Feeling a little peckish and need a quick pick-me-up? Here’s just the thing, my healthy version of homemade hummus (and let’s be honest, hummus itself can’t get much healthier than it already is). Chickpeas are an absolute staple in the pantry as they are known to boost metabolism and help cleanse the body because of their high alkalinity. These little beauty’s are packed with protein, fibre (both of the good kinds), high in iron and manganese, have a low Glycemic Index, thus will stabilise blood sugar levels, aiding in weight loss, lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol, are rich in magnesium and folate and contains phytochemicals that act as antioxidants. These beans have been declared one of the world’s healthiest food, and with all the benefits it’s definitely not hard to see why! So what better way to boost your intake of these protein powerhouse machines than to make your very own hummus. It’s no mess, no fuss, super easy, quick and yummy to make. You’ll wonder why you simply didn’t try this sooner!
1 can 500g rinsed and drained Chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1 clove garlic
1 tsp tahini
3 Tbsp olive oil
Place all ingredients into a blender and gradually pulse until beans are blended. It should reach a thick and creamy paste like consistency, however feel free to add more or less olive oil to create a desired level of thickness.
If you want to add other flavours, try roasting pumpkin, tomato or beetroot (some examples I would highly recommend) in the oven in olive oil and then add to the blended beans, or simply add other spices and herbs. Place into a small dish or bowl, chop up some carrot and celery or if you prefer crackers, serve and enjoy!