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Make Your Own Hummus: It’s Easier Than You Think!

Homemade Hummus

The finished product: homemade hummus with optional spices and olive oil as garnish.

Hummus is a delicious and family-friendly spread that has gained popularity over the years. It is a wonderfully healthy alternative to other spreads and dips and is so versatile that anyone can find a hummus that’s perfect for them. Preparing it in your own kitchen is an even better option, because it cuts out the preservatives and gives you and your family a fresh and nutritious alternative.

This wonderful spread is rooted in Middle Eastern cuisine and is now being used as a party dip favorite across the country. Though the base ingredients are the same in most versions of this spread, there is a bounty of different seasonings and garnishes that can make for unique flavors for you adventurous types. Popular spice additions include cayenne pepper, red chili flakes, cumin, black pepper and more. Some favorite garnishes include parsley, cilantro (coriander), olive oil, garbanzo beans or pine nuts. You can even blend in roasted red peppers for a sweeter pepper flavor. Making it at home gives you the control of knowing what goes into your food, not to mention all the other benefits of homemade food.

Garbanzo Beans

The almighty garbanzo bean is also sometimes called a “chickpea”.

The garbanzo beans in the recipe make hummus rich in fiber, which has long been hailed as an important nutrient for digestive health. Garbanzo beans also give you an extra kick of protein (like most legumes) and are said to provide iron as well. This recipe uses a small amount of extra virgin olive oil, which is regarded as a healthy fat – organic coconut oil. Also in this recipe is fresh lemon juice, roasted sesame paste, garlic and salt. Simple, huh?

Once made, hummus can be stored in the refrigerator for about a week, so feel free to make it the night before your next party. You can imagine how wonderful it feels to skip the store bought version and serve your homemade variety to your family and friends.

The two main ingredients in hummus can be found at most grocery stores: canned whole garbanzo beans and roasted sesame tahini. If you are interested in an even fresher version of this recipe, cook your own garbanzo beans in bulk and freeze the rest for another recipe later. Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds – that’s it! To get the authentic taste of hummus, be sure that you use the roasted variety for more depth in flavor. Tahini keeps well in the fridge, so go ahead and get a container and keep it refrigerated for your next hummus batch. Feeling brave? Try making your own tahini at home!

Interested in taking your homemade hummus to the next level? Superfood your hummus with this great Hummus recipe from the Nutiva Kitchen!

Have you ever tried to make hummus at home? What are some of your favorites flavors, garnishes or seasonings? What’s your favorite way to use hummus?

Hummus with Veggies

Enjoy hummus with raw carrots, celery, broccoli, pita chips or pretzels. Another favorite use is as a spread on your next sandwich.

Hummus Ingredients

The basics: here’s all you’ll need to get a delicious base for lots of varieties of  hummus.

Homemade Hummus Recipe

1 15 oz. can of cooked garbanzo beans – drained and rinsed well

optional: peel the beans for a smoother, creamier hummus

¼ cup roasted tahini

¼ cup water

Juice of 1 medium lemon (about ¼ cup)

1 medium garlic clove (or more to taste)

1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Salt – to taste

1.)   Combine the mashed garlic with a pinch of salt and blend with spoon until you get a paste (this helps to take the bite out of the raw garlic)

2.)   Place the beans, tahini, water, olive oil, garlic/salt mixture and half of the lemon juice in a food processor or blender. Pulse until well blended.

3.)   If the hummus is thicker than your liking, add more water – about ½ a tbsp. at a time – until you have reached your desired consistency

4.)   Add more salt/lemon juice to taste

5.)   Optional: add seasonings and blend

6.)   Chill and serve in a bowl with olive oil and optional garnishes

Enjoy!

Comments

  1. Phillip says:

    I add roasted red pepper and artichoke hearts after I’ve pureed the beans with a blend stick, just enough to roughly chop the pepper and ‘choke. I also add some cayenne pepper to dried beans while cooking, to add a little extra kick. Onion powder also fills out the flavor (but not too much).

  2. I thought the recipe was going to have Hemp seeds in it — no worries, I’ll throw some in anyway!! Thanks.

    • Ana Victoria says:

      Love that Superfood mentality Cyndi! Check out this Superfood Hummus recipe from the Nutiva Kitchen that includes Organic Hempseed AND Nutiva’s Organic Red Palm Oil: http://bit.ly/113TIQY

      Don’t forget to let us know how you like it. :)

  3. Cynthia says:

    It was that easy! I didn’t have tahini paste but it was just as good. And I can adjust the salt and spices. Thanks

  4. BArry Martin says:

    Try substituting Black Beans, White Northern Beans, Pinto Beans etc. for half the Garbonzo’s for a different flavor profile! I have done this and added Cilantro, Jalepeno or Serrano peppers, Chili powder or Cumin, Basil, Olives, Avocado, Sun Dried Tomatoes, etc… use your imagination and taste buds to decide what you like!

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