Warm lima bean & basil hummus

When & How

This recipe contains all three macronutrients: protein, carbohydrates and fat. Let’s use it functionally!


Breakfast: if you’re looking for a fulfilling brekkie that will keep you satisfied and energized until lunch, spread a couple of spoonfuls of this hummus on bread (whole-wheat, rye or other whole-grain bread). You can add a handful of arugula, sprinkle with olive oil and add a pinch of black pepper. Yum!


Lunch: this recipe can go well with eggs. I usually recommend avoiding mixing different types of proteins. However, eggs are perfectly balanced and can be paired with other sources of proteins. Try it inside omelette for an extra creamy egg dish (paired with a source of greens) or as a nourishing add-on to salads. One of my favorite combos is baby spinach, arugula, boiled eggs, a couple of spoonfuls of hummus, tossed with olive oil, and fresh lemon juice. Delish and will boost your metabolism.


Detox Dinner: here the hummus will be used as your main source of proteins and carbohydrates. Simply pair it with one type of cooked or raw vegetable.


Nourishing Dinner: here the hummus will be used as a nourishing add-on. Add a couple of spoons to your grain bowls. For example, try it with quinoa and cooked zucchini. Or with wild rice and green beans.


Snack: pair with some crudité for a light, but nutrient-dense and filling snack. Yummy with raw fennel or celery. But you can also have it as it is.


(2 servings)

  • 165g frozen lima beans (or boiled)
  • ½ tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 5-6 fresh basil leaves


  1. Heat some olive oil in a skillet, and cook lima beans until slightly golden. 
  2. In a food processor/blender, combine all the ingredients. Blend until smooth. You can adjust consistency using water if necessary. 


  • You can enjoy it cold, too. Warm hummus hits different though!
  • You can substitute lima beans with other types of beans. It comes out delicious also with peas



Like all other types of legumes, lima beans are a complete food as they contain a good amount of plant-based protein and a good amount of carbohydrates. The great amount of carbohydrates mainly comes from the richness in fiber which makes this type of bean the ideal nourishment for our gut microbiome. Think that 1 cup of beans contains about 170% of the recommended daily value. Because of the richness in fiber, lima beans are also characterized by a low glycemic index and so will help keep blood sugar in check preventing sugar spikes and optimizing energy levels throughout the day. Finally, lima beans are also rich in iron, a very important mineral for oxygen transport throughout the body so cells can produce energy efficiently.   


Rich in calcium and phytoestrogens, which help with hair loss and sustain bone health


Basil is an adaptogen, a type of plant that increases body resistance to stress, helping re-establish physical and mental wellbeing.  


These two ingredients act as potent antibacterial and immunostimulants and will optimize digestion.

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