12 Hummuses and Dips for After-School Snacks (or Anytime)

September 16, 2015

If you are not currently in school, close your eyes and think back to a time when you were: Wearing a backpack bigger than you are, you climb off the schoolbus and are suddenly very aware of the rumbling in your belly. It's been three hours (if not longer) since you ate your cafeteria pizza or tenderly assembled tuna fish sandwich, and there's no way any homework is getting done until snacks happen.

So let snacks happen: Whether you're the one who's ready to break out the carrots and the pita chips (hey, big kids need snacks, too) or prepping a snack for smaller fingers, these 12 creamy dips will tide you over until it's time for dinner:

Hummus Without a Recipe by Hillary Pollak

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My Favorite Black Bean Dip by Madhuja

Black bean



Miso Hummus by mrslarkin



Bright Red Beet Hummus by Nicholas Day



White Bean Dip with Fresh Herbs by Gena Hamshaw

White bean


Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi's Basic Hummus by Genius Recipes



How Do I Love Thee Muhammara? by Kitchen Butterfly



Sweet Pea Hummus by Gena Hamshaw

Sweet pea hummus


Tara Duggan's Chard Stalk Hummus by Genius Recipes

Chard stalk


Hard Squash Hummus by Modern Farmer

Hard squash


Eggplant Dip with Yogurt (Borani-e Bademjan) by Nicholas Day




Black Garlic White Bean Hummus by Camilla Maybee

Black garlic

What was your favorite after-school snack as a kid? Tell us in the comments.

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Fork O. December 28, 2015
Thanks for these. Love the look of the sweet pea.

We always have smoked paprika around, which makes an excellent hummus.
Chef D. November 27, 2015
Hummus time!
Karen B. September 18, 2015
My favorite after school snack as a kid was butter and brown sugar on white bread!
Tereza September 16, 2015
I love adding a bit of chili to my hummus for an added spiciness