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Hummus is a delicious and healthy dip that can be made in a blender in just a few minutes. This easy recipe is perfect for beginners, and the results are so creamy and flavorful that you’ll never want to buy hummus from the store again. Give it a try, and learn how to make hummus in a blender today!
Where does hummus come from?
This hummus recipe is very in tune with the properties of the Mediterranean Diet, due to the types of ingredients and nutrients it has. Traditionally, hummus is prepared with chickpeas, and it’s usually seasoned with paprika and olive oil. However, it is not known exactly where hummus comes from. It ‘s been traced to Palestine, Egypt, Greece and other countries in the Middle East.
Did you know: “Hummus” is the Arabic word for “chickpea”
Can you use a blender instead of a food processor for hummus?
You can use a blender instead of a food processor to make hummus, but the results will not be quite the same. A food processor will yield a thicker, creamier consistency, while a blender will result in a thinner hummus.
If you decide to use a blender, you may want to add a little extra olive oil to help the blades turn more easily. You should also be prepared to scrape down the sides of the blender jar frequently. When using a food processor, you simply need to pulse the ingredients until they reach the desired consistency.
So, if you’re in a pinch and don’t have a food processor on hand, you can definitely make do with a blender – just be aware that the finished product will have a different texture.
How to make hummus without tahini in a blender
- Canned chickpeas
- Roasted red pepper
- Olive oil
- Lemon juice
How do you grind chickpeas without a food processor?
For anyone who’s ever been in the middle of making a batch of hummus only to realize they don’t have a food processor, never fear! It is possible to grind chickpeas without one.
If you use canned chickpeas, such as what this recipe calls for, you can soften them prior to blending. Just microwave them for 2-3 minutes until they’re tender. Then drain, place in the blender with the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
If you prefer dried chickpeas, make sure that they have been soaked overnight. Then, drain and rinse the chickpeas, and place them in a blender with the lemon juice and olive oil this recipe calls for. Blend on high until the chickpeas are finely ground. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides of the blender a few times. Finally, add the rest of your ingredients and blend until smooth. Voila – homemade hummus without a food processor!
After blending all the ingredients into a smooth consistency, the hummus dip is served on a plate. If the texture is too thick, you can add a little water slowly. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and ground paprika on top, if desired.
How long does hummus last in the fridge?
Hummus lasts about three days in the fridge, as long as it is stored in an airtight container. If it’s been more than three days and the consistency and smell have changed, it’s time to throw it away.
If you have a large amount of leftover hummus, you can store it in the freezer for up to 4 months, in small batches (no more than 12 oz per container). You can add a thin layer of olive oil on top before freezing to preserve its moisture. Defrost in the fridge the night before or a couple of hours before using. Then mix well and serve.
What can I eat with hummus?
Hummus is very versatile and inexpensive. You can eat hummus with just about anything. If you’re looking for a quick and easy snack, try spreading some hummus on toast or crackers. For a heartier meal, pair it with roasted vegetables or grilled chicken. And of course, hummus is always a welcome addition to any party or potluck, Here are other ideas for hummus:
As an appetizer: Use it as a dip for chopped vegetables, crackers, pita chips, tortillas, etc. It’s also a very convenient snack, especially for children.
In sandwiches: Spread the hummus on slices of whole wheat bread and add spinach, tomatoes, chopped red onion, chopped bell peppers, or any other vegetable you like.
In wraps or pita pockets: Just add hummus and vegetables, such as chopped cucumber, romaine lettuce, grated carrots, alfafa sprouts, and feta cheese, for a satisfying lunch.
As a salad dressing: In a blender, mix hummus with a little vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper to taste and you have a creamy and nutritious dressing for your salads.
How to make your own hummus in a blender
Blender Hummus (No Tahini) Recipe
- 1 can (14 oz) chickpeas, drained
- ¼ cup white or red onion, chopped
- 1 fresh garlic clove
- ½ cup fresh parsley
- 1 canned roasted red pepper, drained
- ¼ cup olive oil extra virgin
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- salt and pepper, to taste
- ground paprika optional
- additional olive oil optional
- Place the chickpeas in a high-speed blender. if necessary, soften in the microwave for 2-3 minutes before blending
- Add the onion, parsley, garlic, red pepper, oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper
- Process all the ingredients until smooth
- You can season with a splash of olive oil and ground paprika, if you wish
- Serve as an appetizer with chopped vegetables, pita chips or tortillas. You can also use it in sandwiches, pitas or wraps
So there you have it – how to make hummus in a blender. This recipe is so easy and customizable, you can make it however you like it. Add more or less garlic, onions, or lemon depending on your preferences. And if you want to get really fancy, try adding some chopped up cucumbers for extra flavor and texture. Whichever way you choose to make it, I promise this homemade hummus will be delicious. Enjoy!
Hi! I’m Melissa, Registered Dietitian and mother of two dragons. When I’m not talking nutrition you can find me rolling around the floor with my kids, sewing, crafting, cooking or missing the 90s (seriously, music just isn’t the same). Read More…