Healthy Homemade Hummus!

Hummus is just about my favorite snack food of all time.  I have my favorite brands and my favorite flaves, but for the longest time I have been wanting to make my own at home that actually satisfies me the way some store bought brands do (minus the preservatives).  This weekend I did just that, only I ended up exceeding my expectations.  This hummus is the bomb and I plan on making it again this week since it is already gone!


-1 can garbanzo beans (15oz) -- Organic if possible
-1/4 C tahini
-Juice of 1 lemon
-1 clove of garlic 
-3-4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
-1/2 C water
-Fresh parsley (finely chopped) about 1-2 Tablespoons
-Cumin -- shake to a flavor of your liking - I estimate I shook 10-12 times (added it as I went along to taste)
-Ground Red Pepper, 2-3 shakes
-Crushed Red Chili Peppers,  4-5 shakes
-Paprika, 1-2 shakes on finished hummus for added flavor and a pretty finish
-Salt & Pepper to taste

The Goods

Wash and drain the beans

** Note, because I have a mini food processor I had to mix everything in a separate bowl before adding the ingredients to be processed. If you have a normal size processor you can just throw everything into it without blending, mixing or chopping.  Lucky you!  

So here is what I did....
I put the beans in a large bowl, added the tahini, the clove of garlic (I had to chop it), the lemon juice, 2 Tablespoons olive oil, cumin, crushed chili peppers, salt and pepper. 

Mixed it all up. First batch is in the processor! 
-Looks kinda gross in this phase-

In between mixing, I added 1/4 C water, chili peppers 
and a dash more olive oil. I followed the same suit w/
the the 2nd batch in my little mini processor.


This is the amount of parsley I used. 

Shredded it!

Added it to hummus and mixed it up.

Finished product- sprinkled paprika, 
a drizzle of olive oil & parsley garnish

**After I chopped the garlic, I used the discarded lemon shell to "clean" the cutting board.  The acid in the lemon removes that awful garlic odor from the board.  Lemon also helps get rid of food stains left behind. 

There you have it!  This homemade hummus is loaded with healthy fats, fiber, protein, folate (folic acid) and minerals like calcium and magnesium.  Hummus is a delicious and healthy way to snack between meals.  For a controlled portion, scoop 2 spoonfuls into a bowl and enjoy with whatever food your heart desires! 


N.D. said...

hummus is something I've been making every week! I want it to be more liquidy/creamy so I'll try your recipe and see if it is better.. I stopped measuring and just throw things into the food processor!

christine said...

Haha...yes! Creamy is better...I've read you can also add the chickpea juice to the hummus. It's worth a try.....I like the water and olive oil!

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