Confession: I have already gone to my fridge TWICE and snacked on this exact recipe as I have been writing this blog. I'm obsessed with hummus and I'm not ashamed to admit it.
Hummus has been one of my kitchen staples for a few years now and one of my favorite snacks to prepare at the start of every week. I have tried making several different flavors from classic to roasted red pepper to roasted garlic. However, the cilantro jalapeño has easily become my favorite since I enjoy a spicy kick from time to time.
Hummus is a Middle Eastern dip that is typically made by combining garbanzo beans (chickpeas), tahini (ground sesame seeds), fresh lemon juice, olive oil and garlic into a food processor. It's light and creamy texture makes it the perfect snack, appetizer or spread. The best part is the ingredients are relatively inexpensive and it packs a nutritional punch in every bite.
Hummus is hands down one of the healthiest and most convenient go-to snack there is, which is why I make a big batch of it every week to have on hand.
Are There Health Benefits To Hummus?
Yes! Hummus has several health promoting qualities to offer. Known for it's excellent source of plant protein, hummus also contains several minerals and vitamins, which makes it the best guilt free snack to indulge in. It's rich in fiber, potassium, magnesium, copper, vitamin B6, zinc, iron, folate and much more.
Adding hummus to your diet will help promote a healthy digestion, fight inflammation and is low on the glycemic index, which may help control your blood sugar levels.
Is Homemade Better Than Store Bought?
In my opinion, yes. However, both are still very nutritious and relatively inexpensive. Most health food stores such as Whole Foods carry a variety of flavors, which might be a great option if you have never tried hummus before.
I will buy store bought hummus once in a while to try something different, however I prefer to make my own. Store bought hummus typically contain preservatives such as potassium sorbate and citric acid, each of which have been linked to adverse health effects.
Regardless, hummus is one of the most delicious, convenient and nutritious snacks out there that has many benefits to offer.
How To Make
Jalapeño Cilantro Hummus
2 15 ounces cans of garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
1/3 cup of tahini
Fresh squeezed lemon juice from 2 medium sized lemons
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
5-6 garlic cloves
2 jalapeños, seeds removed
1 bunch of fresh cilantro (I include the stems!)
Sea salt to taste
1. Drain and rinse garbanzo beans.
2. Combine the tahini, fresh lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, jalapeños, cilantro into a food processor. Blend all ingredients until smooth consistency. You may need to stop the processor to scrape the sides and add any ingredients that were left out, then continue to blend until smooth.
3. Add the sea salt and garbanzo beans to the food processor and blend until it is a smooth paste. If the consistency is too thick, add a little bit of water, lemon juice or olive oil to thin.
4. Serve with toasted pita bread, pita chips, chopped veggies or (my personal favorite) Mary's Gone Crackers!