Garlic Basil Hummus

Happy November!  Happy day-after-Halloween!

I figured — since most of us probably nibbled on one or two too many pieces of candy yesterday — I should lighten things up a bit here today.  For you, not for me.  I’m going to stock up on discounted candy as soon as I publish this post. 😉

Let’s talk hummus.  I’m pretty sure it creeped me out until age… 22?  I wanted nothing to do with a healthy dip made from ground beans, especially if ranch dip was an alternative.  But then I stumbled upon Trader Joe’s hummus, and all of the wonderful flavors — and I haven’t looked back since.  Hummus is delicious!

I usually buy my hummus, but since I’m now a doctoral student on fairly limited funds, I decided a couple weeks ago I should invest in some tahini and try to make my own hummus.  I once made hummus without tahini, but it wasn’t very creamy.

Oh, what a difference tahini makes. 🙂

I have a hugeeee basil plant — that is on its last legs because I keep forgetting to water it! — so I decided to make a simple garlic basil hummus.  It may be simple, but it’s delicious.

I’ve been enjoying it with crackers and pretzels, veggies, and even on top of salads.

Yay for homemade hummus!  I can’t wait to start making other homemade varieties.

[print_this]Garlic Basil Hummus

Simple homemade hummus flavored with garlic and fresh basil.  

Makes about 1 3/4 cups

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: n/a

  • 1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Handful of fresh basil
  • Dash of salt

Combine all of the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor.  Mix until smooth.[/print_this]

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4 thoughts on “Garlic Basil Hummus”

  1. now THIS is a hummus I can get on board with. of course I am a friend to ALL hummus varieties – its the kinds with a ton of flavor the reel me right in. I prefer it super-garlic-y and the addition of basil just brings everything together. And yes, I love your little fish dish too Liz!!! So darn cute! You have to try making roasted red pepper hummus at home next time – that is my favorite kind to make in the kitchen!

    1. Haha, of course you recommended I make roasted red pepper, and that is just what I did yesterday afternoon! Mind reader! (and PS, it is sooo good!)

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