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My First Hummus

by Meghann on May 25, 2011

Tonight I crossed another item off of my life wish list….

I made homemade hummus!


I know, I know… you’re thinking – what the heck took you so long!? Homemade hummus is old news.

Well, let me explain.

I love hummus. Specifically fresh, homemade hummus from restaurants. Store bought hummus is ok, but it’s no where near as good as the fresh stuff is. I’ve always been told hummus is super easy to make and takes no time or effort to produce a quick bowl of deliciousness, but there was always one thing that held me back… Tahini.


Don’t even try and tell me you can make hummus without tahini, you just can’t. Trust me. I’ve tried and it blew. Tahini gives the hummus that distinct nutty flavor that takes the creation from plain mushed beans to hummus. Tahini is important for good hummus, but unfortunately it’s also pretty $$$. The high price has always shied me away from purchasing any tahini, therefore muting my hummus making dreams.

Then, something great happened. I discovered this jar of Tahini at Rolling Oats for $5.99! A full $5.00 cheaper than I’ve seen it anywhere else. Sold!


So, I brought the tahini home with hopes of finally making some of my own, high quality hummus. Tonight was the night all my hummus dreams were going to come true. I consulted twitter for advice and came to the conclusion that a classic combo of chickpeas, lemon juice, and tahini was the way to go.

I even peeled the chickpeas per Heather’s recommendation!


FYI: peeling chickpeas is no bueno, but it does result in a creamier hummus.


The peeled chickpeas, lemon juice, and tahini went in the food processor with some rosemary and thyme.


I et it go for a few minutes, but no creamy hummus was had. The chickpeas became chalky and not dry. I wasn’t sure what to do, so I added some olive oil, more lemon juice, and more tahini. Still dry. I added more olive oil. Again, dry. Then I thought to add some water to moisten it up a bit. Finally, it worked!


Oh man, did it work! The hummus was A-MA-ZING. The extra olive oil gave it that great olive oil taste that only enhanced the herbs in the hummus. I had two spoonfuls straight from the processor before I plated myself a serving.


Nevermind peeling the chickpeas, the hummus was incredibly easy to make. Definitely worth the extra effort to make in replace of the so-so store bought stuff. I’m not sure I can go back. πŸ™‚


The hummus was the star of my dinner. I had a huge serving with carrots, cherry tomatoes, and pita for dipping.




For dessert I had a cup of strawberries with the last of my stash of Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Covered edamame.


Next time I’m getting creative with the hummus. Any ideas?

1 Lauren May 25, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Cookie dough Hummus:
It’s really good!
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2 River May 25, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Oooh, good work! I love hummus too. Never had home made though, I suppose I’m missing out!
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3 Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy & Healthy May 25, 2011 at 9:59 pm

I just learned about peeling the chickpeas too and it does make a HUGE difference! I’ve also heard you can make it with chickpea flour which I plan on trying very soon.
My favorite is spinach/artichoke hummus (which I buy constantly and finally decided was cheaper to make myself):
Congrats on your first hummus- it looks delish!

4 Kristen @ Random Ramblings May 25, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Just recently made Green Hummus (Green onion and cilantro)… major yum! Check it out:
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5 Holly @ The Runny Egg May 25, 2011 at 10:01 pm

I’m not a huge hummus fan but I do like roasted red pepper hummus — that is the best.
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6 Jaime May 25, 2011 at 10:04 pm

That is fabulous. How about edamame hummus?

7 Emily May 25, 2011 at 10:06 pm

I like to throw in a chipotle pepper or two, be careful though it can get hot fast! I also like to sometimes use a can of black beans….really anything is great! You’re right you can’t turn back now, homemade is best!

8 Ellen May 25, 2011 at 10:06 pm

my fave is roasted eggplant hummus! it’s like a mix of babaganoush and hummus… so good and creamy.

9 Lauri ( May 25, 2011 at 10:08 pm

I’ve actually never made hummus either… And I have NO excuse other than being lazy and forgetting the chickpeas at the store! But I am going to make it ASAP!!!

I’ve been thinking of trying lavender mixed in… Hmmmm
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10 Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet May 25, 2011 at 10:14 pm

I totally agree with the scary price of tahini, but I think it’s definitely worth an investment. A tiny tub of hummus at the store could cost $5, and you can make at least 20 times as much with a jar of tahini!

