A bowl full of hummus, with carrots and lemon wedges adjacent.

Level Up Your Snack Game With Homemade Hummus

I love a good snack of hummus and veggies but I find that some of the store-bought ones can be overly salty. Not to mention, they can be a little pricey too! The best alternative is simple — make your own hummus! Homemade hummus is simple to make, super tasty, and easy on the wallet too!


How is Hummus Made?

Hummus is a Middle Eastern dip that is usually consumed with veggies, pita bread, or falafels. The ingredients are actually quite common and you may have many of them in your pantry already. The main things you will need are chickpeas, sesame seeds (or sesame seed paste), and some seasonings.


Is Hummus Healthy?

Many people ask this question since a lot of other dips tend to be high in fat & not very nutritious. Overall, hummus is definitely a healthy snack — especially when you make it at home! Hummus is primarily chickpeas, which are a very healthy ingredient. Chickpeas are full of protein, fiber, iron, zinc, and many more great nutrients!


How to Store Homemade Hummus?

It is quite simple; if you have some leftover, I suggest putting it into an airtight container and it can keep in the fridge for about 3 or 4 days. You can also freeze it if you’d like. For freezing, fill your airtight container about 3/4 the way full (hummus expands when frozen), and keep in the freezer for up to 4 months. When you want to eat the frozen hummus, place it in the fridge to defrost for a full day. You may notice that it is separated a little, but you can simply stir all the ingredients back together and enjoy!


Other Hummus Variations

If you’ve seen hummus in the grocery store, you know that there are a ton of variations to the main recipe. That’s one of the great things about it — you can always add a few other ingredients to make it interesting! Here are some other ingredients you can add to your hummus:

  • roasted red peppers
  • black beans
  • avocados
  • sweet potatoes

Get creative, try out some new ingredients, and see what version you like the best!


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Homemade Hummus

A super quick recipe that your tastebuds & your wallet will love!

SERVINGS: 4 servings

CALORIES: 214 kcal per serving



1 can (15oz) chickpeas, drained

1/4 cup tahini sesame paste

1/4 tsp salt

2 cloves garlic

2 TBSP lemon juice

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 tsp cumin

1 tsp paprika



1.) Combine all ingredients into a food processor or blender

2.) Blend until desired thickness, if it is too thick, add a little water to thin it out

3.) Taste and adjust seasoning if needed

4.) Serve with veggies, pita bread, or falafels



Serving size: 1/4 cup

Calories: 214 kcal

Carbohydrates: 4g

Protein: 3g

Fat: 22g

Saturated Fat: 3g

Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g

Monounsaturated Fat: 13g

Sodium: 153mg

Potassium: 91mg

Fiber: 1g

Sugar: 1g

Vitamin A: 52IU

Vitamin C: 6mg

Calcium: 28mg

Iron: 1mg

About the Author:

Joyce Leung

Joyce is the founder of the Joyce of Cooking blog, where she provides recipes, writes about her food adventures, and reviews local eateries. She has worked in the food and beverage industry for over 10 years, in every position from dish washer to general manager. Now retired from the restaurant world, she is a marketing manager for a greenhouse.