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Homemade Healthy Hummus Recipe with Garlic and Tahini

Updated on September 22, 2013
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Have you made hummus with garlic and tahini? Let people know what you think!

5 stars from 2 ratings of Hummus Recipe

If you enjoy hummus, consider making this healthy dip and spread at home. Hummus is inexpensive and easy to make. It comes together in minutes with a food processor. One of the best parts about making hummus yourself is that you can customize the recipe to suit your personal tastes and preferences. Once you have mastered the base recipe, there is no limit to the possible ingredient combinations.

Traditional hummus has garbanzo beans or chickpeas, but I really enjoy making bean dip with cannellini beans.
Traditional hummus has garbanzo beans or chickpeas, but I really enjoy making bean dip with cannellini beans. | Source
Tahini is my favorite ingredient to add to hummus.
Tahini is my favorite ingredient to add to hummus. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 3 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 cans beans, garbanzos / chick peas, white cannellini, OR black
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, add more for a smoother spread
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped, fresh or refrigerated
  • 1-2 generous tablespoons tahini, optional but it adds a smooth texture and a nutty hint

Did you know that you can make tahini at home?

The hummus ingredients in the food processor bowl, ready to go.
The hummus ingredients in the food processor bowl, ready to go. | Source
Blended hummus. I like creamy hummus with cannellini beans and lots of olive oil and tahini. I blend my hummus for a full 5 minutes.
Blended hummus. I like creamy hummus with cannellini beans and lots of olive oil and tahini. I blend my hummus for a full 5 minutes. | Source

Tip: Did you know that you can freeze hummus? Typically I split this hummus recipe into two Tupperware containers and freeze one for later. Frozen hummus keeps for up to 3 months. When you're ready to eat it, let it thaw in the refrigerator for a full 24 hours.

Instructions

  1. Drain and rinse the beans. I rinse them in a plastic colander.
  2. Add all ingredients to the bowl of a food processor.
  3. For a chunkier spread, blend for 1-2 minutes. For a smoother spread, blend for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Serve immediately.
  5. All hummus must be refrigerated.
Hummus is a perfect dip for raw vegetables.
Hummus is a perfect dip for raw vegetables. | Source

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What can you serve with hummus?

There is no limit to the foods that you can serve with hummus. Once you get hooked on it, you'll be eating it with everything. However, here are just a few of the most popular options.

  • Sesmark Savory Rice Thins. We almost always keep rice thins in the house just for hummus eating.
  • Raw vegetables. Some people like to cut up vegetables such as cucumbers and tomatoes and spread hummus right on the slices.
  • Toasted breads and bagels.
  • Pita chips.
  • Baked potatoes.
  • Sandwich spread.
  • Topping for fish or chicken.
  • Filling for omelets.
  • Pasta sauce.

Where can you purchase tahini?

A
Parthenon Foods:
9131 West Cleveland Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53227, USA

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B
Sendik's:
7901 West Layton Avenue, Greenfield, WI 53220, USA

get directions

C
Trader Joe's:
5600 North Port Washington Road, Milwaukee, WI 53217, USA

get directions

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    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's great, ketage!

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      ketage 

      5 years ago from Croatia

      I will definitely try this, thanks for the recipe :)

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Blending it longer is definitely the key for a smoother spread. I let mine go for a full 5 minutes. There is absolutely nothing wrong with purchasing tahini. A $7-8 jar can last you a year, even if you make hummus every month.

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      Kathryn 

      5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I have tried making it once, but I think I needed to blend it longer. Next time I want to use Tahini, I just need to go out buy it, since it is not something I have around the house.

      Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's awesome, Ruchira. :) If you don't want to make it yourself, you can purchase it. If you're up for the challenge, though, go for it!

      Thanks, kikalina!

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      kikalina 

      5 years ago from Europe

      Delish.

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      Ruchira 

      5 years ago from United States

      i love hummus. Now just gotta learn to make tahini.

      great hub :)

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Cyndi! Tahini makes all the difference for me, and I hope that others do give it a try. I have not gotten tired of cannellini beans either. They create such a smooth texture for the dip.

      Thanks, Natasha! That's awesome. You're definitely right about the creaminess of cannellini beans. They blend beautifully for hummus.

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      Natasha 

      5 years ago from Hawaii

      I love hummus and making it! I really like the cannellini bean idea. I've never had it, but the creaminess of cannellinis makes the think it would be really good.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      5 years ago from Western NC

      This looks great! I'll have to try the tahini. I love your clever use of the map and directions of places to get tahini in this hub. Great idea on the cannelini beans, too - a nice but different take from the garbanzos.

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Athlyn, nice!

      Mommy Needs a Nap, that's great. :) I hope that they do enjoy it!

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      Michelle Clairday 

      5 years ago from Arkansas

      I will definitely do this. Thanks for a simple recipe that my crew will enjoy.

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      Athlyn Green 

      5 years ago from West Kootenays

      I love humus.

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Yay, I'm so glad that you made this, Vicki! You're right that a food processor will create a much smoother mix than a blender, but I'm glad that the product was still satisfying. Thanks for following up with me. :)

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hey, Random!!! I bookmarked this hummus recipe about 4 months ago. I've been meaning to make it forever! And I did tonight. Okay, I've got to get a food processor instead of using my blender, as I still have many garbanzo bean chunks! But the flavors are great! like you, I added extra garlic. I can vouch for this recipe!

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks ishwaryaa! Hummus with grilled chicken is a great combination.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      6 years ago from Chennai, India

      This is a tasty and simple recipe! Your directions in preparing this quick food are laid out well. I have eaten hummus with grilled chicken - delicious indeed!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful. Voted up.

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      If you have a food processor, it is so easy! You could definitely add red pepper or jalapeno. I've had roasted red pepper versions before, which have generally been very good.

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      Cloverleaf 

      6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      I've never tried making my own hummus before but I must admit it looks really easy to do. I suppose you could add red pepper or jalapeno to the basic recipe for different flavouring and color?

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks! I'd love to hear what you think of it.

    • Victoria Lynn profile image

      Victoria Lynn 

      7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I'm going to bookmark this one. I've bookmarked a few hummus recipes, as I've been wanting to make my own hummus. I love hummus! I will let you know when I try this recipe. Thanks so much.

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thank you!

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      kikalina 

      7 years ago from Europe

      Thanks randomcreative. You have some really good hubs.

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks habee and kikalina! If you try it habee, let me know. :) That's awesome, kikalina. I'll have to check it out!

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      kikalina 

      7 years ago from Europe

      In Malta there is something similar with Broad Beans. It tastes amazing. I have a hub with the recipe.

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      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Yum! I love hummus! I think I'll try your suggestion of adding black beans next time. Thanks, and voted up!

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks! It is very easy. You can substitute canned beans for dried ones if you prepare them properly first. Honestly I'm not sure how much healthier it is. It is cheaper (though using canned beans instead of buying prepared hummus is cheap, too).

    • kikalina profile image

      kikalina 

      7 years ago from Europe

      Voted up. This looks like an easy recipe. I wonder if there is a healthier alternative to canned beans.

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks! Let me know what you think of it.

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      Sarah Carlsley 

      7 years ago from Minnesota

      Yum! This recipe looks delicious. Thanks for sharing this, I love trying new dips!

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