Hummus…you either love it or hate it.
I used to despise hummus. In hindsight, I think it was because I had NO idea what it was made from. Can you relate? If so, you must try this recipe.
Here’s the great thing about homemade hummus…YOU make it so you know EXACTLY what’s in there.
Two separate ingredients are what really make it so tasty, healthy, and, honestly, scary for so many.
The first is chickpeas. Now, don’t let the “peas” keep you from this. Chickpeas are actually a legume (no relation to the green pea). You will find them in a can near the other canned beans. They will probably be labeled as “garbanzo beans.”
The second different ingredient is tahini paste. Tahini is made from sesame seeds. Tahini is to the sesame seed as peanut butter is to the peanut. Different food, similar process. You will find tahini paste in health food stores or in the Asian section of a large grocery store. Typically, one jar will last you 5-6 batches of hummus (so don’t let the cost scare you off).
This recipe came from a very dear friend, who does an amazing job of feeding her family healthy and tasty foods. Thank you Dr. Andrea!
- ¼ cup tahini paste (ground sesame seeds)
- 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp hot sauce
- 1½ cups chick peas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor and purée. Place in a bowl, sprinkle with paprika, and serve with chopped veggies and/or pita wedges.
- This is the traditional Hummus recipe. You can easily add different ingredients to suit your taste, for example, sundried tomatoes, olives, cheeses, etc.