I love hummus with jalapenos and cayenne pepper πŸ™‚
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11 Tori (Fresh Fruition) May 25, 2011 at 10:16 pm

That hummus looks AMAZING! I’ve never had home made, but the stuff from Trader Joe’s is pretty yummy!
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12 Christine May 25, 2011 at 10:16 pm

I love cilantro, lime and avocado! And sometimes I use just regular white beans, instead of chickpeas, which works well too. I’ve never used tahini, but now I really want to get some.
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13 Heather May 25, 2011 at 10:17 pm

It’s Really worth the pain! I also love blending in roasted garlic.

14 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food May 25, 2011 at 10:22 pm

You’re so right that peeled chick peas make for a creamier hummus but I am entirely too lazy to do it! πŸ˜›

Looks delish! I would try adding in some red peppers, pesto, lots of lemon, artichokes, black olives, chili peppers…
really the possibilities are endless! πŸ™‚

15 Amy May 25, 2011 at 10:24 pm

I am OBSESSED with tahini. I make tons of hummus, tahini salad dressings, tahini sauces, yadda yadda yadda. But it is expensive, so I started ordering it in bulk from Depending on sales, I generally pay around $30-$35 for six 16 oz. jars, which is SO much cheaper than I can find it in stores. If you decide to make homemade hummus a habit, you might want to check it out! I like this brand:
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16 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) May 25, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Not going to lie… I make a pretty bitchin’ lemon cilantro hummus!
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17 Ashley @ The Drunk Squash May 25, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Delish! Isn’t homemade hummus an amazing realization? I swear, it makes me want to have hummus on EVERYTHING, so tasty.

18 Rebecca May 25, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Never thought to peel the chickpeas, I may have to try that!

I love to add roasted garlic to my hummus. Yum!
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19 Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 25, 2011 at 10:35 pm

I like certain hummus (es?) but tahini? There’s just something about it I don’t like..
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20 Maggie May 25, 2011 at 10:41 pm

I’ve been making my own hummus for a while now and I love it, so easy, so much better, and much more economical! Whole Foods has tahini for about $6/jar in NYC so I have to imagine it’s the same price if not cheaper elsewhere.

I mostly stick to garlic hummus but I’ve also made pizza hummus and guacamole hummus.
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21 Jennifer May 25, 2011 at 10:42 pm

I LOVE making hummus at home, but I always add a ton of garlic to mine. Also, the liquid that the garbanzo beans are sitting in works well in the place of water. Adds more sodium, but give the hummus a good texture.

My favorite recipe that I’ve made is Spinach and Feta Hummus:

22 sarah (sarah learns) May 25, 2011 at 10:48 pm

do you like horseradish? i recently had a horseradish hummus from trader joe’s, and i bet it’d be easy to make – just add horseradish to your normal recipe?

it’s delicious…..if you like horseradish. πŸ™‚
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23 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday May 25, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Try going to an arabic grocery story… the tahini is MUCH cheaper there. I get mine for about $6 for a kilo.
(there’s a picture of the kind I use here:

Also, if you reserve some of the water from when you boil the chickpeas to add to the hummus it will help keep it smooth. Another helpful hint is to boil the shit out of the chickpeas…and then boil them some more. It really really helps.

24 Lauren May 25, 2011 at 10:57 pm

I have NEVER made hummus with tahini and my friends and family RAVE about it everytime. I just add a little more olive oil. You should try making hummus with black beans…delicious! I even combined black beans with an avocado once for black bean hummus/guacamole. Try it!
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25 Angie (Losing It and Loving It) May 25, 2011 at 11:02 pm

I must make my own one day! I can only imagine it’s much tastier and healthier than store bought. Trader Joe’s has two that I like though, one is edamame hummus and the other is horseradish something. They are so good!

Need me some tahini.
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26 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) May 25, 2011 at 11:05 pm

My fav is roasted red pepper hummus. SO GOOD.
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27 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 25, 2011 at 11:23 pm

red pepper hummus!!

Go YOU πŸ™‚

28 Mac May 25, 2011 at 11:23 pm

That tahini is the exact reason I have been shying away from making hummus too! I’m hoping I catch a break like you did sometime soon πŸ™‚
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29 Michelle May 25, 2011 at 11:27 pm

I just tried guacamole hummus for the first time EVER this week (at Hummus House — have you been there?). SO GOOD.
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30 kristin May 25, 2011 at 11:29 pm

my favorite hummus from a place here is apparently made using the soaking liquid from the soaked dried beans they start with. they say that’s their secret ingredient.

