This is for the hummus lovers that do not own a food processor or a professional blender. This is for the everyday mom who wants to save money and whip together their favourite hummus dip at ease. And fast.
Don’t get me wrong, I will be buying a food processor sometime soon, but at the moment I work with what I have. For smoothies, I use my classic beehive blender that is very inexpensive and does exactly what I need it to do. However, without enough liquid, it does struggle, and therefore doesn’t have the power that let’s say a Vitamix would have (saving up for this as we speak!)
However, if you do own a high end food processor (this one is half off right now), then by all means use the ingredients in this recipe and blend away! You’ll be left with a smooth consistency of mouthwatering hummus. Okay, I might just run out and buy one now!
I’ve kind of always been in love with hummus – when I was pregnant the first time, the second time, and when I introduced it to both of my babies. As early as 6 months old, I introduced my girls solids, and this was one of them. By the time they turned one, I had them eating it with crackers or veggies.
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Our favourite veggies to dip are fresh cucumber, red, green, or yellow peppers, and carrots. You may wash and prepare fresh broccoli florets, cauliflower, or celery sticks. Another great option is heating whole wheat pita bread, or naan bread in the oven until crispy.
Serve when guests are over, impress, entertain, and don’t forget to brag that you made this hummus yourself. It’s high in iron and a great healthy snack for the whole family. Add it to your child’s lunchbox, or make a habit of snacking on this in the new year.
- 1 can chickpeas rinsed
- 1-3 cloves garlic
- ½ cup water
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- juice of ½ a lemon
- ½ tsp cumin
- ½ tsp salt
- In a microwave safe bowl, heat the chickpeas on for 2-3 minutes, until soft and tender.
- Mash the chickpeas with a potato masher until desired consistency (the more you heat the chickpeas, the easier it is to mash).
- In a blender, mix garlic and water.
- Add mixture to chickpeas. Add lemon, olive oil, and spices. Mash and mix some more.
- Top with fresh cilantro, olive oil, and red pepper flakes (optional)