Hummus can be so much more than a dip. I’ve turned a delicious tub of Sabra hummus into a creamy, dreamy vegan fondue that you’d be happy to get out at a fancy restaurant. And it’s completely dairy-free!
When you’re vegan you know that there’ll always be hummus at any party you go to. I’m always grateful because sometimes it’s the only thing for me to eat. But sometimes you have to burst out of the hummus rut and make some new things with it.
What inspired me to make Vegan Fondue
Quick answer: I have partnered with Sabra! This is my first sponsored post and recipe as an official Sabra Tastemaker. As always, the opinions below and the recipes are all my own.
For those of you that are big sports fans or just love to watch the new crazy commercials, the big day is just around the corner.
I like to make fun food and feed people, so I’m up for a fondue party anytime. Honestly, I won’t be in front of the TV, but I’ll pass by occasionally to make sure you have some snacks.
This vegan fondue is just as good as an appetizer. Either way, I like to serve it with lightly steamed veggies and toasted cubes of bread.
The nutritional yeast adds a little bit of cheezy umami and the dry mustard and apple cider vinegar gives it a bite that you expect from a nice cheese. You can substitute a dry white wine in place of the apple cider vinegar to make a more mellow fondue.
Are cashews good for you?
Cashews have high fiber content and low sugar. It also has lots of protein, heart-healthy lipids, and minerals such as copper, magnesium, and manganese.
All these contribute to energy production, good brain function, bone health, and immunity, so I’d say that’s pretty healthy.
But in this recipe the cashews are what make this fondue creamy.
Do cashew nuts spoil?
Cashews last long, but they still go bad over time. Because they contain a large amount of oil (as do other nuts), they are perishable and can go rancid.
To keep your cashews for longer, store them in a cool, dry place in an airtight container. This will also keep your cashews from absorbing smells and flavors from other foods.
Even better they will keep for up to six months when refrigerated, and indefinitely in the freezer.
Which is healthier: peanut butter or hummus?
Both are healthy and great for your body, but of course, it depends on how they’re made. You can make your hummus and peanut butter as healthy as possible.
Hummus is a spread made from garbanzo beans, tahini, olive oil, garlic, and seasonings. A tablespoon contains fewer than 30 calories, about one-third of the calories in a tablespoon of peanut butter. But a tablespoon already has 0.7 grams of protein and 0.6 grams of fiber, and that’s rich!
Is hummus ok if left out overnight?
No! You must refrigerate hummus and any non-fermented foods as a rule of thumb. Why?
When a hummus dip is left open and unrefrigerated, it’ll be exposed to germs and microorganisms, which can speed up its spoilage. Likewise, it will eventually spoil if left out for an extended period of time.
The FDA specifies that it may be left out for up to four hours at room temperature, so no to leaving it out overnight.
What is nutritional yeast made from?
Nutritional yeast is derived from the yeast species called Saccharomyces cerevisiae. This yeast species also exists in another form known as brewer’s yeast.
Sometimes people use the terms nutritional yeast and brewer’s yeast interchangeably, but they’re actually not the same at all. Brewer’s yeast does not taste good, but nutritional yeast is used to create tasty sauces and vegan cheeses.
Is nutritional yeast good for you?
Nutritional yeast is loaded with vitamins and minerals, and it contains all nine essential amino acids. This means it’s a great source of complete protein.
Most nutritional yeasts also contain added B vitamins.
Should I refrigerate nutritional yeast?
It’s not necessary to keep it in the fridge, but in a cool, dry, and dark area—which can turn out to be your fridge or your pantry.
Your nooch, as many people fondly call it, would keep there for up to two years. Refrigerating or freezing it can help extend its life. But if you are vegan you’ll use it up fast.
Is granulated garlic the same as garlic powder?
I won’t say exactly the same but they both come from ground garlic flakes. Their main difference is that garlic powder has a very fine texture, similar to flour, while granulated garlic is coarser and feels like cornmeal.
