Pizza Hummus - dairy & sesame free

Do you love pizza--and hummus? Then you are sure to love this Super Creamy Pizza Hummus. It's not just the melding of two uber popular comfort foods, but it's sesame-free and dairy-free, making it great for almost anyone on a special diet too!

pizza hummus in bowl surrounded by flatbread on brown plate

If you've been around my blog for awhile, you already know that I like dips.

I mean, I really like dips.

Everything tastes better with a dip--don't you agree?

I'm not a big fan of raw veggies, but give me something to dip them and suddenly the veggies start to disappear.

But dipping in the same ol' dip can get a little boring sometimes, so you have to mix it up. That's when I start thinking about what other dips I can create.

Why you should make homemade hummus

My family loves hummus.

You wouldn't know it by our grocery store receipts, however.

pizza hummus ingredients in food processor

See, we're kind of cheapskates frugal.

Basically, we never buy hummus. Ever.

Honestly, I don't know that we have ever bought full-priced hummus (and even on sale, I will say we've likely only bought it about 2-3 times.)

I've told you before that for years we really had to watch our pennies (and dimes, and nickels. All of those things.) Money was really tight and well, I always lived by the rule that you have to have savings in the bank and prepare for the future, so I worked hard to make sure we never went in debt.

So buying things anything prepared that wasn't discounted in a major way didn't happen. This is the reason why there are recipes like DIY Coconut Milk, Chocolate Chips, Rice Milk and Coconut Butter on my blog. You know--that frugal thing!

I LOVE making things instead of buying them..and when you've got an amazing recipe for homemade hummus, and a great food processor--who needs to :-).

Truly, one of my husband's favorite recipes that I make is our Savory Hummus.

You likely won't believe how much of this I make at one time.

I literally get 10 cups (that's 3 pounds, plus) of garbanzo beans, soak them overnight, cook them (make sure you read my post on How to De-Gas Beans), and then make one gigantic batch of homemade hummus.


And it doesn't last long.

How this pizza hummus came to be

Recently, I saw Katie's recipe for Melty Pizza Hummus--Mmmmm pizza and hummus. Are you kidding me?--and thought I needed to make something like it, but we really felt we needed to change up the recipe quite a bit. Until we were saying "Yummmmmmm" when we ate it.

This recipe is "it."

The pizza part of this hummus is really fun for us. You see--my oldest has a life-threatening allergy to dairy (and he avoids gluten) so he'd never had store-bought pizza (I developed this recipe before gluten-free pizza was readily available anywhere).

And making pizza can be a little bit of a daunting task for this busy mom.

But a dairy-free pizza dip?  That is something this busy mom can pull off!

I changed the recipe quite a bit, and we LOVE the final result.

In fact, when I first made it, I made it twice in one week.

And the second batch disappeared as fast as the first.

In fact, it is sooo good that my oldest son said that I don't even need to make his requested pizza for his birthday-- I could just make this instead.  (He was sort of joking, of course :-).)

The next time your family is craving pizza, and asking for takeout, save yourself some dough, grab yourself some garbanzo beans, and try this dip out.

pizza hummus ingredients blended in food processor

OK so maybe I'm being a little too optimistic that this will satisfy your pizza cravings, never know!

Is it allergy-friendly?

One thing that is special about this hummus and the other hummus recipes on my blog that they are tahini and sesame-free.  You could use tahini in place of the oil in either recipe, but I think that hummus without tahini is refreshingly light and we've heard the same from others who have tried these as well.  (My son also is deathly allergic to sesame, which is why I started making hummus without it.)

And of course, as I mentioned above, despite the name "pizza", this hummus is dairy-free as well. This dip gets its cheesy flavor from nutritional yeast, something that we quickly learned about after we discovered that our oldest had a life-threatening allergy to dairy.

Nutritional Yeast is a dairy-free yeast that isn't live (i.e. you can't make bread with it) and it is chock full of B vitamins naturally.

I'd love to hear what you think about this dip!

What to serve this with

This hummus is great as a dip, on top of rice, or inside a wrap.

You could try my Buckwheat Wraps or serve with my Focaccia Flax Bread. the spoonful!

You can even eat hummus as a side dish--I personally think that hummus alongside egg tastes amazing paired with some veggies on the side. Egg dipped in some creamy hummus with some crunchy veggies. Yum--you gotta try it.

If you like dips too, you really need to try out some of our family's favorite healthy dips.

