Sunday, July 15, 2012

Quick Recipe: Hummus

Very rarely does my daughter request something healthy in her lunch, so when she asks for hummus, I really can't complain. Hummus is essentially a chickpea dip, which is OK by me. Chickpeas are an outstanding source of protein, fibre and zinc. The taste and texture is fabulous.

Promise me you'll never buy store bought hummus again. This recipe takes less than 5 minutes to construct, has no preservatives, very little fat, and tastes  fresher and brighter than anything you can buy in a package. Oh - and also costs less than a quarter of what you'll pay for at the grocery store.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes.

1 14 oz can of chickpeas (garbanzo) beans
1/2 tablespoon tahini
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
salt and pepper to taste

Pour all ingredients into a mixing bowl and blend to desired consistency with an immersion blender.
I like to leave mine a little chunkier than smooth, so it sticks better to whatever you dip.
Serve with crunchy vegetables like carrots or celery or cauliflower, and/or flatbreads, pita triangles or bread.

I sometimes change up the spices, but the smokiness of the paprika is always the best thing for me!
Let me know what you think!


  1. Hey Frank! I like my hummus chunky too so I used to make homemade hummus but my husband likes the smooth quality from the grocery. I will try your recipe sometime soon 'coz I see you added smoked paprika and cinnamon which I've never tried before. Maybe my DH will like this new flavor. Thanks for posting! P.S. Do you make your own tahini? Do you have a recipe for that too?

    1. Haven't every tried making tahini. I wouldn't end up using it up quickly enough. The great thing about homemade hummus is that you can control the texture and added flavours completely!