My Own No-Tahini Hummus Recipe

In an effort to keep up with the June Challenge of trying a new, healthy recipe each week, I made my own hummus today.  I had no tahini, which evidently is a staple in a hummus recipe, so I had to wing it.  Trial and error, right?  How else are we to learn?

I am quite proud of how this turned out.  It’s very good, and garlicky, so my clients today will love me, since I couldn’t resist eating it for breakfast.

Here is the recipe:

1 can garbanzo beans drained (reserve liquid for later) (optional)
1 crushed garlic clove
1 tsp or a bit more to taste of cumin
1 tsp of salt or a bit more to taste
Juice of half of lemon
1 tablespoon of sesame oil (I didn’t use the whole tablespoon – I just slowly poured it in until I got the consistency I wanted)  (olive oil will work, as well)

Put all ingredients in the blender and pulse adding the reserved liquid (or more oil) until desired consistency.  Periodically scrape down sides to make sure all is blended.  If needed, add more salt or cumin to taste.


PS:  I was trying to get creative with the pictures, but as usual, they look a bit contrived.  I’ve previously stressed how my photography skills are not the best, but I get points for trying to make it all look really yummy, right?

The June Challenge!

Happy June!  Can you believe it’s time for a new challenge?  I’ve been thinking, and because summer is upon us, why not try eating a bit healthier (which we should be doing anyway…)?  It’s hard, I know, with kids home, and routines are now jumbled but life must still go on as if none of these changes happened.  Ugh.  So let’s be creative and try one new HEALTHY recipe a week.  Here is one recipe to get you started on your challenge for June and you will not be disappointed. It’s easy, has only a few ingredients, and even the kids can help put this one together. You can tweak the recipe a bit to add fun sprinkles, etc.  Guaranteed they are going to love it, so you many need to double the batch!

I made these today.  It took approximately 10 minutes, if that long.  It was fast and easy, and, because of that, I was skeptical; and then I tasted one.  O.M.G.  They are amazing.  I mean they are so full of flavor, good-for-you ingredients, and NO BAKING.

How do people eat just one?  I’m hoping there will be at least one left for my husband to try. He’s such a good sport.  I am constantly making him try all of my guinea-pig recipes and he’s willing to be the taste-tester.  I don’t think he’s been disappointed…yet.  There are zillions more I need to try…so many recipes, so little time.  I think Greg may need to do some research and find a recipe for me.  Of course, there are stipulations.  Rules.  Guidelines.  All of which he must follow while picking out the recipe.  One day, I want to be the guinea pig.  Hmmm…honey, are you reading this? :)

So back to the cookie bites.  Honestly, it took longer to clean the food processor than it did to actually put this together.  I found the recipe from this blog, which hasn’t let me down yet.  I followed this recipe exactly, with exception of the amount of chocolate chips.  1/4 cup seemed way too many chips for the little ball of dough the recipe created, so I used 2 tablespoons and it was enough.  The recipe yielded about 15 cookies for me and now there are 12 left (I’m not too happy about that at this moment – it’s only 7:53am).  They were small bites with big flavor.

I hope you try these!