Hummus Among Us (A DELICIOUS Recipe!)

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Note: From all the notes and such here, this looks and sounds far more complex than it is. It actually only took about 15-20 minutes to zip this all up, including making the tahini!! I shared the detail to give you clarity and options.

INGREDIENTS
✦ 2 cups sprouted or cooked chickpeas* 
(*or 1 cup dry chickpeas, sprouted; more details below the instructions)
✦ 1/2 cup tahini** 
(**or 1 cup sesame seeds, freshly ground/blended; more details below the instructions)
✦ 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon juice
✦ 1 tsp pink salt
✦ 1 Tbsp olive oil
✦ 3 cloves garlic
✦ 1 Tbsp dried herbs (optional - I used parsley)

*****NOTE: IF YOU WANT TO USE CANNED/COOKED CHICKPEAS + STORE-BOUGHT TAHINI, YOU CAN SIMPLY BLEND THE INGREDIENTS! VOILA!*****

INSTRUCTIONS - FOR HUMMUS
✦ Easy peasy - blend your ingredients until you love the texture.
✦ As always, go easy on ingredients you don't love lots of (like salt, garlic, and vinegar/lemon) and add more as needed. The recipe here is the EXACT amount that I personally loved, but maybe you'd want more or less of something or want to swap an ingredient. Make it your own homemade hummus, my friend!

* OPTIONS - FOR CHICKPEAS
✦ You may prefer to use cooked chickpeas rather than sprouted, for convenience. Either way, you'll have a great result.
TO SPROUT CHICKPEAS, first soak them for 12 hours in filtered water. Then rinse and remove the soak water. {I like to use my lazy colander sprouting method. At the base, you'll have a wide bowl to catch the water. On top of that, a colander that holds the sprouting chickpeas. On top of that, a plate to cover the chickpeas.} Every 8-12 hours for 2-3 days, rinse the chickpeas. After the initial soak, your chickpeas will have already ballooned to double in size. By the 3rd or 4th day at latest, you'll see a glorious tail sticking out of all of your chickpeas. VOILA!
✦ If you'd like to USE ORGANIC + CANNED, that can be an option that’s ready to go.
✦ If you'd like to COOK YOUR CHICKPEAS, ideally you'll first soak the chickpeas overnight or for part of the day, then cook them. {click here to visit another site with 3 ways to cook chickpeas.}

** OPTIONS - FOR TAHINI
✦ Of course, It's easy enough to just BUY PRE-MADE TAHINI. It's not particularly difficult to make your own, though, if you have a high speed blender or good food processor. (Find instructions below)
MAKE YOUR OWN TAHINI: Blend 2 cups of sesame seeds in your chosen appliance, until you've made a paste. Or if you have the patience to take it a step further, keep on blending until you have a nice oily blob.
✦ If you don't have a super strong appliance but want to make it yourself anyways, you may need to add a touch of olive oil or expeller-pressed sesame oil to help it along.

Éva Raposa

Éva Raposa is a digital marketing strategist, website designer, and raw foods enthusiast based on the island of Martha's Vineyard.