Tahini-free Hummus

I love hummus.  Well, my own hummus.

I discovered hummus about five years ago and was hooked because I love beans.  But, there was a flavor I couldn't pinpoint that seemed 'off' to me, so I did some research and found out it was the tahini I didn't care for.

Which is weird, because tahini and garbanzo beans are what make hummus hummus.  Without tahini, you just have beans.

Or, so I thought.  I played around with the recipe and came up with my own.  If you're a traditional hummus fan, you might not like this recipe.   If you enjoy any kind of hummus, you'll be happy. 

The nice thing about this recipe is that the measurements are flexible.   Aside from the two cans of beans, you can adjust the amount of the other ingredients to your personal preference.  I vary it a bit every time (depending on what I have on hand) and I always love it.

And eat whole thing in a few days.

Here's my T-free Hummus recipe

8 T. Olive oil (or flax oil.  Sometimes I use half olive oil, half flax oil - flax oil has all kinds of health benefits)

1 can garbanzo beans AND 1 can great northern white beans (for creaminess) - drain both.

Garlic -1-3 cloves, whatever you like.

Lemon juice - 1 T, or more if you like a tart flavor. You can also use lime juice, if you prefer.
Spices: turmeric, cumin, basil - 1 teaspoon to 2 teaspoons of each, to taste. (I use 1 t.)

Salsa, your favorite - 1/4 to 1/2 a C. 

(Options:  half a can of black olives, 1 roasted red pepper)

Whirl drained beans and peeled garlic cloves in the food processor until fairly smooth.  

Add oils and lemon juice and spices.  Whirl some more.  (Add optionals - drained - and whirl again.)  

Lastly, add the salsa, a little bit at a time until you get the consistency you like.  If you like chunky, pulse the machine.  If you like smooth, whirl away. 

Store, covered, in 'fridge, for up to two weeks.   Mine never lasts that long.   

More salsa and turmeric

I love this recipe because, with all the phases of tasting, I get to eat half of it while making it

For those of you who don't care about hummus and are looking for an update on Mom...

...she's waiting for two doctor appointments.  

One with a back doc to see what can be done about her compression fracture.

One with an endocrinologist who will look further into the nodules on her thyroid that were discovered during her last lung X-ray.  Hopefully, we will get these appointments scheduled tomorrow. 

Mom continues to have some pain, but her pain meds enable her to scoot around in her wheelchair.  They also make her sleepy, so she rests a lot.  

She's going to be 91 next month, so a good nap is always helpful. 

Here she is getting her glasses back on after said nap. 

She gets her four staples out tomorrow - YAY!   She's eager to get her hair washed.  

She also sees her humorous humerus surgeon tomorrow.  We are expecting to hear that she can begin more aggressive therapy on that repaired arm.  She might be swinging from the trees soon. 

Hope your Sunday is restful, and that you don't need any doctor appointments this week.  

If you don't have any tahini in the house, it's the perfect time to make T-free Hummus. 


Danielle L Zecher said...

That hummus recipe sounds really good. I love it, but I've never attempted to make it. I'm so jealous of all your Publix items. There isn't one near where I live now, and I miss them.

I hope this week this year is much better for your mom.

Rita said...

Have never tried humus, with or without tahini. But I love beans, so I might have to experiment. ;)
Hope you mom just feels better and better. :)

Lynn Proctor said...

awww your mom is so pretty--my thoughts and prayers go with you and her---that hummus looks great--i am becoming a fan!

Dana said...

I love hummus! Your recipe sounds great. I just might try it this weekend.

Many prayers for your mom's continued recovery.

Have a nice weekend!

Fran@Broken Cookies Don't Count said...

Mare, this sounds like a great flexible hummus. I'm going to print it out and do some flexing! Thanks!!

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

I have never tried hummus. Not much into beans. My husband however, will eat plain boiled beans with just a little salt for breakfast. Ewww. I'll take my peanut butter on toast with just a touch of Nutella, thank you.

I do hope your Mom continues to improve. Wow, 91 is an impressive age.

That corgi :) said...

I loved the "humerous humerus" doctor. Hope all appointments go well; what a lovely woman your mom is! That hummus looks interesting; I can count on one hand how many times I have had hummus but I do like each and every time I've had it; might need to make this sometime; thanks for sharing your recipe with us :)


SweetMarie said...

Your mom looks so sweet in that pic. :) I hope her appointments go very well this week.
I've never tried hummus. It's sounds healthy and tasty.:)
Hope you have a great weekend!

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

Ok you wrote hummus and I read humans sometimes I don't what goes through my head at times........lol

Love the photo of your mum she looks so sweet and looks so good for someone who is turning 91......

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

Found you over at Sandies.
I enjoy her blogs. Makes me laugh.

So I came over to your blog. Very interesting your blog. Wow you look like your Mom. Ony a younger version, ha,ha. I like your blog. Will come back later and walk around with my eyes.

God Bless

Chatty Crone said...

I love your blog and am your newest follower and thanks for following me.

I love hummus and am going to try this - never put salsa in it before.

I am new so I am not sure about what happened to your mother - but I hope and pray she will be okay. 91 cool.

Love, sandie

Robyn Campbell said...

Gonna try this recipe! I start a new diet tomorrow. *sigh* Guess what?? We cannot eat entire bags of Bliss chocolate and not gain weight. Take it from one who has experimented with this. *deep sigh*

Thank you for your prayers, my friend. Mwah!

Annmarie Pipa said...

hope the dr appts go well for your mom!!
and thanks too for the humus recipe...I have never added salsa..like the twist!

Kenya G. Johnson said...

Awww that is a cute picture of your mom! As for the hummus I was all prepared to try it until I saw flaxeed oil. Is that really normally in hummus. See that's why its better not to know what goes in stuff. Flaxeed oil and I had a disagreement in 2004 when I was pregnant and I'm still holding a grudge. LOL! Blah.

Andrea said...

I just used the can of tuscan cannelini beans I bought to ty hummus out with my chicken for dinner. Luckily, now I have this recipe of yours to try!! Hope there is some humor and less pain for your mom!