This easy vegan hummus takes only about 10-minutes to make and requires absolutely no cooking. It also happens to be completely gluten-free.
This basic garlic hummus is a great dip and can also be used as a flavorful spread on wraps and bean burgers.
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We love this chickpea dip because it’s…
- Super simple to make
- Packed with healthy ingredients
- Amazingly flavorful
- Perfect with veggie sticks or sandwiches
What is hummus anyway?
Hummus is a flavorful Middle Eastern bean dip made from chickpeas, lemon juice, and garlic. You can make all kinds of variations from this homemade basic hummus recipe. Almost all varieties of hummus are completely vegan and used for everything from dips to sandwich spreads.
So many people ask about easy go-to snacks, and this hummus is one of my favorites. In the summer, we go boating at the lake a lot. That means picnic-friendly foods, and this hummus is a great option. It’s usually accompanied by Smashed Chickpea Avocado Sandwiches.
What is hummus made of?
There are so many different varieties of hummus, and most often it is made with a base of chickpeas (or garbanzo beans) and a handful of other ingredients that are just blended together in a food processor or blender. Ingredients include:
- chickpeas (or garbanzo beans)
- garlic cloves
- tahini (crushed sesame seeds) OPTIONAL
- vegetable broth
- lemon juice
A full list of ingredients, measurements, instructions, and a print button can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.
How to make this delicious healthy dip
Begin by draining all liquid from the chickpeas whether they are freshly cooked in an Instantpot or from a can. To do this, I pour them into a colander and rinse under warm water.
Add all of the ingredients to a blender or food processor and process for 1-2 minutes. Blend well to allow the chickpeas to become smooth.
If you don’t have a high powered blender, you’ll need to stop and scrape down sides and stir a few times in between processing. One thing I love about having a Vitamix blender is that it has a tamper to push ingredients down to the blades, so stopping is not necessary.
I personally like my hummus left just a little chunky, but many people like theirs completely smooth. Process until reaching your preferred consistency.
This healthy vegan dip is delicious on carrot and celery sticks, sandwiches and wraps, baked potatoes, veggie/grain bowls, and even on toast.
One of my favorite things to dip in this healthy hummus is crackers, and my favorite oil-free brand is Mary’s Gone Crackers. They are simply delicious!
Other chickpea dip variations
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus is one of my personal favorite varieties of all time and we take it in a cooler regularly when we travel.
Sometimes I add 1/2 of chili in adobe sauce and 3 Tbsp fire-roasted tomatoes to this basic hummus recipe to mix it up a bit.
Other variations include: spinach, red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, the possibilities are endless.
These are all no-cooking-required recipes, and only a blender is needed to make them. So simple!
Hummus you can freeze
This dip lasts approximately 7-10 days in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator.
Hummus even freezes well in an airtight container for up to 6-8 months. The day before you want to eat it, move the hummus container from the freezer to the refrigerator. It takes at least a few hours to thaw until it’s ready to eat. Thawing can take longer depending on how much is in your container.
It’s best to freeze in small portions to make defrosting quicker and to have handy small amounts to eat in one sitting.
Tips for making this vegan dip
- Make sure to drain and rinse canned chickpeas before using them to remove any excess salt and preservatives.
- ALWAYS turn your blender off before removing the lid to scrape down the sides and/or push ingredients down to the blades.
- If the ingredients are having a really hard time blending, add another tablespoon of veggie broth.
- Adjust the salt and lemon juice to your taste preferences.
Your Questions Answered
Q: Do I have to use fresh lemon juice?
A: No, bottled lemon juice works fine in this recipe. I’ve even used lime juice with great success.
Q: Can I use canned chickpeas to make this?
A: Absolutely! This recipe calls for 1.5 cups of cooked chickpeas which happens to be the amount in a standard can of chickpeas.
Q: Can I freeze hummus?
A: Yes, you can freeze hummus for up to 6-8 months in an airtight freezer-safe container.
Originally published October 10, 2014
Other terrific chickpea dip recipes
- Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
- Italian Vegan Hummus
- Edamame Hummus
- Ultimate Hummus & Veggie Sandwich
- 5-Minute Chocolate Hummus
- 1-2 cloves garlic
- 2 Tbsps lemon juice
- 1-1/2 cups cooked chickpeas. This is same as, 1 15 oz can beans, drained and rinsed thoroughly
- 3 Tbsp veggie broth or water (more if needed to blend)
- 1 tbsp. Tahini (optional)
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- Begin by draining all liquid from the chickpeas whether they are freshly cooked in an Instantpot or from a can.
- Add all of the ingredients to a blender or food processor and process for 1-2 minutes. Blend well to allow the chickpeas to become smooth.
- If you don’t have a high powered blender, you’ll need to stop and scrape down sides and stir a few times in between processing. One thing I love about having a Vitamix blender is that it has a tamper to push ingredients down to the blades, so stopping is not necessary.
- I personally like my hummus left just a little chunky, but many people like theirs completely smooth. Process until reaching your preferred consistency.
- This hummus is delicious on carrot and celery sticks, sandwiches and wraps, baked potatoes, veggie/grain bowls, and even on toast.
Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 51Total Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgCarbohydrates: 7.4gFiber: 1.9gProtein: 2.5g
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