This homemade hummus recipe will not only save you dollars from your grocery budget, you will be sure you're eating a gluten free snack with only the stuff that you want in it, preservative-free.
Store bought hummus is pretty expensive - if you're getting the really good quality stuff without crappy ingredients in it.
A small package of about 1/2 cup hummus goes for up to $5 if you get the better stuff from a health food store. That's just about 1 serving.
As well, making your own hummus will give you control to vary the ingredients as you wish.
By the way, what is hummus?
It' s a middle eastern dip that can be varied, but the basic ingredients are chickpeas (garbanzo beans), tahini, garlic and olive oil.
If you're gluten free, corn (tortilla) chips are great to eat with hummus. Carrot and celery sticks are my favorite vegetarian snack to dip in hummus.
Hummus is also commonly served as an appetizer.
This recipe yields 1 cup of this delicious dip for your healthy snack time
A food processor - you can use a very simple one, like the ones you find at your local supermarket for about $30.
I like to eat my hummus at room temperature, but you can refrigerate this for about a week.
The basic formula I shared will have about 36 g of fat. Although olive oil and tahini are good fats, you might be wanting to reduce the fat for your own personal reasons.
You can do this by cutting the tahini to 1 tablespoon, and then leaving out the olive oil, and instead replacing it with 3 tablespoons water.
Use flax seed oil in place of the olive oil. This ensures you get your healthy dose of omega 3 fatty acids, which can be sorely lacking in a vegetarian diet.
Here's a chance to get in a different type of healthy fats in with this awesome gluten free snack.
Leave out the tahini and in its place use 1 medium ripe avocado. You can choose to add the typical guacamole stuff, such as cilantro, onion, jalopeno etc.
Do you love artichokes as much as I do? Then you will love making this variation of your basic hummus homemade recipe.
Simply add about 1/2 a can (7 ounces) of marinated artichoke hearts, drained. Mix it in the food processor and pulse with the rest of the ingredients.