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Vegan Hummus Recipe Recipe

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Vegan Hummus Recipe Recipe

I’m here to show you how to create a delicious vegan hummus that’s super quick and easy to make. Hummus, derived from the Arabic word for chickpeas, is a beloved dish enjoyed across the Middle East, with each country boasting its unique version. While many claim its origin, scholars believe it dates back to Egypt in the 13th century.

In recent years, hummus has become a staple in American cuisine. Supermarkets dedicate entire refrigerated shelves to it, and even cafes without Middle Eastern fare offer some form of hummus appetizer. I personally adore it with pita bread or my current obsession—pita chips for dipping. Once you’ve experienced homemade hummus, it’s tough to go back to store-bought. Thankfully, with the right ingredients on hand, you can whip up a fresh batch in no time.

Here’s the thing about hummus: it’s super quick and easy to make. Better still, you can probably buy the ingredients for this simple vegan hummus recipe in one quick shopping trip. Depending on where you live, you might have to go to a specialty store for tahini, but one jar goes a long way. And while you’re out, pick up some quality pita bread (or my current obsession, pita chips) for dipping. Word of warning though: once you’ve had scratch-made hummus, it will be hard to go back to pre-made. Luckily – if you’ve stocked up on ingredients – you can whip up the fresh stuff in less time than it takes to run to the store!

What is Hummus?

Hummus, is a classic Middle Eastern dish that has gained global popularity for its rich and creamy texture, combined with a harmonious blend of flavors. Traditionally, it’s made by blending chickpeas (garbanzo beans), tahini (sesame seed paste), lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and spices. The result is a delightful spread or dip that’s perfect for a variety of occasions.

Hummus has become a go-to choice for health-conscious individuals due to its nutritional benefits. Chickpeas are packed with protein and fiber, while tahini provides essential healthy fats. Plus, the combination of these ingredients creates a complete protein source, making it a valuable addition to vegetarian and vegan diets.

Tips for Success

Creating the perfect hummus is an art, but don’t worry—it’s an art that anyone can master with a little practice. Here are some tips to ensure your hummus turns out fabulous every time:

1. Use Quality Ingredients: Start with good-quality chickpeas, fresh tahini, and extra-virgin olive oil for the best flavor.

2. Balance Flavors: Adjust the lemon juice, garlic, and salt to achieve the perfect balance of tanginess and savory goodness.

3. Texture Matters: Achieving the right texture is crucial. Add water gradually to reach your preferred consistency—some like it thick, while others prefer it smoother.

4. Spice it Up: Experiment with different spices and herbs like paprika, cayenne pepper, or fresh herbs like parsley for a unique twist.

Vegan Hummus Variations

While classic hummus is always a hit, there’s no shortage of creative variations to explore. Here are a few vegan hummus options to tantalize your taste buds:

1. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus: Add roasted red bell peppers for a smoky, slightly sweet twist.

2. Sundried Tomato Hummus: Incorporate sundried tomatoes for an intense burst of flavor.

3. Spinach and Artichoke Hummus: Create a creamy, green hummus by blending in spinach and artichoke hearts.

4. Beet Hummus: Roasted or boiled beets can lend a vibrant pink color and earthy flavor to your hummus.

5. Olive Hummus: Toss in some Kalamata or green olives for a briny Mediterranean flair.

How to Use It

Hummus is incredibly versatile and can be enjoyed in various ways:

  • Dip It: Serve with pita bread, pita chips, veggie sticks, or crackers as a delightful dip.
  • Spread It: Use it as a spread on sandwiches, wraps, or as a flavorful alternative to mayo or butter.
  • Top It: Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with additional spices or herbs for an attractive garnish.
  • Dress It Up: It’s a fantastic addition to salads, adding creaminess and flavor.
  • Pair It: Enjoy hummus with falafel, grilled vegetables, or as a side dish with Middle Eastern-inspired meals.

So, there you have it—everything you need to know to create and enjoy the perfect vegan hummus. Whether you’re a hummus enthusiast or a newbie to this Middle Eastern delight, making it from scratch is an experience you won’t want to miss. Give it a try, and let your taste buds dance to the tune of centuries-old flavors!

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Vegan Hummus

A Quick and Easy Vegan Hummus RecipeHere’s the thing about hummus: it’s super quick and easy to make. Better still, you can probably buy the ingredients for this simple vegan hummus recipe in one quick shopping trip. Depending on where you live, you might have to go to a specialty store for tahini, but one jar goes a long way.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6
Calories 214 kcal

Equipment

  • Food processor or blender
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cans chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as needed

Instructions
 

  • Add the chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, cumin, smoked paprika, and salt to a food processor or blender.
  • Process the mixture until smooth and creamy, adding water as needed to reach the desired consistency.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  • Transfer the hummus to a bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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