Can granulated garlic be substituted for garlic powder?
Yes, just mind the proportions. When you’re using the coarser instead of the finer, double the amount. Meaning you’ll need to use twice as much granulated garlic when you sub it for garlic powder in a recipe.
Does apple cider vinegar expire?
Unopened apple cider vinegar has a two-year shelf life. Once opened, that’ll go down to about one year.
One convenient thing is that apple cider vinegar does not need refrigerating. Just keep it in a cupboard or pantry out of direct sunlight.
What ingredients do I need to prep my Vegan Fondue?
For this particular recipe, I’m using cashews as the main protein and fat source, and then, of course, the Sabra Original Hummus Spread will give the fondue a yummy umami flavor. Now here are all the ingredients.
- Sabra Original Hummus
- Nutritional yeast
- Granulated garlic
- Onion powder
- Mustard powder
- Salt, to taste
- Apple cider vinegar, to taste
How to Make a Vegan Fondue
First, soak the cashews in the water for at least 3 hours up to overnight. Then add the soaked cashews, the soaking water, hummus, nutritional yeast, granulated garlic, onion powder, and mustard powder to your blender and blend until smooth.
You may need to stop and scrape down the blender a few times in between blending to get it extra smooth.
Then add salt and apple cider vinegar to taste. Serve with toasted bread cubes, lightly steamed veggies, and even some seared tofu or tempeh!
More vegan dips to try
Give yourself some more fondue love and enjoy my Almond and Great Northern Bean Fondue or my Vegan Pimento Cheese Fondue for Your Super Bowl Party!
Also, be sure to try the new Sabra Spreads on my Roasted Butternut Squash Burgers.
Vegan Fondue for the Game or a Nice Dinner
Fondue crosses the divide between appetizer and a main course for me. It's great as a starter, but you haven't lived until you've thrown a fondue party. Break out the Tom Jones, turn on the fireplace, and break out the chablis!
- 1/2 cup cashew
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 10-ounce container Sabra Original Hummus
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt, to taste
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar, to taste
- Soak the cashews in the water for at least 3 hours to overnight.
- Add the soaked cashews, the soaking water, hummus, nutritional yeast, garlic and onion powder, and mustard powder to your blender and blend until smooth. You may need to stop and scrape down the blender a few times in between blending to get it extra smooth.
- Then add salt and apple cider vinegar to taste. Serve with toasted bread cubes, lightly steamed veggies and even some seared tofu or tempeh!
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Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar With the Mother– USDA Certified Organic – Raw, Unfiltered All Natural Ingredients, 16 ounce, 2 Pack
Frontier Co-op Nutritional Yeast
Hamilton Beach 3 Quart / 2.8 Liter 3QT Copper Electric Fondue Pot Set with Temperature Control, 6-Color Coded Forks, for Cheese, Chocolate, Hot Oil, Broth (86201)
Nutrition InformationYield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 98Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 0mgSodium 366mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 3gSugar 0gProtein 5g
Nutrition information is provided from nutritionix.com as a close estimate. If you have specific health issues please put the recipe information, including the exact ingredients you use, into the nutritional calculator your Dr. recommends.
Love the recipe! Very creative!
Kathy Hester says
Kim - Liv Life says
Oh yes please!! This “cheesy” dish has my name all over it. That and the commercials!
Debra @ Bowl Me Ovr says
Fondue is so fun and I love your vegan option! It looks so creamy and delicious!
Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet says
What a terrific vegan option! I still have yet to experiment with nutritional yeast (I just bought some a week ago) but I’ve heard it adds a really phenomenal flavor – this fondue sounds delish!
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
More reasons to love hummus even more!!!! Cashews + nooch + hummus…I’m all in!
Florian @ContentednessCooking says
This looks like a perfect gameday comfort food! Love the you used hummus and cashews for this recipe.
heather @french press says
this may be the most creative e use of hummus yet! sounds delicious
I was excited when I read in your narrative that you were adding dry mustard, because my husband lives mustard, but I don’t see that in the recipe’s ingredients list. Did you decide it didn’t work in this recipe?
