Hummus Time Is Any Time

Who doesn’t like to dip food into other food? I love hummus. I really really love hummus. Especially clean hummus, one that are made with natural ingredients and lots of love, can’t forget the love.

imageI’ve recently been addicted to this recipe for a cheesy flavoured hummus that does not actually have any cheese or additives. It’s simple and there’s not too much fuss required.

The only real work that needs to be done (and it’s really only if you choose to do the work), is to make the chickpeas from dried! I prefer cooking dried chickpeas and making this hummus from scratch. I am not the biggest fan of the tin-y flavour that you get from canned beans. The only time I really used canned beans is in chili or in very strong flavoured dishes like stews or soups where there is other dominating flavours. Chickpeas are incredibly simple to make, they are great for snacking, throw onto salads and other dishes.

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With most chickpeas, the only thing to remember is that you’ll need to prepare ahead of time. Soak the chickpeas in fresh water (about 2 inches aboveΒ the chickpeas) overnight or at least 6-8 hours, this helps break down the chickpeas so they can cook even more tenderly. Once soaked and they’ve ballooned up, drain them of the liquid. I usually will rinse them again in a colander but not always necessary. Place them in a large enough pot to accommodate the chickpeas and ample liquid. If you are making them for this recipe, water is great. However! If you are making this golden little beans for snacking or salads, feel free to use stock for added flavour!

The secret ingredient that makes this hummus so scrumdiliumptious is… *drum roll*Β nutritional yeast! You might be a bit disgusted, “YEAST!? I don’t want to eat yeast!!” But hear me out, not only is the flavour akin to cheese but it is also chock full of vitamin Bs!

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On to the recipe!

Ingredients:
1.5 cup of cooked chickpeas
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/3 cup tomato paste
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/4-1/3 cup water*
2-3 crushed garlic
2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp or less cayenne pepper powder**

*Depending on the consistency you prefer for hummus
**A dash of cayenne pepper will not make it spicy but add much flavour to the hummus, however you can certainly add more to make it spicier.

Equipment:
Strong blender or food processor

Directions:

  1. Add all the ingredients into your chosen piece of equipment.
  2. Process or blend until it slows down. You may need to use a spatula to get into the sides should the spread be thicker and hard to mix.
  3. If needed, you can always add a splash more of water. Be careful how much you add, it can definitely become too watery!
  4. Transfer hummus into container and enjoy!

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