Monday, June 18, 2012

Jalapeño & Cilantro Hummus

One snack that I think I could live off of is hummus.  

I usually buy the pre-made stuff because I do not have a food processor.  Recently, I decided to do some research to see if there were any alternatives to a food processor. I found that hummus was an option! Granted, it is slightly more textured than the store bought stuff but, as we all know, anything homemade is just so much better and better for us.

All you need is patients, hunger and a little bit of muscle to grind away.

 Jalapeño & Cilantro Hummus


1 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
Juice from 1 lime
1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded & minced
2 cloves garlic
1 bunch cilantro (I don’t measure, I just grab a big handful & chop)
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
½ -1 tsp cumin (depends on your taste) 
2-3 spoonfuls of almond butter (optional but recommended)
sea salt and pepper
olive oil

Tools Needed

large bowl
chopping board/mat
hand masher (fork will also work but will take longer)
Add chickpeas to bowl a start mashing. 

Once all of the chickpeas are mashed up, add a stream of olive oil and water until desired consistency is reached. I put water in a 1 c measuring cup so I can add the water in a stream, too. Stir in the remaining ingredients to the mixture.  Feel free to adjust the ingredients to taste and/or consistency. 

Keep in mind, heat is held in the seeds and ribs of a pepper, therefore, by removing them, the heat level will not be as intense. I suggest when adding the minced jalapeno, do it slowly and taste as you go. 

Serve with pita chips, tortilla chips or veggies or use on a sandwich as a spread alternative. 

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Rach! When I don't want to dirty my food processor, I put all the ingredients into a heavy-duty large freezer bag & use a large can (tomatoes, beans, whatever!) to beat/roll/squish the hummus into submission :)