There is nothing quite like kicking back with some traditional hummus and a bag of chips to your favorite movie. This is my go-to snack thanks to the protein and other health benefits. Now, my kids love hummus too. It’s led to me making my own instead of buying it at the store to save money on the grocery bill.
If you decide to make your own homemade hummus, you’ll save at least a dollar per cup of hummus that you make at home.
The start-up costs of making your own hummus is typically higher. This is because most people use a food processor to make it. If you don’t already have one, you’ll need to pick one up.
- How To Make Traditional Hummus At Home
- Is Homemade Hummus Worth It?
- The Health Benefits Of Hummus
- How Often Can You Eat Hummus?
- Can Babies Eat Hummus?
- Can You Eat Hummus While Breastfeeding?
- Is There A Safe Shop Bought Hummus?
- Related Guides
- Final Words
How To Make Traditional Hummus At Home
Making your own hummus is a very simple process. All you need are a few ingredients and a food processor.
- 2 cups Chickpeas (you can use either dried chickpeas or canned chickpeas for this recipe)
- ½ teaspoon virgin olive oil
- A pinch of salt
- 1 clove fresh garlic, minced
- Freshly squeezed lemon juice from one medium-sized lemon
Begin by cooking the chickpeas. If you’re using canned chickpeas, heat them on low heat for approximately twenty minutes. Next, peel the chickpeas if you would like to. Peeling chickpeas is not necessary, but your hummus will have a creamier consistency if you do.
After your chickpeas are done, put them in the food processor. Blend them in a food processor until they turn into a smooth paste. Tip: run a finger or spoon through the paste to make sure that the chickpeas are thoroughly pureed.
Next, add the remaining ingredients one at a time. Puree them into the chickpeas until they are well blended. This will only take 10-20 seconds for smaller ingredients, such as olive oil and salt. It may take 1-2 minutes for the minced garlic. Again, double check to make sure that you have a nice puree. If not, turn the food processor on for an additional 1-2 minutes, and check again.
Is Homemade Hummus Worth It?
Yes, homemade hummus is well worth the effort. The start-up costs are a little high if you need to buy a food processor, but this balances out well in the end due to how much money you wind up saving.
There is a big health bonus to making your own hummus. Most store-bought versions have citric acid and potassium sorbate as preservatives.
According to this study, citric acid can cause swelling, inflammation, and stomach pain. This is only true with manufactured citric acid, not natural citric acid that is found in foods like lemons.
In this study, it was discovered that potassium sorbate can significantly alter your DNA because it has a mutagenic effect. The chances of this happening are very low. They’ve also discovered that the amount of potassium sorbate in foods is extremely low. However, just knowing that there is a chance this could happen is enough to make me not feel comfortable consuming store-bought hummus.
The Health Benefits Of Hummus
Most people, myself included, opt for making their own food instead of using store-bought food for health reasons. Homemade food rarely contains the same chemicals and preservatives that you’ll discover on the ingredients of store-bought food. Hummus comes with so many health benefits, you don’t want to counteract them by consuming other toxic ingredients.
Hummus Provides Plenty Of Plant-Based Protein
One of the many reasons that I love to make my own hummus at home is because of the protein. I don’t eat a lot of meat, even though I’m not vegetarian. That means that I have to get my protein from plants.
Hummus provides almost 8 grams of protein per serving. This is based on one serving of 3.5 ounces. That’s almost ½ cup of hummus.
Homemade Hummus Gives You 14% Of Your DRI Of Iron
For a long time, I had iron deficiency anemia. I prefer to get my vitamins and nutrients from food instead of supplements when I can, but I ate so many leafy greens I was tired of looking at them. The hummus was an amazing way to take a break from salad while still including plenty of iron in my diet.
Hummus Is Great For Your Gut
Because of all of the processed food that we eat and various medical conditions, sometimes our gut is not as effective as it should be. We don’t have regular bowel movements or there are too many bad bacteria in our intestine.
Hummus helps fight both of those issues. The chickpeas in hummus are known for helping promote the growth of good bacteria while simultaneously prevent the overgrowth of bad bacteria, according to this study.
Because it’s packed with fiber, hummus can help you stay regular. It provides 6 grams of fiber per serving. That’s almost ¼ of the DRI for women.
