About this Recipe
People always ask me if I made my own hummus. The answer is nearly almost ‘yes’. There are the odd times that I will buy hummus from a store, but it really is quite a lot less pricey to make it at home and then you can choose your ingredients. Plus if you have the right tools (my favorite tool for hummus and most sauces is a hand held blender. Then you can make it directly in the container you plan to keep it in. The basic ingredients in hummus are easy to have on hand, and some of them you can even do without, like the yogurt.
1. Hummus lasts covered in the fridge for up to a week.
2. Taste the hummus as you go and feel free to add more or less of the ingredients below such as the lemon, garlic and so on.
3. Peanut butter can be substituted for almond butter, tahini or any other nut butter.
4. Hummus is delicious served with veggies, apples, crackers or a yummy homemade bread.
5. If I am eating a salad for a meal, I will add a big scoop of hummus on top for a heartier meal.
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7. I like a 4 cup glass measuring cup and then once it is made, I just cover it with these incredible little earth friendly reusable food covers made from beeswax. For a our special discount on any Vitamin King product you can use the COUPON CODE: GRANDMA
Serves: Makes 4 cups
1 garlic clove, smashed and cut into small pieces
1 (734ml) can Garbanzo beans also known as Chickpeas (4 cups)
1/4 cup water
2 Tablespoons pure lemon juice
1/4 cup plain yogurt or keifer
1 heaping Tablespoon peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon olive or grapeseed oil
1. Open the can of garbanzo beans (chickpeas) and use a strainer to pour out the liquid from the garbanzo beans into the sink. Rinse with cold water to wash off the chickpeas and transfer to a large 4 cup measuring cup or mixing bowl.
2. Peel, smash and cut the garlic clove.
4. Use a hand immersion blender to mash up the chickpeas and work until the mixture is creamy smooth.
5. Add the water, lemon juice yogurt, peanut butter, garlic, salt and oil and continue to mix together until well combined. Use right away or cover and place into the refrigerator in a container with a sealed lid.
6. This hummus will last for a few days if kept refrigerated.
7. Serve with crackers, carrots, cucumbers, bite sized tomatoes for a few ideas.
After seeing how easy the process is, you'll probably want to make it at home yourself more often. The storebought stuff may never even taste the same once you make your own. Hummus is a healthy snack food or dip that has been around for thousands of years. The word hummus is from the Arabic word that means chickpea which is appropriate seeing as it's made entirely from chickpeas.
Hummus is a Levantine Arab recipe made from chickpeas that have been cooked and mashed, then tahini which is a creamy paste that's made from sesame seeds, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and of course, garlic are added. Chickpeas are a type of bean which is also known as a garbanzo bean which is a vegetable that has been grown in the Middle East and India for centuries even in Babylonian times.
Since hummus has been around for so long, it's hard to say where it actually comes from, but it's said to be one of the oldest prepared foods. It's mentioned to be eaten in ancient Rome and Greece where Plato and Socrates wrote about the nutritional value of hummus. Since chickpeas are loaded with protein as many other beans are, hummus is a great healthy snack idea that contains a lot of protein and other nutrients like dietary fibre, calcium and iron.
That's why it's such a well-loved healthy snack by vegans and vegetarians who need to get their protein from plant sources. Interestingly enough, when you eat bread with hummus, it creates a complete protein.
Choose the best ingredients for your homemade hummus and you'll taste the difference from some of the store bought types of hummus. Plus you can monitor and adjust the amounts of different ingredients to your liking too. So go for it and add all the garlic you like and enjoy.