Feb 17

No Beans About It: Butternut Thyme Hummus

Trivia question.


Winner gets a $25 bar tab.  Kidding…

What is the most expensive drink at Starbucks?  A $9 Grande Latte with a few fancy add-ins?  $15 with some extra espresso shots?

According to this article from Eater, the most expensive drink you can order is $23.60!  Lucky for him, the customer had a free drink coupon.

Source: eater.com


This monstrosity was a Trenta (I didn’t even know that was a size) Java Chip Frappuccino with 16 shots of espresso, a shot of soy milk, caramel flavoring, banana puree, strawberry puree, vanilla beans, Matcha powder, protein powder, and a drizzle of caramel and mocha.

It reportedly didn’t even taste good.


Just thinking about that drink makes me NOT miss drinking coffee during this cleanse.


What I do miss are beans.  I can assure you with all these greens there is still plenty of music! ;)

One of the hardest parts about being on this cleanse is not having hummus.  Like any good blogger, hummus is a staple food for me.  It has it’s own level on my personal food pyramid.

Remember this pic from Wednesday?


As I was roasting squash this weekend, I remembered a hummus I made last summer using butternut squash rather than chickpeas.

This is a new version of that, with thyme being the herb addition rather than rosemary.  I don’t know which I like better!


My butternut was one of the sweetest I’ve ever had.  Some of that is probably the squash itself, but I also roasted it longer than I usually do.  Truth: I kind of forgot it was in the oven.

The longer bake time resulted in a sweet glaze on the squash.  When I lifted it off to the foil I baked it on, I noticed a caramel had formed on the bottom where the juices spilled over.  I promptly ate that up.


Squash caramel aside, you should try this hummus.  It’s wonderful with veggies and crackers.  Thin it out with some apple cider vinegar and water for a salad dressing.  Spread it on a sandwich.

Serve it as an appetizer with crudités and a yeasty sparkling wine (*drool*).

You really can’t go wrong.


Butternut Thyme Hummus

Butternut Thyme Hummus

  • 2 C butternut squash, roasted
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 T fresh thyme
  • 1 T tahini
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • S+P, to taste


Place all ingredients into food processor and blend until smooth.  

Adjust spices, salt, and pepper to your preference.

Makes 1.5 cups.


Tonight is another cleanse dinner.  We lost one cleanse buddy, but my BFF and I are still going strong!  I’m making root veggie fries to go with her homemade tomato soup… it’s our version of french fries and ketchup.

What are you doing this weekend?  Any fun adventures planned?

What is your favorite hummus flavor?



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  1. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat

    I read that article on the bus this morning. I always try to get the “most” for my free drink coupons, but I still want it to be something I like! Beautiful hummus. :)

    1. Laura

      I’m the same way – I get over-excited every year on my birthday and order a giant coffee I can never finish. :)

  2. Lee

    I think root veggie fries are just as good as any kind!

    This hummus looks delicious. I’ve never tried a bean-free kind.

    1. Laura

      I agree with the exception of waffle fries.

  3. Matt @ The Athlete's Plate

    I think that much caffeine would kill my heart. LOL.

    1. Laura

      They said it was 1400g!

  4. janet @ the taste space

    What a wonderful variation on hummus. There is no way I could survive without beans… really.

  5. Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family

    I love roasted red pepper hummus, spinach and artichoke hummus, Greek olive hummus, sun dried tomato…I think you get the picture (I didn’t meet a hummus I didn’t like).
    I like the use of squash instead of beans…brilliant!

    As for weekend plans I have a babysitter for the kids so my husband and I are going to venture out to dinner and Trader Joe’s…I know super romantic, but what can I say I LOVE grocery stores.

  6. Runblondie26

    You never disappoint with the interesting trivia.

    Great hummus idea! Sounds like it would make a good fruit dip by swapping out the savory spices. Mmmm, carmelized butternut squash……

    1. Laura

      LOL! I’m a wealth of useless knowledge. :)

      I bet it would be a great fruit dip – I had some particularly sweet carrots with it yesterday and it was fantastic.

  7. Khushboo

    That part about greens made me crack up- so true! Thanks for such a yummy recipe- no butternut squash in Mumbai but I want to try it with fresh pumpkin instead!

    1. Laura

      That’s great idea! I’d love that with some peptias sprinkled on top. Maybe add some coriander?

  8. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    Great idea to get around not being allowed to eat beans. That does look really delicious, and i have a butternut squash just chillin in my pantry begging for me to make something with it.