How Often Can You Eat Hummus?
Making your own hummus at home is fun, and it offers so many benefits that you’ll instantly start to eat more of it. However, too much of anything is a bad thing. Because hummus has chickpeas as the main ingredient, too much of this food can cause a significant amount of swelling in your stomach. This can lead to a lot of pain until the inflammation subsides.
You also don’t want to fill up on hummus. While it does offer plenty of vitamins and nutrients, having a diverse diet is the key to making sure that you meet the basic nutrition requirements that your body needs.
Most Adults Can Eat Hummus Daily
You can safely eat 2-4 tablespoons of hummus daily. This means that you’ll probably be eating hummus as a side dish.
If you experience stomach pains after you start eating hummus every day, cut back to twice a week. This is highly unlikely, but it does happen. You should also consult your primary care physician for professional medical advice.
Can Babies Eat Hummus?
It’s safe to introduce hummus to your little one when they are nine months old. They cannot have the same amount of hummus that adults can, though. Instead of a 2-4 tablespoon limit, consider only giving them one teaspoon.
Babies might have a harder time digesting certain things, including ingredients in hummus that are spicy. Because of this, it’s best to use bland hummus when you’re feeding it to your little one.
Little ones are also more prone to stomach pains than adults are. When you feed your baby new food, it’s important to watch for signs of pain such as fussiness. Only feed babies one new food at a time so that you know what food to avoid in the future.
It’s not recommended that you feed babies hummus that is purchased from the store. This hummus contains preservatives that are not good for their health and may have a significantly higher salt content.
Can Babies Have Tahini?
Tahini is a common addition to homemade hummus. Its spicy flavor gives hummus an extra boost that most people love. Unfortunately, it’s not always safe to feed babies.
Tahini is very thick and can be a choking hazard for babies, especially those under a year old. If you’d like to include this ingredient in your hummus, make sure that you thin it with water first. Thinner tahini is easier for babies to swallow.
Can You Eat Hummus While Breastfeeding?
We all know that what you eat has the potential to pass through your breastmilk and into your baby. That’s why being healthy is so important, but especially important while breastfeeding. Hummus can give you plenty of the protein that you need, but there are some things to keep in mind while breastfeeding.
Several Moms Reported That Their Little Ones Had Gas
Although most nurses claim that you should be able to eat whatever you want in moderation, you want to emphasize eating in moderation when it comes to hummus. According to this forum, many moms that enjoyed a healthy dose of hummus discovered that their baby was fussy and had gas soon after.
Chickpeas Can Increase Your Milk Supply
Chickpeas are known for giving you a boost in the amount of breastmilk that you produce. If you aren’t producing enough, this can be a great thing. However, if you already produce the perfect amount they can lead to you producing too much and feeling engorged.
Foods, Chemicals, And Toxins Can Make It Into Your Breastmilk
If you enjoy hummus, we recommend that you make your own, especially if you’re breastfeeding. The same unhealthy additives that are found in store-bought hummus can make their way into your baby. When it comes to feeding your little one, it’s always better to be safe instead of sorry.
Is There A Safe Shop Bought Hummus?
If making your own traditional hummus isn’t right for you, pick up some Fontaine Sante hummus. Fontaine Sante products are made with all-natural ingredients. You don’t have to worry about GMOs or unhealthy preservatives, either.
You can find Fontaine Sante Hummus at Walmart and Costco. I’ve purchased it at Walmart before, and it is delicious! A quick search revealed this website where you can find a complete list of retailers that carry Fontaine Sante products.
Hummus is a wonderful addition to a healthy diet, but homemade hummus is best. The more hummus your family eats, the more money you will save. Not only will it save you money, but it will also help you avoid the unhealthy additives that are found in most hummus at the store.
My name is Keren Tayler. I am a stay-at-home mama to three lovely girls, Sarah + Rachel + Hannah. Prior to becoming a mom, I had a successful career in the accounting field, steps away from becoming a CPA. I decided to give up on my career in order to raise my own kids (as opposed to letting a nancy do it, no judgment here) I learned a lot and I love sharing it with other moms. Along the way, I also became a Certified Food Handler.