Homemade hummus is very simple to make. Once you get the ingredients together it takes just about five minutes to mix it all up. It makes a great dip or it can be used as a spread in pita sandwiches. I love to serve it with crackers, homemade pita chips, and veggies. My favorites are carrots and peppers.
This recipe makes a nice creamy and smooth hummus that is not only delicious but nutritious. Hummus is a great alternative to many dips which are high in calories and fat, because it’s lower in the unhealthy type of fat and contains a good amount of protein and fiber. I’ve bought several different brands of hummus and I personally think homemade is so much better. In addition to tasting better, homemade hummus is cheaper and usually healthier (due to additives to extend shelf life).
One of the ingredients in traditional hummus is tahini. If you haven’t bought that before you can find it in the nut butter section at the grocery store. Tahini is just sesame seed paste. I pretty much only use tahini in hummus and have noticed that it will last for quite some time in your pantry.
Here’s something you may not know about hummus – it is freezer friendly. I didn’t realize this until I read it once and then I tried it out. It totally works! I freeze it in ice cube trays and pull a cube or two out for the boys’ lunches. I send veggies and crackers with it for dipping.
- 1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
- 2 T tahini
- 2 T olive oil
- 2 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ¼ cup warm water
- 1 clove garlic
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp ground cumin
- paprika, for garnish (optional)
- In a blender or food processor mix all ingredients, scraping down sides as needed. Process or blend until you have a smooth, creamy consistency. Add in more warm water a little bit at a time, if needed, to achieve desired consistency.
- Pour hummus into a bowl and sprinkle with paprika. You may also add a swirl of olive oil if desired.
- Serve with pita chips, pita bread, veggies, and/or crackers.
- Cover and refrigerate leftovers.
Do you eat hummus? What’s your favorite way to use it?