Creamy White Bean Hummus

pita chip dipping into creamy bowl of hummus

This Creamy White Bean Hummus is made using only 5 simple ingredients! It’s deliciously smooth, so flavorful and delicious! Grab a bag of pita chips and you’re all set for a yummy appetizer!

Are you like me and have about 20 cans of beans in your pantry that you aren’t sure what to do with? Sure, we eat tons of black beans, pinto beans and garbanzo beans each week but what in the world about cannellini beans?!

And what even are cannellini beans? Are all beans the same?! Good questions! 

Why You’re Going to Love This Hummus

Okay, so, let’s get to answering those questions. Cannellini beans, like most beans, are a wonderful, humble ingredient. They are also known as a white kidney beans – which means they are really smooth in texture and have a slightly nutty flavor. 

cannellini beans in food processor

Since these beans are so soft and smooth, they make a DELICIOUS hummus. 

This White Bean Hummus is ultra lusciously creamy yet somehow retains a lightness to it. Sometimes bean based dishes can make you feel so loaded down and heavy afterward – not this one! 

I found myself going back to the bowl again and again, dipping one pita chip after another! 

garnished bowl of hummus in white bowl surrounded by pita chips

Side note: Best pita chips are the garlic herb + parmesan ones from Aldi! Super affordable too! 

close up of garlic herb and parmesan pita chips

You know me and my love for garlic so I absolutely threw in a couple of fresh cloves in there for extra flavor! I also added in olive oil for some fat and tahini to help make it extra smooth! 

But the best part of this hummus to me is the the overarching flavor is the beans! Nutty, delightful and delicious! It’s so thick and yummy! 

Another reason to love this hummus? It’s SO versatile. It makes about 3 cups of hummus and can be stored in your fridge for several days. 

So far I’ve eaten it with just pita chips, tortilla chips, fresh chopped raw veggies, added it to my salad and used it as a dressing, put it tacos and drizzled it over homemade falafel! 

It’s also very pantry friendly too! While tahini may not be something you keep on the reg, make sure and check out Trader Joe’s! They have the lowest price that I’ve seen so far and it’s high quality!

Ingredients You Need: 

  • Cannellini Beans 
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
  • Raw Garlic 
  • Fresh lemon Juice 
  • Tahini 
  • Salt + Spices to taste 

Best Tips for Making Creamy Hummus 

Thankfully this recipe is amazingly simple so there aren’t too many tips to share but I can give a few! 

Use a food processor to blend your hummus! I love my Ninja Food Processor – it’s amazing and always gets the job done! 

cannellini beans, tahini, olive oil and garlic in the food processor

Drain the beans! You don’t really want that extra canned bean liquid disturbing the process of making the best hummus ever so make sure and drain it before you add the beans to the food processor! 

freshly blended hummus in the food processor

Use fresh garlic if possible. I know we are all trying to use what we have on hand so you can definitely use garlic powder if you have it – but fresh garlic adds a lot to this! 

Speaking of spices – add spice! This hummus is an amazing base on it’s own, but it’s able to be really elevated with the addition of simple spices. For me, I loved adding in a garlic herb seasoning, a pinch of cayenne and topping with some sesame seeds! 

overhead shot of hand dipping a chip in the hummus with fresh garnish

But – aside from salt, I added in the spices AFTER I blended it in the food processor. This is so you’re able to control what flavors/seasonings you put in it a little at a time instead of making it just a “garlic herb” hummus instead of a white bean hummus. It gives you more creative control, haha!

If your hummus is a little too thick – feel free to add a splash of water in it until its good for you. 

close up of chip being dipped in hummus in white bowl

Another tip? Blend in the food processor until you reach YOUR desired consistency. For me, I didn’t mind that there was some small pieces of bean here and there in the hummus. But if you like it EXTRA smooth, blend until you reach that. This is your hummus! You do you! 

Overall, this hummus is just the best. Eat it on anything and everything – even with just a spoon! Enjoy! Xo – Haylie

Did you enjoy this recipe? Here are some others you might like: 

Lightened Up Spinach Artichoke Dip 

Avocado Hummus 

Buffalo Cauliflower Dip 

Creamy White Bean Hummus

This Creamy White Bean Hummus is made using only 5 simple ingredients! It’s deliciously smooth, so flavorful and delicious! Grab a bag of pita chips and you’re all set for a yummy appetizer!

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword cannellini bean hummus, creamy bean dip, creamy white bean dip, white bean dip, white bean hummus
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Blending/Spicing 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Haylie


  • 2 (15 oz cans) cannellini beans, drained
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • juice of one large lemon
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt + more if needed
  • spices like cayenne, garlic herb seasoning etc to garnish


  1. Mince the 2 cloves of garlic. Set aside.

  2. Drain the cans of cannellini beans and add them to the food processor followed by the olive oil, tahini, minced garlic, fresh lemon juice and salt.

  3. Blend in the food processor until your desired consistency is reached. Taste and add additional seasoning/spices if you desire! I loved adding cayenne and sesame seeds on top! If needed, add a splash of water to thin out the hummus.

  4. Makes about 3 cups of hummus. Store in the fridge in tupperware. Enjoy with pita chips, on salad or with raw veggies!

Recipe Notes

Feel free to add a splash of water to thin out the hummus if needed. 

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