Friday, February 3, 2012

Best Homemade Hummus Recipe Ever

I don't know why I didn't start making my own hummus sooner. I can make five times as much for a fraction of the price of what you'd pay in stores. Plus I don't get any weird additives/preservatives that are icky. It's a no brainer.

This hummus recipe is one I found in a [health] magazine during the holidays and we've been loving it ever since. I slightly modified it based on the ingredients I have (namely more almond butter, less tahini). I'm a pumpkin addict, and I love hummus so this is a match made in heaven.

You have to try it. You're seriously missing out if you don't.

Pumpkin Orange Hummus with Cranberries

1 15 oz. can garbanzo beans (organic preferably)
1 15 oz. can organic pureed pumpkin
1/4 c fresh squeezed orange juice
2 tsp fresh orange zest
1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
1 Tbs. tahini (or one of those individual packets, which is what I used)
1.5 Tbs. almond butter (2 T. is ok too)*
1 Tbs. seasame seeds*
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 c dried cranberries OR 1 tsp sweetener of choice

Directions: Put all ingredients in a food processor EXCEPT cranberries (important). It's best to throw in garbanzo beans and pumpkin first then add the rest. Blend until smooth, scraping sides of food processor periodically. Then gently fold in cranberries and serve or just eat it straight up ;)

*You can use 3 Tbs. of tahini and no almond butter/sesame seeds as well (what the original recipe called for). I didn't have a jar of tahini so got creative with what I had.

Note: I noticed it really starts to taste the best the second or third day once the juices of the cranberries have soaked into the hummus. This most recent time, I omitted cranberries and tried a bit of sweetener and it's very delicious that way too--with a little less sugar.

PS - I'd love to give the magazine credit for the recipe, but I cut it out and don't know. So guess it's my creation now?! ;)

Do you have any awesome hummus recipes to share?


  1. The almond butter addition is brilliant! Thanks!

  2. Love it! Gonna have to try this! I make one with roasted eggplant, peppers and garlic, chickpeas, little tahini and olive oil, sea salt

  3. To celebrate finding the missing piece of my food processor - I will no doubt be making this! I can't wait!!

  4. Oh ya innovative and yum- the flavour palette is yum to my taste buddies. Ps just came across your profile from Tina muir (who I found from jill Puleo: Hypothalamic Amenorrhea warriors) and have saved your post re: Anorexia (my demon ATM) to read while foam rolling (of helliptical...bc I'm not ATM healthy enough to run)