I pretty much eat hummus all the time. It is one of my favorite things to eat for part of my lunches. It is great to go with homemade pita bread or veggies, such as carrots or peas or my Spelt Flour Tortillas Recipe. Our hummus recipe has a lot of flavor and is very smooth and doesn’t have an odd texture to it. Most of my children love hummus too and they love to eat vegetables with it.
The secret to a perfectly smooth hummus is peeling the skins of the chickpeas off. It is definitely time consuming, but makes a HUGE difference. If you hold each chickpea between two fingers and pinch it a little, the skins will sort of just pop off. It adds about an extra 8-10 minutes to the prep time, but I think it’s worth it. You can make the hummus with the skins on, but it will not have the same smooth texture. Besides, my kids think it’s fun when they pop out of the skins and they like to do it.
If you want some extra flavor in your hummus, don’t be afraid to experiment and add things like a roasted red pepper, jalapeno, sun-dried tomatoes, curry seasoning, green olives, red pepper seasoning or cucumber and dill. Or add things on top – like pine nuts, caramalized onions or blended roasted red peppers. Hummus is really good in place of mayo. on sandwiches or in pita bread and is good as a side with Middle Eastern food, like kabobs or chicken shawarma.
WHY IS HUMMUS SO HEALTHY?
Hummus is made up mostly of garbanzo beans (chick peas) which are often called the most nutritious food in the world. Garbanzo beans are loaded with fiber which is helpful for proper digestion and proper digestion helps to boost your immune system and prevent diseases. A half-cup of garbanzo beans has about 143 calories, 27 grams of carbohydrates, and 6 grams of muscle-boosting protein. They are an excellent source of dietary fiber with about 5 grams in a half-cup serving. They also also nutrient dense packing magnesium, potassium and iron! You get all of these benefits in the virtually cholesterol and trans fat-free garbanzo bean!
You can get garbanzo beans either in dried form or in a can. I prefer the canned beans since they are ready to use. It is very easy to find these beans in and organic variety so if you are going for organic eating, this one is for you.
Healthy Homemade Hummus Recipe Without Tahini
A traditional Hummus is made with Tahini (ground sesame seed paste) but I never seem to have any just hanging around the house. Don’t worry if you do not have any at home, you can make a fantastic hummus without it by following the substitutions below! After you master the traditional hummus, feel free to play with your recipe to create some amazing hummus spreads (my favorite has to be horseradish)! It will only take you about 5 minutes to make this amazing dip!
Hummus is a healthy and delicious snack – not to mention very easy and quick to make. These are all things I look for in a great snack. That is probably why I consume so much of it. 🙂 What do you enjoy eating with hummus? I would love to hear how I can make it more versatile. Comment below
You may enjoy this Clean Eating Quick Naan Bread Recipe to go with your Clean Eating Classic Smooth Hummus.
- 15 oz Can Chickpeas - skins removed (Garbanzo beans)
- 1/3 Cup Tahini Paste - or substitute 2 Tbl. peanut butter and 1/4 tsp. more of cumin
- Juice of half a large Lemon
- 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
- 2 Cloves Garlic
- 1/4 tsp Cumin
- 1 t Real Salt
- 3-4 T Water - or reserved liquid from chickpeas
- Olive oil for garnish
- Paprika for garnish
- Chopped Parsley for garnish
Place all ingredients(except for water) in the bowl of a food processor. Process until very smooth, at least 1 minute. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and process until desired thinness is achieved. Check seasonings and add more salt if desired.