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Simple White Bean Hummus

This simple and wonderful White Bean Hummus made with cannellini beans is the perfect condiment for dipping, scooping, spreading, or using as a binder!

top down view of homemade white bean hummus in a bowl.

Hummus is a staple in our house, and I’m so happy to include this White Bean Hummus in the recipe collection.

I love hummus for almost anything, from a dip for veggies and crackers/chips to a sandwich spread. I use it as a binder in recipes like this ‘Chickpea of the Sea’ Tuna Salad SandwichMashed Chickpea Salad, Stuffed Avocados, or as a spread on my Favorite Summer Sandwich.

Simple White Bean Hummus

Traditionally, hummus is prepared with chickpeas, but cannellini beans are even more nutritious, with more protein and fiber per serving. They have a smooth and creamy texture and are one of my favorite white beans, next to chickpeas.

I usually would make the traditional chickpea hummus in the past, but this is a great alternative. It’s everything I could ask for in hummus, with many ways to dress it up!

Hummus Made Tahini or Oil-Free!

  • Oil-free: To make this hummus recipe oil-free, simply replace the oil with tahini.
  • Tahini-free: If you don’t have tahini on hand, replace the tahini with oil.
side by side comparison of ingredients for white bean hummus added to the bowl of food processor, next to hummus blended and ready to serve.

How To Make White Bean Hummus

This hummus recipe is so easy to make. Simply add the cannellini beans, garlic, tahini, olive oil, optional onion powder, lemon juice, and salt to your blender or food processor, and process until creamy. Taste for flavor, adding extra of the spices you might like.

And voila, you have yourself a delicious appetizer, snack, or condiment!

I sprinkled za’atar on top for a little extra flavor. It was a delicious addition!

top down view of white bean hummus garnished with za'atar in a white bowl.

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Please let me know if you try this easy white bean hummus recipe! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.



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This simple white bean hummus recipe is great as a dip for fresh and roasted veggies, or use as a spread on sandwiches or crackers.

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Yield: Makes 1 1/2 cups 1x
  • Category: Condiment, Snack, Appetizer
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Diet: Vegan


  • 1 can cannellini beans (15 oz), drained and rinsed
  • 2 heaping tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1 or 2 lemons
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, optional
  • a couple twists of himalayan salt grinder
  • a couple tablespoons of water as needed to thin

vary up your hummus with these optional add ins:

  • 1/4 teaspoon or so of cumin and/or coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon or so dijon mustard
  • herbs like chives or basil
  • za’atar (I used as a topper)


Place ingredients in food processor, except water, and blend until desired consistency.

Taste for flavor adding anything more to your liking…more garlic? more lemon? more tahini? more salt? blend again.

Add water one tablespoon at a time to thin if needed (when using as a sandwich spread or binder I prefer a thinner hummus and will add a few extra tablespoons of water to thin it out nicely).

Serve however you like! It’s great either at room temp or chilled.

Makes 1 1/2 cups.

Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 6 – 7 days.


Feel free to change the ratio of tahini and olive oil in this recipe. You may prefer to use all tahini or all olive oil, or maybe 3 tablespoons tahini and 1 tablespoon olive oil, etc. Make this oil free by using tahini in place of the oil.

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  1. Elisabeth says:

    Amazing recipe!
    I added mustard, coriander, parsley, and za’atar for an extra punch. Addictive!

  2. I was a bis skeptical as I thought the beans would be too plain tasting but actually now that I’ve made it, this hummus tastes better than the one I normally make with chickpeas.
    I will definitely make it again and it’s already gone into my recipe notebook.

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Love the recipe. The hummus was so light a fluffy. It tasted very mild, which was what I wanted. Thank you!

  4. Amanda Cowan says:

    We love this! I’ve always liked hummus, chickpea and other varieties as well. We happened to find a white bean hummus at a restaurant once and wanted to make it at home. Finding this recipe was awesome and I’ve made it almost weekly ever since. I make 3 batches at once (we do mostly Mediterranean eating) and we go through it pretty quickly. I’ve taken it to potlucks and always get really good feedback also. Thanks!

  5. My husband makes tabbouleh and then hummus on the same day once a week. We love both and it’s efficient as the food processor is used for both. Today he finished making the tabbouleh and discovered we didn’t have chickpeas for his hummus recipe. Very disappointing. We did have cannollini beans so why not see if they would work? FOUND YOUR RECIPE! We like it as much as the chickpea and the creaminess is a plus. Thanks!

  6. This is a great alternative to chickpea hummus, my young son is allergic to chickpeas so I was happy to find this delicious alternative.

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      So glad this recipe worked well for you both! Thanks for sharing, Katy!

  7. I made this and added dried basil and some mixed herbs, and tomato sauce. It was delicious! Thank you for the recipe.

  8. Lovely recipe with lots of options. I was out of tahini so used a couple of tbsp of ground almonds which also worked well. Super easy. I meant to add a bit of cumin but I forgot – something to try for the next time! Thank you so much for posting this recipe :D

  9. Stephanie says:

    What can I use because I don’t have tahini?

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      You can use extra virgin olive oil in place of the tahini. I hope that helps. Enjoy!

  10. Evelyn Robles-Perez says:

    I made this humus with coriander and it is awesome! Thanks!

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