There is no denying that I am a lover of chickpeas. As crazy as it might sound to some, I would probably choose chickpeas over chocolate. They are so versatile. Chickpea soup, chickpea salad, chickpea this, chickpea that and let’s dare not forget our beloved hummus. Store bought hummus tastes delicious but if that is the only hummus you consume then you are definitely limiting yourself. I prefer to make my own hummus mainly because it’s cheaper, it tastes better, I know exactly what is in it, and I can make any hummus type I want. I usually tend to stick to a classic hummus with just chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and salt. However, sometimes it’s nice to switch it up like with this delicious lime cilantro hummus.
First off, it’s super easy to make. Like all hummus recipes, just put everything into a food processor at once and pulse or blend until smooth and creamy. Done. For this recipe I used fresh cilantro leaves and lime juice to create a different flavor profile.
Simple as that. Shhh…don’t tell but I ate all of this in one day. Nearly half of this cilantro lime hummus was gone by the time I had put my camera away. I ate it with sliced carrots and cucumbers but you also need to try it on a sandwich or wrap. Yum!
- 1½ cup Chickpeas or Garbanzo Beans (rinsed and drained from can or soaked and cooked dried Chickpeas)
- 2 tablespoons Lime Juice
- 1 teaspoon Cumin (ground)
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- small handful fresh Cilantro (roughly 30 leaves)
- 2 tablespoons Tahini
- 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 3 - 4 tablespoons Water
- ¼ - ½ teaspoons Cayenne Pepper (optional)
- Place all ingredients into a food processor or blender. Blend until creamy.
- Drizzle with Olive oil and sprinkle with cayenne pepper (optional).
- Serve hummus with pita bread, veggies, or crackers.
****Don’t know what tahini is? It may sound like some bizarre ingredient but all it is is hulled sesame seeds that are ground until a paste forms. You can easily make you own the same way you would any nut butter. If you’re lazy like me though sometimes, just buy it here.
Want to try a hummus with a nice pop of color instead? Try my Valentine Hummus :)