Cannellini beans can be a bit intimidating and it’s sometimes tricky to know what to do with them.
This recipe is great as a punchier alternative to houmous – perfect for a pre-dinner nibble whilst you’re in the kitchen.
vegan | veggie
high-fibre | fermented
300g carrots olive oil
40g walnuts 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped 1 bunch fresh basil leaves juice & zest ½ lemon 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
smashed white bean dip
200g cannellini beans 200g chickpeas juice & zest ½ lemon 1 cloves garlic 2 tsp cumin 1 tbsp kefir yoghurt salt pepper
(per portion) energy in kcal 144 fibre 7g fat 5.4g, and of which saturates 2.4g carbohydrates 16g, and of which sugars 8.7g protein 4.6g allergens milk
Pre-heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and line a medium sized baking tray with baking paper.
Peel the carrots, if small leave whole or if large slice in half. Place on the baking tray, drizzle with olive oil & season. Roast for 25-30 mins until tender.
For the pesto, place walnuts into a food processor. Process until coarsely chopped, about 10 seconds. Add garlic, basil leaves, lemon zest, salt, pepper and process until mixture resembles a paste, about 1 minute.
With the processor running, slowly pour the olive oil through the feed tube and process until the pesto is thoroughly blended. Stir in nutritional yeast and lemon juice.
For the bean dip, place the cannellini beans and chickpeas into a food processor with the lemon juice, garlic, tahini, cumin and kefir then whizz until smooth. Stir in the lemon zest, olive oil and plenty of seasoning.
To plate, spread a spoonful of bean dip onto the plate, garnish with carrots & drizzle over the pesto. Serve with toasted sourdough.
Store both the pesto and the bean dip in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 4 days.