Eat Well LiveWell: Classic Hummus

Classic Hummus - UnityPoint Health

Hummus has grown in popularity over the past several years and for good reason! This delicious dip is a great source of fiber, healthy fat and flavor. Hummus is traditionally made with chickpeas, tahini, olive oil and spices. Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are a fiber- and protein-rich legume that provides the base for most hummus recipes.

As its popularity has grown, new recipes have emerged using different beans, like black bean, to make hummus. However, today we are going traditional! Our next key ingredient is tahini, which is simply ground sesame seed (also known as sesame seed butter). Tahini and the olive oil provide the creamy texture and the healthy fats in our hummus. Finally, add garlic, top with paprika and your hummus is done! One serving is typically 2 tablespoons, making it the perfect vegetable dip or sandwich spread. Give homemade hummus a try.

Classic Hummus

Servings: 16
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Ready in: 10 minutes


  • 2 cups canned reduced-sodium garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pinch paprika
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley


Place the garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon juice and garlic in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Transfer mixture into a serving bowl.
Drizzle olive oil over the garbanzo bean mixture. Sprinklr with paprika and parsley.

Nutritional Information:

51 Calories, 2g Protein, 3.5g Fat, 3.6g Carbohydrates, 1.3g Fiber, 32mg Sodium