Vegan Dips

Vegan Dips: Pesto and Hummus

Vegan Dips. Where oh where were you the last couple of days?? Week three of #plantbased life and I must say… I went to Tasmania on the weekend. Arguably the food capital of Oz aaand … it got me. Although I tried my best to stick to the plants – fresh salmon, a wee bit of cheese and the most decadent chocolate mud cupcakes were my undoing. But it’s Monday – and I’m back on the green horse so to speak. I am certainly not going to identify with any labels and live a strict Vegan lifestyle. (I definitely recall never saying that!) I’m attempting to live (and eat) more consciously and hopefully inspire others to do the same. No labels, just me doing the best I can.

So without further a do, here are two simple and delicious vegan dips that both my plant eating and meat eating friends will love. (I say as my hubby devours the rest of the Chipotle Hummus before dinner!) As always, I’ve used the potent flavour punch of my essential oils. I only use and recommend doTERRA – please don’t do this with cheap + nasty knock-off oils or oils that aren’t food grade.

Vegan Dips

Vegan Basil Pesto

  • 3 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts (toasted if you want to really up the flavour level!)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup savoury yeast flakes*
  • 2 Tbsp good quality extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice (the juice of 1/2 a lemon)
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 4 drops doTERRA Lemon essential oil
  • 1 drop doTERRA Basil essential oil

*if you eat cheese, feel free to sub with Parmesan

Mix all ingredients together in a high powered food processor until well combined.

Chipotle Hummus

  • 400g tin chickpeas (1 1/2 cups) rinsed and drained well
  • 1 clove garlic (optional)
  •  juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 – 2 Chipotle peppers* (optional) Can use 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika instead
  • 1 heaped Tbsp tahini
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder (or 2 drops doTERRA Cumin oil)
  • 3 Tbsp good quality extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 drops doTERRA Lemon essential oil
  • a little water to help mix

Mix all ingredients together in a high powered food processor until well combined. Add a little water for a smoother consistency.


  1. Mmmm. . . yes, please! I love hummus and guac, I could eat them every day for the rest of my life and never get bored. You’ve inspired me to try making hummus… as the last time I tried making guac, I had an issue with getting the avocado out from under the skin & seed… and almost cut myself bad, lol! Anyway, great post, and beautiful site!

    1. Oh yeah, I have done that plenty of times – lucky the knife hasn’t been too sharp! Oh avocado – I could eat it forever!

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