Sesame Hummus Bites with Mango-Tahini Sauce

Sesame Hummus Bites with Mango-Tahini Sauce

I ate a lot of hummus during my time away. I packed lunch every day to take to work, and while sometimes I was prepared enough to make grain/bean/veggie salads to-go, I often resorted to the lazy option and ate hummus/salad sandwiches for several days straight.

I’m sure I’ve already mentioned how much I dislike eating the same thing over and over again, but even worse was that I had no food processor in Geneva so had to rely on supermarket hummus most of the time. I don’t know how it’s possible to make hummus bad but this really was terrible!  Fortunately, the good farmers’ market seedy spelt bread almost made up for it.

That said, it’s nice to return home to my kitchen ingredients and equipment (I especially missed my food processor, blender and decent knives!) and the first thing I made was hummus. Well, sort of.

Sesame Hummus Bites with Mango-Tahini Sauce

I’m sure I’m not alone in eating hummus with a spoon sometimes…please tell me I’m not! But it’s not exactly something you can do at a table/in public. So these bites were devised as a more acceptable way of getting hummus to mouth efficiently, without crackers, bread or anything else getting in the way.

A simple, light version of our beloved chickpea dip, with green onions, herbs and carrot folded in for extra flavour and texture, shaped into bite-size balls and rolled in toasted sesame seeds. Perfect for popping into your mouth. No spoon necessary!


They’d be a fun alternative to your classic hummus & crudités platter appetizer. Kick them up a notch and serve them alongside my Mango-Tahini Sauce for dipping.
Tahini on tahini? Yes please!

Mango-Tahini Sauce/Dressing

My favourite way to serve them is over a giant rainbow salad. Great for clearing out all the odds and ends in your fridge and getting lots of colour and variety into your diet. I just fill a bowl with whatever veggies I have on hand, top with several of the Sesame Hummus Bites and drizzle generously with Mango-Tahini Sauce.  Much more fun than a dollop of hummus.

Rainbow Salad with Sesame Hummus Bites and Mango-Tahini Sauce

Sesame Hummus Bites with Mango-Tahini Sauce
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Sesame Hummus Bites
  1. 1-1/2 C Cooked chickpeas (1 can)
  2. 2 Tbsp Tahini
  3. 3 Tbsp Lemon juice
  4. 3 Tbsp Water
  5. 1/2 tsp Salt
  6. 1/2 tsp Paprika
  7. Pepper
  8. 1 Medium carrot, grated
  9. 2 Green onions, finely chopped
  10. Handful of fresh coriander, chopped
  11. 1/2 C Sesame seeds (white, black or a mixture)
Mango-Tahini Sauce
  1. 1 Mango, cubed (approx 2 C)
  2. 1/4 C Lime juice
  3. 1/4 C Tahini
  4. 2 Green onions, chopped (white part only)
  5. 1/2 tsp Salt
  6. A few pinches of cayenne pepper (optional)
  1. For the hummus bites, in a food processor blend the chickpeas, tahini, lemon, water, paprika, salt and pepper until you have a smooth, thick hummus-like consistency. Transfer to a large bowl, add the carrot, green onion and coriander and mix well to incorporate.
  2. Roll mixture into small balls, using slightly moistened hands. The mixture shouldn't be particularly sticky.
  3. Meanwhile, toast sesame seeds in a dry pan over medium heat for approx 5 minutes, or until fragrant.
  4. Pour the sesame seeds into a wide dish and gently roll the hummus bites in them to coat.
Mango-Tahini Sauce
  1. Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until smooth.
  1. You will have extra sesame seeds but I find it's easier to coat the bites if you're rolling them in a larger amount.
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  1. says

    That’s very creative! I’ve seen nut-butter based balls and even tahini, but hummus bites are new… they look lovely, especially all rolled in sesame seeds like that. I’ve never eaten hummus with a spoon, but I do sometimes coat whatever I’m eating in so it’s less of a hummus-dipped carrot and more of a hummus (may contain carrot).

    I’ve made my own multiple times, and other people always seem to like it, but for some reason, for ME, store-bought hummus always tastes way better. I reckon its probably because when I can SEE how much oil/tahini I’m putting into it, I automatically pull back slightly:/ Bad habit really XD

    That mango sauce looks just amazing too. I was so annoyed that they’ve decided to ban exports on Alphonsos!
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    • says

      I know those hummus carrots well 😉 Interesting that you prefer store-bought hummus. I actually don’t mind the stuff you can buy here but still prefer to make my own. The hummus I found in Switzerland was terrible though- it almost tasted plasticky?!

      Just heard about the Indian mangoes….hoping the ban gets lifted soon.

  2. says

    this salad just looks so perfect! i’m glad you are home and can finally make your own food again. i know what you mean about store bought hummus- i wonder how it got approved to be on the shelf in the first place! i’ve had some really chalky ones. they’re gross.
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  3. says

    This looks so beautiful and delicious Emma! I love love hummus and love the idea of rolling it in seeds, I love the texture of that. I don’t like mangos, but for some reason it sounds like it’d be really good in a tahini sauce. Super simple too!

  4. says

    Emma, you are too cute. I love our hummus ball idea! I too eat hummus with a spoon. I don’t like store bought hummus very much, because it tastes like 50% olive oil, 50% chickpeas.

    Glad you’re in your own kitchen know with all of your favorite tools! I know what it’s like to go without–such a 1st world problem, but a problem nonetheless!

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    • says

      I think that’s often my problem with store-bought hummus….so oily. I cook with oil but in moderation!

      I do feel a little ridiculous complaining about being without a blender and good knives. But I can’t deny I’m happier with them 😉

  5. says

    hmm these look great – and I am already thinking school lunchbox snacks – we only eat bought hummus because I can’t convince sylvia to eat home made – don’t ask but shop hummus is better than none! (and to be honest I don’t make it all the time – and I have discovered some shop hummus is better than others) I wonder if she would eat these balls though as they would be better than the dollop of hummus I sometimes put in her lunchbox – and if she doesn’t eat them I definitely would
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    • says

      These would be great for lunchbox snacks! Coating them in sesame seeds (or you could try another seed if preferred) means they’re not sticky or messy at all. Let me know how it works out :)

  6. Andrea says

    What a great idea to make hummus balls…I’ll take hummus in any form (or from a spoon here too)! Love tahini-based dressings, maybe thawed frozen mango could be used if there is a ban on importing them. I never have good luck with buying them fresh anyway, usually rock hard and unripe or mushy.

    • says

      Thanks for making me feel less odd on the hummus with a spoon front! Thawed frozen mango would definitely be fine. Fortunately, the ban is only on Indian mangoes so we should still be able to get them fresh imported from other countries.

  7. Kim says

    Do you think these would hold up overnight? I’m having guests over tomorrow and would love to get some preparing out of the way.

  8. says

    I finally made these Emma today. One word: DELICIOUS!! I had to stop eating the hummus out the food processor so I could roll the balls. The only difference I did was use Smoked paprika instead of regular and added some garlic, just because I love garlic in my hummus. Emma, these are a fantastic idea and EASY recipe, which you know I’m all about! I’ll be making double this week. After I take some photos, I’ll share on Instagram and Facebook, Twitter etc :)
    Thanks girl!! Excited to try more of your yumminess on here!
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