Would you believe me if I told you hummus was super easy to make?
I wouldn’t have believed me a couple years ago because my first attempts were pretty lackluster.
Hummus is basically chickpeas (or garbanzo beans, same difference, but chickpea is more fun to say) so I totally thought I could just dump some chickpeas in my food processor and magically make restaurant-quality (or plastic-tub-quality) hummus.
So I did just that.
I dumped a can of chickpeas in my food processor and processed. And I processed. And it tasted like…chickpeas.
Where was the delicious, smooth, spicy hummus I was craving?
‘Cuz it definitely wasn’t in my food processor.
The same thing happened that one time I tried to make chickpea blondies. But that’s a story for a different day.
Friend, I have a serious hummus habit. I could easily plow through a whole 8-ounce tub a day. 15 ounces if I could find that size at my local grocery store.
But my favorite hummus is dangerously close to $5 a tub. (!!!)
And, unfortunately for me, tahini is a star ingredient, which is made from sesame seeds, which is a no-go for me and my sensitive stomach.
So I set out to create a smooth, sesame-seed-free hummus that would just as delicious but not as dangerous for my digestive system.
This hummus is creamy and craveable and totally good for you.
It’s made with:
- Chickpeas, a legume that’s full of protein and fiber, which helps keep you full and keep your blood sugar stable. Chickpeas are chock full of immune-supporting zinc and copper. And studies have shown a possible link between eating chickpeas (and hummus!) and reduced risk for chronic disease and weight loss. Now, where’s that tub….
- Sunflower seed butter, an allergy-friendly alternative to some other butters on the block, is similarly high in protein and healthy fat to standbys like peanut butter and almond butter. But it’s also an excellent source of vitamin E, which is good for balancing cholesterol and improving your immune system, and magnesium, which is a much-needed mineral for our energy, our poop, and our sleep.
- Lemon juice, which is ridiculously high in Vitamin C and an equally awesome source of fiber. Lemons may help with weight loss and in protecting against cancer, digestive troubles, heart disease, and kidney stones. And they smell amazing, which is amazing for your wellbeing.
- Olive oil, all the rage in Mediterranean diets, is a healthy source of fat (yes, really) that’s loaded with antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and anti-cancer and anti-bacterial properties. If you’re getting high-quality extra virgin olive oil, you’re getting a helping hand in the fight against Alzheimer’s, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. And, no, it won’t make you fat. (Yes, really. More on that soon.)
I also added some spices to give it that little extra something special. A little something something. A certain je ne sais quoi.
Dip some cucumbers or carrots in it. Slather it on some toast. Eat it by the spoonful. But definitely make it, my friend.
You know what’s coming next. If you want to save yourself some time and headache, grab the printable of this Hungry Hungry Hummus recipe below. Thank me for your reduced stress and full belly later.