Homemade Hummus and Its Amazing Health Benefits

Looking for a healthy appetizer to share at your next party or eat as a delicious midday snack? Give homemade hummus a try! A popular Middle Eastern dip, hummus is packed with vitamins and minerals.


Research has linked hummus and its ingredients to a variety of health benefits! This includes:


What is hummus made from?

Hummus has earned a reputation as a clean, healthy food… and there is a good reason for that!  This homemade hummus recipe features only four main ingredients – all of which are whole superfoods in their own right. It includes chickpeas, sesame paste (tahini), garlic, and olive oil. But the star of the show really is the chickpeas (or garbanzo beans). We prefer making hummus from fresh chickpeas (cooked and softened, of course), but you can use canned garbanzo beans as well if you are running short on time. 


How to make hummus from dried chickpeas

Hummus is incredibly easy to make. If you’re using canned beans, you can whip out your blender and in less than 10 minutes, it’s ready to eat! But if you have a little time on your hands, learning how to cook and prep dried chickpeas (garbanzo beans) can save you some money in the long run (especially if you’ve been eating store-bought hummus!) and pack some added flavor into what is sure to be one of your favorite snacks. There are a few ways you can prep and cook chickpeas for hummus.


Some of the top ways to cook dried chickpeas include:

  • Soak and simmer on the stovetop (1.5 – 2 hours cook time)
  • Soften them in a Slow Cooker (4 – 8 hours, depending on heat)
  • Cook them in a pressure cooker (about 1 hour)


Since we’re making hummus and want our chickpeas to be extra soft, a slow cooker is a great, hands-off way to get the end result you’re looking for. If you’re wanting to use your chickpeas in another dish, you may want them to be firmer. In that case, another cooking method may be preferable so you can control how soft they get.


How to remove the skin from chickpeas

To get that perfect hummus texture, you want the beans to be soft and break apart easily. You also may want to remove the skins from your chickpeas before blending. This will help create the smooth texture found in store-bought or restaurant-quality hummus. That being said, even though you don’t have to soak chickpeas before dumping them into your slow cooker, you may want to do this step to help remove the skins. It also doesn’t take long to add this extra step in and the result is a much creamier hummus so it’s worth the time. 


How to cook garbanzo beans (chickpeas) in a slow cooker

To make chickpeas in your slow cooker, all you need to do is add 1 pound of dried chickpeas and 7 cups of water to your slow cooker. Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or on low for 6 to 8 hours. You can also cook them overnight as long as you don’t go too far beyond 8 hours. 

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Homemade Hummus

  • Total Time: 10


  • 2 cups of organic chickpeas (garbanzo beans), cooked/softened
  • 1/3 cup of tahini
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed or minced
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 24 Tbsp cold water (more if needed)


  1. Combine tahini and lemon juice in a food processor and blend for 1 minute. Scrape the sides of the bowl then blend for 30 seconds more. This helps make your hummus smooth and creamy.
  2. Add olive oil, garlic, cumin, and salt to the tahini and lemon juice mixture. Blend for 30 seconds, scrape the sides of the bowl, then blend for another 30 seconds.
  3. Add 1 cup of cooked and softened chickpeas. Process for 1 minute, then add remaining chickpeas and process for 1-2 minutes more until the mixture is thick and smooth.
  4. If the mixture is too thick (which it will likely be at first), turn on the food processor and slowly add 2-4 Tbsp of cold water until you reach your perfect consistency and smoothness.
  5. Salt to taste, drizzle with olive oil and paprika and serve.


  • Note: Store hummus in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to a week.
  • Serving Size 1/4 cup | Calories 190 | Protein 6 g | Carbohydrate 18 g | Dietary Fiber 5 g | Total Sugars 3 g | Total Fat 11 g | Saturated Fat 2 g | Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Prep Time: 10


  • Serving Size: 8

How is hummus great for your health?

  1. It’s rich in ingredients that help fight inflammation. 
  2. Hummus is high in fiber, promoting digestive health and good gut bacteria by producing butyrate — a type of fatty acid that helps nourish cells in the gut. 
  3. Hummus has a low glycemic index, which may help control blood sugar levels.
  4. Chickpeas and olive oil — two key ingredients in hummus – may reduce risk factors, and thus overall risk, for heart disease.


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