RECIPE: Super-Creamy Hummus



We all want to eat more plant-based, both for our own health and the health of the planet. Got a can of chickpeas? Crack it open, save the liquid (aquafaba) for other uses (like this Chocolate-Orange Aquafaba Mousse) and then transform the chickpeas into this deliciously mild and creamy plant-based spread that is almost mayo-like in its creaminess. Warming the chickpeas slightly helps break them down in the food processor and helps to make this hummus extra-creamy. Rather than blending the oil into the chickpea mixture — which can increase the hummus’s natural bitterness — the oil is simply spooned on top. That means the oil is optional if you’d prefer to have a lighter, oil-free version. 

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bowl of hummus on wood platter with pita bread

RECIPE: Super-Creamy Hummus

  • Author: Annabelle Waugh
  • Yield: Makes 1 ¾ cups 1x



1 (19 oz/540 mL) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed in hot water until warm
¼ cup tahini (sesame butter)
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Salt, to taste
1 clove garlic, pressed or very finely minced
2 tablespoons olive oil (optional)


  1. In a food processor, whirl chickpeas, scraping down the sides of the bowl occasionally, until finely ground, about 1 minute. Drizzle in 2 tablespoons of warm water; continue to whirl, stopping the machine and scraping down the sides twice more, until a very thick smooth paste forms, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the tahini, lemon juice, and salt. Turn on the food processor; with the motor running, puree, thinning the mixture with additional warm water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until very smooth and the hummus is your desired thickness. Pulse in the garlic.
  3. Transfer to a serving bowl or an airtight container; drizzle with oil, if using. Refrigerate for up to 4 days. Serve with crackers, warm pita wedges, sliced baguette, or crudités.

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Annabelle Waugh
Annabelle Waugh
Annabelle Waugh is a food writer, recipe developer, food stylist and culinary instructor with a passion for sustainable, healthy eating. Her life’s mission is to create trustworthy, delicious recipes that anyone can tackle.
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