simple white bean hummus with lemon juice

YOU KNOW HOW YOU’RE ALWAYS TRYING/BEGGING/PLEADING to get the kids eating more veggies? This is one new way to do it, no bribes needed. 

For most kids, this is a new food and ours were no different, so I used a couple of our “new food methods”: Everything was served on special little dishes and I asked them to try a bite then rate it for me (thumbs up, thumbs in the middle, thumbs down). How did it go? Phoebe (4 yrs) said it was too spicy (and it did have a kick to it, see garlic note below) but ate all the cucumbers and one carrot. Estelle (2 yrs) said she liked it and crunched on a few things. George (1 yr) devoured it with his hands. No veggies involved.

And that’s how it goes. You can serve something special and you have a chance that it’ll work. The wonderful thing about this dip is that it’s easy to make and it’s very healthy, so there’s not a lot to lose if it doesn’t go well–you can always enjoy it yourself for lunch. Which leads me to the last thing I love about this dip: it’s also very tasty. Try it out and let us know how it goes! (And if all else fails, throw a few whole wheat crackers on the plate too.)

Simple White Bean Hummus


  • 1 12-ounce can white beans, rinsed and drained
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 small garlic clove finely grated with a microplane (optional–this will add a bit of spice) OR 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 cracks of fresh pepper


Combine everything in a food processor and blend. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.



  1. Holly says

    I made a white bean soup on Sunday but none of us were that wild about it so tonight I decided to try this recipe with the leftovers…it was a HIT! I and all three of my little boys (ages 8 and 4) LOVE it! I’m hoping my hubby will love it too…if there is any left when he gets home :)

    • charityc says

      What a cool idea, Holly! LOVE transforming something that wasn’t a favorite into a dish everyone can’t stop eating. You’ll have to share the flavors you used in the soup because I bought a new can of beans today and have my heart set on a new batch of dip this week. Thanks for your note!

  2. says

    Oy. Just made this for the kids celiac support group in Boston, but blended it w roasted broccoli. A hit. And most excellent!


    • charityc says

      Awesome, CJ! The broccoli sounds delicious. We’ve blended in ripe avocado and that was perfect but I like your idea even better. Next time!


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