Hummus from Scratch
Chickpeas - or garbanzo beans - are chock-full of fiber, protein, iron, magnesium, B vitamins, and more. Their fiber content is of especially high quality according to a test where participants showed better blood fat regulation, lower cholesterol levels, and healthier blood sugar levels than the group eating fiber from other sources. This superior fiber also makes chickpeas good for your GI tract, especially your colon.
No wonder that we love our Hummus from Scratch so much! You will need a food processor for this recipe, but believe us, it’s worth it. It takes only about 10 minutes, is free of preservatives, and keeps up to a week in your fridge.
2 cans chickpeas (425 grams)
Juice from 2 large lemons
½ cup tahini
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
¼ cup water or more
Sprinkling of paprika, dill, rosemary, or your favorite spice
Note: We make our hummus without garlic. Feel free to add 1 or more cloves if you wish. Only ⅓ cup of chickpeas per day is necessary to reap all the health benefits described above. That’s why we eat lots of it, every day and at every time of the day, and we prefer to keep the garlic out of it. You may also want to consider replacing the garlic with pickles, jalapeno, avocado, horseradish, or any other natural seasoning.
Mix the tahini and lemon juice in the bowl of the food processor and stir for 1 min. Add the olive oil, cumin, and sea salt and keep mixing. Most likely, much of the ingredients will end up on the sides of your bowl. Stop the food processor and scrape the sides of the bowl to gather the ingredients towards the middle. Close the food processor and keep stirring.
Drain and rinse the chickpeas and add them in 2 to 3 steps to make the mixing easier and the consistency smoother. Now add the water tablespoon by tablespoon for an even smoother hummus. Serve and sprinkle with your favorite seasoning.
Prep time: 10 min
Makes 3 cups
Special thanks to Inspired Taste for getting us fired up about making and creating our own hummus.