Homemade Hummus

It’s great with crackers, chips, raw veggies, and spread on sandwiches, its hummus! This healthy dip has gained substantial popularity over the past few years, becoming a food eaten by many. Buying a container of hummus at the grocery store can cost anywhere from $2.69- $4.39. Why not make your own at home? Not only does it tend to be cheaper, but it can be fun to create your own varieties and flavor combinations.

There are a few staple ingredients in any hummus recipe: tahini (a paste created from ground sesame seeds), olive oil, beans (traditionally, chickpeas), cumin, salt, and lemon or lime juice. You can get creative by using different kinds of beans, herbs and spices, and adding other extra ingredients. Some unique examples include beet hummus, edamame hummus, pumpkin hummus, and avocado hummus. The sky is the limit!

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Directions: To make one standard-sized container of hummus, pulse one can of beans in a food processor until smooth. Add 2 tbsp of tahini, 1 tsp cumin, juice from 1/2 a lemon (most recipes) or lime (more common with black bean hummus), a dash of salt, and 1 tbsp olive oil. Pulse until well combined. Spoon into tupperware, and refrigerate.

I chose to make black bean hummus because it is my favorite. I followed the steps above, then added chopped cilantro from the garden, and a few jalapenos for a kick.

I chose to make black bean hummus because it is my favorite. I followed the steps above, then added chopped cilantro from the garden, and a few jalapenos for a kick before pulsing in the processor one last time. I garnished the top with a little more chopped cilantro.

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