The Best Hummus Recipe

Hummus is one of those things that I find myself yearning for when my day is crazy and I catch myself wishing there were a Whole Foods here in Geneva… but I quickly snap out of it, remembering that this is a blessing in disguise. Not having the convenience factor motivates me to make things from scratch, and hummus is one of those things that is just so easy it’s a wonder people ever buy the stuff at the store!

After biting the bullet and shelling out a ridiculous sum of funds (everything is more $$ here) for my coveted Vitamix blender, I’m now determined to get my money’s worth! Hummus was one of the first things on my list. What I’ve discovered is the secret is NOT peeling the chickpeas as many sites will instruct—seriously, who has time for that? But the secret is the peas. I’ve discovered that raw organic garbanzo beans are the best. You need to soak them overnight and then cook them (grateful for my hubby to pour his love into this process for me!). When I use canned chickpeas, it’s just not the same, and those are usually packed with sodium.

Some great health benefits:

  • Packed with protein—keeps you feeling full longer
  • High in fiber—helps get things moving
  • Great source of calcium and iron
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Gluten free, nut free, dairy free

If those haven’t convinced you, it’s just plain easy!  Hummus is such a great snack, or sometimes a meal in my case.

  • Dip veggies, pita, or bread
  • Spread on sandwiches or in burritos
  • Mix with our BeetRoot Dip (this is my new all-time FAVORITE snack combo)

Without further ado… Here’s my go-to hummus recipe

Ingredients:

  • Chickpeas (2 cups fresh or 2 cans) with at least half of the liquid
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds (no need for tahini!)
  • Olive oil (to taste or to texture, start with a Tbs)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1-2 garlic cloves (to taste—we like it extra garlicy!)
  • Salt

Cook your chickpeas and then pour into your blender/processor first. Then, add the sesame seeds, oil, juice, and garlic, in that order. Blend on high as much as you can (up to a minute). You will most likely need to add more water or oil as it can be difficult to blend.

Note of caution: I’ve had the VItamix overheat and shut off on me making hummus, if this happens, just let it cool off and you may need to flip the switch back on the bottom of the unit.

—Alesha

Photo by Whitney used with Creative Commons license

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