How to: Make Your Own Hummus

Tracy texted me the other day and asked me if I made my own hummus. Of course, I do. I'm a dip-aholic. I love dips and find ways to use my homemade ones for more than just dipping. I use hummus as a spread substitute on wraps and sandwiches. It even goes great with crackers! If you are new to hummus, you're probably thinking, what is it? Hummus is made from combining ground up chick peas with a variety of ingredients to be used as a dip or spread. Hummus is a good source of protein, fiber, and vitamins C and B. As you read through the ingredients and directions, your next question may be, what is tahini? Tahini is made from sesame seeds and can be served as a dip alone but is a primary ingredient in hummus. It is normally found by the olives in grocery stores.

ingredients:

  • 1-15 ounce cans  chickpeas, rinsed

  • ¼  cup tahini

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped (or I grate mine with a mini grater-one of my favorite kitchen tools!)

  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

  • ¼ cup of water

  • pistachios (optional)

  • Pitas, pita chips,, carrots, celery, romaine leaves,, cucumber and sliced bell peppers, for dipping

 

instructions:

  1. In a food processor, blend the chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic and ¼  cup water until a smooth consistency

  2. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  3. Top with pistachios when ready to serve.

  4. Serve with crackers, pitas, vegetables or whatever you like

 

Hummus is a great way to snack on veggies without using high calorie dips! Try it the next time you are looking for an easy snack! I also make a variety of flavors so stay tuned for more recipes like this coming your way!

Emily

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