    1. Laura

      Let me know if you try it – I bet you’ll think of a amazing twist on it. :)

  9. Healthiful Balance

    That Hummus looks awesome.. I love the color of it!

  10. Lisa ♥ Healthful Sense

    That is crazy!!! $20 for a coffee…. come on!
    Love the idea of butternut squash hummus… I’m loving how creative you have to get on a cleanse. Do you think you would have ever thought of butternut squash hummus otherwise?

    1. Laura

      Well, I did make it last summer… but that was after cleanse #1 which totally changed my way to thinking. It has been a HUGE factor in creativity when developing dishes.

      This time around I’ve made more funky smoothies and chia puddings that I ever thought possible. Loving it!

  11. Mary Ellen @ Pâte à Chew

    What a great idea! I love butternut squash and hummus, so this is a perfect way to lighten up traditional hummus (which is so fattening when eaten in large quantities … which is the only way I eat it!).

    1. Laura

      For sure! I think 2T came out to be about 20 calories.

  12. RavieNomNoms

    What a great hummus to try out! It looks very very tasty! I would have a really hard time not eating beans!!

  13. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

    This reminds me of my squash-a-mole and that makes me happy.

    I am willing to forgive you for the fact that this can’t really be hummus…since there aren’t any chickpeas in it.

    But I love winter squash and thyme…so I’d probably LOVE this. :)

    1. Laura

      Your squash-a-mole was cheer genius. Actually… that just made me think of mole… what if you did a cocoa squash-a-mole? Like a mole. Mmmmm…

  14. Kaitlin

    Oh. My. God. Can you PLEASE send me a gallon of this tomorrow? :) This looks amazing!

    1. Laura

      I’ll trade you for some of your cupcakes. ;)

  15. Greg

    Well, I love beans, but this a brilliant idea and a brilliant color! Looks great.

  16. sportsglutton

    Hi Laura….I’m finally home from my travels and have the time to catch up with my friends in the blog-o-sphere.

    I can’t even imagine spending 9-23 bucks on coffee not to mention a coffee from Starbucks. That is plain crazy.

    Hope you have been well.

    1. Laura

      Welcome back – you’ve been missed!

  17. Sara @my less serious life

    butternut hummus is really creative! and sounds delicious too!

  18. Mattie @ Comfy and Confident

    That drink doesn’t even sound good. there is way too much going on. But that hummus on the other hand looks great. I bright color is fab.

  19. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean

    if you need a drink with 16 shots of expresso you probably have some more serious issues than how expensive your drink is!!

  20. Choc Chip Uru

    This is a great twist on the usual hummus – looks delicious and has beautiful colouring :D

    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Healthiest Natural Sugars Muesli Bars

  21. Sui

    You do come up with some very creative ideas, I would never have thought to make a hummus from squash. For me hummus are beans, I will have to give this a try, it sounds tasty.

    1. Laura

      Thank you! I didn’t miss the beans in this one. That actually surprised me!

  22. Heather @ Get Healtyy with Heather

    Such a unique hummus! Sounds soooooo good ;)

  23. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    Sounds like a yummy cleanse dinner plan for the night! I’ve got a 22 mile run tomorrow, party tomorrow night, supporting racers at a 5K on Sunday, and dinner with Kirk’s cousin on Sunday. I hope I get some chill time in there somewhere!

    1. Laura

      I’m tired just reading about your weekend. Hope you’re having a good one, and I want to hear all about the party. :)

  24. Laura @ LauraLivesLife

    There is NO WAY that drink tasted good, let alone was healthy. I love my coffee and I probably drink a full pot before 9 am, but I think even that would make me sick. No good!

    1. Laura

      He would have been in the hospital if he’d finished that monster! I’m impressed you can get a pot down – I struggle to finish a glass.

  25. Maureen

    I never thought of butternut hummus but I certainly won’t forget it. It looks great.

    No Starbucks in my town. Imagine that. :) Lots of coffee shops in our coastal town in Australia but no Starbucks.

    1. Laura

      No Starbucks?! *gasp* I can’t say I feel bad for you when you’re in a coastal Australian town. ;)

  26. Rande McDaniel @ The Vegetable Centric Kitchen

    I love a good bean-free hummus, this sounds fantastic! My adventure for the weekend is to not have any adventures! I have plenty to come, it’s time to rest ;)

    1. Laura

      Ohhhh… what’s to come?

      1. Rande McDaniel @ The Vegetable Centric Kitchen

        Planning on trips to Phoenix, Portland, St. Louis, and NYC in the next few months :)

        1. Laura

          Lucky! I want to go to NYC so bad.

