Hummus Basic Recipe

Oh, what a nice three day weekend I had. That one extra day off from work makes me feel like I get so much more accomplished on my “must do” list, PLUS I leisurely slept in and managed to fit runs into each day! Love that!

After a run, I try to replenish my body with nutrients right away, usually with a smoothie. I’m never super hungry after working out, but I know my body needs something. My hubby on the other hand is not a smoothie kind of guy. I know, I don’t get it either. 😉

hummus basic recipe
Hummus served with chopped vegetables and multi grain sliders

Yesterday he was putting in way more miles than me (18!), so I wanted to prepare something that he could snack on until he got an appetite. What has plenty of protein to feed the muscles? Hummus! There is about 3 grams of protein per tablespoon. It’s so filling and tasty! Once you learn this hummus basic recipe you can vary your ingredients and make the same flavors you see in the stores; olives, sun dried tomatoes, cilantro.

This takes some mixing power for a smooth texture, so use a food processor or a heavy duty blender. My Ninja blender worked like a pro!

hummus basic recipe
I removed the skin from each bean, which added a few more minutes. Leave them on if you prefer.

Hummus, Basic and Spinach

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1 1/2 cups
Author: Sandra @ The Foodie Affair


  • 1 15 ounce can of garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium garlic clove peeled and smashed
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup water add additional tablespoons as needed for smooth consistency
  • Salt to taste
  • Drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil
  • Dash of paprika


  • Place beans, garlic, lemon juice, tahini, water and pinch of salt in the food processor or blender. Process until smooth. Adding more water as needed for desired consistency.
  • Place in a bowl and drizzle olive oil and sprinkle with paprika. Serve with chopped vegetables, crackers or a variety of breads.


After making the basic recipe, I halved it. Served part plain. The the remaining hummus, I added a handful of baby spinach, removing the stems, and blended until it was smooth.


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Recipe adapted from here.

hummus basic recipe
I’ll be packing some up for my afternoon snack.

What is Tahini? It’s made from sesame seeds, ground into a paste. You can grind your own, but more and more grocery stores are carrying it. Usually in the ethnic or health food sections. I also see it near the peanut and almond butters.

The basic hummus is good just as it is, but go ahead and experiment. Add your favorite flavor creating a signature dip. How about throwing in a mixture of olives, roasted red bell peppers, pesto or chili?

hummus basic recipe
Spinach Hummus

I added spinach, punching up the nutrients a bit. Hummus is filling and a great snack between meals!

Feeling adventurous now that you have the basics down? You might also be interested in this Sun Dried Tomato, Avocado, Spinach Hummus from The Kitchen Chopper!

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Creamy Spinach Hummus

Looking forward to my afternoon snack….

Hugs Sandra Signature

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  1. How annoying is it to remove the skins from chickpeas? Suuuuper annoying, am I right? WORTH it , though. Tahini is extra hard to find here which is why I have to spend $4.99 on little bitty containers of hummus- homemade is so much better! Yours looks AWESOME. Love the spinach. Bet your husband was a happy guy!

    1. I almost said, the heck with it, and kept the skin on. Then I started rolling the beans between my hands to loosen the skin, which worked well and much quicker way to peel! It probably tastes the same with or without, just smoother without.