The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.Ann Wigmore
Every plant-based person is familiar with the dilemma.
You’re at a party or an event and you’ve got your drink, so now you need something to nibble.
A quick pass of the buffet may be disappointing, with the usual quiches, party pies and sausage rolls, tuna sushi, porchetta wrapped
Just as you are resigned to an evening of scoffing potato chips and olives, OH MY GOD YOU SEE IT.
Hummus is a staple in our house. The kids will have it on toast, it goes with crackers, spread in wraps. It is a healthy, super easy to make dip and spread that is tasty, substantial and satisfying.
Little cartons of shop-bought hummus can be pricy, especially when you consider how fast and easy hummus is to prepare at home.
Astonishingly, commercial brands also can be very high in oil and fat. There are a few recipes that include a fair glug of olive oil in the recipe.
So today, I am going to share with you my fail safe hummus recipe, plus some really tasty and healthy variations to try for when you need to take things up a level!
Fail-Safe Healthy Hummus
You will need
- 1 425g tin of organic chickpeas (low salt if available) drained and rinsed.
- 1 medium garlic clove, chopped finely
- 1 tablespoon of tahini paste
- Lemon juice, 1/4 cup or more to taste
- Pinch of salt
- White pepper
- 6 Ice cubes.
The ice cubes help create a smoother hummus! They literally grind the other ingredients together as they process. A little trick that makes all the difference!
In a powerful blender or food processor, add all ingredients and process until velvety smooth. You may need to scrape down your mix a few times or add more ice cubes or water if the blend is not your desired consistency.
If your blender or processor delivers chunky hummus every time, even with the iceblocks, you may wish to peel the chickpeas. Time-consuming, yes, but it will improve the overall hummus texture.
Serve with Turkish bread or pita bread.
Or be damned, just spread it on everything.
Fail-Safe Healthy Hummus Toppings
If you want to add a little variation to your hummus, a little topping goes a long way! Feel free to
- Pink Pickled Onions
- Chimichurri Sauce
- Harissa or Hot sauce
- Chopped sundried tomatoes
- Basil oil and pinenuts
- Caramelised onions
- Olive tapenade
- Flash fried crispy garlic slices in olive oil
- Whole chickpeas and toasted sesame seeds
- Chopped, roasted red capsicum and smoked paprika
- Toasted hemp seeds and a drizzle of hemp oil
Almost any vegetable puree can be added to your hummus for a tasty variation. You can experiment with flavours to suit your preference.
I add at least 1/2 cup of vegetable puree and blend into the base recipe to flavour. Be sure your puree is smooth, with about the same thickness and texture as the hummus or else I find it creates a bit of an unpleasant mouthfeel.
Add 1/2 cup of cooked pumpkin puree and process through your hummus until smooth. Top with toasted pumpkin seeds.
Blend 1/2 cup of cooked carrot puree with 1/4 teaspoon of ground cumin and blend into your hummus. Top with a sprinkle of whole toasted cumin and sesame seeds for a tasty crunch.
Blend 1/2 cup of cooked beetroot
Sweet Potato Hummus
Add 1/2 a cup of cooked sweet potato puree into your hummus. Top with chopped walnuts and whole
Blend 1 ripe avocado and an extra tablespoon of lemon juice into hummus until smooth. Top with a squeeze of lemon juice a
Roasted Red Capsicum Hummus
Blend 1/2 cup of peeled, pureed roasted red capsicum into your hummus. Top with crumbled vegan fetta and a sprinkle of olive oil. YUM!
Broad Bean or Pea Hummus
Blend 1/2 cup of pureed shelled broad beans or peas with a tablespoon
Decadent Chocolate Hummus
This is a sweet hummus, perfect for after school snacking!
You will need
- 1 425g tin of organic chickpeas (low salt if available)
- 1 tablespoon of peanut paste
- 1/4 cup of maple syrup or your preferred sweetener, like rice malt syrup or golden syrup
- 2 heaped tablespoons of raw cacao powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla essence
- 6 Ice cubes.
In a powerful blender or food processor, add all ingredients and process until velvety smooth. You may need to scrape down your mix a few times or add more water.
I love this topped with roasted, crushed hazelnuts and a drizzle of extra maple syrup
Serve with fruit like grapes apple slices, mandarin segments, chopped banana for dipping or cinnamon sugar toasted pita chips
My Nan used to make these pita chips with butter and Master’s Lemon Pepper. They were so addictive, the girls in my boarding school would hover about in the hope of a handful when Nan & Grandad returned me to the boarding house after a weekend visit!
These days, I make them slightly healthier, with a brush of olive oil where the butter used to be.
You will need
- Packet of pitta bread
- Olive oil for brushing
- Seasonings, see suggestions below
- Take your pitta bread and seperate the bread carefully into two halves. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celcius. Line two large baking trays with baking paper.
- Take your pitta bread and
seperatethe bread carefully into two halves. A pack of five pitta breads will make 10 pitta cracker rounds.
- At this stage, you could just put the pitta in the oven plain and bake until brown and crisp, about five minutes. You can slice them into wedges or strips before baking, but I keep them whole and break them up when cooked for a rustic chip!
- Or, brush lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with your preferred seasoning, and bake for 5 minutes. When brown and toasty, remove from the oven and place on a baking rack to cool.
Do keep an eye on these chips! They can burn super quick, so don’t leave the kitchen while preparing them.
These chips will keep in an airtight container in the pantry for a week.
Pitta Chip Seasonings
- Lemon Pepper
- Celery Salt
- BBQ seasoning
- Cinnamon Sugar
- Rosemary and Sea Salt
Homemade hummus with pitta chips and veggie sticks are great to keep stocked in your pantry at all times, ready for when you need a wholesome snack.
Or make a trio of dips, sliced Turkish bread and pita chips to take to a pot luck BBQ or casual drinks and impress all the guests!
How do you like to have your hummus? I would love to hear from you, please leave a message below.