White Bean Basil Hummus

I love it when weelicious moms email me to ask if I can figure out how to recreate a pre-made food they love from the grocery.

Not too long ago, a mother wrote that her daughter adored Trader Joe's White Bean Basil Hummus and could I help her figure out how to make it homemade. Hummus is very easy to make, but figuring out the exact flavor proportions of a particular recipe can be tricky. I played around with this one for a while, adding a little of this and a little of that, until I thought I came up with the perfect balance. Then, I ran around the house with a handful of spoons making my whole family do a blind taste test to decide which one was better. It was unanimous_ the homemade version won hands down.

Sure, it may be a lot easier to simply buy a tub of your favorite hummus at the grocery, but after tasting this smooth and creamy version I bet you'll agree it's worth the time (and money!) to make it on your own. Thanks for your requests, readers!

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White Bean Basil Hummus (Makes 1 1/2 Cups)

Prep Time: 0 mins Cook Time: 0 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 1 Can Cannelini or Northern White Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 Cup fresh basil
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 2 Tbsp tahini
  • 1/2 Tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 Cup olive oil

Preparation

1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth.
2. Serve with vegetables, pita chips or as a sandwich spread.
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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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46 comments

  • Lisa

    We adore hummus at our house. I make one homemade batch a week. Can't wait to try this version! Thanks!

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    • Betsy

      Okay I'm coievncnd. Let's put it to action.

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  • Kary

    In what section of a grocery store would I find the Tahini? Never heard of it and have no idea what it is. Would love to try this with my kids.

    Thanks,

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    • HCinKC

      I have seen it in the health food section, with the baking and cooking supplies, and the international food section. Since stores differ in availability depending on where you live, it's probably easiest to ask an employee. It is a sort of cream colored looking paste in a jar about the size of peanut butter. If you can't find it, you don't *need* it. Leaving it out can affect the taste slightly, but it isn't needed for consistency or anything.

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    • Kirsten

      I've seen it near the peanut butter at Wholefoods but I just use sesame seeds. You're putting them in the food processor anyway =)

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    • Cathie

      I find tahini near the mayonnaise section of our local supermarket. when making traditional hummus with chick peas if I have run out of Tahini I have in the past substituted a little peanut butter (provided no nut allergies). If you have nut allergies perhaps try sunflower seed butter or leave it out altogether.

      I can't wait to try this version...looks and sounds delicious!

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  • Rebecca

    1 cup of basil.. I have to assume that means fresh and not dried basil.

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    • Catherine

      Yes! Fresh :)

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  • Fiona

    dumb question- by small clove of garlic, do you mean a small bulb/head or just a clove (segment)?

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    • Catherine

      a clove which would be a segment :)

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  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}

    This looks delicious! I've seen the white bean basil hummus at TJ's, but haven't ever tried it. I'd much rather make my own anyway. Thanks for this recipe. :-)

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  • Gauri

    any thoughts on how long this can be stored?

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    • Catherine

      Place them in a tupperware and store up to two weeks, refrigerated

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  • Reyna

    I love the stuff from TJ's...but we live far enough away that I don't get it very often. I can't wait to make this when the basil in my garden starts to grow!

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  • Angela

    Perfect timing! I have a $2 basil plant from Trader Joe's that has taken off and turned into a basil shrub! Besides pesto (which I've been making by hand and to order), I've been looking for a recipe to use up heaps of basil. This ought to do it and it sounds delicious!

    p.s. - I know that acid is generally to taste, but about how much lemon juice (by volume) would you estimate? I like to have a starting point because I've got some pretty big lemons!

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  • Ashlea

    My son is allergic to sesame what would you suggest to replace the Tahini with as I would love to try it?

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    • Catherine

      You can leave out the Tahini :)

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  • Dawn

    THANK YOU!!! I'm moving away from my Trader Joe's in 3 weeks and so happy to have this! Thank you! :)

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  • Julia's Child

    Yum! I too have noticed that fresh citrus juice is so effective at making canned beans taste fresh. Black beans + lime juice is another good combo.
    Now I need some basil...

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    • Penny O

      Excellent suggestion of black beans and lime. Must try sometime.

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  • Julie

    This is so delicious! My 3yo daughter and I just made it and nearly ate the whole bowl. She won't eat beans as is, so thank you so much for this recipe. It's going to be a staple in our fridge, especially with all of the fresh basil growing in the garden.

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  • Eden

    I currently have everything but the fresh basil, only dried. can i still use that? if so, how much?

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    • Catherine

      You have the option of putting dried basil in the hummus but if you do, put 1- 1 1/2 tbsp since it is stronger. Again, the flavors will be different from using fresh basil. Let me know if it works :)

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  • Megan

    Hummus is a staple in our house, too. My 10 month old absolutely loves it! This sounds so good. Now I just have to run to the market tomorrow for some fresh basil. Thanks for the recipe!

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  • Julie

    Hi - you said 1 cup basil but do you pack the basil? Firmly pack? Gently pack? into a 1 cup measure? :D

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  • KatieJ

    This is A-MAY-ZING... My husband, who hates hummus devours it. My 21 month old will eat anything if I put this on it, and she loves to help me make it in the kitchen. Thank you!!!!

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  • Rachel Orosco

    I love this dip! thanks for sharing. I added half of a can of artichoke to this and it's perfect.

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  • Bailey Whiteman

    This may have been said already, but I also use it instead of pesto on pasta. Tastes the same and we all get a higher protein vegetarian meal! And great for me since I can't eat dairy right now.

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  • Denise

    How much is a \"can\" of beans? Cans come in lots of different sizes, so please be more precise on measurements

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  • Bee

    my son is allergic to garlic - should i sub with something or just leave it out?

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    I have some hummus here but I'm out of pita bread. What else can I eat with this hummus so it doesn't go to waste?

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  • Hummus

    I bought hummus and accidentally left it out in the grocery bag on the counter for about 1 1/2 hours. If I put it in the fridge now will it be ok?

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  • Maureen

    Awesome! Was looking for another recipe and came across this. Have been telling friends about Trader Joe's white bean hummus and their mediterranean hummus because its so good so excited to try this. We are not that close to TJ's so now I could have this anytime I want!

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  • Jamie

    Can I use bag beans with this.. Not a fan of canned..

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    • Catherine

      Yes, you can use dry beans. Just soak and cook them according to the package directions first!

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  • Penny O

    Thank you for the recipe. Going to make it tomorrow with white beans I pre-cooked and froze ala http://melomeals.blogspot.com/. Looks good...looks perfect.

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  • Trikkinikki

    Made this today...holy DELICIOUS!!

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    A quick version I made is:
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