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Snack Attack: Make Your Own Hummus

You can buy hummus just about anywhere these days, but nothing compares to the taste when it's freshly made. And it's really easy to make — the hardest part is buying all of the ingredients.

What You'll Need:

  • 1 can of garbanzo beans (chick peas)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced (you can always use more)
  • 1 - 2 tbsp tahini (it's made out of ground up sesame seeds)
  • Juice from 1/3 of a lemon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Place all of the ingredients in a blender for a few minutes, or until the mixture is creamy and smooth.

Serve in a bowl with fresh vegetables and sliced pita bread. Or even better, try it with homemade pita chips. This would also be a great snack to have while watching the Super Bowl.

Fit's Tips: This is a basic recipe, so play around with it - add your own special ingredients like grated carrots or artichoke hearts.

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nikkiktamu nikkiktamu 9 years
I just tried this recipe today and loved it! i cant wait to try differnt variations on this. I forgot to get garlic at the store, but a little bit of garlic powder worked fine. a little advice- dont drain the can of chickpeas cause it wont blend very easily in the blender without the liquid.
Megamega2k Megamega2k 10 years
My favorite hummus I've made is basically the same as above with feta cheese and spinach.
SU3 SU3 10 years
Awesome - I've been looking for the recipe for hummus! Thanks!!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
Thanks bright eyes. I took the recipe above and added one tablesppon hot sauce. nummy. i was thinking a tbalespoon or two of plain yogurt would make it a bit more creamy but will try that next time i make it. _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
brighteyes097 brighteyes097 10 years
Homemade tahini is a snap, too. If you can't find it in your local grocery store, just toast sesame seeds for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees then blend together with canola oil until you have a thick paste. I don't think hummus tastes the same without it.
suzanne suzanne 10 years
I made this recipe last weekend - my first try at hummus... it was really good! (Hey, "I heart monster" That was a joke right ;))
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 10 years
Everytime I try to make hummus, I end up burning the stuff - any tips anyone?
Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt 10 years
I have everything but the tahini, I need to get me some. Hubby loves hummus! _________________________________________________ *I wanna sparklies in my guestbook...bwwwaaahhhh *
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
:drool: gosh tt looks so good
Fergie-Ferg Fergie-Ferg 10 years
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
I used to think my college roommate made great hummus until my hubs made it for me. Damn, was that good.
Moni-B Moni-B 10 years
If you don't have tahini on hand, and you're not allergic to peanuts, you can use peanut butter instead. The tahini is used as a thickening agent for the hummus. ~M~
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
Good to know TV junkie and chibarosa, thanks! I'm all in.
tvjunkie45 tvjunkie45 10 years
It tastes just as good without the tahini, if you can't find it.
chibarosa chibarosa 10 years
At my grocery store, they stock the tahini next to the peanut butter and Nutella. (mmmm..Nutella)
Fitness Fitness 10 years
It's just so easy to make - I love that you can change up the recipe and add your favorite extra ingredients. I try to make some with extra garlic if I feel a cold coming on.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
Thanks BlueJeannie and 3Sweeties! I'm all in.
DStirk DStirk 10 years
i can't wait to try this either... i always see recipes and never know if they are worth the shot, but i trust ya fit!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Mmmmm pico de gallo. My fav.
3Sweeties 3Sweeties 10 years
cravin, you can get tahini at a regular grocery store too. Where I shop, it is with marinades and sauces. If you store carries things like gourmet olives, flavored oils and vinegars and other things like that, they probably have tahini to. Find someone who likes to cook that works at the store, and ask them where. Or ask a cashier that has worked there for a long time!
SaraSmile SaraSmile 10 years
I love hummus! I like to eat it mixed with fresh pico de gallo.
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
you can buy tahini at any co-op or 'natural' grocery store. it's also at farmers markers. i love making hummus, i do it on a weekly basis and i made it for my wedding. :drool: my favorite things to add are sun dried tomatoes and olives. it sounds weird, hummus is really good on tart apple slices like granny smith. mmmmm
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
My mom makes the best hummus. Another idea is to throw in some roasted red peppers. If you are getting them from a jar/can, be sure to drain off the oil they are stored in.
Sweet-Adeline Sweet-Adeline 10 years
I have made it before and I love the fresh homemade taste.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
Where does one buy tahini?
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