Friday, August 24, 2012

Easy Homemade Hummus Recipe ~ Akin to Trader Joe's

Homemade hummus has been one of those unconquered challenges for years.  My kids actually like hummus, but only the plain Trader Joe's kind.  I've tried and tried and tried to mimic it to no avail.  Until today.  Huzzah!  And it was so simple!  Now the kids get this in their lunches at least once a week along with carrots, cucumbers, or bell peppers to dip in it.  Hummus also works as a lovely spread for sandwiches and wraps.

Plain & Simple Hummus
Prep time: 5 minutes, Yields: about 2.5 cups
  • 2 cups cooked garbanzo beans (or chickpeas)
  • 3 cloves garlic (if you are using a high-speed blender like the vita-mix, there's no need to peel them.  Just toss 'em in!)
  • juice from 1 lemon (about 1/4 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  1. Put all ingredients in a blender (you will get the smoothest results in a high-speed blender like a vita-mix).  Blend on high until desired consistency.  You might need to use the agitator to help the blending process.  If you want a thinner hummus, add a little more olive oil or a splash of water, but don't go overboard or it will get too runny.
  2. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freeze for later use.  Use as a dip for veggies, pita bread, or chips, or as spread on sandwiches and wraps.


  1. Hummus is the best! Yum, I need to make some this week! :)

  2. hummus is one of our favorite lunch foods. so so easy to make!

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  3. So, you use straight up sesame seeds instead of tahini?

  4. Yep! Tahini is pricey and it's only sesame seeds, lemon juice, and olive oil. So I just toss them in with the other hummus ingredients and blend it all together at once. Much cheaper and more fresh. :)

  5. I'm so excited to make this! I'm just wondering if you soak these like you do the pinto beans in your refried bean recipe? (which was delish) I'm new to cooking beans so any tips you have would be great.

  6. Hi Sarah!
    Yes, I soak the chick peas just like I do the pintos for refried beans. Also be sure to use hulled garbanzos/chick peas (ones with the skins off). They will look dark if the skins are on, so you'll want to look for tan-colored ones. Enjoy!

  7. Yum! Have to give this a whirl, since we love TJ's hummus...

  8. Can you use canned chickpeas? That's what I have in my pantry...

  9. I'm so excited! I've tried so many homemade hummus recipes over the years and none have been able to compete w/TJ's. this is so easy and tastes great! Thank you!!!


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