Easy Homemade Hummus Recipe

Submitted by ameyer on November 24, 2014

Hummus is one of those amazing foods that is absolutely delicious and extremely versatile, not to mention extremely easy to make at home. Some of the most popular store bought hummus brands, such as Sabra, include GE ingredients such as soybean oil and citric acid. While there are lots of wonderful organic options out there, you can also easily make this dish at home. The great thing about homemade hummus is that you can make it to match your taste buds. There a million ways to add new flavors, veggies, and spices to the mix. But first you need to know the basics. Here is a recipe for original hummus from our friends at Nutiva.

Original Hummus Recipe

 *Use organic and non-GE ingredients whenever possible.

Ingredients:

  • 1 15 oz. can of cooked garbanzo beans – drained and rinsed well
  • ¼ cup roasted tahini
  • ¼ cup water
  • Juice of 1 medium lemon (about ¼ cup)
  • 1 medium garlic clove (or more to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt to taste

Preparation:

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).

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.

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

Add more salt/lemon juice to taste. Chill and serve in a bow with olive oil and optional garnishes. Enjoy this dish with some fresh veggies, warm pita, or crackers. Crunchmaster’s whole grain crackers are especially delicious and great for sharing.

Now that you have this whole make your own hummus thing down you can take it a step further and use dried garbanzo beans rather than canned and make your own tahini from scratch.

Here are a few ways to mix it up:

If you are a lover of hummus but are looking for a little bit more flavor and adventure here are a bunch of different ways to play around with this delicious spread. The great thing about hummus is that it is an amazing base for so many different ingredients. It is something that you really can make to fit your taste preferences.

It is more than just a dip:

Hummus is such a wonderful dish because it is so versatile. While it is great as side dish to dip veggies and pita chips in, it can also be used as an ingredient in a more substantial meal. Hummus makes an excellent addition to any sandwich or wrap or as an addition to a salad; the possibilities really are endless. Here is a recipe from Food Babe for some delicious Beet Hummus Collard Wraps.

Beet Hummus Collard Wrap

*Use organic and non-GE ingredients whenever possible.

Beet Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of garbanzo beans
  • 2-3 tablespoons organic tahini
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • Juice of one orange
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 small beet, chopped
  • Handful of cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon of maple syrup (optional if you like it sweeter – but it really brings out the flavor)

Wrap & Toppings

Ingredients:

  • 3 collard leaves with stem removed
  • Avocado slices
  • Pickles
  • Raw sprouts

Preparation:

Drain garbanzo beans and give them a quick rinse. Combines all hummus ingredients except olive oil in food processor/blender and blend. Once combined, scrape sides. Start blending again and add olive oil slowly into mixture while it is blending.

Spread 3 tablespoons of hummus onto collard leaves, top with avocado, pickles and sprouts. Fold leaf and roll up, secure with a toothpick if making for take-out or just eat!

Refrigerate leftover hummus for up to 5-7 days. Makes 1 serving of wraps plus beet hummus for 3-4 more servings.

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