Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Perfect Base Hummus

We are big fans of hummus in this family so I always have some on hand in the fridge.  Nothing beats homemade!  And it's so easy.  Making the perfect base hummus allows you to add other ingredients to create a whole new flavor, for example using cilantro.  But you don't have to rely on beans.  Adding carrots in place of beans, for example, yields a delicious raw hummus.  Pictured above is hummus topped cucumber (served for snack time) - just a little something extra like this can put a fun twist on the everyday dish.  

-2 1/2 cups prepared garbanzo beans (soaked overnight or 24 hours and boiled in filtered water)
-1/3 cup tahini (or more if you like a stronger tahini taste) 
-Juice from 2 lemons 
-1 1/2 teaspoons garlic granules
-3/4 teaspoon salt 
-1/2 cup olive oil 
-Filtered water as needed 

How To:
1.  Add beans & tahini to food processor, pulse a few times
2.  Add lemon juice, salt, garlic and pulse
3.  Drizzle in oil while blending 
4.  At this point you will have a very thick hummus and it will need some water for a creamy consistency, so add in 1/4 cup of filtered water (at a time) until it's creamy and smooth to your liking


  1. gfe--gluten free easilyNovember 27, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Gorgeous hummus appetizers! Who could resist these? ;-)


  2. Hi There Shirley~

    Thanks! They are very cute and my kids really had fun with them; but these would also make a super fun appetizer for an adult party. Can't go wrong with hummus. :-)

    Be Well,

  3. What a great recipe! I know what to do with the tahini I just bought :)

  4. Hi There Laura~


    I adore tahini and find I like a little extra in my hummus. Sounds like we are both big fans. Check out this recipe:
    for a super tasty tahini dressing.

    Be Well,

  5. Laureen @ foxinthekitchenblogNovember 27, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    Hi Amber, I found you through Pinterest (thanks to Shirley of GFE) and I have to agree with her, these appetisers do look gorgeous. I'm going to make these and am looking forward to checking out your other recipes :)

  6. Laureen @ foxinthekitchenblogNovember 27, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    BTW, I love discovering new GF bloggers, I added you to my Link-List page

  7. hi amber-

    i just came across your blog and am really enjoying it.. and i had to comment because i just saw you live in davis, i live here too. nice to see a fellow resident =)


  8. Hi There Laureen,

    Thanks so much! Nice to meet you. I look forward to checking out your blog!!

    Be Well,

  9. Hello Laura,

    Hooray! Thanks for leaving a comment. I hope you find something helpful here on my blog. This summer I am looking into facilitating some cooking classes at the Coop (either here or in Sac) and I'm also in the process of organizing a monthly cooking group. Let me know if you would be interested in something like this. I may advertise over at Farmer's Kitchen. But this is all in the works. Thanks so much for taking a moment to say hello.

    Great to meet you Laura.
    Be Well,



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