There is a prideful satisfaction I get when I whip up homemade creations I would typically purchase in a store.  For instance, making homemade ice cream, which tastes better than anything I can buy, makes me happy.  Or baking scratch layer cakes that rival the local bakeries.

I believe many people shy away from cooking or baking in the kitchen because they feel a recipe might be too much work to even bother.  In some cases this argument is true.  But in other instances, homemade dishes are often easier than many people may believe.

This is the case with homemade hummus.  Hummus is a spread or dip made from cooked garbanzo beans (chickpeas) and blended with a few other ingredients.  A very popular spread in the Middle East and the United States, hummus is generally served with pita bread and cut raw vegetables.

Today’s recipe is for a basic hummus spread perfect for snacking during a summer heat wave.  This is also a great recipe for kids to help make.  Just toss everything in a food processor or blender, and it’s ready. Enjoy!

Quick notes

*Tahini can be found for very inexpensive at your local ethnic grocery store specializing in Mediterranean or Arab foods.

Recipe: Easy Hummus Recipe

  • Prep Time: 8 min(s)
  • Total Time: 8 min(s)

A popular dip/spread made from garbanzo beans.

Ingredients

    • One - 15.5 ounce can garbanzo beans
    • 2-3 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste)
    • 2-3 cloves garlic
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • pinch of salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (optional)
    • water, as needed

Instructions

    • In a blender or food processor puree all the ingredients except the water. Gradually, slowly add enough water until you reach your desired consistency.

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  • http://www.thescramble.com Aviva Goldfarb

    Looks so good! I also discovered recently that you can make a delicious salad dressing with tahini, garlic, lemon and a little salt and honey.

  • mhg

    My daughter is allergic to sesames but before we found out we gave her hummus and she loved it. Any way we an skip tahini or substitute it with something else?