The first time I tried hummus? Not. A. Fan. I couldn’t even tell you now what I didn’t like about it (it was years and years ago) but I can for sure tell you I didn’t like it. Fast forward to this month when Kiddo’s BFF’s mom made it at her house. Seeing as how it’d been years and years I wanted to try it again, so I sort of held my breath and took a bite. YUM! I don’t know what the difference is, but now I can’t get enough of the stuff.

Vanessa sent me her recipe so I made a big batch of this for last night. Halloween night at our place is hanging out with the neighbors on the front porch with food and wine while we hand out candy; we don’t go trick or treating because Kiddo doesn’t like candy (of course) so we just make it into a party (and I LOVE it!). In the three and a half seconds I spent looking in the grocery store I couldn’t find the tahini Vanessa’s recipe called for so I used natural peanut butter instead, a la Alton Brown.



  • Gather up:
  • 1 can chick peas (drain, keep 1/3 c of liquid)
  • 1/3 cup natural peanut butter (or tahini)
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, peeled or a couple spoonfuls of jarred minced garlic
  • Healthy pinch of salt
  • Cayenne pepper to taste


  1. Put everything but the chickpeas in a food processor and process till garlic is well chopped
  2. Add in chickpeas and process till smooth and give it a taste — adjust salt and cayenne as desired
  3. Chill; eat with pita chips and/or baby carrots

9 thoughts on “Hummus

  1. You forgot to mention your awesome tip–refrigerating the chickpeas so you won’t have to be a patient person and wait for it to get cold. THAT is exactly the kind of common-sense solution that always escapes me! So glad you like it. I refuse to look up any nutritional info on this–in my brain, it’s health food. 🙂 Chips and all.

  2. Yep. Its health food for me to 🙂 I was the same, really thought it was disgusting the first time I tried Hummus…, but just like you, years later I tried & Mmmmm, not bad at all. Taste buds change & grow & ones palate expands.

  3. Looooove humous 🙂 Love love love it. If you can’t find tahini (or if it’s prohibitively expensive, like at my local grocery store) it’s extremely easy to make at home. Just buy a couple cups of bulk sesame seeds and grind the living daylights out of them in the food processor. If you want your tahini a bit runnier add an oil (vegetable, canola, sesame, olive…). I make it in batches of ~1 cup sesame seeds with a tablespoon or so of olive oil and freeze it for months on end.

  4. I love to eat my hummus with mushrooms — freshly sliced. Save myself the calories so I can eat more hummus instead of worrying about the chips! 🙂 Plus, the hummus taste really shines through!

  5. I always loved hummus with pita, but this is a pumped up version of the regular hummus and honestly I’m not sure I will just have the regular after trying this. It’s really good and I served it soft of as an appetizer and everyone loved it – even the kiddos!!

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