Sunshine Spread

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on March 21, 2013


This dip was made in a desperate attempt to entice the sun from behind the thick, dark clouds. We’ve had a gloomy, grey winter and I’m getting a bit desperate for some sunshine. No, make that a lot desperate. It didn’t help that I saw this on the TV the other day either.

Instead of making chickpea hummus, I used yellow split peas. I know what you’re thinking – why on earth would someone make chickpea-free hummus? I know, the horrors. I do love my chickpeas. However, it’s the season of change (spring!) and I’m busting out these sunny yellow legumes just for the occasion.

It wouldn’t be the first time I’ve made a chickpea free hummus after all – see my red lentil hummus for a fun twist. This time I decided to give yellow split peas a whirl just to see what would happen.

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After blending up cooked split peas with common hummus ingredients like tahini, garlic, lemon, and a touch of olive oil, I was in the midst of a dip that could easily be mistaken for the chickpea kind, at least based on outward appearances. Doesn’t this look just like regular hummus?


The taste is quite similar, although obviously not an exact replica – perhaps a bit more earthy. The split peas result in a much thicker hummus than most of us are familiar with, even with a hefty dose of water and a touch of oil added in during processing. This is probably a result of split pea’s high starch content. If you are after a super silky hummus, this probably isn’t the one for you.

After chilling in the fridge it firms up and becomes more spread-like in texture than dip-like. It’s great for spreading on crackers and wraps though. As with most hummus recipes, this one tastes better after it’s had time to sit for a few hours, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying it straight from the bowl! I also took a note from my favourite hummus brand (Fontaine Santé) and added just a touch of white vinegar to give it a little zing.

Looking outside this morning, I think this dip may have worked!

Update @ 11:50am – it is now cloudy and snowing. Winter is a cruel beast.


Sunshine Spread

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Yield: around 2 cups

  • 3/4 cup uncooked yellow split peas
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • 4-5 tbsp fresh lemon juice, to taste
  • 1/2 cup water, or as much as needed to thin out
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp fine grain sea salt (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp white vinegar (optional)


1. Drain and rinse the split peas and add to a medium pot along with 2.5 cups water. Bring to a low boil and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer uncovered for about 30-40 minutes (it took me 35 mins) until the peas are tender and the water is all absorbed.

2. Drop a garlic clove into the processor and mince. Add the rest of the ingredients (to taste), along with the cooked split peas, and process until smooth. Scrape down the side of the bowl as needed. I like to let the processor run for a good 2 minutes to get it as smooth as possible.

3. Chill in the fridge for a few hours to allow the flavours to develop. This dip will firm up in the fridge so you can just enjoy as is or pop it back into the processor with a bit more oil to smooth it out.

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For those of you in Northern climates, I hope you’ll enjoy this comic as much as I did (via 86 Lemons and How Does She – original comic from Sarahlcomics)


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Kathy @ FoodWineThyme March 21, 2013 at 8:41 am

What a great name for this spread. I love lentils. I have to try making your recipe step by step. I attempted to make lentils “hummus” once before and it was a disaster. This is beautiful and I bet it was extra delicious.


Brittany March 21, 2013 at 8:49 am

This looks delicious! Must try this Spring


janet @ the taste space March 21, 2013 at 8:53 am

Yes, I could spring right about now. I’ve made a great Ethiopian split pea puree and this one sounds like it could be just as nice. Gotta mix up the beans, otherwise I’d eat chickpeas all the time! :)


Annie March 21, 2013 at 8:55 am

Mmmmm, I actually love alternative hummus! This would taste so good with socca (chick pea flatbread) without overdosing on chick peas (although I don’t even know if that’s possible…) :-p


Abby @ The Frosted Vegan March 21, 2013 at 8:56 am

I need some sunshine in my life, thanks for making my day a little sunnier!


Sara March 21, 2013 at 8:59 am

Not only does your recipe look amazing, but I had to laugh so hard with that last comic! Specifically “That day in March where it’s really warm and you get irrationally optimistic”. It was Exactly like that over here, a nice and warm day, longing for skirts and summer dresses, and two days later it was snowing.


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 21, 2013 at 9:17 am

yes! It happens every year, lol.


