classic hummus

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classic  hummus

i am most definitely a creature of habit. since starting weight watchers in february i eat pretty much the same thing every day for breakfast. a bowl of mixed berries, 1/2 cup of 0% greek yogurt, and 1/4 cup granola. for lunch it is either a salad or zucchini noddles. i snack on veggies and humus. i change up our dinners, but if i need a sweet treat it is usually this banana bread minus the butter.

it may sound boring, but it makes staying in my points range easy.

even though hummus is so easy to make, and i always have garbanzo beans in the pantry, i usually buy it. but all hummus is not created equal. my favorite happens to be from whole foods. it is so good i could eat the entire tub in one sitting not that that would be in my points range.

now i love my whole foods, but with the kids back in school i simply do not have the motivation to make multiple trips there each week. but trying other brands always leads to disappointment, so i set out to recreate the hummus i love so much.

classic hummus

classic hummus


  • 2 cups of garbanzo beans (drained, liquid reserved)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 2 Tbsp parsley, plus a few leaves for toppping
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/3 cup tahini, well stirred
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • in a blender or food processor, puree 2 Tbsp parsley with 2 Tbsp olive oil, press through a fine mesh sieve into a small bowl, discard solids and save oil
  • add garbanzo beans, remaining 2 Tbsp oil, garlic, tahini, and lemon juice, and cumin to food processor
  • puree until smooth, adding 1/4 - 1/3 cup of the reserved liquid from garbanzo beans
  • add salt and pepper to taste
  • spoon into a bowl and top with parsley oil
  • serve with fresh veggies and pita bread

after much experimentation it turns out for me it is all about the cumin. if you are not a fan try subbing paprika. both recipes are delicious, but i love the cumin and it is what makes the whole foods hummus my favorite. the cumin really stands out.

for an extra creamy texture, remove the skins from the beans. i don’t bother with this step, but it does make a hummus that is silky smooth.

with the exception of cleaning my food processor, seriously it is my least favorite thing to do, this classic hummus is so quick and simple to make and really does taste better than anything you could buy at the store.

classic hummus