31 Rachel @ The Perseverance Diaries May 26, 2011 at 12:01 am

Yum yum! Now you will never want to purchase store bought hummus again, I know I never will!

I like to add fresh sliced jalapenos into my hummus. I just make sure to remove most of the seeds so it’s not insanely fiery. Definitely add a few seeds though for a nice spicy kick. Also, I know this sounds weird but add about two ice cubes in the mix, it makes it really creamy, just trust me on this one! πŸ™‚
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32 Alaina May 26, 2011 at 12:11 am

I got this idea from Cara’s (Cara’s Cravings) blog!! It’s sooo good!
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33 Amy @ May 26, 2011 at 1:32 am

Ah everything on this post looks like food porn between the hummus and that bowl of amazing berries! Good for you for making your own hummus. I actually just tried white bean hummus for the first time like last week! Amazesauce!
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34 Leelu May 26, 2011 at 2:28 am

The best part about homemade hummus is that it’s 100% customizable. I’ve had so much fun experimenting with different flavors and textures – buying it is such a boring option now.
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35 Brenna [fabuleuxdestin] May 26, 2011 at 3:01 am

I’ve never made hummus either because I don’t have a food processor! Xmas list starts now!
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36 Orla May 26, 2011 at 5:22 am

I make my own hummus every week & have become an old hand at it! the best thing to ensure real creaminess is to reserve a little of the liquid that the chickpeas come in and add that instead of adding more olive oil. It makes such a difference. I make mine with chickpeas, 2 tbsp tahini, juice of one – one and a half lemons, 2 cloves of garlic, a pinch of salt, olive oil and some of the liquid from the jar – it depends on the type of tahini I use as to how much liquid I use.
Also, I can’t believe that Hummus is so expensive. I would never pay more that €4 which is about $5.20.

37 Sam May 26, 2011 at 6:20 am

I’ve been wanting to try homemade humus for some time now but have continued to fall back on the convenience of store bought. This post has definitely encouraged me to give it a go. Time to search for some cheep tahini!

38 Lauren May 26, 2011 at 6:54 am

I always am so happy when I actually decide to make my own hummus. It’s so easy and always delicious.
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39 Hope May 26, 2011 at 8:09 am

I’ve never made hummus before! I never realized how easy it is to make it! I’m sure it’s a lot cheaper and healthier to make it at home. So cool! Congrats on making your first batch of hummus! My favorite hummus is spinach and artichoke. Maybe try incorporating artichokes and spinach? πŸ™‚ Yum!
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40 Hannah Hawley May 26, 2011 at 8:16 am

Take your basic recipe and then add to taste:

~ Roasted Red Peppers and Feta.
~ Roasted Garlic
~ Chipotle Peppers
~ Spinach and Artichoke
~ Roasted Eggplant and Roasted Garlic
~ Parsley and Raw Garlic (gives it a kick)
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41 Jamie @ A Healthy J.D. May 26, 2011 at 8:17 am

Some tahini is really expensive, but I’ve found Joyva to be the least expensive and you can usually find it at most Publixes and Walmarts. Also, unsweetened natural peanut butter is a great substitute for tahini. It may sound weird but I promise (so long as it’s not sweetened at all) the nuttiness is pretty similar to tahini. On a sidenote, adding canned pumpkin to hummus is also amazing and a great fall version. You can sweeten it slightly or use some cayenne pepper and cinnamon to spice it up. Hummus is so wonderfully versatile πŸ™‚

Also, I second the recommendation of preserving the liquid from the chickpeas to use, I always end up using quite a bit of it to transform thick, chalky hummus into creamy wonderful hummus πŸ™‚

42 Halley (Blunder Construction) May 26, 2011 at 8:40 am

Try added caramelized onions or sweet potato to the hummus! I’ve made both with success!
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43 Halley (Blunder Construction) May 26, 2011 at 8:41 am

And dessert hummus via the Wannabe Chef!!!

44 Beth @ DiningAndDishing May 26, 2011 at 8:54 am

Yes, I didn’t realize how important proportions are with hummus til I made it for the first time! Kind of tricky. My dad usually takes his hummus, splits it in three and pulses a different flavor into each. For instance roasted garlic/sundried tomato/basil. Makes for a pretty and interesting dish!

