Sweet potato fans will love this Sweet Potato Hummus served with olive oil and Sumac, and dipped up with pita bread. And this fun idea for hummus with sweet potato is a fun appetizer to enjoy when you’re craving sweet potatoes.

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Sweet potato hummus shown in serving dish with pita bread around it.

Although this site is focused on easy carb-conscious recipes, I do include an occasional recipe where I use ingredients that are not strictly low in carbs, and this tasty recipe for Sweet Potato Hummus is higher in carbs than most of my recipes. I’d eat this for a holiday treat and use portion control, and of course I would serve it with my favorite low-carb pita bread!

But this is a fun recipe for hummus fans who also like sweet potatoes. There’s a healthy dose of sweet potato flavor in this sweet potato hummus recipe, with garlic and tahini undertones and just a hint of lemon. And if you have the amazing middle eastern spice called Sumac to sprinkle on top, that will take it to next-level goodness, although you can definitely use Sweet Paprika if that’s what you have.

The Sweet Potato Hummus caught my eye in the latest cookbook from Costco that I was simply unable to resist, despite the fact that I already have far too many cookbooks. The book is called Power Foods (affiliate link) and it’s a collection of recipes using 38 healthy ingredients, with information about each ingredient plus creative and interesting recipes for using that ingredient.

I love hummus and I love savory sweet potato recipes, so I figured hummus that included mashed sweet potatoes would be a winner (and it was!) And I’m guessing this recipe will be a hit with most people who like hummus and sweet potatoes, even if it’s a slight splurge on carbs. I hope you’ll try it if you’re a sweet potato fan who likes hummus!

What ingredients do you need?

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What is Sumac?

Ground Sumac (soo-mack, affiliate link) maybe be an ingredient you haven’t used before, but this dark maroon spice is well worth adding to your spice cabinet, and that’s what I sprinkled on this hummus. Sumac has a slightly lemony flavor, and it’s an ingredient I absolutely love for middle eastern food. And if you do have Sumac, or buy some for this recipe, enter “Sumac” into the search bar on this site and you’ll find other recipes where I’ve used it. (If you don’t have Sumac and don’t want to buy it, just use Sweet Paprika to sprinkle on this hummus.)

Are Sweet Potatoes a healthy food?

I adapted this recipe from one in a very old cookbook called Power Foods, and like all the foods featured in that book sweet potatoes are an ingredient with a lot of health benefits. And they do contain quite a bit of fiber, so they might not be as high in net carbs as some people think.

What else could you eat with the Sweet Potato Hummus?

I ate this with low-carb pita bread the day I made it, but if you want dippers with even fewer carbs I’d use jicama, celery, red bell pepper strips, or sugar snap peas to scoop up the hummus.

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Sweet Potato Hummus with Olive Oil and Sumac found on KalynsKitchen.com

How to Make Sweet Potato Hummus:

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  1. I used the microwave to cook the sweet potatoes. That method worked well, but they could also be steamed or roasted. I cut them in fairly small pieces so they’d cook quickly.
  2. I used this microwave cover I got from my friend Margarethe, but if you don’t have something like this, I’d cover the bowl with cling wrap, venting it a little.
  3. While sweet potatoes cook, rinse garbanzo beans and let them drain.
  4. Cook sweet potatoes until they’re soft, (time will vary, depending on your microwave.)
  5. I put the bright blue hot pads to remind you that the bowl will be HOT when you take it out.
  6. Put cooked sweet potato, drained garbanzo beans, lemon juice, tahini, olive oil, cumin, garlic, and a bit of salt and pepper into the food processor.
  7. Process until the sweet potato hummus is quite smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl a few times.
  8. Serve at room temperature or chilled, with low-carb pita bread or veggie dippers of your choice.

Sweet Potato Hummus with Olive Oil and Sumac found on KalynsKitchen.com

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Sweet Potato Hummus
Yield: 16 servings

Sweet Potato Hummus

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Sweet Potato Hummus served with low-carb pita bread and drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with Sumac is a fun twist on traditional hummus! And this will be a hit with sweet potato fans!


  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (see notes)
  • one 15.5 oz. can garbanzo beans
  • 1/4 C fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 C tahini sauce
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling on top of hummus
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. Hungarian Paprika or Ground Sumac for garnish (optional)


  1. Peel sweet potatoes and cut into small cubes.
  2. Place in microwave-safe bowl, cover with vented lid or cling wrap, and microwave on high until sweet potatoes are soft. (This was about 10-12 minutes for me, but microwave power can vary, so check a few times, being careful not to burn yourself.)
  3. While sweet potatoes cook, drain garbanzo beans into a colander placed in the sink and rinse with cold water until no more foam appears. Let garbanzos drain well.
  4. Put cooked sweet potatoes, garbanzo beans, lemon juice, tahini, 2 T olive oil, ground cumin, garlic, salt, and pepper into food processor bowl, with processor fitted with steel blade.
  5. Process until the mixture is fairly smooth, about 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of bowl a few times. If the mixture seems too thick, thin with a few tablespoons of water until it is the consistency you want.
  6. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and/or pepper if desired.
  7. Serve at room temperature or chilled , with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of paprika or Sumac if you wish. This would be good with whole wheat pita triangles, veggie dippers, or whole grain chips. Hummus will keep in the fridge for at least a week.


I used about 1 lb. sweet potatoes, in U. S. stores orange-fleshed sweet potatoes are often called yams or sweet yams.

Nutritional information based on 1/4 cup serving size and doesn't include pita bread.

Recipe from Power Foods, with the addition of olive oil drizzle and sumac from Kalyn.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 100Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 0mgSodium 134mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 3gSugar 2gProtein 3g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Sweet Potato Hummus with Olive Oil and Sumac found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Sweet Potato Hummus would be a splurge on carbs for a low-carb diet, but check the nutritional information to see if you’d eat it for a treat. The addition of sweet potatoes makes it limited to phase 2 or 3 for the original South Beach Diet. If you’re eating it with pita triangles, I’d use portion control for phase 2. (You could eat a larger amount if you’re using veggie dippers.)

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Historical Notes for This Recipe:
This Sweet Potato Hummus Recipe was first posted in 2011. The recipe was last updated with more information in 2024.

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