I am a hummus addict.
Not a day goes by that I don’t dip a veggie or spread a cracker with this delectable treat. Early in Kula Baby’s culinary adventures, I learned to use hummus as a protein source for any snack involving his beloved cracker. For a period of time Kula Baby would eat ANYTHING covered in hummus. ANYTHING!
Now that my son is a bit older, he enjoys making this hummus with me. I let him run the food processor—he thinks it’s the best job ever. The key to this simple hummus recipe is the toasted sesame seeds. It takes only 2-3 minutes to roast the seeds and the flavor is SO much better than regular hummus! Don’t be alarmed by the steps in this recipe—once you get them down you can literally make this in 15 minutes once the beans are cooked.
Simple Hummus Recipe
1 cup dry garbanzo beans, soaked overnight (makes about 2 cups cooked)
2 cups organic vegetable broth
1 cup filtered water
1 inch square of kombu (Found in any health food store. Get a package and keep it in your pantry for easy access!)
7 cloves of garlic, peeled, sliced
5 tablespoons of sesame seeds
2 teaspoons sea salt (or more to taste)
Juice of one lemon (this is about 2-3 tablespoons)
1/2 cup olive oil (or more!)
Bring veggie broth and water to a boil and add garbanzo beans (after they have been soaked overnight). Turn burner down to simmer and add kombu. Simmer for 1-1.5 hours until beans are soft. Remove from heat, strain (reserve at least a cup of broth). NOTE: You can use canned beans if you don’t have time to soak but you’re missing out on some awesome nutrients with canned goods (not to mention the BPA lining in most canned foods is less than ideal) so try to use fresh beans when possible.
Let the beans cool (I run them under cool water when I’m in a hurry)
Get out a skillet. Place sesame seeds in pan and dry roast them over medium heat for a few minutes until they start popping (don’t leave them alone or they might burn!). Place sesame seeds in a grinder and blend. Set the seeds aside. I use my husband’s coffee grinder (don’t tell him!). I simply wipe out grinder with dry paper towel, blend seeds and wipe clean again. Easy.
Now return to your pan on the stove. Put 2 tablespoons of olive oil in pan and saute the slices of garlic until soft and cooked slightly. Turn off burner and set aside.
Putting it all together:
In a food processor or blender combine: beans, ground sesame seeds, lemon juice, oil and garlic (from your pan on stove). While the motor is running pour a little more olive oil and broth/water to bean mixture if it’s too thick. Add salt to taste. I add a dash of paprika to my hummus too.
Optional variation: Sneak some flax oil into this recipe for some omega-3 fats!