Hummus

on August 17, 2022
last updated November 28, 2023
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This Creamy Sweet Potato Hummus is a Marley's Menu viral recipe on Instagram! It boasts the perfect balance of savory, sweet, and nutty with a hint of citrus served cold as a dip or delicious spread. Many followers with sensitivities to chickpeas are raving about this delicious alternative.
dipping a piece of pita bread into sweet potato hummus

Looking for a delicious and nutritious dip, spread, or flavor enhancer? This Sweet Potato Hummus is the perfect balance of savory and sweet and is sure to enhance any meal or snack time.

Think hummus, but instead of chickpeas, sweet, vibrant, and aromatic sweet potato! This Fall twist on classic hummus is brimming with flavor, is easy to make, and requires only 5 ingredients plus salt and pepper!

close up of sweet potato hummus garnished with sage

As an environmental scientist, eating seasonally is something I try hard to practice. I love sweet potato season because they are just so versatile and delicious in so many dishes, including in this Sweet Potato Soup and of course this Sweet Potato Hummus!

Green tip: Eating seasonally is one of the best ways to live more sustainably, Local foods have less associated transportation costs and fuel emissions. Check when sweet potatoes are in season in your area with this Seasonal Food Guide.

Sweet Potato Hummus Ingredients

Here’s everything you need:

  • Sweet potato. 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed.
  • Tahini. For that nutty sesame flavor, we love so much about hummus!
  • Olive oil. For flavor and consistency.
  • Garlic. 2 cloves peeled.
  • Lemon. Using fresh lemon goes a long way here! You should be able to get enough juice from 1/2 of a large lemon.
  • Salt & Pepper. To ramp up all of the other flavors.
Sweet Potato Hummus Ingredients - Sweet potatoes, salt, Tahini, lemon, pepper, olive oil, and garlic

Sweet Potato Hummus Tips and Tricks

Prep Your Sweet Potatoes

Start by peeling your sweet potatoes and removing any discoloration or lumps.

Green tip: Billions of tons of food is wasted annually in the United States alone! Don’t toss your sweet potato skins! Consider saving them to make these Sweet Potato Skin Fries or save the scraps to make your own vegetable broth!

Once you’ve peeled your potatoes, chop them into small cubes, about 1 cubic inch in size. This will speed up the boiling time significantly.

peeled and chopped sweet potato

Boil Them

Get 10 cups of water boiling in a large pot, and carefully drop your cubed sweet potato. Boil them for 15-20 minutes, until they are fork tender.

Before you strain your sweet potatoes, save some of the water your sweet potatoes boiled in. You will most likely not need it, but if you want to loosen the consistency of your Sweet Potato Hummus, 1-2 tablespoons of this water will come in handy!

Green tip: If you have an electric range, use a pot that both sits flat on and matches the size of your burner to make sure you are not wasting energy.

Grab Your Food Processor

This vegan dip recipe works best with a food processor or high-powered blender.

Add all of your ingredients to the food processor, including the boiled sweet potatoes, Tahini, olive oil, garlic, lemon, salt, and pepper.

pouring tahini into food processor with cooked sweet potato

Use Fresh Lemon and Garlic

Using fresh lemon and garlic in this recipe really lends itself to a more flavorful sweet hummus dip!

A large lemon typically has 4 tablespoons of lemon juice, so this recipe only requires half of a lemon! Just be careful not to drop any lemon seeds into your food processor.

For the garlic, just peel it. Otherwise, you can add it whole. No dicing or mincing necessary, your food processor or blender will take care of that for you.

adding lemon juice to food processor

Blend it Up

All that’s left to do is blend until smooth! Bear in mind the sweet potatoes are hot, so be careful of any steam or splatter.

Once your Sweet Potato Hummus is formed, assess the consistency. If it seems too thick, add some of the water your conserved from boiling the sweet potatoes.

You most likely will not need the extra water, but if you do, the hummus should only require about 1-2 tablespoons to loosen it.

Storing Your Sweet Potato Hummus

In an airtight container in the refrigerator, this Sweet Potato Hummus will last about 5 days. Enjoy it cold straight out of the fridge.

You can also freeze this hummus for up to 4 months. Just make sure to let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight before digging in.

Green tip: It’s estimated that 50% of food waste happens at home. Properly storing and consuming leftovers can help you reduce your household contribution to food waste!

Serving Your Sweet Potato Hummus

To serve, I love to add a little extra olive oil and some fresh sage, to bring Fall flavors to the forefront! This hummus is also delicious sprinkled with a little bit of crushed red pepper, pumpkin seeds, cracked black pepper, or sesame seeds.

Use pita, crackers, pretzels, veggies, or chips to dip into your hummus! Or use the Sweet Potato Hummus as a spread on sandwiches, toast, and more! It can also be used as the perfect topping for a Fall crostini.

overhead shot of sweet potato hummus in a bowl served with pita

Sweet Potato Hummus Frequently Asked Questions

What does Sweet Potato Hummus taste like?

Sweet potato hummus is a thick, creamy dip that is the perfect balance of savory, sweet, and nutty with a hint of citrus. It is served cold as a dip or spread and is naturally dairy-free and vegan.

What do you eat with sweet hummus?

Most often, this slightly sweet hummus is served as a cold dip with crackers, bread, or raw veggies. It can also be used as a spread on sandwiches to add a sweet and creamy element.

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Why You Should Make This Sweet Potato Hummus

  • It’s vibrant. In both color and flavor.
  • It’s balanced. Both savory and sweet, nutty and citrusy.
  • It’s free from most common allergens. Naturally dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan.

If you’re loving this Creamy Sweet Potato Hummus and want more delicious appetizers, check out this Whipped Ricotta Crostini and Jackfruit Nachos.

dipping a piece of pita bread into sweet potato hummus

Creamy Sweet Potato Hummus

5 from 4 votes
Marley Goldin
This Creamy Sweet Potato Hummus is the perfect balance of savory, sweet, and nutty with a hint of citrus served cold as a dip or delicious spread.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 cups



  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • ¼ cup Tahini
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (1 lemon = approx. 4 tablespoons juice)
  • 2 cloves garlic (peeled)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper


  • Bring ten cups of water to a rolling boil in a large pot. Peel and cube your sweet potato, chopping it into pieces about 1 cubic inch in size.
  • Boil the cubed sweet potato until fork tender (15-20 minutes). Conserve about 2 tablespoons of the water that the sweet potatoes boiled in before straining.
  • Add the boiled sweet potato, Tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper to your food processor or high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
  • Asses the consistency. If your hummus seems too thick, add 1 tablespoon of the conserved sweet potato water and blend again. Add the second tablespoon of water if needed.
  • Transfer sweet potato hummus to a serving bowl and serve at room temperature or chilled with chips, crackers, pretzels, bread, or raw veggies.

Pro Tips

  • Cubing your sweet potato speeds up the boiling time dramatically.
  • If you’re looking for a way to use up the other half of your lemon, check out this 3-Ingredient Vodka Sour.
  • This Sweet Potato Hummus will last in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 5 days. 
  • You can freeze this hummus for up to 4 months. 
Course Appetizers, Snacks
Cuisine Mediterranean
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword 30 Minutes or Less, Appetizer for Sharing, Dairy-Free, Fall, Food for Sharing, Healthy, Hummus, Sweet Potato, Vegan Dip
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