Hummus Without Tahini is easy to make at home. A food processor and a handful of ingredients are all you need to make this thick and creamy chickpea dip. And you can skip the prepared tahini since it's made with toasted sesame seeds instead. Enjoy this traditional Mediterranean spread with your favorite vegetables and toasted pita bread.
If you're like me, you probably consume your fair share of hummus.
Whether you eat it at home or when attending parties, hummus is everywhere these days.
And while I've found a few store-bought versions I enjoy, it's really easy to make your own garbanzo bean dip at home.
And don't forget about enjoying it as a spread for bagels or toast.
By the way, according to the United States Department of Agriculture's guidelines on choosemyplate.org, Beans and Peas are Unique Foods.
In summary, while chickpeas are considered an excellent source of plant protein high in iron and zinc, they also count as vegetables rich in dietary fiber, folate, and potassium.
This means you can feel good about eating this creamy homemade hummus on a regular basis, especially when following a vegan Mediterranean diet!
How to make hummus without tahini
The only special equipment you'll need to make hummus is a food processor.
While technically you can use a blender instead, I prefer using a food processor.
Not only will you end up with a luxuriously creamy texture, the appliance won't add heat to the chickpea spread the way a high-speed blender will.
What is a good substitute for tahini in hummus?
First of all, you may be wondering why this is recipe is "hummus without tahini."
To be honest, I haven't found a commercially made tahini I like.
The ones I've tried taste too bitter to me. And I find them hard to work with since the oil from the sesame seeds separates out.
But since tahini is simply ground toasted sesame seeds, I figured why not skip it altogether and just use the seeds!
I find this more convenient anyway since I always have some sesame seeds on hand in my pantry.
For this recipe you will need to following pantry staples:
- Sesame seeds (Buy them already toasted or toast them yourself in a dry skillet.)
- Olive oil
- Fresh garlic
- Canned chickpeas (Be sure to save the liquid from the can after you drain them. There's no need to rinse them off. We'll use the "aquafaba" to thin out the hummus while processing it.)
- Lemon juice
- Ground cumin (This fragrant spice gives the hummus a little earthiness.)
- Salt (I wait and add in the salt at the end after tasting it.)
And for garnish, I like to sprinkle on a little paprika or sumac for color and subtle flavor.
Then an optional drizzle of olive oil makes it look like the fancy hummus you order in a restaurant.
Making the hummus
Once you have gathered your ingredients, add them to the bowl of the food processor.
Allow the dip to whirl for several minutes until it's as smooth as possible.
You'll want to stop the machine and scrape down the sides with a spatula a few times.
And if the hummus is too thick, add a little of the reserved chickpea juice.
I generally use about 4 tablespoons, but I like to add it a little at a time as I go.
Through trail and error, I've found that using the aquafaba instead of water results in a better hummus texture.
How long does homemade hummus last?
In my house, this no tahini hummus doesn't last long!
We tend to gobble it up as soon as I make it.
However, if you don't eat it right away, it will last for several days covered and refrigerated.
How to freeze hummus
But when I'm planning ahead, I'll make a double batch and freeze half of it for later.
Simply place the garbanzo bean dip in a glass container, leaving a little room at the top.
Secure the lid, then lay it flat in the freezer.
When you're ready to consume it, let the container thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
The next day, give it a stir, and you'll have a delicious container of homemade hummus that's just as creamy as the day you made it.
Optional add ins
Starting with this easy hummus recipe, you can customize it to suit your tastes.
These are some of my favorite flavor variations:
- Use roasted garlic instead of raw.
- Add sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, or Kalamata olives.
- Add toppings such as caramelized onions or toasted pine nuts.
Should you peel chickpeas?
If you want an extra light and creamy texture, you can remove the outer peel of the garbanzo beans before adding them to the food processor.
The easiest way to do this is by rubbing them in a clean kitchen towel.
However, in my opinion, this step is optional.
Hummus Without Tahini Recipe
This recipe makes about 2 cups.
For nutritional purposes, I allowed ½ cup per person, making the entire recipe 4 servings.
Enjoy it with veggies, salads, grains, or by the spoonful.
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Hummus Without Tahini
- 3 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds, See notes
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 can chickpeas, (15 ounces) 1 ½ cups, drained, liquid reserved
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 pinch ground cumin
- salt, to taste
- 1` pinch paprika , for garnish (optional)
- 1 pinch sumac, for garnish (optional)
- 1 drizzle olive oil, for garnish (optional)
- In the bowl of a food processor, place the toasted sesame seeds, olive oil, garlic, drained chickpeas, lemon juice, and cumin.
- Process until completely smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary, and adding reserved chickpea liquid a tablespoon at a time to thin out the hummus.
- Taste and add salt, as needed. Process again.
- Transfer the hummus to a container and cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Before serving, add a pinch of paprika and/or sumac and a drizzle of olive oil, if desired. Enjoy with vegetables and toasted pita.