Abby @ Change of Pace March 21, 2013 at 9:04 am

I’m in need of some sunshine spread! Looks delicious.
Ha ha- love the comic at the bottom! We had a snowstorm this weekend. It’s flurrying like crazy again, and we’re supposed to get 10cm today. After six months of snow this year, bring on sunshine and spring!!!


Lillian @Seize the Latte March 21, 2013 at 9:08 am

This recipe sounds fantastic! I love variations on regular hummus (especially ones that evoke the idea of sunshine) — and since this one is a bit thicker, the idea of using it as a spread in a wrap is awesome.

And oh, that comic! It’s so very true, and this March is kind of killing me. Even here in DC — which *should* be all spring-like now, given our obnoxiously hot summers — it’s wintry and frickin’ freezing. Our wind chill today was somewhere in the 20s, and my face started going numb while I waited for the bus this morning. It’s seriously, profoundly not okay. Warm temperatures and sunshine can’t come soon enough!


Carol March 21, 2013 at 9:10 am

I have to try this today! We just had a snow storm two days ago and another one coming in tonight. Really desperate for sunshine and this recipe is just what I need to dip my veggies.


Caitlin March 21, 2013 at 9:10 am

what a great idea, lady! philly could use some sunshine hummus right about now.


Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} March 21, 2013 at 9:11 am

Yum! Such a fun idea.


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 21, 2013 at 9:14 am

Haha – we had that day in March this weekend. Now it’s back to being cold… and I’m in the South! Ugh.

That said, just reading the title of this post made me smile. I’m ready for picnic with dips and sunshine!


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar March 21, 2013 at 9:15 am

This looks lovely!


Alexandra @ Lean Green Healthy Machine March 21, 2013 at 9:20 am

NYC could use some sunshine today! We had “that day in March” last week..such a tease!
I have never used yellow split peas before, this is definitely a great excuse to explore! I’m curious if green split peas would create the same taste? (although not a traditional hummus-y look)
Love all of your creative recipes!!


kirsten lee March 21, 2013 at 9:20 am

This sounds great. I adore split peas and lentils. I love your season picture. I live in North Dakota, more like southern Canada, so I’m begging for a real spring too!


Aly @ Return to the Root March 21, 2013 at 9:22 am

Wow, what a great new way to use yellow split peas! I’m just bursting onto the split pea scene (I made an amazing/easy green split pea soup the other week) and I will definitely give this a shot sometime in the near future :)



Kelly March 21, 2013 at 9:23 am

This looks and sounds amazing! :)


The Vegan Cookie Fairy March 21, 2013 at 9:28 am

Haha – “that one sunny day in March when you get irrationally optimistic” Yep, that’s me. I took out my summer wardrobe on that day and the next day it snowed.


Catherine March 21, 2013 at 9:35 am

Chickpea (traditional) will always be my favorite, but I do love edamame hummus and want to try your red lentil dip. Add this sunshine spread to the list, too!
That graphic makes me laugh, but in coastal Alabama, you’d reverse “summer” & “winter” and that little sliver of March would be the single day in October when you’re first able to break out the scarves & boots, only to run the air conditioner the next day! (Seriously, it’s happened before.)
Hope you get to experience real sunshine soon!


Jesse (OutToLunchCreations) March 21, 2013 at 9:48 am

I love the idea of using yellow split peas instead of chickpeas! The comic is so funny! I totally had that day in March two weekends ago. It was so nice out I ran in leggings, a t shirt and a vest and I was a little too hot. Now its freezing and snowy again… oh well!


Sarina @ Earthgiven Kitchen March 21, 2013 at 9:48 am

I love the name of the spread, sunshine is just what we need in Ontario right now! Great idea to sub the chickpeas for yellow split peas. Love the comic too. :)


Jessica March 21, 2013 at 9:57 am

The comic is from here:


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 21, 2013 at 10:39 am

thanks, adding it in!


Sarah @ Yogi in Action March 21, 2013 at 10:02 am

I will definitely be making this recipe- and I hope we get some sunshine as a result too.

I love the comic with March- we had that day in February- it was +4 and people were walking around in t-shirts and a couple of patios even opened! Now it’s -10 and we’re expecting 10 cm of snow today. I need some sunshine and warmth too!


Christa @ Edible Balance March 21, 2013 at 10:05 am

Oh man, that comic is SPOT on! If my birthday wasn’t in March I’d want to write it off completely… such a tease! I’m so ready for actual spring weather.

