I think of hummus as a protein-powered condiment that can be used as a spread over burgers and sandwiches, or scooped into a big bowl with a colorful bowl of vegetables. Commonly made with tahini and olive oil (more on that later), hummus is truly a simple and healthy snack. My recipe below is a great base for adding more flavors, if you’d like.

Making Perfect Homemade Hummus

Chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) are the main ingredient in hummus. These beans are nutrient-dense, loaded with antioxidants and a good source of protein and fiber. In a nutshell, chickpeas are a good source of fiber, magnesium, iron, copper and folate. The fiber not only helps you feel fuller longer, but it also helps to improve beneficial bacteria in your gut. Fiber in snacks is key! The rest of the micronutrients in chickpeas are beneficial to overall metabolism and health. If you have an extra can of chickpeas in your cabinet and want to make another great snack, try these Crunchy Chickpeas. They’re delicious.

Why buy what you can make cheaper and healthier?
Here is a really simple recipe for hummus that anyone can whip up in five minutes with a few basic ingredients.

An Easy Recipe for a Perfectly Simple and Healthy Snack: Hummus

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An Easy Recipe for a Perfectly Simple and Healthy Snack: Hummus

Hummus with carrot sticks. Top view over white timber.


  • Hummus
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp tahini (sesame paste)
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1 1/4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • a dash of sea salt


  1. Simply blend all ingredients until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately with fresh-cut veggies and pita, or store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to three days.


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