Hummus is the perfect snack. It's extremely healthy and if you want to take it a step further you can skip the pitas and dip cucumber and carrot slices in it. It's also a great appetizer for a party. When we have parties I like to make the food myself, for a couple reasons. First, it's healthier. Second, when you make it yourself you can usually make double or triple and spend the same amount of money as you would buying something pre-packaged. And hey, lets be honest, the more I save there the more money I have for shoes. Third, it tastes so much better when you make it yourself.
This hummus is flavored with jalapeño, lemon juice and fresh cilantro. It's a little spicy and delicious. I love the smooth consistency and while you eat it you can't help but "mmmm" with every bite. A trick i've learned through the years is to heat the garbanzo beans on the stove with water and a tad bit of baking soda, this helps to soften them up. I'm obsessed with pita jungle's hummus so this is the closest recipe to their amazing stuff!
1 can garbanzo beans, drained
2 c water, plus more if you want it thinner
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 bunch cilantro, stems removed
1 jalapeño, stem removed and seeded
juice of 1 lemon
juice of 1/2 lime
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 c + 1 tbsp tahini
1/4 tsp cumin
3/4 tsp salt
In a small pot combine the drained garbanzo beans, baking soda and water; keep it at a rolling boil for 10-15 minutes. The garbanzo beans are done when they can easily be mashed with a fork. Using a blender add in the garbanzo beans, 1/2 cup of the water from the pot, tahini, olive oil, lime juice and lemon juice. Blend. (Reserve the rest of the liquid)
Add the rest of the ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth.
For a thicker consistency use less water, for a thinner consistency (my preference) keep adding in more of the water. I prefer a pretty smooth consistency so I blend it for a few minutes. Transfer the hummus to a container and chill for at least 2-3 hours. This will give it time to chill and the flavors to come together.
Serve with some warm pitas and cucumber slices.