This white bean dip recipe is a simple, classic garlicky white bean hummus you’re going to love. Full of nutrients and bursting with flavor, this cannellini bean dip is creamy, delicious and good for you, too!

This white bean hummus has so much bright and vibrant flavor, you might never go back to store bought! It’s so delicious when served with chips, pita, veggies and more… and easy to make with just four ingredients!

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Cannellini bean dip is also excellent for gatherings, because it fits beautifully into a variety of diets and lifestyle. It’s allergen friendly, gluten free, nut free, and it’s considered a low glycemic food.

Even better, this white bean dip is excellent for unexpected uses for leftovers – you’ve got to see all the great ways you can add this new dip to your rotation!

White Bean Dip

I love hummus in every format! Don’t skip my classic hummus, basil pesto hummus, and black bean hummus, too!

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Why You’ll Love It

  • So Easy to Make – Just four ingredients!
  • Comes Together Quickly – Whip it up in less than five minutes.
  • Wholesome – Stores beautifully for healthy snacks all week!

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Cannellini Beans – You can sub with another type of white beans. Try Navy beans, Great Northern beans, or Baby Lima beans instead- whatever you have on hand!
  • Minced Garlic – You can purchase minced garlic or use a large clove of garlic by simply adding it to the food processor to mince before adding other ingredients.
  • Olive Oil – To reduce calories, reduce or replace with water and lemon juice. Please note it will change the flavor profile.
  • Lemon Juice – Fresh is always best, but store bought lemon juice will work too.
  • Salt – traditional granulated salt
  • Pepper – black ground pepper
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Variations

  • Add 1/4 cup Tahini.
  • Use roasted garlic for an extra layer of flavor – simply wrap your garlic in foil and roast in the oven for 30 minutes.
  • Top with olives.

How to Make White Bean Hummus

  1. In a food processor, combine cannellini beans, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pulse until it reaches the desired consistency. White beans in a food processor White beans smoothed into a paste in a food processor
  2. Transfer to a bowl. Using a spatula or the back of a spoon, create a swirl. Using the same motion, drizzle olive oil.
  3. Salt and pepper to garnish.

Tips

  • Drain your beans, but no need to rinse.
  • Create a circular swirl across the top of the hummus. Drizzle with olive oil.
  • Add a touch of fresh herbs or a crack of fresh pepper for a pop of color.
  • Make it ahead! You can make this dip and refrigerate for up to two days in advance of serving, letting the flavors marinate.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Is white bean dip good for you?

Yes! This cannellini bean dip is an excellent source of nutrients, and beans are packed with fiber. Even though white beans are not a low carbohydrate food, they are high in fiber and considered a super food.

Are cannellini beans and white beans the same?

Yes. Most recipes that call for white beans are referring to any variety and can be used interchangeably.

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Serving Suggestions

  • Pita – I like to drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • Pita Chips
  • Pizza Points
  • Pretzel Thins
  • Crostini
  • Crackers
  • Veggies
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How to Store

  • At Room Temperature – Don’t leave this white bean dip out for more than two hours.
  • Refrigerate – in an airtight container for up to one week.
  • Freeze – This cannellini bean dip actually freezes quite well! Save in an airtight container or resealable bag for up to three months and defrost in the fridge.
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What to Do with Leftovers

  • Use your leftover bean dip as a filling in taquitos, burritos or chicken enchiladas.
  • Add your leftover cannellini bean dip to baked chicken nachos!
  • Throw it into a taco salad.

Dietary Considerations

  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free
  • Vegan
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5 from 15 votes

White Bean Dip

This white bean dip recipe is a simple, classic garlicky white bean hummus you're going to love. Full of nutrients and bursting with flavor, this cannellini bean dip is creamy, delicious and good for you, too!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 8
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Ingredients  

Optional Garnish

Instructions 

  • In a food processor, combine cannellini beans, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pulse until it reaches the desired consistency.
  • Transfer to a bowl. Using a spatula or the back of a spoon, create a swirl. Using the same motion, drizzle olive oil.
  • Salt and pepper to garnish.

Tips

To Store

  • At Room Temperature – Don’t leave this white bean dip out for more than two hours.
  • Refrigerate – in an airtight container for up to one week.
  • Freeze – Save in an airtight container or resealable bag for up to three months and defrost in the fridge.

Tips and Shortcuts

  • Drain your beans, but no need to rinse.
  • Make this dip ahead – up to 48 hours ahead of your gathering.
 
Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 292mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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14 Comments

    1. Thanks, Sandy! It serves 8 (you’ll find that on the right of the recipe card). I hope you try more of my easy dip recipes!

      1. I realize it serves 8, and I could make the batch and divide into 8 portions…but how big is that portion? 2 Tbsps? 1/4 cup? 1/2 cup?

        1. Hi Karen,
          This recipe will make a little over two cups of bean dip. I hope that helps!
          Enjoy,
          Julie

  1. 5 stars
    This is truly amazing!! I used our blender and had to add a smidge extra oil, lemon juice, and water but it turned out amazing. We will definitely be making this again.

    Also, put it on fresh bread with a spoonful of basil pesto and it’s such a treat!!

  2. 5 stars
    I followed the directions, except I put 1 tsp of dried roasted garlic. I did add a bit more lemon juice. It’s a wee bit salty for me but still good. I much prefer white bean hummus over garbanzo bean hummus. I will make it again, and again.

  3. 5 stars
    Light, bright and delicious just as is, but I can never leave things alone, so I had to try it different ways. One of my favorite variations: (1) whole head of roasted garlic instead of fresh to add some savory vs bright.
    Some dried sofrito with red pepper flakes, sundried tomato, onion etc.
    Topped with melty roasted cherry tomatoes.
    On top of Dave’s nutty bread.
    Sooo good!