This looks like a great recipe, it definitely has brightened my day! I’ve had some issues with chickpeas lately, I need to give this a try for sure!


Tatomme @Fresh Potater March 21, 2013 at 10:07 am

Mmm I have had the lentil hummus that Summer Fresh makes and it was amazing… It is almost creamier and dare I say cheezier than chickpea hummus! I can only imagine how good this one is…Must make soon. And yes, I just walked home on the second day of spring in yet another snow fall! PLEASE. STOP. NOW…. But maybe this will save our apple blossoms this year?


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 21, 2013 at 10:37 am

I agree about the red lentil hummus…when I made it I couldn’t get over how creamy it was! Need to make it again soon.


Anele @ Success Along the Weigh March 21, 2013 at 10:17 am

That does look like a nice little bowlful o’ sunshine right there, doesn’t it?

I had to laugh at your pie chart at the bottom…mmm, pie….huh?…oh yeah. It’s snowing here today and people are totally TICKED off, griping on FB, Twitter, wherever they can and it’s like “hello!!! On the first day of winter were there sleighs on the streets dashing through the snow? No. First day of the new season does not mean brand new weather!” But we had one 73 degree day 2 weeks ago and everyone declared winter a distant memory. So I got a chuckle out of the “irrationally optimistic” part of the chart. :)


Averie @ Averie Cooks March 21, 2013 at 10:31 am

The dip/spread sounds great! I never would have thought to use split peas in it. Interesting that they’re that much thicker than chickpeas. The last vertical pic make me want to dig into this dip!


Sonal March 21, 2013 at 10:34 am

Sunshine hummus! I need some of that please :) It looks delicious !


Jess @ Keeping It Real Food March 21, 2013 at 10:37 am

This looks so good! I love yellow split peas in soup but never thought to use them for hummus. Thanks for the inspiration!


[email protected] Coastal Cooking March 21, 2013 at 10:42 am

What a great alternative to the standard hummus. I’m all about lentils lately so I’m thinking of doing a lentil hummus!


Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl March 21, 2013 at 10:49 am

What a clever idea!! Though I must admit, I am a major chickpea lover :).


Joshua Hampton (Cooking Classes San Diego) March 21, 2013 at 11:13 am

Your yellow split pea hummus doesn’t really look different from regular hummus at all. But you’ve made me curious as to how this tastes like, and I’m definitely trying it out.


Alexis @ Hummusapien March 21, 2013 at 11:23 am

If this tastes anything like hummus made with chickpeas, I know I’ll be in love :) It’s freeeeeezing here so I could use some sunshine in my life!


Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health March 21, 2013 at 11:51 am

That comic was pretty funny! I have never lived in a northern climate so I can’t relate. I never realized how long winter lasted in the the north until I started reading blogs. Crazy! This hummus sounds so good. I wonder what the protein difference is from split peas to chickpeas?


Kim @ Cooking in the City March 21, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Oh, yum! I was planning on making your Endurance Crackers soon- this would be a good accompaniment.


Ali @ Project Kale March 21, 2013 at 12:44 pm

I absolutely love hummus in all flavors – but this is such a creative twist! Can’t wait to try it!


Carmen March 21, 2013 at 1:35 pm

It really feels like Spring is never going to come. I live in Kansas City (MO) and it is snowing and all I want is to feel sunshine on my face and drive with the windows down.


Christine @ Gotta Eat Green March 21, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Looks awesome! Seriously, how depressing is this weather? Winter is over!! Commmon sunshine!


Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} March 21, 2013 at 1:56 pm

I adore alternative hummuses? hummi? Love the name, Sunshine Spread, it is definitely what I need right now.

I saw that comic on 86Lemons yesterday and thought it was hilarious. We had that one warm day on 3/10, it was 66 degrees! Ever since we’ve had snow and cold, brr!


nicole March 21, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Yep, in Wisconsin we had a fun day where it seemed potentially pre-springlike, with weather in the mid- to high-30s. Now it’s back to being 7-10* F/ -12 to -13* C with snow on the ground.

I can’t wait for actual spring, in which the weather is warm and there is no snow.


