Easy Hummus Recipe Without Tahini

Easy Hummus Recipe Without Tahini ~ deliciously creamy with just a hint of lemon. No tahini needed and this healthy appetizer comes together in a jiffy!

I haven’t sworn off tahini and have nothing against it, but the last time I bought it I could only find it in a super size jar that could have easily come off the shelves of Sam’s Club (but didn’t). Waste! I couldn’t use it all before the expiration date and ended up throwing away a good portion of it away.

When we were in Florida recently, I bought a container of the local grocery store’s own hummus and was really disappointed ~ thick, tasteless and a little clumpy ~ whaaat? I swore when I got home I would make the kind of hummus I like to eat ~ creamy, full of flavor with a hint of lemon.

Easy Hummus Recipe Without Tahini recipe rivals any I’ve had with tahini and since I usually have everything on hand to make it (except tahini), it’s easier than a trip to the store for pre-packaged and takes about as much time.

I love how creamy it is and the bright flavor fresh lemon adds. Keep reading and see how to make the best hummus. Ever.

Easy Hummus Recipe Without Tahini ~ deliciously creamy with just a hint of lemon. No tahini needed! This healthy appetizer comes together in a jiffy!

I’m ready to deliver on my promise for a tip for making the best hummus. I’d like to say I gave birth to this tip (but that would be similar to Al Gore and the internet) but I did not.

I read it and tried it and it’s definitely my new favorite and best tip when making hummus. Here it is: take the skins off the chick peas.

I’ve made hummus with and without the chick peas being de-skinned (is that a word?) but for the creamiest hummus you’ll ever eat, those skins must come off. Leaving the skins on, no matter how long I blend, the hummus still has a sluggish, rustic texture to it.

Easy Hummus Recipe Without Tahini ~ deliciously creamy with just a hint of lemon. No tahini needed! This healthy appetizer comes together in a jiffy!

Now you may be thinking ~ really? Every single chick pea? Is she crazy? Yes. . .and yes. It’s a bit tedious and takes more time than just emptying the can into your food processor, but it’s worth it. And if you’re going to make your own hummus, you may as well make the best darn hummus ever. Back to de-skinning the chick peas. It’s totally painless. They don’t feel a thing. Just give each one a little pinch and the skin falls right off.

The Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of chick peas, drained and skins removed
  • 2 cloves of garlic, whole
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt (or more to taste)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice (or more to taste)
  • Up to 1/2 cup of water (all the water may not be used)

Easy Hummus Recipe Without Tahini ~ deliciously creamy with just a hint of lemon. No tahini needed! This healthy appetizer comes together in a jiffy!

In a small sauté pan, warm the olive oil over low heat then drop in the garlic cloves. Simmer 5 minutes to flavor the olive oil, stirring occasionally so the garlic doesn’t burn. Remove from the heat to cool and throw away the garlic cloves.

Drain the chick peas and remove the skins just by gently rubbing them individually between your finger and thumb.

No Tahini Hummus

Add the chick peas to the food processor then add the olive oil, cumin, salt and lemon juice.

Easy Hummus Recipe Without Tahini ~ deliciously creamy with just a hint of lemon. No tahini needed! This healthy appetizer comes together in a jiffy!

Pulse until the check peas are coarsely chopped, then begin adding the water a little at a time. Blend at full power until your hummus has a silky, creamy texture. 

Easy Hummus Recipe Without Tahini ~ deliciously creamy with just a hint of lemon. No tahini needed! This healthy appetizer comes together in a jiffy!

This is the consistency you’re looking for:Tast

Easy Hummus Recipe Without Tahini ~ deliciously creamy with just a hint of lemon. No tahini needed! This healthy appetizer comes together in a jiffy!

Taste it and adjust the salt and lemon juice according to your own preferences. 

Serving Suggestions:

  • As an appetizer with pita bread (or pita chips) and veggies.
  • On an English muffin topped with an over-easy egg for breakfast.
  • As a sandwich spread instead of mayo (turkey, lettuce, tomato on a whole grain bread).

What’s your favorite way to enjoy hummus? Enjoy!

Easy Hummus Recipe Without Tahini ~ deliciously creamy with just a hint of lemon. No tahini needed! This healthy appetizer comes together in a jiffy!

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Easy Hummus Recipe Without Tahini
Ingredients
  • 2 cans chick peas drained and skins removed
  • 2 cloves garlic whole
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or more to taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice or more to taste
  • 1/2 cup of water all the water may not be used
Instructions
  1. In a small sauté pan, warm the olive oil over low heat. Drop in the garlic cloves and simmer 5 minutes to flavor the olive oil, stirring occasionally so they don’t burn then remove from heat and discard the garlic..
  2. Drain the chick peas and remove the skins.
  3. Add the chick peas to the food processor along with the olive oil, cumin, salt and lemon juice.
  4. Pulse until the check peas are coarsely chopped, then begin adding the water a little at a time, blending at full power.
  5. When your hummus looks like this:
  6. When the hummus reaches a creamy consistency, taste and adjust the salt and lemon juice according to your own preferences.

  1. Mary
    March 8, 2016

    So happy to see a non-tahini hummus….hard to find small containers of tahini….so thank you. The suggestions you give for using this recipe sound great…especially egg on hummus spread muffin. Pinned. Thank for sharing.

    • Bernie
      March 10, 2016

      Thank you so much Mary! Some things I make are strictly for one season or another, but I eat hummus all year ’round. Enjoy!

  2. Wendi
    March 9, 2016

    I have to say that your skinless chickpea hummus looks much more creamy than mine when I leave the skins on! I agree about the tahini – it is impossible to find anywhere near where I live – and then doesn’t get completely used before it is bad. I’m going to have to give your recipe a go – I too don’t like the store bought hummus – although it seems to show up at every party I attend. Thanks for sharing!!

    • Bernie
      March 10, 2016

      Hi Wendy ~ thanks so much! Sharing this recipe is my pleasure. It’s one my favorites. I see store-bought hummus at a lot of parties too. Before I made it the first time, I had no idea how easy it is! Take care.