My husband had never even heard of hummus before we were married. Actually, come to think of it, there are quite a few foods we now consume on a regular basis that he had never heard of before we were married! Lucky for me, he is always open and willing to try new foods; because if he wasn’t, our only choices for dinner would have to be pizza rolls, frozen 99 cent pizzas, and the occasional tuna noodle casserole. (Yes, before he married me, this is what his dinner repertoire consisted of. No joke!)
Well, now my husband LOVES all sorts of different foods, and somewhere right at the top of his list of favorites is my homemade hummus.
We used to buy hummus from the grocery store, but before long, I soon realized that we could not afford that habit! Our family would finish off a whole container in one sitting! So I started trying to make it at home. It is WAY cheaper (and healthier) to make it yourself, and it is not hard at all.
It did take me quite awhile before I finally got our homemade hummus just how we like it, but now our homemade version tastes better than any we have ever purchased!
This makes a great healthy and delicious snack. Try dipping your favorite fresh veggies in it or serve it with whole wheat crackers or pita chips. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Healthy Homemade Hummus
- 1 1/2 cups cooked garbonzo beans (or one 15oz can, drained)
- 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons tahini (available at health food stores and the international aisle at the grocery store)
- 2 Tablespoons water (additional water may be needed)
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- Paprika for garnish (optional)
Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor.
Process until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
Add additional water if needed to get the desired consistency.
Taste and season with more salt if needed.
Place in a serving dish and garnish with paprika if desired.
Serve with an assortment of crackers, pita chips, fresh vegetables, and any thing else you like!
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