Stop what you are doing right this second and grab a bag of garbanzo beans and take them for a soak! Seriously, you NEED to make this hummus right away and you will thank me. I have strived to get the super creamy hummus many, many times. I will say, that having a very high powered blender or food processor is key, I recently got a Wolf Blender and couldn’t be happier with it! If you don’t have one, definitely invest in one that you can use for dips, soups, spreads and smoothies. It’s worth it!
I grew up eating hummus, so basically before it was cool and popular. What’s not to love? Garlic, lemon, creamy beans, and tahini, it’s a superfood like none other! I’m glad it’s gained popularity and people have come to realize how amazing it really is for you. There are so many variations to making hummus, some that don’t even require chickpeas! This is a VERY classic Mediterranean version, nothing fancy, just simple ingredients that meld together so incredibly well.
Tahini ~ Sesame Paste
The key to this recipe is tahini, many recipes call for adding olive oil to the hummus mixture itself, traditionally it is just used to top the hummus. The tahini is what gives it that creamy texture and depth of flavor, so be sure you are using good quality tahini when preparing. This process of preparing the beans is very specific to making hummus, this creates a very, very soft bean that is perfect for hummus. If you’re preparing garbanzo beans for salads or anything else, these will be too soft.
There are definitely shortcuts to making hummus but the classic way includes an overnight soak then cooking to ensure very soft and creamy hummus. Another trick is adding baking soda to your garbanzo beans to help them soften even more, it changes the pH in the water creating a better environment for the skins to soften. The baking soda also helps to reduce the gas that beans will generally give you, bonus! With all these great tips and tricks, you are just a few hours away from beautiful and delicious hummus and you will NEVER go back to store bought.
I hope you enjoy this hummus recipe as much as my family does. Remember, eating healthy and balanced doesn’t need to be expensive. A bag of beans goes a long way and is a great way to enhance your family’s diet and menu. As always, I love seeing your creations! Be sure to tag me if you give this a try, Instagram @CosettesKitchen or post on my Facebook Page.