Homemade Hummus

Image Courtesy of Flickr user Tassike.ee - Marju Randmer.

Image Courtesy of Flickr user Tassike.ee – Marju Randmer.

Taken from The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook by Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre, MS, CN

3 cups cooked garbanzo beans (chickpeas) or 2 cans
1/2 cup sesame tahini
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 extra virgin olive oil
2-3 cloves of crushed garlic or 2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1-2 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup bean liquid or water to desired consistency

  1. Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and process until smooth and creamy. Your blender may get “stuck” with the thickness of the ingredients. Simply turn OFF the blender and scrape the sides down to the blades with a wooden spoon. Adding more olive oil or bean liquid can help.
  2. You will want to taste the hummus to see if it needs more lemon, tahini, garlic or salt.
  3. In a pinch I have substituted 1/4 cup natural peanut butter for 1/4 cup tahini.
  4. You can also add basil or other ingredients (such as red chili flake or roasted red pepper) to vary the flavor.

Hummus makes a great, healthy snack and freezes well!