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Easy Hummus Recipe Without Tahini: Blender Peanut Butter Hummus

Updated on September 7, 2014

Hummus Without Tahini

For less than a dollar and only 5 minutes, you can make your own delicious hummus using a blender at home!  The secret?  Use natural peanut butter instead of expensive tahini (sesame paste)!
For less than a dollar and only 5 minutes, you can make your own delicious hummus using a blender at home! The secret? Use natural peanut butter instead of expensive tahini (sesame paste)! | Source

Hummus or Humus?

Hummus, the chickpea dip, is not to be confused with humus, which is a type of soil! The common British spelling of the dip is houmous.

Chickpeas

The chickpea is a legume, also called a garbanzo bean.   Typically tan or green in color.
The chickpea is a legume, also called a garbanzo bean. Typically tan or green in color. | Source

Did You Know?

The word "hummus" is an Arabic word that literally means "chickpeas." The Arabic name for the dip we call hummus is "ḥummuṣ bi ṭaḥīna" meaning "chickpeas with tahini."

What Is Hummus?

Hummus is a Middle Eastern dip or spread made from mashed cooked chickpeas. It is traditionally made with 4 key ingredients:

  1. Chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans)
  2. Tahini (sesame seed paste)
  3. Lemon juice
  4. Garlic

Often recipes also include olive oil and salt. The recipe for hummus can easily be modified to create unique flavors by adding pesto, roasted peppers, pine nuts, and cheese, for example. Regardless, it is a truly delicious food! Not only does it taste good, but its main ingredient--chickpeas--are good for you too!

Chickpea Health Benefits

You can feel good eating hummus when you know that chickpeas are...

  • High in fiber! Just 1 cup cooked provides 12 grams of fiber (50% of your daily value), supporting your digestive system. Chickpea fiber is insoluble, which can lower your risk of colon problems.
  • Very low on the glycemic index, meaning eating chickpeas helps to regulate your body's blood sugar naturally.
  • High in iron! Just 1 cup cooked provides 26% of your daily value.
  • A good source of protein. Just 1 cup cooked provides 29% of your daily value.
  • Considered one of the world's healthiest foods as they are nutrient dense (lots of nutrients in a small amount). Adding to fiber, iron and protein, they are also high in manganese, folate, copper, phosphorus, and zinc.

Hummus recipe without tahini!  Loaded with flavor and nutrients using garlic, lemon juice, cumin, and parsley.
Hummus recipe without tahini! Loaded with flavor and nutrients using garlic, lemon juice, cumin, and parsley. | Source

Hummus Cost Comparison

Store-Bought: I recently purchased a 10 ounce container of a name brand hummus for $2.98 on sale.

Homemade: I also purchased a 15 ounce can of chickpeas to make my own hummus for $0.68. I already keep the other ingredients on hand (natural peanut butter, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, spices), but in a generous estimation given the amount used in the recipe, I would estimate $1.00 for everything.

Homemade is one third the cost! I could make 3 times as much hummus at home for the same price of buying it at the store. Wow! That's a lot of hummus!


My Hummus Journey

My Dad introduced me to hummus when I was a child. At the time, I did not like it at all. I did not think I would ever like it. But, I continued seeing him eat it from time-to-time and as a young adult, I tried it again. It quickly became one of my favorite snacks! Now, I ask Dad to make it for me whenever I go home to visit each year. His is the best!

Although I like hummus quite a bit, it is hard for me to spend the $3 for a small tub that will last me just a few days. I knew Tahini was the most expensive part (at least $10 for a jar), so I never tried making it. That is, until recently when I had quite a hankering for some hummus. It was at that point I searched the internet and found you can replace tahini with a natural nut butter like almond or peanut butter. Really? I was quite skeptical. But that hankering grew, so I tried it. And guess what? It was AMAZING! I couldn't taste the peanut butter as I thought I would. Wow! This recipe is packed with flavor as Dad and I like it: lots of cumin, garlic, and parsley. For less than $1, it is worth a try!

1: Gather your peanut butter hummus ingredients.

You'll need these five peanut butter hummus essentials: chickpeas, olive oil, salt, peanut butter and lemon juice.  If desired, you'll need these five delicious extras: garlic, onion, cumin, parsley, and cayenne.
You'll need these five peanut butter hummus essentials: chickpeas, olive oil, salt, peanut butter and lemon juice. If desired, you'll need these five delicious extras: garlic, onion, cumin, parsley, and cayenne. | Source

2: Pour hummus ingredients into a blender.

Couldn't be simpler!  Simply measure and pour!
Couldn't be simpler! Simply measure and pour! | Source

These spices are recommendations. Cater the recipe to your taste.

3: Blend.

 Since this is a blender recipe it takes a bit more time.  If you have a food processor it will go much more quickly!  Stir.  Blend for a minute. Repeat for about 5 minutes.  If needed, thin your hummus with more olive oil, water, or lemon juice.
Since this is a blender recipe it takes a bit more time. If you have a food processor it will go much more quickly! Stir. Blend for a minute. Repeat for about 5 minutes. If needed, thin your hummus with more olive oil, water, or lemon juice. | Source

4: Scoop and enjoy.

This hummus is almost done!  Take a quick taste test.  If the texture and flavor is right, scoop out into a bowl and enjoy!  This picture is about after 2 minutes.  It needed a bit more olive oil and another minute until it was ready.
This hummus is almost done! Take a quick taste test. If the texture and flavor is right, scoop out into a bowl and enjoy! This picture is about after 2 minutes. It needed a bit more olive oil and another minute until it was ready. | Source
Cast your vote for Peanut Butter Hummus

Hummus Time: It's Quick!