45 Mimi May 26, 2011 at 8:58 am

I second roasted red pepper! It’s delish!
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46 Laura @ Starting Out Fit May 26, 2011 at 9:05 am

Homemade hummus rocks!! πŸ˜‰

47 Courtney May 26, 2011 at 9:13 am

YUM! I need to make that ASAP πŸ˜›
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48 Faith @ lovelyascharged May 26, 2011 at 9:43 am

I’ve never made hummus either for the same reason! If I were you, though, next time I’d add in some garlic paste and sundried tomatoes!
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49 Katy Widrick May 26, 2011 at 10:26 am

I agree that tahini is important…but we often use peanut butter or almond butter instead of tahini and it gives it an amazing, nutty creamy taste…

50 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen May 26, 2011 at 11:17 am

I WILL tell you that you can make hummus without tahini. But I will also tell you to look for a local co-op or other natural foods store that has tahini sold by weight (with the freshly ground nut butters). It’s the best! [Tahini can go rancid pretty quickly I’ve heard…]
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51 chrissy May 26, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I’ve been making Hummus since I could practically walk (I’m Lebanese and it just comes with the culture :)) and I agree with everyone who said to save some of the garbanzo bean liquid. Per 2 cans of garbanzos, I usually use about 3/4 of the liquid from one of those cans for the batch.

Another thing…When you said your beans were chalky…I truly believe that store label brands do not have as high of quality beans. They are always drier and smaller…I almost always use Progresso beans. They are always plumper, moister, and result in a much creamier hummus…I have never had to peel mine if I use Progresso. I also go crazy with the garlic! Mmmmm

52 Angie May 26, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Not sure if someone already suggested this (sorry…not enough time to read all of the comments), but I’ve made hummus with some of the liquid the beans come in. This should help the hummus avoid being so dry and allow you to use less olive oil. Good luck!

53 Angie May 26, 2011 at 2:04 pm

And of course, I guess I should’ve looked at the comment that is RIGHT BEFORE MINE which also recommends the bean liquid. It’s one of those days…

54 Meg in CT May 26, 2011 at 2:19 pm

My favorite add-ins for hummus are coarsely chopped kalamata olives and artichoke hearts. Deeeelish!
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55 Sarah L May 26, 2011 at 2:35 pm

LOVE homemade hummus! Some of my favorite additions lately are chipotle tabasco sauce (not nearly as hot as the regular) and liquid smoke – a little goes a long way! I’ve also experimented with adding a bit of BBQ sauce. Oh, and roasted garlic is a must!

56 Juli D. May 26, 2011 at 4:38 pm

My favorite hummuses (hummi?) to make are: Roasted Red Pepper, Jalapeno, Honey Curry, Black Bean Olive and the standard w/extra garlic. If you’re interested in a recipe, I get most of them for but you can also google or let me know and I’ll send the links!
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57 Heather May 26, 2011 at 4:47 pm

I’ve made it a couple of times and instead of removing the skins, I read to heat the beans before you make it and mine came out smooth and creamy without all that work.

58 BroccoliHut May 26, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Homemade hummus is a way of life for me! My favorites are Green Goddess Hummus and Pumpkin Hummus!
Here is a full list of my hummus recipes, if you’re interested!

59 laurrreng May 26, 2011 at 10:38 pm

i absolutely, totally, irrefutably adore roasted beet hummus. and i don’t even like beets but this is just so dang good. plus it comes out a pretty pink color and goodness knows i like food more when it comes in pleasing colors. here’s the link to the recipe i use:

buuuuut i CANNOT stand tahini so i never use it when i make hummus and i still think it defo comes out really yummy anyways.

60 Anne @ Your Kind of Salad May 27, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Hooray for Hummus!
I’m surprised to hear you say that tahini is so expensive, I’ve never paid more than $5-$6 dollars for it…..try looking in the peanut butter aisle as “sesame seed butter” – that’s all it is. Or try in a local Middle Eastern food store, sometimes things are cheaper there.

Also – little tip, add half of chickpea liquid from the can to your mix, it adds the perfect amount of moisture without having to add too much oil.


61 Renee May 29, 2011 at 12:44 am

A blog I follow, Fat Free Vegan, just posted “Shiny Happy Carrot Hummus” ( and has links at the bottom of that post to some of her other recipes:

Green Olive Hummus
Almost-Instant Hummus Ghanoush
Spicy Red Pepper Hummus and a Movie
Chipotle Chickpea Dip
Cucumber Hummus
regular Low-Fat Hummus

I haven’t tried any of them, but I thought you might enjoy!

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