  27. Candy @ Healthy In Candy Land

    Since I don’t drink coffee, it was pretty anticlimactic to go to Starbucks for my free birthday drink and order a Grande Green Tea. It normally costs like $1.50. :)
    I’ve never tried bean-free hummus, but I am intrigued! You can’t go wrong with bnut squash anyway, but this sounds fantastic! I made hummus yesterday too–carrot hummus. ‘Twas delish. I have too many favorites to choose just one flavor…

  28. Nada (One Arab Vegan)

    Butternut hummus sounds so good! I would probably make with a combination of squash and chickpeas but love the thyme as well – making soon for sure.

    1. Laura

      That would be a great take on it – the beans do add more density. I was thinking it would be a good “coating” for baked tofu too.

  29. Eliot

    I get those coupons from Stabucks. Who knew that I could rack up a $23 bill?

    Love this recipe—genius!

    1. Laura

      You have to get as much as you can for your coupon! ;)

  30. Chelsea @ Naturally Sweet Recipes

    Great recipe- so creative! It looks delicious!

  31. Hannah

    Oh my gosh, that would be so icky! Matcha and banana and strawberry?! UGH! I still miss the plain coffee frappuccinos though :(

  32. Ari@The DiVa DiSh

    I love butternut squash because of how sweet it is! Perfect hummus sub if you as me…and banana puree with espresso shots..sounds interesting :-)

  33. thehealthyapron

    The only thing that bugs me about butternut squash is cutting it! I have such a hard time! Any tricks or tips to sharE?

    1. Laura

      If it’s too hard, pop it in the microwave for a bit. Start with 45-60 secs and go from there. It will soften the squash enough to cut. I have to do this just about every time. :)

  34. Hayley @ Oat Couture

    Who on earth needs 16 shots of espresso?!? I wouldn’t sleep for weeks!!! And can you imagine the palpitations!! Lol!

    1. Laura

      For real! You would have the most jacked up workout ever. Talk about Insanity…

  35. corey @ learning patience

    I saw that drink order on the Today show and it made me sick…. SERIOUSLY? They actually said a person can die from that much caffeine at once. CRAZY.

    I love your hummus recipe!

    xoxo from Trinidad

  36. Kiri W.

    This is fascinating! I’d never though to use squash in hummus, but it looks absolutely delicious. Well done, and congrats on Top 9!

    1. Laura

      Thank you! Try it out – I’m eating it like candy. :)

  37. Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons

    bahahaha i love that that pricey bevv didn’t even taste good. love that article! and love your hummus!!!! it looks so decadent and healthy at the same time — which is obv my favorite combo <3

    thanks for the super sweet comment, as always love ;) you're the best!

  38. Baking Serendipity

    I never thought to make hummus with squash! I’ve been loving it lately, and this switch-up sounds fantastic :)

  39. Kristina

    $23?? Thats actually insane. I used to spend like $3 at starbucks…. every morning! And that about cleaned me out, since then I’ve made friends with my own coffee maker :) I love this hummus recipe you created! I would’ve never thought to substitute in butternut squash, sounds delicious!

    1. Laura

      I’m the same way – the only time I get it now is in the airport on business trips when I can expense it. :)

  40. Ally

    Haha, that Starbucks drink order made me laugh! I’ve always wondered what the most expensive order would be… fun!
    This hummus looks amazing. Love butternut squash!

  41. Gourmantine

    OMG… I don’t think you could even call that coffee anymore.. more like a coffee smoothie or toss up or something like that… and doesn’t sound inviting by even a bit… the butternut squash hummus on the other hand sounds delicious!

  42. Hummus fan

    This looks very good!! I just wanna say it can’t be called hummus without the chickpeas, because the word literally means chickpea dip. Looks great though!

    1. Laura

      I know, I know… but it has tahini! :)

      1. Hummus fan

        hahah my dad does the opposite, he uses chickpeas and NO tahini!!!! I love tahini but he hates it.

  43. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    If this were in the house, I would eat it like someone might eat a pie at a pie eating contest – head first, no hands!

    1. Laura

      That sounds like a challenge. I like it.

      1. GiGi Eats Celebrities

        If only you were here on Thanksgiving – I had a chestnut eating contest and boy did I blog the competition OUT of the water! lol!

  44. lindsay

    brilliant! i need to lay off the beans a bit. haha. but really, you just reminded me i need to buy tahini. And you reminded me of my starbux days. people order craazy stuff!

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