Vegan Key Lime Hummus

Vegan Key Lime Hummus

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In one of the many food facebook groups I am a part of, I saw people posting about a new Key Lime flavored dessert hummus. Knowing that these things run about $4-5 a container, I decided to see if I could make my own at home version that was much cheaper. And you guys this vegan key lime hummus IS. SO. GOOD! Tastes like a key lime pie, and comes together in about 5 minutes. This hummus is naturally gluten-free and if you use vegan certified sugars, also vegan. I would recommend pairing this dip with some graham crackers and a cold glass of milk of your choice!

Can you substitute regular lime juice for key lime juice?

Yes. There are a few different recipes out there that combine lime juice with lemon juice as a substitute for key lime juice. However, I just substitute regular lime juice for key lime juice. You can buy a bottle of key lime juice at the store, but it can be expensive.

How are key limes different from regular limes?

There are a few differences between key limes and regular limes. What we think of as regular limes in the US, are actually Persian limes. Key limes are often referred to as Mexican or West Indian limes. Key limes are smaller, have a thinner skin, and are more acidic than regular limes. Their flavor is also a little different, with a somewhat herbal-floral taste.

Is hummus a good protein?

Hummus is made from the humble chickpea, which is a good source of protein and fiber.

Should you peel chickpeas for hummus?

In my opinion, yes. I have made hummus both ways, with and without peeled chickpeas, and the texture is so much better with peeled chickpeas. With peeled chickpeas, the hummus is completely smooth. It’s almost like a frosting. To learn a few different ways on how to peel canned chickpeas, check out this short video.

How to Make Vegan Key Lime Hummus: Step-by-Step

Step 1. Drain and rinse your chickpeas under cold running water. If you want to use the chickpea liquid (or aquafaba), drain your chickpeas over a bowl. Otherwise, you can do this in the sink. Set chickpeas aside. Then measure out the granulated sugar (a scant 1/4 cup means underfill the cup a little bit) and put into a high powered blender. Blend for about 20s, or until the sugar is superfine. Blending the sugar ensures a smoother hummus.

Optional Step: To make sure all of the aquafaba is off and to further neutralize the chickpea flavor, you can soak the chickpeas in a bowl of water for an additional 20 minutes and then rinse again. After soaking, drain and rinse the chickpeas again. Set the sieve of chickpeas aside over a bowl to finish draining for 10 minutes.

Another Optional Step: While you certainly don’t need to peel chickpeas to make hummus, peeling the chickpeas gives the hummus a beautiful, smooth texture. Almost like frosting. I very highly recommend you peel your chickpeas. You can learn how to peel chickpeas a few different ways here. After peeling the chickpeas, make sure to towel dry them off. And then also check out the note in the recipe card about how much liquid to add.

Chickpeas soak in a glass bowl filled with water. In the background is a lime green tea towel.

Step 2. After preparing the chickpeas, combine all ingredients in a high powered blender. Blend until smooth. You might find that you have to scrape down the sides of the blender container every once and a while to make sure everything gets a chance to be blended. Because we are only using a little bit of coconut cream, you can use the leftovers to make coconut whipped cream which you can freeze in dollops and use in hot drinks or on fruit, or you can use it to make my whipped cream fruit salad!

In the center is the final vegan key lime hummus all blended together in the blending container. In the upper left is a lime green tea towel and in the upper right is the bottom part of the blending container with the blades.

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In the center is a small black bowl containing vegan key lime hummus garnished with coconut cream, lime zest, and crushed graham crackers. On the left side of the image are graham crackers and a lime in the lower left. In the upper right are some limes. In the lower right is a black plate of graham crackers. Sprinkled about are graham cracker crumbs and threads of lime zest. Everything sits on a white marble background. This is a vertical image taken from an overhead view.

Vegan Key Lime Hummus

This vegan key lime hummus is reminiscent of a key lime pie, but much healthier! Pair with graham crackers and a cold glass of milk. The perfect summer snack!
4.8 from 6 votes
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Course: Dips
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dessert hummus, gluten-free, spring, summer, vegan
Prep Time: 5 mins
Soaking and draining: 30 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 169kcal
Author: The Panicked Foodie


  • 1 15.5 oz can chickpeas (i.e., garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
  • 1 scant 1/4 cup superfine granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk of your choice (I used original almond milk)
  • 1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (about 1 lime)
  • 3 tablespoons coconut cream


  • (optional) After the initial draining and soaking step, soak chickpeas in a bowl of water for 20 minutes. Drain and rinse. Let chickpeas continue to drain in a sieve over a bowl for 10 minutes.
  • While chickpeas are soaking, measure out a scant 1/4 cup of granulated sugar. Put into a blender and blend until sugar is superfine.
  • Add all ingredients to a high powered blender and blend until smooth. You might have to periodically scrape down the sides.


If using peeled chickpeas, you might want to consider altering how much liquid you add in, otherwise you might find it too runny. I love the recipe as is, but you might not. If you are worried about it being too runny, do not add the 2 tablespoons milk of your choice. 
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Key Lime Hummus
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 169 Calories from Fat 32
% Daily Value*
Fat 3.5g5%
Saturated Fat 2.1g13%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.7g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.7g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 313.6mg14%
Potassium 154mg4%
Carbohydrates 30.7g10%
Fiber 6.2g26%
Sugar 12.5g14%
Protein 6.3g13%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Vitamin C 6.6mg8%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Nutritional information on The Panicked Foodie is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site.
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6 thoughts on “Vegan Key Lime Hummus”

  • 5 stars
    I can see why you are so excited – it turned out pretty good. There is definitely no reason to pay $5 in the store if you can make a lot more at home and for the same price. I should definitely try it.

  • 5 stars
    My mother tried a key lime hummus from a store and loved it so much I sought out the recipe to recreate it. We both agree this is better than the one she bought! Thank you for this healthy treat. I will say that I incorporated the zest of the lime into the mixture, and I omitted the milk to keep it a thicker consistency.
    Please keep posting healthy, plant-forward recipes.

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