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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!


White Bean Basil Hummus

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Servings: 1.5 cups
Total Time 2 minutes



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


Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Sodium: 150mg | Fiber: 3g
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About the Author

Catherine is a 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. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. 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?

  2. How much is a “can” of beans? Cans come in lots of different sizes, so please be more precise on measurements

  3. […] In planning my daughter’s second birthday party, I figured I’d buy pita chips and hummus to serve with pizza to the family who will be coming  back for dinner/cake. My friend Kate asked me what I’d be cooking and I was kind of stumped. Fruit salad? That’s all I had planned. I started googling white bean hummus, and came up with this delicious recipe. It could not have been any easier, it was SIMPLE! (For the record, I spent most of the day preparing, and even made some salsa instead of buying it! Go me!) White Bean Basil Hummus (Makes 1 1/2 Cups)  Found on Weelicious […]

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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!!!!

  7. Hi – you said 1 cup basil but do you pack the basil? Firmly pack? Gently pack? into a 1 cup measure? 😀

  8. 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!

  9. 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 🙂

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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…

  13. 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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