Basic Hummus

We used to buy packaged hummus all the time but I have been making it myself lately. It is so easy to make and doesn’t contain unwanted additives or “natural flavors”. Most store bought hummus is made with soybean oil when hummus is traditionally made with olive oil. I’d rather have it fresh anyway.

I’ve tried a few different recipes for basic hummus and ended up coming up with one on my own.


  • 1 can (15 oz) garbanzo beans or 2 cups cooked beans, drained and rinsed (you can reserve the liquid to use instead of water below)
  • 3 TBL water or liquid from beans
  • juice from half of one lemon
  • 2 TBL olive oil
  • 2 TBL tahini
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Process the garbanzo beans a food processor or blender to get them started. Then add all the remaining ingredients until everything is smooth. If it is too thick, just add some water until you get the consistency you desire.

I topped mine with some paprika and crushed red peppers.



5 thoughts on “Basic Hummus

  1. Pingback: Sun-dried Tomato Pesto and Hummus Sandwich | Baker's Blender
  2. I usually use the recipe from Veganomicon for hummus, but I’m thinking of trying this out tomorrow! Does it make a lot? I know the Veganomicon recipe uses two cans of chic peas, so this has got to make maybe 1/2 of that…

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