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Have you ever tried hummus before? Did you like it? I’ve found that you either really like hummus, or you really don’t. There’s usually not an in-between. For me, I used to be in the “hate-the-stuff” camp, but after trying fresh hummus, made in my very own blender, I can tell you that I am now part of the “love-the-stuff” camp.
For me, fresh hummus makes all the difference in the world. The pre-packaged hummus at the grocery store is nice, simply because it’s convenient. But, let it be known that this recipe for hummus literally took me less than five minutes from start to finish and it’s delicious! The difference in taste from pre-packaged to fresh is enough that I’ll happily take 5 minutes of my day every once in a while to whip up some Classic Hummus!
Did I mention it’s healthy too? While it’s healthy, it’s still important to measure how much you’re eating. About 1 tablespoon of hummus contains 25 calories. If you pair the hummus with some fresh veggies, it turns into a great snack. I also like to use it on wraps and sandwiches in place of mayo. A little goes a long way!
So what is hummus actually made of? The answer is garbanzo beans, also known as chick peas. This recipe includes 6 simple ingredients, and they all just get thrown into the blender. You start with two cans of garbanzo beans, sesame seeds, garlic, cumin, olive oil, and a fresh squeeze of lemon juice. I bought my sesame seeds in bulk at a spice store, but you can also find them in the international foods aisle of your grocery store, and in the spice section. At my grocery store, the sesame seeds in the international foods aisle were significantly cheaper than the ones in the spice section, so definitely check out both.
I made this in my powerful Vita-Mix blender with great success. In fact, I got the recipe from the cookbook that came with the blender when I purchased it. If you have a powerful blender like Vita-Mix or a Blendtec, you will have great success with this recipe too. Because I haven’t tried this recipe in a standard blender, I really don’t know how it will turn out, so if you try it, please report back! This recipe yields almost 4 cups of hummus.
- 2 cans garbanzo beans- 1 drained, 1 with liquid
- 1/4 cup raw sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- Juice from 1 lemon
- 1 garlic clove, peeled
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- Salt to taste
- Place all ingredients in your blender in the order listed. Turn machine on to high. If you’re using a Vita-Mix, use the tamper to make sure all of the ingredients get pushed into the blades.
- Blend for about 1 minute on high.
- Season with salt if desired.