Easy 5-Ingredient Hummus Recipe

Easy 5-Ingredient Hummus Recipe

 Homemade hummus and cut up veggies — some from my garden! — is one of my favorite healthy snacks.

Homemade hummus and cut up veggies — some from my garden! — is one of my favorite healthy snacks.

I love hummus! It's delicious and packed with nutrients, and it's so easy to make at home. I admit I buy prepared hummus on occasion, but it really is more cost effective to make it yourself — plus, you can't really beat the fresher taste, right?

First, let's talk about ingredients. Chickpeas are the same as garbanzo beans, so if you get to the grocery store and can't find a can of chickpeas, grab the can labeled "garbanzo beans." It's literally the same thing, just a different name designed to mess you up. Next up — tahini. If you're new to making hummus, you might wonder what the heck tahini is. It's a Middle Eastern paste made from ground sesame seeds, and it's found close by where the peanut butter is in your grocery store.

 These are the ingredients you might not be familiar with.

These are the ingredients you might not be familiar with.

And the smoked paprika? Y'ALL. If you have a Trader Joe's in your area, go and look for the South African Smoke Seasoning Blend. It's changed my world. I put it on eggs (it's divine on deviled eggs), on avocado toast, on hummus — you name it, this seasoning blend will make it better. It tends to be considered a seasonal item, so TJ's might not always have it — so when you see it, buy about eleventy million of them. (If you can't find it, just use your favorite smoked paprika spice.)

Okay, so here's the recipe!

INGREDIENTS

(1) 15-oz. can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans, drained but with 1 T. liquid set aside

1 garlic clove, minced

1 T. lemon juice

1/4 c. tahini

2 T. extra virgin olive oil

Smoked paprika (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Combine first four ingredients plus 1 T. of reserved liquid in a food processor and process until slightly chunky. Add the 2 T. of extra virgin olive oil and process until smooth. Transfer to serving bowl and drizzle with more olive oil if desired, and top with a sprinkling of smoked paprika. Enjoy with raw veggies or pita chips.

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