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Easy Hummus Recipe

A super quick and easy recipe for classic hummus made in a blender or food processor.

Homemade hummus topped with olive oil and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper in a pale blue bowl on a yellow linen napkin, beside a side plate of mini pitta bread and a small bowl of red cherry tomatoes

I don't know about you, but we just about eat our body weight in hummus each month. We love this creamy Lebanese dip.

We always have some in the fridge. Sometimes it's homemade and sometimes it's shop bought. 

We usually have some classic hummus, but we often have some sweet chilli hummus too, which is a favourite of my husband.

Easy Hummus Recipe

Today was one of those days where I whipped up some easy homemade hummus in preparation for lunch tomorrow.

I will be serving and eating it simply with carrot sticks, the boy will have it in some mini pitta bread with falafel as well as some crunchy veg on the side and Graham will probably dunk some falafel in it on the move, as he's classy like that.

homemade hummus in a bowl beside a bowl of carrot stick and a bowl of cheesy nacho chips

What is hummus?

Just in case you've been living on another planet and haven't come across the delights of hummus before. 

It's usually made with cooked chickpeas mashed with olive oil, tahini, garlic, lemon juice and salt. 

It's very popular across the Middle East.

Try this creamy red pepper hummus next.

What is tahini?

Tahini is a paste made from toasted, hulled and ground sesame seeds. 

It is used to flavour hummus, baba ganoush and salad dressings.

What is a good substitute for tahini?

Peanut butter and other nut butters make a great substitute for tahini in homemade hummus. 

It gives a softer flavour. Tahini can be a bit harsh if you add to much. 

You'll know what I mean if you tried hummus with too much tahini and it's caught you at the back of the throat.

close-up of homemade hummus, topped with a swirl of olive oil and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper

Smooth or chunky hummus?

You can whizz your hummus in a blender using the pulse function and either leave it chunky or keep blending until smooth.

For a super smooth hummus add some more aquafaba (chickpea water) from the can.

Oil-free hummus

It's easy to cut the calories and fat in hummus (although neither is really an issue unless you are on a calorie controlled diet). 

Just replace the olive oil with more aquafaba. Simples!

Use your homemade hummus to make this Middle Eastern Harissa Roasted Carrot & Falafel Bake.

close up of bowls of hummus, carrot sticks and nacho chips on a blue linen napkin

Uses for aquafaba

Aquafaba is the cooking water from chickpeas. 

You can use the chickpea water from home-cooked chickpeas or from a can of chickpeas.

Use the leftover aquafaba from this recipe to make something sweet and delicious.

It is a miraculous substance which can be use to make vegan meringues, vegan marshmallow fluff, vegan macarons, vegan mayonnaise and vegan pancakes, to name but a few ideas.

I use it to make the most luscious vegan chocolate mousse which I swirl with peanut butter.

So next time you open a can of chickpeas, don't pour the water down the sink. Make something spectacular with it.

homemade hummus in a blue and white bowl on a yellow linen napkin

10 tasty uses for hummus

Now you've made a batch of hummus you'll want some ideas of how to serve it, other than with a spoon. Here are a few tasty suggestions:

  1. In pitta bread filled with falafel and salad
  2. On a baked potato topped with grated carrot
  3. In a hot dog bun with a well cooked veggie sausage and some fried onions
  4. As a topping for a bean burger. Salad on the toasted bun first, then the burger, then lots of hummus, hmmmm!
  5. Served as a dip with crunchy veg sticks, such as carrot, cucumber and red bell pepper
  6. Make a pizza with hummus (instead of tomato sauce) and roast vegetables
  7. Make a hummus, falafel and apple sandwich
  8. Mix hummus with a little vegetable stock and soy sauce and toss through noodles. Add some stir fried vegetables or serve the noodles plain with the dressing
  9. On rice cakes with slices of cucumber and tomato
  10. In my easy chickpea and vegetable hand pies, which are made with puff pastry

close up on homemade hummus in blue bowl on yellow napkin

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Hummus nutrition and calories

Calories and nutrition labels for homemade hummus. 4 servings = 265 calories and 6 servings = 177 calories

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Easy Hummus Recipe

Easy Hummus Recipe

A super quick and easy recipe for classic hummus made in a blender.
prep time: 3 minscook time: total time: 3 mins


  • 400g/14oz/1/½ cups tinned chickpeas
  • 4 tbsp aquafaba (chickpea water from can)
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • a good grinding of salt and pepper


  1. Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and whizz until required consistency.
  2. Add more chickpea water if you want a smoother hummus. You may also replace the olive oil with chickpea water (aquafaba) for an oil-free hummus.
  3. Enjoy!


Calories and nutrition are for 4 servings. 6 servings contain only 177 calories and 1.9g saturated fat.
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A Carrot and Spinach Crunch Lunch Wrap on a spotty paper napkin, served beside a red apple and a glass of orange juice

Carrot and Spinach Crunch Lunch Wrap

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  1. I panic if we have no hummus in the fridge quite frankly! Top tip to replace tahini wih nut butter, I haven't tried that but now I will!

    1. Haha yes us too. Oh and do try it with nut butter, if gives a softer finish.

  2. I do like hummus, but I don't buy it often as my daughter isn't keen so I never finish a pot. I must try making it sometime. Do you know if it freezes well? Jill

    1. As a matter of fact one of my readers on Facebook told me that hummus freezes really well, so maybe you could freeze it in little pots and defrost in the fridge overnight when you need it.

  3. We try to always make our own hummus. Not only is it cheaper, but there are so many different flavours you can make.

    1. Yes you are so right and I often make different flavours. I realised I was lacking a good old plain and classic hummus on Tinned Tomatoes, so thought it was about time I shared it.

  4. I like hummus and have been looking for an easy recipe. This is pretty simple and will definitely be trying this soon.

    1. Oh it is super simple to make Metlika. Do try it.

  5. I really need to try making hummus homemade bc I always buy it and use it often. I love all your creative ideas and ways to use it!

  6. I absolutely love hummus recipes. This is a great tutorial.

  7. This is the best hummus recipe! My whole family loved it, thanks for sharing!

  8. I can't wait to make this delicious and healthy snack for my family. I love that I can make it in the blender and super quick.

  9. I looooooove hummus but am definitely a smooth kinda girl. I've not tried making it with different but butters before. Will give that a go!

  10. I love making hummus but never tried it with peanut butter. You bet I will next time!

  11. we love hummus too - such a great snack - or great for dinner on a hot day with some veg and bread. I like Graham's way of eating it


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