Katherine March 21, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Hmmm..then I won’t tell you how beautiful is is in White Rock BC (a beautiful ocean side town outside of Vancouver….a great place to move to in reference to your last post). In all fairness though, I think around this time last year you guys had a warm spell and we were stuck in a never ending rainy blah spring. We’re all cheering on spring!


Alex @ Healthy Life Happy Wife March 21, 2013 at 2:31 pm

I can’t wait to try this! I have loved all of your hummus recipes and this one looks equally as delicious.

On another note, I also cannot wait for spring!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 21, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Haha that graphic is hilarious – and sadly true at the same time. Remind me why we live in Southern Ontario and not the Caribbean?! I actually happen to have some split peas in my cupboard so I can totally make this!


Nadiya March 21, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Thanx for sharing! I have 2 kgs of yellow spit peas lying around the house so this is a great way to use them up :D


[email protected] March 21, 2013 at 5:45 pm

I’m fascinated by your chick pea hummus. It’s intriguing. Oh, and I love the weather pie chart. We had that day in March only to be expecting 4 to 8 inches today. It’s devastating.


Maria Tadic March 21, 2013 at 8:25 pm

I love making hummus out of different beans and legumes! My favorite is cannellini beans – they’re so creamy! Makes a perfect hummus!


Daniel March 22, 2013 at 3:30 am

I totally agree with you that by the end of winter we all are desperate for sun. Actually it is coming very soon and meanwhile we can enjoy available fruits – yellow are even better as they remind us the sun.


Tanya @ playful and hungry March 22, 2013 at 5:28 am

Haha… that comic is quite fitting for Germany, too. ;)
Good Idea for a hummus variation!


Jessica March 22, 2013 at 5:37 am

I could use a little spring right now too, but I’ll do anything to not have the crazy hot weather we had last March. A lot of crops failed lasted year, including my relative’s apple farm near Port Elgin and the thought of not having their apples again this year kills me. A small price to pay now, but we will all appreciate the weather when it’s here – and then complain too much about the heat. :)


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 22, 2013 at 6:40 am

Hahaha that pie chart is so true! Spring better hurry up and come for real soon. I’m so sick of winter!

I love experimenting with different bean dips! Last weekend I made a white bean and roasted garlic dip. This one will have to be next. :)


Ally @ Om Nom Ally March 22, 2013 at 6:57 am

What a great take on classic hummus. I love the name and think this Sunshine Spread would do great on some crackers of vegie crudités right about now :)
I’m tempted to give it a go with the red lentils I have in the cupboard…


Tracy March 22, 2013 at 8:57 am

Love the comic – so true! And the spread looks tasty, too. Might have to give that a try!


Jess March 22, 2013 at 10:15 am

Yummy! This is definitelly a spring dish dish :D


Arminda March 22, 2013 at 10:25 am

Coincidence that just LAST NIGHT I bought yellow split peas for no other reason than their bright color made me smile and a way to use them would find me, I was certain? I think not! I’ll be making this hummus before the sun sets Sunday :-)


Ashley @ Blissful Basil March 22, 2013 at 11:44 am

I could not agree more about this gloomy winter! Seriously, where is the sunshine? I’m pretty sure it’s hiding in this sunny dip :) If you want to compare winters and other weather-related evils, I ranted about Chicago’s winter and seasons in this post:


Roos March 22, 2013 at 11:58 am

Another person who made a sunshiny recipe! I used yellow veggies in one of mine to create a warm feeling :)


Evelyn Winward March 22, 2013 at 11:58 am

Thanks for your email of Feb 13 re: signup to your newsletter. I was directed to “the right side bar on the top of my page”; however, I am feeling very stupid b/c I don’t see a side bar on my screen even when I make the image much smaller. All I see is the top bar which ends in “Press”. Cld you pls add me? I really want to keep updated with your great recipes. I have a family member who is very sensitive to artificial flavors, dairy, and white flour. Thanks, Evelyn – Mesa AZ


Katrin - March 22, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Wow looks delicious!!!!


McKel | Nutrition Stripped March 22, 2013 at 1:46 pm

I love the idea (and taste) behind chickpea-free hummus. This is a great recipe Angela, can’t wait to try it!


Sadie March 22, 2013 at 1:52 pm

I will be trying this soon! Love the comic at the bottom – just when I thought it was spring we got another snow shower last night in Boston. Hope it warms up soon so I can start drinking green monsters again without freezing!


