As a Vegan that follows a very strict nutritional plan, Hummus has got to be (besides nuts!) one of the most heavenly delicious foods that I "pig out" on. I LUV HUMMUS!!! When I make hummus, I use all types of beans, spices & chiles. In some, I use cashews instead of Tahini & I don't use oil in all of my many varieties.
Oh, these pictures look so yummy... I sure wish I'd not eaten up all the hummus. I could go for some right now!
I always tell my clients & folks in my cooking classes...."if you are gonna break open the kitchen & make a mess.... then at least prepare enough for the week!" And I did just that. I prepared enough hummus for what should have been a week.... but, remember...I LUV HUMMUS, so it didn't last quite a week.
Ok, grab your food processor & let's get started! Remember I rarely measure anything....so add spices, herbs & chiles to YOUR liking. I LUV everything HOT and spicy!
In most cases, I use homemade-crock pot beans, but Eden Organic makes really great canned beans in lots of varieties with NO salt and NO fat added. Just beans and seaweed. With the exception of the cashews & the chipoltle peppers, all the ingredients are organic. (You know how I feel about eating organic, if at all possible.)
As you lay out all of the ingredients, I invite you to take a moment and enjoy the aromas of the FRESH basil, FRESH garlic, FRESH cilantro and the juices from the lemons & limes. Most times we are in such a hurry that we miss out on all the wonderful "smells" that fresh organic produce offer us.
GARBANZO BASIL GARLIC HUMMUS
-raw cashews, about 1/2 to 3/4 c
-Fresh garlic ... TONS of it (no powder or no salt)
-cumin, ground about 1 to 1.5 teaspoons
-red or orange bell peppers. these can be roasted in the oven before hand or not
-juice of one large lemon -mix in the processor, slightly
-add Fresh basil.... TONS of it -turn on processor
You may need to add a little of the bean water while machine is on. You want the texture to be semi smooth with small chunks of cashew. You should still be able to see the bits of basil and red or orange peppers. It has the look of "confetti."