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One of the first foods I gave my kids after they went through a rainbow of fruit and veggie purees was hummus. It's creamy texture and vibrant flavors were an eye opening pleasure for them both, especially after the simplicity of their first foods.

Even now, you can always find hummus in my fridge. It's easy to make and stays fresh for over a week, so I don't have to worry about having a healthy protein on hand that I know my kids love (even though it will probably all be eaten up before a week is up). Whether I'm serving it as a dip with veggies, as a spread on a sandwich or even just to eat with a spoon straight out of a bowl (Chloe's preferred method), hummus is a recipe that’s simple to prepare but packed with flavor!

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Hummus (Makes 1 1/2 Cups)

Prep Time: 0 mins Cook Time: 0 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 1 15 Oz. Can Garbanzo Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 2 Tbsp Tahini (can be usually be found right next to the peanut butter at your local grocery)
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Olive Oil

Preparation

1. Place all the ingredients except the olive oil in a food processor and puree.
2. Add the olive oil and continue to puree until creamy.
3. Serve.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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42 comments

  • Lisa {Smart Food & Fit}

    I just started to make homemade hummus, it's so easy.

    Another good reason to make your own hummus is that the store bought hummus adds sodium benzoate as a preservative. Sodium benzoate and vitamin C combined together forms benzene, which is a known carcinogen. Not good for anyone especially small children. Sodium benzoate is added to alot of foods and beverages that kids eat, like fruit juices and jams/jellies.

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  • Meghna

    My 2 year old's favorite has always been hummus. Much like Chloe, she just sits and eats it with a spoon. I am dying to make this, but don't have any tahini on hand, at the moment, so will have to wait. By the way, does this require 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, for the best flavor, or can bottled lemon juice taste okay in it?

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    • Lisa {Smart Food & Fit}

      Hi Meghna, I've made it without tahini, my nephew is allergic to sesame seeds. It tastes just as good, but yes the fresh lemon makes it.

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    • Melissa

      You can also use a little all natural peanut butter. That's what we do for our kids over 2.

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    • Liana

      I just made some with plain yogurt instead of tahini!!

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  • Laura Degnan

    Funny, yesterday I made this same exact recipe using Cannellini beans instead. It's considered the Italian version of hummus. Can't wait to try this one!

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  • Laurie Carlson

    We love hummus at our house too --- I always thought it needed to be made with chick peas and tahini, but in Dreena Burton's book, Eat, Drink and Be Vegan she has lots of yummy recipes that use cannellini beans or black beans too and a variety of butters (i.e. almond butter) or nuts (cashews, peanuts) in combination. This book is worth buying just for it's hummus varieties.

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  • Sarah

    How do you store your Tahini after opening it? Just curious.

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    • Amanda

      I'm curious about the storage as well and how long it lasts.

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  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}

    My little one loves chickpeas. She loves tahini. But she hates hummus. Frustrating!

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  • Tamara

    Do you happen to know the shelf life of tahini? I've had an open container in my fridge for awhile and this post is inspiring me to try making it again. My litte one wasn't a fan of hummus the first couple of times we tried it.

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    • Tamara

      Ignore this. I just saw the post above. Thanks!

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  • Valerie

    I make almost this same recipe all of the time, and my 18 month old loves it (so does everyone else...)! He actually doesn't care for store bought hummus because he loves his mama's so much! My recipe includes a teaspoon of cumin and a teaspoon of corriander. Those spices add some great flavor.

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    • Lyndsay

      Oh the cumin is SO happening the next time I make this. Thanks for the tip!

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  • Sandy Kay

    I don't buy the tahini - I just throw in a couple teaspoons sesame seeds and it grinds up with the rest of the ingredients.

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    • Lisa {Smart Food & Fit}

      I'm going to try it with the sesame seeds. I have some sitting in my fridge.

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    • Coralee

      Thanks for the tip, I tried to find tahini, but I couldn't. Just adding sesame seeds did the trick. :o)

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  • Trisha

    I think Eden Organics has canned beans, but if not, is there a suggestion for avoiding canned beans?

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    • Coralee

      I just used dried beans, soaked them and then boiled them. You just need to make sure they are nice and soft for the geet really smooth when you blend them

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  • Butterfly Mamma

    For a protein plus option I use Greek Yogurt in lieu of the tahini and olive oil, also helps if there are seed allergies :)

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  • Mrs.M

    this was excellent. my husband and i love it....as well as the kiddos.
    my 4 yr old is sitting at the island right now eating it with carrots and wheat thins. dee-lish!

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  • Sara

    Wondering the size of the garlic clove and if I throw it in the processor whole. Just made this recipe and loved it, but it was pretty garlicky (maybe it's supposed to be?). Just want to make sure I made it correctly.

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    • Catherine

      considering if a garlic clove is \"small\" can be difficult sometimes. I would consider a garlic clove small when it is slightly slimmer than the other ones. If you would chop it up it would be about 1/4-1/2 tsp. :)

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  • Ashley

    Just wondering what your preferred kind of olive oil is in this recipe (ie. extra virgin, light, etc.). Thanks!

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  • kdkay86

    How long will the Hummus keep in the fridge?

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    • Greenish Mommy

      She says it'll last about a week in the fridge!

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  • Melody

    so easy and so yummy. i've always bought store bought hummus out of habit and I am over the moon excited that I can make my own now since my boys and I eat hummus daily. Many thanks!!

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  • Keith's Mom

    Try lime juice instead of lemon, yummy!

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  • Rachel Freeze

    Can you freeze batches?

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    • Catherine

      Yes! Freeze in any increment you prefer, defrost in the fridge. Items like hummus sometimes separate when frozen, but just give it a stir and it should be just fine. :)

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  • Kellie

    so the added salt in the hummus is fine for my 13 month old? Just want to be sure, thanks!

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    • Catherine

      Yes, the added salt is fine. Of course, that depends on your specific diet and your pediatrician's advice! You can leave it out if you need to! :)

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  • Ruth Pinnell

    This tasted very salty and lemony right after I made it, but the next day had mellowed and was delicious.

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  • Sarah

    Wow! This is great hummus- a little salty, but that's probably why my kids loved it!

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  • Sara

    What is the serving size?

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  • Alina

    I made this following the recipe exactly. It was so salty I had to throw it. I love all your recipes but this one was a complete fail. Won't make again.

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  • Ashley Karis

    Hummus, so good!

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