Prep time: 5 min
Ready in: 5 min
Yields: Serves ten people two tablespoons of hummus

Want a Little Kick?

Try adding 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper! It is delicious. But be warned, you'll want to have a glass of water to go with it.

Watching Your Sodium?

If you are watching your sodium, you can drain the chickpeas and add 1/4 cup water instead of the liquid from the can.

Hummus Ingredients

  • 15 oz can chickpeas, undrained
  • 3 Tablespoons natural peanut butter, or almond butter
  • 1/4 to 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder, or 1 clove minced
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice, or 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder, optional
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Hummus Directions

  1. Pour the can of chickpeas in the blender, undrained. Blend for about a minute. The chickpeas will be a little course at this point. Use a spoon to mix.
  2. Add remaining ingredients. Blend on highest speed for about a minute. Use a spoon to mix. Taste test and adjust if needed. Blend again for about 2 minutes or until the texture is smooth.
  3. Serve at room temperature or refrigerate to save for later!

Tips to Make Creamy Hummus

Since creaminess is not as important to me, I am content to pour all the ingredients in and blend away! However, if this does matter to you, there are a few tips to try:

  • Peal the skin off the chickpeas before blending them (this takes about 20 minutes). This is the most time-consuming tip, but it does work the best! Check out the video below for a short-cut.
  • Slowly drizzle in the olive oil as the hummus is blending.
  • Use creamy peanut butter. I actually prefer crunchy peanut butter and it blends just fine, but perhaps not as creamy.

Best Creamy Hummus Tip: Easiest Way to Skin Chickpeas (from America's Test Kitchen)

The trick? Mix 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda with a can of drained chickpeas. Heat them in the microwave or skillet for 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl with cold water and rub your hands back and forth against the chickpeas to release the skins.

Peanut Butter Hummus

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 2 TB
Calories 115
Calories from Fat72
% Daily Value *
Fat 8 g12%
Sugar 0 g
Protein 4 g8%
Sodium 140 mg6%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

It is important to note that most of the fat is actually the good kind, not trans or saturated fat. If you look on the label of olive oil or natural peanut butter you will see this. That is why you can eat hummus, in moderation of course, with confidence! Remember all those benefits to eating chickpeas? They are high in fiber, protein, and iron, to name a few!

Veggies are great to dip into hummus!  But the options are endless for using this delicious dip and spread.
Veggies are great to dip into hummus! But the options are endless for using this delicious dip and spread. | Source

What is your favorite way to eat hummus?

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What Do You Serve With Hummus?

  • Veggie dippers: carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers
  • Bread dippers: pita wedges, bagel chips, baked tortilla chips, multi-grain crackers
  • On top of grilled salmon or chicken
  • On a falafel sandwich
  • Mixed with pasta, cucumbers, peppers, and fresh parsley
  • As a substitute for tomato sauce on a pita pizza
  • On a breakfast sandwich
  • Mixed in tuna salad
  • Water it down a bit to use as a soup
  • Is it okay to say....by the spoonful!

Whatever way you eat hummus, it is a delicious, inexpensive, and healthy dip or spread you can feel good about eating for yourself or serving to guests.

About The Author

Thefedorows is an active contributor on Hubpages, an avid pinner, and frequent blogger. We warmly thank you for reading our Hub today!

Check Out Our Other Easy Dip Recipes:

  • 5-Minute Salsa: Uses a can of diced tomatoes, vinegar, onions, cayenne pepper and fresh cilantro. Just dump into a bowl and mix! Yummmmy!
  • Dad's Guacamole: Another quick flavor-packed dip with lots of cumin, garlic, lime juice, and cilantro. We make this every Cinco de Mayo!

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    • choosetolive profile image

      Ravi and Swastha 3 years ago from London, Canada

      Looks so nice. Let me give it a try sometime this week. Voted up. Useful information

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      thefedorows 3 years ago from the Midwest

      Hello again, choosetolive! Thank you for reading. Please let me know how it turns out and if you made any modifications. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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      Ally Meyer 2 years ago

      That is a great idea!!! Peanut butter is always a lot more handy to have around than tahini anyway. Gotta give this one a try!

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      ElleBee 2 years ago

      Yum. yum. I love hummus may need to try this. As Ally said peanut butter is usually much more handy than tahini. I don't like to buy ingredients that I wont get multiple uses from.

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      Ravi and Swastha 2 years ago from London, Canada

      Yes we do thefedorows :)

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      thefedorows 2 years ago from the Midwest

      @Ally Meyer-- Thank you! Peanut butter is more common for us too! Just make sure it is natural (just peanuts). You can also use other nut butters like almond butter.

      @ElleBee-- I hope you do try it! The peanut taste is mild, I bet you won't even really notice it!

      @choosetolive-- Thank you for coming back to let us know you tried it and like it! Yay!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      Mmmm, I love making my own hummus, but your recipe has a lot more ingredients which really zip it up. Will definitely be giving this a try!

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      thefedorows 2 years ago from the Midwest

      @Glimmer Twin Fan-- Thank you! I hope you like it!

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      Kari 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Peanut butter instead of tahini? Skinning chickpeas? We always have homemade hummus on hand, and I have never heard of these two things. Will try both tips on our next hummus batch. I find tahini costs a lot (just like store-bought hummus), but we always have peanuts on hand to make peanut butter with, so this will be interesting.

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      thefedorows 2 years ago from the Midwest

      @Relationshipc, peanut butter instead of tahini is an odd thought at first, but it really does work as a substitute. Thank you for taking the time to read and leave a comment!

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      Kristen Howe 23 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great recipe to make your own homemade hummus. I would love to give this a try, when I get a blender someday. Voted up!

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