Once you see how easy it is to whip up a batch of hummus, you’ll find it hard to ever pay $2.99 again for an eight ounce container.  This recipe makes about 16 ounces of hummus for about half the price of 8 ounces.  Good deal!  And you add your own oil and leave off any preservatives, so it’s an all-around more wholesome alternative. Pair it with a platter of cut veggies and you have an excellent contribution to parties and potlucks!  It’s also a handy meal-on-the-go.  And kids love it!

gluten free recipes easy - hummus


15 oz. can chickpeas (drained)*

juice of 1 lemon (1/4 cup)

2-3 Tbsp. tahini

1-2 cloves garlic

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1/8 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. olive oil

Puree all ingredients in a food processor until smooth, adding some water or liquid from the canned beans if too thick.  Before serving, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with paprika.

* or 2 cups cooked chickpeas/garbanzo beans

Optional: The amount of lemon juice, garlic, tahini and salt can be adjusted to your taste.

Serve with cut veggies and/or tortilla chips.

Crackers and flatbreads also go great with this dip.

© 2010 Kim Wilson,

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  1. Maxwell Beattie on July 12, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    This hummus is great I eat it all the time!

  2. Raquel Garner on October 27, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Where would I even begin to look for tahini?

    • Kim Wilson on October 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm

      Tahini is available in most grocery stores now- either in the natural foods section or in the ethnic section. It is ground sesame paste (kind of like sesame peanut butter).

  3. Laurie Neumann on May 16, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    We love hummus! We mainly have it on wraps and tacos. Not only does it taste good, but it’s a good source of protein.

    Thanks for sharing, Kim.

  4. Julie on September 16, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Sesame is also an allergen. Will it taste good without it or should I try sunflower butter?

    • Kim Wilson on September 24, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      You can leave out the tahini, just add a bit more olive oil, since the tahini makes it creamier. I wouldn’t recommend substituting sunflower butter. I tried cashew butter in an emergency once, and it just didn’t fly!

  5. Jenny Talbott on March 1, 2015 at 2:10 am

    I have tried several “homemade” hummus recipes but to me this one tastes like what you get in the store . The others I’ve made always seemed like they had an ingrediant missing even though I added all that was listed in the ingredient list. I just love it and so does the rest of the family. It’s regularly made in our house. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Kim Wilson on March 3, 2015 at 5:14 pm

      Thanks. That’s just about the best comment I could hope to get!

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