You won't believe how easy it is to make healthy homemade hummus. All you need is a food processor or mini blender and a few items from your pantry.
What is Hummus? Hummus is a dip like food that most people will dip their vegetables in or put on top of Naan or Pita bread like a spread. People also dip chips into hummus as well. And some people use it as a pasta sauce.
With little practice, you'll make this healthy homemade hummus better than store bought. It's so easy to make and will take you less than 10 minutes to make. Best of all, there is no cooking involved.
What Ingredients do I Need to Make Hummus?
Literally Hummus translated from Arabic means 'chickpeas'. However Hummus is made from a combination of ingredients including chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), tahini paste, cumin, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, and salt.
A common substitute for chickpeas is white beans, pinto or black beans. And some put fresh herbs or vegetables for a twist on traditional hummus like the addition of red bell pepper, edamame or cilantro.
Tips and Tricks
How to Make Hummus
If you went to your pantry, I bet you could find all the ingredients needed to make this homemade hummus. Literally without a word of a lie you can throw all of the ingredients into your food process and chop or grind until all of the ingredients form a smooth paste.
Taste the hummus before you take it out of the processor and place it in a storage container. If it needs more seasoning add it now.
Keep in mind that some of the flavors like the garlic and cumin take a while to be infused in the hummus. So you may want to hold back before rushing to add more lemon, garlic or cumin for fear that you may add too much spice and over-power the dip.
Do You Need a Food Processor to Make Hummus?
I use a mini food processor like this one here.
But you could also use a food mill if you have one or a potato masher.
I normally use one can of chickpeas when I'm making hummus because it doesn't last very long in the fridge and I don't want it to go to waste.
So depending on how much hummus you are making you may need a mini food processor, a full size food processor or just a food mill. Any of these will do. Just keep in mind that you will get a smoother consistency with a food processor.
The tool you use shouldn't stop you from making homemade hummus. After all, it's the taste that counts not what it looks like!
What is Tahini?
Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds. The sesame seeds are sometimes hulled and roasted and sometimes not. Tahini is mostly used in Mediterranean cuisine to make salads and snacks. If you don't have Tahini on hand or you just don't have a taste for it, you can substitute it in this recipe for peanut butter, sesame oil or sunflower butter.
Unlike store bought Hummus, homemade hummus doesn't last as long because it doesn't contain any preservatives. Having said this, like most other homemade goods, you should refrigerate hummus and consume it within 4 to 5 days.
This is the best part. Hummus is so versatile as a food. If you are serving as a dip, place it in a small bowl and drizzle some extra virgin olive oil on top with a sprinkle of paprika or Italian seasoning.
These days I'm trying to eat more plant based foods. And Hummus makes a great protein option part of a plant based energy bowl. I love this idea!
Reflection: Cooking is like science, you need to experiment with different combinations to come up with the perfect result (for you). But, don't worry if it's not perfect. Pat yourself on the back for trying, you deserve it! Just try and figure out what you did wrong and do it different next time.
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- 1 small garlic clove
- 1 can (400 ml) of garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas)
- 4 tsp tahini
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- ¼ tsp ground cumin
- ½ tsp salt
Optional Ingredients for topping:
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp dried oregano or italian seasoning
- sprinkle of paprika
- Drain and thoroughly rinse the chick peas under cool water.
- Place all ingredients in a mini blender and pulse to cream chickpeas and ingredients.
- Using a spatula scrape any unblended chunks and using the pulse feature continue to blend the ingredients in the blender.
- Repeat until you get a smooth paste.
- Taste and add additional seasoning as needed. (Remember that as the hummus sits the garlic and cumin will become more pungent)
- Serve immediately or refrigerate for future use
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 134Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 0mgSodium 296mgCarbohydrates 13gFiber 4gSugar 2gProtein 4g
Nutrition data is calculated automatically by Nutritionix and isn't always accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and make no claims to the contrary. Each individual’s dietary needs and restrictions are unique to the individual. You are ultimately responsible for all decisions pertaining to your health.