Literally never thought I’d say this but I definitely think that my favorite snack is hummus & carrot sticks. Not only are they super tasty together but they’re solidly healthy, plus there’s a chance that the vitamin A & the carotene will make me slightly less blind (seriously, me driving without my glasses is a hazard).

But hummus is kinda $$$ and I’m on a budget. So I opted for the DIY version and I have to say that it’s damn better than the store-bought variety. And shockingly easy to make in a blender – you don’t even need a fancy food processor! There’s tons of ways to dish up hummus besides carrots, it tastes stellar with almost any raw veggie, pita chip, or pita wedge. You can even use it on sandwiches instead of mustard or mayo.




2 cups of cooked, drained chickpeas

3 tablespoons extra-version olive oil

2 tablespoons tahini* (a little hard to find in stores, you can buy it here).

2 tablespoon lemon juice

½ teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon salt

1 clove garlic, chopped

Water (as needed, likely ¼ cup)


  1. Follow the instructions on your package of dry beans. Check out this article if you’re pressed for time – they use baking soda to speed up the process! Rinse and drain before using in recipe.
  2. Add chickpeas, olive oil, tahini, lemon juice, pepper, salt, and garlic to your blender.
  3. Blend until smooth, adding water as needed until creamy. It might take longer than a minute or two, depends on your blender.
  4. Taste and feel free to adjust the spices until it’s to your satisfaction.

*The best spot to find Tahini is if you have a Middle Eastern or specialty grocery nearby. They might carry it in your supermarket but it’ll be a little more expensive. I’ll use Amazon next time; Safeway was way overpriced.


Flavor variations:

Hummus tastes killer with tons of different add ons. It’s likely that you have a solid amount of spices in your cabinet that would be perfect. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Add up to a tablespoon of your favorite spice: cumin, paprika, dill, coriander, Sriracha or cayenne (though add to taste or else it’ll be super spicy).
  • Cactus! (Yeah, you read that right. Dino & I found a jar of “tender cactus” at Safeway that was absolutely fantastic mixed into the hummus (pictured below). I used the juice from the jar in lieu of water during one trial – it worked perfectly! If your local grocery doesn’t have it, Amazon does here.
  • Roasted red pepper.
  • Onion.
  • Artichoke.
  • Olives.


Your Turn

Got a hummus-making secret? Or maybe your fave DIY flavor. Let me know in the comments!