Black bean hummus stuffed cucumber rolls. Vegan.

December is finally upon us so key up the get-togethers, parties, food, food and more food that will be consumed.  With the most indulgent foods being consumed in between Thanksgiving through New Year’s – I always love to throw in some really healthy, yet flavorful dishes to offset the gluttony and honestly, I prefer healthy options over rich, heavier foods.

Cucumbers are rich in potassium, vitamin C, B1, biotin and magnesium. Plus, during the holidays when we tend to neglect hydration, they are filled with water.  In this recipe I share my latest obsession – black bean hummus but you can easily use store-bought if you prefer.  This appetizer takes minutes to make so they are perfect for impromptu gatherings.

Black bean hummus
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  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons of tahini
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  1. Into your food processor add your clove of garlic and pulse 4-5 times.
  2. Add the black beans, juiced lemon, tahini, cumin, paprika, pepper and salt.
  3. Turn the machine on and while running, drizzle the olive oil through the spout.
  4. Stop and scrape down the sides as necessary.
  5. Blend one more time for about 30 seconds.
  6. Taste and adjust the seasonings.

Blend until smooth and creamy.

Once your hummus is prepared, wash your cucumbers and dry.

You can use a vegetable peeler or a mandoline to thinly slice your cucumber ribbons.  I preferred the mandoline (please note:  use the guide to protect your hand from the sharp blade.  I used my hand initially for the first few ribbons when the cucumber was still thick).

Trim the ends.

Even pressure on the cucumber will yield an even slice but please use the guard.

Once you have sliced 2 cucumbers or so, lay them out evenly and spread a thin layer of the hummus on one side.  Then begin rolling as pictured.

Make sure you spread the hummus to the very end, even if it comes out a bit, to ensure they stay together and maintain the rolled shape.

You can leave plain or top with fresh dill sprigs for an idea or I used some pomegranate seeds for a festive red and green color palette.  You can prepare these about an hour ahead of time if you’re hosting or attending a party.

Thank you Divine Flavor for sponsoring this post.  Happy Holidays!










— Knead to Cook

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  1. That looks delicious! My Mom loves hummus and would absolutely love if I brought this to her house for Christmas as an appetizer. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I’ve already added these to my knead to make list! I think they’d be great for a summer party too! Thank you for another great recipe!

  3. These look amazing and even easy for a horrible cook like myself, but I don’t have a food processor or a mandolin. Would a Ninja work in place of the food processor? Would love to try to make it somehow.

  4. Such a great idea! I’ve been needing to try out a new hummus recipe and I always need help figuring our what to take to family/church gatherings. I really like the addition of pomegranate seeds.

  5. These look delicious and actually something I could see us eating at my house.
    My husband is the cook around here so I’m sending him this recipe now!!

  6. YESYESYES! These look so yummy! I am a vegetarian but try to eat vegan when possible. This recipe is definitely something I will be trying and it’s even red and green, so perfect for a Christmas appetizer! Happy Holidays 🙂

  7. YASSSSSSS. Enjoy that time with Sydney!
    You’re heart is gold.
    PS these stole my heart when you posted them yesterday…the rolls —-well the socks are ahhhhhhmaze too.

  8. These look so delicious! I have 2 questions, first of all could you use something other than cucumbers? My husband is just not a fan.(not sure he would get any however, I may eat them all!). Second, where do you get tahini paste? Living in a small town that maybe something hard to find.
    Merry Christmas Robin!!

    1. Kylee, Good morning sweet girl. Carrots, zucchini would also be great alternatives. Tahini paste can be found at any grocery store believe it or not. If not, sub out a bit of nut butter (tahini is ground up sesame seeds and has the same mouth feel as nut butter). Hope this helps. Merry Christmas!

  9. My hubby had a heart attack last year and is realizing how crappy the meds are for cholesterol and BP so he’s cleaning up his diet and eating really clean. Thank you for the delicious recipes, I’m going to have to make these for him.

    1. Holly, I’m so glad to hear that. Food can certainly be medicine and removing animal products helps obliterate cholesterol. Sending you tons of love this Christmas to you all 🙂 xo

  10. I’ll be adding this to my 2018 recipe challenge. I’m going to try to make 1 new recipe each week from my favorite blogs and cookbooks. It looks awesome. Love hummus, but I’ve never made it with black beans.

  11. I LOVE love hummus! What a great idea! Will have to give it a try! I think the boys would love to help make these. Happy Holidays my friend!

  12. That looks soooooooo pretty
    This is something I could make with my daughters for a nice alternative
    Loving your photography too
    Would love the procompressions but they’d be too small for me I think 🙁
    Have a great day though x x x

  13. Love black bean hummus and cucumbers. Might have to try the cucumbers in slices/sticks first. My daughter is very hesitant when things look too different. It stops her from trying new things! Gradual changes!!!

  14. Wow! I’m always amazed how beautiful your recipes look! I’m trying this one for sure! Merry Christmas to your sweet family!