Enjoy snacking the Mediterranean way

Healthy Homemade Hummus

Hummus is a delicious spread or dip made from chickpeas, tahini, lemon, and garlic. Originating in the Middle East, hummus is served with pita bread, veggies, chicken dishes, and even in wraps and sandwiches. This nutritious side dish is packed with plant-based protein, iron, and fiber.

This recipe uses fresh, vegan ingredients to create a healthy bowl of hummus that’s better than any store-bought brand – take it from a Trader Joe’s lover. I recommend using extra-virgin olive oil in this recipe, as it is the least processed of the olive oil family, therefore it retains essential vitamins and antioxidants. I also advise using fresh lemon rather than bottled lemon juice, for better flavor.

Store your homemade hummus in an airtight container for up to one week in the fridge.

  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • kosher salt (to taste)
  • paprika (to taste)
  • roasted red bell pepper (optional)


1. Drain and rinse your chickpeas.

2. Pour half of the chickpeas, garlic, olive oil, tahini, & lemon juice into a blender or food processor.

3. Pulse the ingredients and use a spoon to move the mixture around so you blend evenly, being sure to not over-blend.

4. Add the remaining chickpeas and continue processing until blended.

5. If your hummus still has bits of chickpea in it, add about two tablespoons of water to smoothen the consistency.

6. Top with paprika and olive oil and serve!

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