Ok, so my husband doesn’t actually LIVE mustard, but he does love it!! 😉
Kathy Hester says
Whoops! It’s in the recipe now – my mistake.
Melissa @ Bless this Mess says
This sounds really good and really easy! I’m there!
Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs says
Wow I am in awe with just how creamy this is. It looks fantastic! I am always on the look out for good vegan recipes I can feed one of my best friends! I never want to be the person who has only provided hummus for the vegans at a party!!! Now I have this in my repetoire 😀 thanks!
All though I’m not veganist this makes me curious! Good uidea
Debi at Life Currents says
I love these vegan cheese recipes. Yours is a little different than most I’ve seen because of the hummus. I think this will be awesome on my Super Bowl party spread.
YUM! I love fondue!! Very creative use of hummus!! Gonna need to try this one!
Mark, CompassandFork says
I like the hummus-inspired fondue. What a great idea.
Julie @ Running in a Skirt says
What a delicious, creative idea! Love how creamy cashews become when you blend them.
What a great way to use hummus! Seriously i never thought of that as an ingredient mixed in to make another dish!
I use a garlic hummus, crumbled tofu and nutritional yeast in my lasagna.
This looks fabulous! Such a genius way to use hummus. And your photos are mouth watering too 🙂
Sophia @veggies don't bite says
Looks good Kathy! My family does a fondue dinner every January for the new year, and this year I brought my cheese sauce fondue I am working on. They went nuts over it and even ate it more than the regular cheese one they had. I love fondue!
Vanessa @ VeganFamilyRecipes.com says
I can’t wrap my mind around the fact that this is vegan! Just look at it! It would totally fool anyone. Putting this on my list of recipes to try! Sharing 🙂
Howie Fox says
Oh woww, different than the “classic” fondue, but definitely very very delicious looking, Kathy!!
I see everybody is already getting ready for the super bowl. It even becomes a topic over here in Germany!
The Food Hunter says
what a fun dinner!!
For the game, for dinner, for breakfast, for lunch…I could eat this at any time. Looks great!
Linda @ Veganosity says
Yum, I love fondue. Cashews are amazing, aren’t they? I just made a queso with them and it was delicious. Thanks for the yummy recipe.
Ragan Chambless - Brand Influencer Campaign and Event Manager says
I don’t even like hummus….but this looks delicious!! This is the kind of hummus I could possibly get on board with. Will definitely have to give it a try!
dixya @ food, pleasure, and health says
this is perfect…and looks so creamy!!!!
Sina @ Vegan Heaven says
Yummy! This looks sooo good! I love vegan cheese fondue! I actually just posted a recipe for it two weeks ago on my blog as well. 🙂 Can’t wait to try your version soon!! Looks so creamy.
The Vegan 8 says
This looks incredible and the most creative fondue I’ve seen!! Using hummus is an amazing idea!! I love how simple it is too.
Vegan fondue! How can I not love it?
Love your recipe Kathy. And all these delicious looking vegetables! Knew already about nutritional yeast but not about mustard powder, which is not very common here in Germany. Thanks for the inspiration!
Izzy @ Veganizzm says
Making this for a fondue party tonight! I just tried it- so good!
Kathy Hester says
I’m so glad you liked it! <3
Debora Connolly says
Have you tried serving this hot like a cheese fondue but not? My no dairy daughter-in-law is coming over for a fondue tonight and it would be nice to have something special for her to enjoy.
Kathy Hester says
I do serve it hot in my slow cooker. It’s great!
It was really bland for me. I’m trying to transition into a plant based diet but I was really craving fondue. I found it extremely bland, so I added a lot of spices. My Ninja blender may not have been strong enough because the texture was a little gritty. Overall didn’t really satisfy my fondue craving 🙁