If you’ve been following Healthish Foodie, you might have noticed that I have a thing for chickpeas. Maybe it’s because they are somewhat mysterious–are they a bean or legume? Maybe it’s because of how nutritional they are. Honestly, could you pack any more potassium into these little guys? Or maybe it’s because of how versatile they are and you can make so many delicious foods with them. Who knows? One thing I am sure about though is that when blended, chickpeas turn into the most delicious healthy dip–hummus!
Hummus is pretty healthy by itself, but I promise you that it will help you eat more veggies as well. Carrots sticks are cool, but carrot sticks with hummus are AWESOME!! Chickpeas are a great source of plant protein as well so hummus is a perfect snack to keep you fuller longer. (And did I mention their potassium?? Wowzer!)
I have seen many varieties of hummus in the grocery store with fancy ingredients and an expensive price tag. Maybe I’m just cheap, but why pay four dollar for a small container of blended chickpeas when a can is only one dollar and you can blend them at home yourself? It’s literally just that easy!
To make a basic hummus, add chickpeas to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth, adding water as needed. Then I like to add a little lemon or lime juice, cumin and garlic. That’s it!
That is just a basic recipe, but be open to adding fancy extras to create a more jazzy flavor. For example, sun dried tomatoes, roasted red pepper, roasted garlic. Add some salsa and make it spicy! Get creative and make your unique flavor.
If you are intrigued as much as I am by chickpeas try my Crunchy Homemade Chick Nuggets. The real challenge is trying not to eat them all!
Easy Homemade Hummus
- 1 can chickpeas (about 2 cups)
- 1/2 tbs cumin
- 1/2 tbs garlic powder
- juice of 1 lime or lemon
- olive oil for topping
- water as needed
- Add chickpeas to a blender or food processor and blend until you reach a creamy consistency. adding water as needed.
- Then mix in spices and top with olive oil. Enjoy!