Charlotte March 22, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Great spin, wish I could send you some sunshine!


Nicole March 22, 2013 at 6:59 pm

That pie chart is accurate!


sarah w March 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm

I liken this time of year to giving birth. March is like the point in labour that you feel you just can’t go on and endure the pain and then in the blink of an eye it’s beautiful and warm and you can’t remember how awful it was cause your so happy to have sunshine and warmth!

I’m ready for sunshine and summery fresh food!

That comic was really funny…


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 23, 2013 at 7:57 am

hah I love that analogy…so true. Not that I know what labour is like, but you know.


Rachel March 22, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Hee hee! This year “that day in March” was Sunday the 10th – I took my coat off while walking outside! It was so warm! And then…it wasn’t. Sheesh.


gracekelle at leangirlsclub March 22, 2013 at 9:54 pm

I’ve never heard of yellow split peas but can’t wait to try this with some cucumber slices. Yum. Thanks for sharing!


[email protected] Model Chef March 23, 2013 at 12:00 am

Haha! I totally got a kick out of the comic, being that I live in Oregon! This recipe looks great, and super simple.


Vanitha G March 23, 2013 at 3:35 am

Hi Angela

Was jst wondering if you’ve come up wth a vegan version of a choc chip hot cross bun?


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 23, 2013 at 7:55 am

No I’m sorry I haven’t Vanitha. Something to consider though!


Nutmeg Nanny March 23, 2013 at 11:28 am

Oh wow, I love hummus! I get so excited to try new variations :)


Maddi @ Pushups in Penny Loafers March 23, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Chick peas are totally my jam, I just made hummus yester and it was so good! I never knew you could get them in different colours…This looks really beautiful and delicious :)


Mary March 23, 2013 at 11:50 pm

I live in a tropical part of Australia, and I could not imagine having a winter that long! A 3 month tropical winter with temperatures only going down to zero celcius in the very coldest part, is cold enough and long enough for me.


Kelsi March 24, 2013 at 8:52 pm

That comic popped up in Iowa the other day too. I loved it so hard! It was almost 60 degrees last Friday, and then a snow storm hit us yesterday and today. So that irrational day in March where you get ridiculously optimistic actually happened for me. But whatever. As I’m typing, I’m watching snow coat my car. Anyways, love your blog and it’s keeping me more motivated to eat vegan most of the time! I’m slowly transitioning to a completely vegan lifestyle.


Abigail March 24, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Wow! thank you for sharing this recipe. It looks yum and worthy to try for a healthy snack :)


Alana March 25, 2013 at 1:06 am

Oh, this looks so good! Here in Vancouver it has been a very sun-deprived few months and we’ve gotta get the sun in whatever form we can – be it split peas or the real deal. Thanks!


swati March 25, 2013 at 6:57 am

It sounds and looks quite tasty, so I am definitely going to try it soon!


Kristen Mam March 25, 2013 at 8:16 am

Great idea! I have half a bag in my pantry, just crying out to be useful. They may get there wish!


Cat March 25, 2013 at 8:25 am

Love the recipe Angela! When I saw the recipe I decided to try it at once. I’m still licking my lips. :)


Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning March 25, 2013 at 8:54 am

When I saw this photo at first, I thought it was corn! And i was like… yum, what a great idea! Well, it’s STILL a delicious sounding recipe, but now I have corn on the brain!


Suzy Harmon March 25, 2013 at 10:18 am

I don’t think spring is ever going to get here. It seems like it been cloudy all winter and even today. I think I will make my own sunshine and tryout your sunshine spread recipe. It really looks delicious. Thank you!


Vegan Radhika Sarohia March 30, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Oh cool gonna try this!
I’ve made the vegan soybean hummus recipe you have on here several times and it always comes out awesome…I have it with stuffed grape leaves [which I’ve revised to stuffed lettuce leaves these days actually] :)


Vegan Radhika Sarohia March 30, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Feel like I could dive headfirst into that last photo of the dip…armed with carrots and celery to finish off the entire bowl hahaha:p


Molly March 31, 2013 at 3:31 pm

I made this last night using green split peas as an appetizer for today’s Easter dinner. I must say this turned out great! It’s the best hummus recipe I have ever made, and I have tried using chickpeas, edamame and kidney beans.
This is definetly going to be a regular spread in my house!


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