Easy Homemade Hummus: A Fresh and Filling Treat

This summer, I’ve been absolutely fixated on one thing — loaded hummus. It’s the ultimate fresh and feel-good snack, perfect for any occasion. What is amazing about this recipe is its versatility: you can make it your own, adding your favorite toppings to suit your taste. And, it’s also incredibly filling, easily getting you through a good chunk of the day in a healthy way!

While it’s tempting to grab a tub of store-bought hummus, it never quite hits the same as homemade. Who doesn’t love a creamy, thick hummus? Surprisingly, making it from scratch is super straightforward and quick to whip up. Let’s dive into how you can create the creamiest and most delicious loaded hummus — at home!

Here is what you need to do:

Ingredients for Loaded Hummus

  • 15 oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup tahini paste
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 small cloves garlic, chopped (or 1 large clove)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons ice water
  • Garnish: Drizzle of olive oil, sprinkle of paprika, chopped fresh parsley, handful of chopped cherry tomatoes, chopped olive medley mix, and crumbled feta
  • For serving: pita bread, pita chips, or cut up veggies


1. In a medium saucepan, combine the chickpeas and baking soda. Cover with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook for 20 minutes or until the chickpeas are mushy. Drain the chickpeas and rinse with cold water so they cool down.
2. In a food processor, add the chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and salt. Blend until pureed, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
3. With the machine running, slowly pour in the ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the hummus is creamy and smooth. I usually use 4 tablespoons of ice water.
4. Taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary. You may need to add more lemon or salt.
Scrape the hummus into a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with paprika, garnish with a little fresh parsley and all other desired toppings. Serve with pita bread, pita chips, or cut up veggies. Enjoy!

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