Other healthy dip / spread recipes

Savory Hummus (a great twist on a traditional favorite)
Zesty Bean Dip (everyone asks for the recipe whenever we share this)
Avocado Dressing / Dip (another one that always gets rave reviews)
Olive Hummus
Almond Butter Fruit Dip
Vegan Ranch Dressing / Dip
Healthy Chocolate Fruit Dip

and believe it or not, there are more to come. Dips. Yum. Can't stop thinking about more fun dips to make. It really is kind of an obsession sometimes.

hand dipping flatbread into pizza hummus

Recipe notes

  • Nutritional Yeast Information: Nutritional yeast adds a super punch of protein and B-vitamins and iron, and if you get a supplemented version like this one, it also supplies B12, something that vegans typically lack in their diets. However, if you have MTHFR, you might wish to avoid this. As such, we purchase and use a non fortified version like this one.
    Nutritional yeast does not feed candida. And if you are up on the controversy about free glutamates and excitotoxins, I have done some research into that and I decided that I am just fine including nutritional yeast in our diet. I hope to share more about this in the near future.
  • Red Pepper Spice Factor: My family thinks 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper is a little too much, but for some reason, I've taken a liking to spicy food recently and I think it's great as is. And still, my sons have literally gobbled this up--spicy or not.
  • Other Bean Options: I haven't tried this yet, but I think you could make this with any bean, but white ones, like navy, would adapt the best.
  • Cheese Option: I haven't tried this yet either, but if you like, you could use a regular dairy cheese (like some parmesan or mozzarella, or a mix of both) and I think it would taste great.
  • De-Gassing Your Hummus: Please de gas the garbanzo beans - read How to De-Gas Beans.
  • Garlic Peeling Tip: For tips on peeling garlic, see The Easiest Way to Peel Garlic.
pizza hummus in white bowl with pita wedges


pizza hummus in white bowl with pita wedges

Pizza Hummus--dairy and sesame free

This Pizza Hummus Recipe is dairy and sesame free and a great healthy snack. Great as a veggie dip or chip dip or eaten right off the spoon.
4.95 from 18 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Dressings, Seasonings, etc., Side Dish
Cuisine: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Vegan
Keyword: pizza hummus
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Calories: 143kcal


  • 3 cups garbanzo beans
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 3 3/4 teaspoons basil (dried)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4-5 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red peppers (or to taste)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
  • 3/4 cup tomato paste


  • Put all ingredients in a food processor, or high-powered blender (like Vitamix or Blendtec)
  • Blend until smooth, to your liking.
  • Serve at room temp, or chilled. Store in fridge.


Serving: 94g | Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 16.9g | Protein: 7.5g | Fat: 5.7g | Saturated Fat: 0.8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.98g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3.54g | Sodium: 318mg | Potassium: 297.29mg | Fiber: 4.9g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 5.8mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2.3mg | Net Carbs: 12g

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is merely an approximation. Optional ingredients are not included and when there is an alternative, the primary ingredient is typically used. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts since they have been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.

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  1. I just thought I'd chime in... red lentils (not the canned type but the dried and re-hydrated on the stove kind) makes perfect hummus too. I can't eat chickpeas anymore so I found this out of necessity.
    I will make this recipe (with lentils) soon too. It looks smashing!
    Every week I make a fresh batch (or two) of hummus and BBQ, Roasted Red Pepper and Dill Pickle hummus are all winners. All taste great topped on a salad (or the base of a hummus bowl).
    Your blood looks great!

    1. Hello there! Great tip for sure - beans of all kinds make great hummus really. Why not :)? What is the blood you're referring to? Sorry I didn't follow that part.

        1. Hahahahaha. I hope my blood looks great too. LOL. I'm trying to redo some things so it should look better as time goes on but thank you for the kind words!

    1. Hi there - What's your reason for wanting to avoid the oil? Knowing that will help me answer you. Let me know :).

  2. 5 stars
    This is one of our favorite hummus recipes. We have made it several times now and have printed it and added it to our family recipe cookbook. My kids absolutely love it! My son (who is 11) will pull out all the ingredients by himself so he can make it himself. It's so simple, and yet the flavors combined really make it so delicious. So yummy!

    1. Awww thanks so much for taking the time to come back and share. It's my boys' favorite too! What a great thing that you son loves to cook! I'm hoping to have more simple recipes up soon so do stay tuned!

  3. 5 stars
    What a cool take on hummus! Love the addition of nooch 🙂 Looking forward to seeing if my hummus-lovers go for it also!

    1. Thank YOU! Never heard it called "nooch" I don't think. LOVE it :)!! Would love to hear what they think! I'm kind of hummus obsessed right now.

        1. Love it - thanks for enlightening me. Now that I think about it, I probably have seen it and just forgot! 🙂

  4. 4 stars
    That is a great idea! Would it be ok to use 2 cups pizza sauce (not tomato paste or water)? Then add less of the spices (to taste).

    1. Thanks! I haven't tried that but that should be pretty close to an equivalent. Keep in mind that the sauce has other ingredients in it that you might wish to make allowance for like salt as well and maybe other things. Let me know how it turns out!

  5. 5 stars
    Super fun! I have one kiddo that doesn't love tahini, therefore isn't a fan of hummus, but I think she would love this! Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Renee. I really like hummus without tahini better than with so hope she likes it! I have 2 others on my site - redoing the images for them soon. Can't get enough hummus in my book!