Vegan Roasted Jalapeno Cheddar Hummus

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There are a few reasons why I love having an 8 (almost 9) -year old.

1. He makes me feel good about myself. In his eyes, I can do no wrong.

2. He makes me want to be a better person. I’m always wanting to show him only my best side, even though he sees plenty of my faults.

3. He is becoming very self-sufficient, which means more time for me to paint my nails … I mean, drink a glass of wine … errr, binge-watch So You Think You Can Dance … I mean, make healthy snacks for my family. There we go! Phew, that was hard!

The reality of the fact is that I love how independent my son is becoming. He’s actually at the point where he wants to make his own breakfast before heading off to summer camp, which is one of the best things ever! No longer am I having to hurry to make sure I’m all ready for the day before he gets out of bed. Now I can get ready while he’s getting ready.


So when I set to get started on this hummus and realized I had to take the peeling off all these little chickpeas, I knew just who to call for.

That’s right, my favorite little helper ever.

I had no desire to spend my precious time skinning these little guys, and when it comes down to it, I kind of get grossed out because, HELLO, IT LOOKS LIKE SKIN!

Ok, so now that I’ve grossed you out too… moving on.

Vegan Roasted Jalapeno Cheddar Hummus | Happy Food Healthy Life

So you totally don’t have to peel the chickpeas, but I’m telling you, I’ve made hummus both ways. Peeled and unpeeled. While the flavor doesn’t change, you’ll end up with a much smoother texture by using peeled chickpeas. And it probably only took about 10 minutes total. No big deal and worth it in my book. So if you don’t have a kiddo to help, find a friend, spouse, or neighbor who doesn’t mind the sight of a bowl full of skin… (i know, food blogger101 – don’t use gross images to describe food…) Or just pop in your favorite Netflix show, suck it up, and do it yourself.

The only thing about having an 8-year-old is that he’s not quite ready to take on full meals yet. Well, that is unless I would like to eat a cream cheese bagel, yogurt, and pretzels… then he’d be all over that. But when it comes to chopped fruits and veggies, we’re not quite there.


Thankfully, I have a solution to this dilemma of me not wanting to stop reading my book in order to make lunch. Ready Pac Bistro Bowl Salads. The newest pre-made salad creations that have been landing on the shelves of my Costco store. There are 8 different salad and snack bowls to choose from, and there are even vegetarian options, which was wonderful to find. Usually pre-packaged salads are full of meat, which makes finding a suitable option difficult for me.

Vegan Roasted Jalapeno Cheddar Hummus | Happy Food Healthy Life

The best part is that everything you need to make a great salad is right there in one bowl. My cranberry walnut salad was a bowlful of mixed greens, dried cranberries, crunchy walnuts, feta cheese, flatbread chips, and a wonderfully light and delicious vinaigrette. All of that for 210 calories!! And my kiddo can easily just grab it from the fridge and bring it right to me… along with a foot rub… and a glass of lemon-water…

Seriously, he doesn’t even have to grab a fork because it comes packaged with the cutest little mini fork for when you’re out and about. PERFECTLY planned out!

I paired the salad with my freshly made Roasted Jalapeno Cheddar Hummus and some baby carrots, and I was set for the afternoon.

Vegan Roasted Jalapeno Cheddar Hummus | Happy Food Healthy Life

I have to tell you, I was inspired to make a jalapeno cheddar hummus because I am in LOVE with that combo… in Cheeto form… I KNOW! So bad. But I just love those things whenever we go on a road trip. Thankfully that isn’t often. Also thankfully, now I have another option with my hummus. Same flavors. Less chemical crap.

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Vegan Roasted Jalapeno Cheddar Hummus
  • 1 15- ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed, peeled - reserving a few beans for garnish
  • 2 medium roasted jalapenos , reserving about half of one jalapeno for garnish (see notes for roasting instructions)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast (found in health food stores or in bulk sections)
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor. Start with just 1-2 Tablespoons of olive oil.
  2. Mix everything together until you get a thick and smooth paste. If it is still too dry, add the remaining 1 Tablespoon of oil and combine until smooth and the consistency you prefer.
  3. Once smooth, scoop into a bowl to serve immediately or in an air-tight container to refrigerate up to about a week.
  4. When ready to serve, top with remaining diced jalapenos, chickpeas, and a drizzle of olive oil
Recipe Notes

To roast jalapenos:
Preheat the broiler in your oven. Place jalapenos on a foil-lined baking sheet and place under the broiler for about 10 minutes or until the top of the skin has charred. Turn the peppers over and broil for another 5 minutes or so until the other side has been charred. Remove from oven and place peppers in a ziploc bag so it can steam.
After about 15 minutes, remove from bag and peel the outer skin off so you are left with just the inner pepper. Feel free to remove any of the seeds you'd like. More seeds = more heat. Less seeds = very mild.


