Over the years I have worked to at least try to make foods that can easily be bought at the supermarket. It started off simple like breads in the bread maker and salad dressings in the blender. These days trying to make things from scratch is one of my favourite pastimes – that is no joke!

I’ve made tortillas, yogurt, nut cheese and nut milks, and so many raw bars and balls. I really like to know exactly what goes into my food, and I am not a fan of all the chemicals I find on food labels. Lucky for me I also love to experiment with these things. I can easily lose a day in the kitchen.

I know not everyone is like me! Time in the kitchen is dreaded or at the very least, an annoyance. I respect that. It is for this reason that I want to share with you this very basic hummus recipe. It is fast, easy, and contains only six ingredients – if you don’t want to get fancy. That being said, it is the base for any flavours you want to play around with. I give some combos below the instructions.

When I plan meals for the week, I like to include at least one sauce or dressing and most of the time hummus is my choice. There are so many ways to flavour it and to use it. The most common way to eat hummus is with cut up veggies or crackers/pitas, but it can also be used on:

  • cooked vegetable dishes,
  • salads,
  • a marinade for roasting veggies and/or tofu (it may need to be made thinner),
  • pizza sauce,
  • sandwich sauce,
  • a delicious and thick sauce over a pasta dish,
  • I have even seen it used as a dessert.

The only limit is your imagination.

Some of the best foods are the quickest to make. If you have all of the ingredients on hand, this hummus will take you less time to make than going to the grocery store to get the prepared kind.

All you need to do is put all of the listed ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth. You may need to turn it off to scrape the sides down a few times. That’s it. Once it is smooth, it is ready to eat – however you choose to do that.

If you have a hard time digesting beans, check out recipes made with zucchini instead. You can also try it made with different beans – kidney, black, and pinto are some examples.

So let’s get to making hummus!

Basic Hummus

Enjoy this simple hummus any day of the week. It is a great addition to most meals and also makes a great snack. I love this recipe because it is made with whole foods, and I can add in additional flavours on a whim. 

Course Snack
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 1 14 oz can chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 1 Tbsp tahini
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1-2 clove garlic
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
  • dash sea salt and black pepper


  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor.

  2. Process/blend until smooth. Scrape down sides as necessary.

  3. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Start to play with this recipe. Think of the specific flavours you really enjoy, and start to add them to this basic hummus. You may want to try one at a time to start out. You can use different:

  • spices and herbs - cumin, cayenne, rosemary, basil;
  • vegetables - carrots (cooked or raw), bell peppers, sweet potato, beets, squash;
  • toppings (ingredients that don't get processed. They are just added to the hummus to serve) - flavoured oil, chopped nuts, seeds, tomatoes, herbs;
  • other sauces - tamari, soy sauce, sesame oil, liquid smoke.

This should give you a bit of an idea of how much you can personalize hummus to get exactly what you like. 

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That’s it! That’s all there is to it. Now you can make a nutritious snack whenever you are feeling a hankering.

What are your favourite additions to plain hummus, and what are your top uses? Share your ideas in the comments. I look forward to hearing yours.

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