Lemony Hemp Hummus
I eat hummus nearly every day. On days I do not eat hummus, it’s for one of two reasons:
- I don’t have any or don’t have the ingredients needed to make it.
- Someone or something is holding me against my will.
In case you haven’t made hummus before, it is a bean dip, traditionally made from chickpeas or garbanzo beans. Beans are one of the healthiest foods. Research shows societies that eat primarily beans and grains (such as the Mediterranean diet) have longer, healthier lifespans. It also low in fat and calories, but full of filling fiber. It is the perfect snack with raw carrot sticks or your favorite veggie.
I like buying the Oasis brand of hummus, but to save money, I’ve been making my own.
A few weeks ago, I bought a bag of Hemp Hearts from Trader Joe’s. It was dominantly displayed in a bright green bag, calling my name – so I went for it! I didn’t have a recipe in mind, but I knew I could find a way to use them up. Hemp seeds have many nutritional benefits, but are known for their ideal ratio of Omega-3s to Omega-6s. It also includes the sterol ALA (a-linolenic acid) which is a precursor to the Omega-3 fatty acid. Our bodies do not make this on their own, so we must consume rich sources through foods.
I keep my hemp seeds in the fridge so they last longer. I started adding them to my oatmeal once in a while. The hearts do not have a strong flavor, but they add a great crunch and texture. One day I thought, why not add them to hummus since I eat it every day? My lemony hemp hummus was born.
I really like the addition of the lemon zest. Make sure you zest the lemon before juicing! I also add ground cumin for a savory, warming flavor. Cumin is thought to aid in the digestion of beans. Bonus! I also added a tablespoon of tahini, because I love the roasted nutty flavor. You could leave it out if you don’t have any on hand, or want to keep the fat content low.
Making this hummus has saved me a lot of money. This recipe makes about double the amount you would normally get in a store bought container. Plus, since I always have the base ingredients on hand, I just buy $1 can of chickpeas each week and I’m set!
If you are a hummus lover like me, what are your favorite ways to eat it?!