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Vegan Roasted Jalapeno Cheddar Hummus | Happy Food Healthy Life

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  1. says

    This hummus looks delicious. I have made hummus at home, but never peeled the skins before. I need to try that and add some kick like you did with the jalapeño. Looks like it pairs perfectly with the caprese salad! #client

    • Holly Waterfall says

      Yes, peeling the skin on the chickpeas adds an even creamier hummus. Totally don’t have to do it, but I tend to like the texture a lot better.

  2. says

    Dear Holly, I love homemade hummus and your sounds delicious! What a perfect spread for lunch- healthy, wholesome and delicious too. Love the on-the-go salad packs. xo, Catherine

  3. Debbie says

    Dear Holly,

    There is Cheddar in the title of the recipe but I don’t see it in the ingredients. Does the recipe call for cheddar?


    • Holly Waterfall says

      Hi Deb! Thanks for the comment. I think I’ll have to edit the text to clarify that there is no actual cheddar. It is a vegan recipe, so there is no actual cheese. I instead used Nutritional Yeast, which has a cheddar flavor and is full of nutrients like protein, iron, and other vitamins.

    • Holly Waterfall says

      Cheryl – valid question! It’s vegan so there is no actual cheddar cheese. Nutritional yeast is instead used, as it has a cheesy flavor, which is perfect for those who don’t include dairy in their diets.

    • Holly Waterfall says

      It’s vegan so there is no actual cheddar cheese. Nutritional yeast is instead used, as it has a cheesy flavor, which is perfect for those who don’t include dairy in their diets.

    • Holly Waterfall says

      It’s vegan so there is no actual cheddar cheese. Nutritional yeast is instead used, as it has a cheesy flavor, which is perfect for those who don’t include dairy in their diets. It is also a complete protein packed with all 9 amino acids that the body cannot create on its own as well as iron and other vitamins. Great question!

  4. Stephanie says

    Holly, this looks amazing and delicious! I love hummus and the diversity of this recipe too. Even though it vegan it can still be made with non vegan ingredients as well.

    • Holly Waterfall says

      Thanks Stephanie. I love being able to accommodate to people who don’t want to eat dairy or are just looking for a more nutrient-rich option without losing all the flavor 🙂

  5. Genell says

    I have always been curious about using nutritional yeast – this looks like the perfect recipe to test it out!

  6. says

    I am loving this recipe that gives me a healthy hummus with all the flavor of cheddar but without the harmful effects that dairy often gives people. Thanks for introducing me to a new product (Nutritional yeast) that I have never tried! 🙂

    • Holly Waterfall says

      Renee, I love being able to introduce people to new ideas, new foods, and new ways of thinking about food. I hope you try this out!

    • Holly Waterfall says

      Cheese is one of my loves Amy, but I too am cutting back on dairy in my slow slow transition to vegan 🙂

  7. says

    My husband is SUCH a picky eater, it is so hard to get him to eat things that are good for him, but he just started opening up to humus and I bet he would love this one!

    • Holly Waterfall says

      OH you’ve got to try this out on him Stephanie! I could eat hummus with just about anything, especially if it tasted like my favorite cheetos 🙂

  8. says

    Well, I think it’s simply brilliant to put nutritional yeast in for a more cheddar-y flavour. I constantly have to use alternative ingredients in place of the “real thing” to get the taste and texture I am looking for in low carb. Not sure why that seems so foreign to people!

    • Holly Waterfall says

      I’m all about trying “different” experiments with food to get the results I’m looking for in taste and also nutrition. Sometimes that means trying new and foreign ingredients, and I’m all for it! 🙂

  9. says

    I love hummus in any way, shape or form. Definitely going to try this one on my boys who will eat anything as long as it’s spicy. LOL! Never knew you could/should peel the garbanzo beans so that tip is a gem.. Pinning for reference. Thanks!

  10. jaci says

    This looks great. But the name is Vegan Roasted Jalapeno Cheddar Hummus.
    There is no cheddar in this. And if there was I know it wouldn’t be vegan. So thinking the cheddar needs to be removed from the name? ??

    • Holly Waterfall says

      Thanks for your insight Jaci. The idea though is that it tastes like one of america’s favorite flavor combos – Jalapeno Cheddar… without actually including cheese! Perfect for those who don’t eat dairy for whatever reason.

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