Healthy Homemade Hummus


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! Winking smile 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)
Preparation Instructions:

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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  1. Linda says:

    Hi Mindy. Thanks for joining Gluten-Free Wednesdays. Hummus is something I’ve been thinking about making for a while. I just haven’t gotten around to doing it. We don’t go through it as fast as you do, but we do like it. At least the kids and I do, my husband still hasn’t learned to enjoy that one. You’ve given me another little push in the direction of making my own. Hopefully I’ll do it soon.

    • Mindy says:

      Go for it Linda! It is very easy and definitely worth it – even if you don’t go through it quite as fast as we do! ;-)

    • Linda, if you don’t go through it all that fast, you might like knowing that it freezes quite well. Not everything freezes well, but it seems that beans are on the good list. We freeze ours!

  2. Carla says:

    Hi Mindy – I LOVE hummus too! We go through TONS of it because we use it as a dip and sandwich spread! :) I will be looking through your website more… and signed up through RSS to get your posts…looks like we share some of the same “tastes” in food!! Can’t wait to see more!
    Found you on tip day thursday – come by and visit when you have time.
    Carla at Mrs. No-No Knows

    • Mindy says:

      Hey Carla! We like to use it as a sandwich spread also – especially when we’re out of homemade mayo (which has been quite often lately! ;-))

      Looking forward to checking out your blog!

  3. PJs Til Noon says:

    I love hummus. I have yet to get tahini paste, so I haven’t made any yet, but I’m anxious to. Thanks for this recipe. Its going in my food bookmark folder!

    • Mindy says:

      It took me awhile before I finally “took the plunge” and bought tahini paste too! It just seemed so expensive. But even with buying the organic tahini paste from the health food store, it is still MUCH cheaper to make your own hummus – especially if you use dried beans instead of canned!

      Let me know when you try it!

      • Diana Ruth says:

        I just found your website. Really nice. Your recipe looks like what I’m looking for.
        You can make your own tahini with unhulled organic sesame seeds and its delicious and simple. Much less expensive than store bought. Keeps for 3 months in fridge.
        Also makes your home made hummus fresher. You control the ingredients of it all.

  4. I am all over the home made hummus…did you see my features this week? Liz made a Beet Hummus that is a beautiful color!!

    I also use dry beans. They are so much better for you…though on a lazy day it would be nice to have a can or 2 around!! I no longer use tahini because of the cost plus I dont feel like I am missing that much in terms of flavor. I add fresh garlic so maybe that is why…it tends to overpower but I am A-OK with that!! Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday. I hope to see you again next week!!

    • Mindy says:

      I did see the Beet Hummus that you featured. It’s so pretty! I am definitely going to have to give it a try when I get beets in my CSA box this summer!

      I like hummus with fresh garlic also, but my husband thought that it definitely overpowered the dip and he likes it much better with garlic powder. So that is how I make it! ;-) We have also tried to make it without the tahini, but we missed the nutty flavor that it gives.

  5. Hummus is so delicious. I’m glad you reminded me about it. I’ll have to make some soon. My husband and son inhale it whenever it’s around!


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    • Mindy says:

      Glad to know my husband isn’t the only one who “inhales” hummus! I usually make a double batch and it is gone within a couple of days!

  6. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Mindy,
    I just love Hummus and your recipe looks awesome. It is great that you told us where to get the Tahini, because without that spice it just won’t taste the same. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!
    Miz Helen recently posted..Southwest Adobe Pie

  7. DEE says:

    Any idea how long a jar of tahini “keeps” in the frig? Looks ok. Nothing funny growing in it. I adore hummus…my son and I will eat thru a big pile of cuke slices if we have a batch. DEE

    • Mindy says:

      Hi Dee! I love hummus with cucumbers too. They pair so well together, don’t they?

      We have never had to throw out a jar of tahini due to spoilage. The general recommendation for how long it will keep in the fridge is around six month, but we usually use ours up well before then. Just like natural peanut butter, the oil in tahini is susceptible to turning rancid. If this happens you will be able to tell from the rotten smell and off taste. So even if it looks okay, if it smells and tastes funny, it’s time to throw it out!

  8. Carla says:

    Made your recipe this last weekend and my family loved it with toasted pita wedges. We often have groups over for South African “braais” (bbqs) and the tradition is to have an assortment of appetisers out while the men cook the meat. This will definitely be joining my repetoir! Thanks for sharing

  9. Katy says:

    This recipe is a God send! Literally :) My husband and I are ADDICTED to hummis and I have realized that I need to be able to make it for a lot cheaper than buying it in the store :) Super excited to try this recipe out :) Thanks for sharing!

    I so appreciate this website! The Lord has really convicted me on healthy living and so I have been making small changes to honor that conviction and some of these recipes are essentials that I can hardly wait to be able to make myself :) Thank you!


  10. Susan K says:

    Delicious! I made this twice in the past week for my family and a party. Everyone loved it. I substituted fat free vegetable broth for the oil.


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