Homemade Hummus Recipes

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Learn how to make the most delicious homemade hummus! Featuring more than 10 diverse and healthy hummus recipes. Plus everything you need to know about serving, storing it, and more.

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There are so many ways to make it, and all of them are amazing! These are the Best Hummus Recipes and how to make, store, and serve them.

Have you ever made hummus? Maybe you've seen the hummus in the tubs at the grocery store and got curious. What is hummus? Is it good for you?

Whether you are a seasoned hummus cook or brand new to this Mediterranean dip, this guide is for you. You'll learn all about this dip - including where it came from - and I'll even share some of the best hummus recipes that you have ever tried!

5 Reasons To Make Your Own Hummus

  • Taste: Once you start making your hummus, it's hard to even buy store-bought again. It just tastes so much better!
  • Cost Effective and Budget Friendly: The ingredients in hummus are very affordable. Making your own hummus at home is much more cost-effective.
  • Make Your Perfect Flavor: You get to control the amount of lemon, garlic, salt, olive oil, and seasoning. This means the perfect hummus for your palette.
  • Freshness and Flavor: Most store-bought hummus is made to last for months. Making it at home ensures it is fresh and at the peak of its flavor.
  • Reduced Additives and Preservatives: Hummus is naturally extremely healthy, but sometimes store-bought hummus contains a lot of extras including additives, preservatives, sugar, and processed oils and ingredients. 


What Is Hummus?

Hummus is a popular Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dish that is made from chickpeas blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and garlic. It has a smooth, creamy texture and can be served as a dip, spread, or as a part of a meal.

Hummus has gained widespread popularity around the world and it is easy to find a huge variety of hummus in almost any grocery store made with different ingredients, beans, and more.

Traditionally, hummus is enjoyed with pita bread, crackers, chips, pretzels, or raw vegetables. It is also commonly used as a spread in sandwiches and wraps. It can even be used as a dressing, marinade, or sauce for grilled chicken, meats, and fish. 

Nutritionally speaking, hummus is known for its high nutritional value, as it is a good source of protein, fiber, and healthy fats.

Homemade hummus in a bowl with carrots, pretzels, breadsticks, and paprika on the side.

Best Hummus Recipes

These are some of the best hummus recipes you will ever find! You don't have to spend hours on Google or Pinterest, they are all right here. From the best classic hummus recipe to a dessert hummus made with almond butter, there is something for every person and every occasion in this list.

Homemade Hummus

100 CAL 15 MIN
Hummus made with chickpeas in a bowl with olive oil, parsley, and paprika with carrots and pretzels on the side.
If you are looking for a classic hummus recipe, then this is it! It's made with chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic clove, and an amazing combination of spices. This is a creamy and mild hummus that people have loved for years.
This delicious hummus recipe tastes as good as it looks. The roasted red peppers add a salty and nutty undertone. If you like things spicy, then add more paprika. It's delicious!

Garlic Hummus

156 CAL 45 MIN
Garlic hummus swirled with olive oil with garlic cloves and breadsticks on the side.
This garlic hummus is a crowd-pleaser. The best thing about this recipe is that you will use homemade roasted garlic. When you roast garlic at home, you will get the most powerful and tasty flavors out of it - which will elevate the hummus to new heights.

Dessert Hummus

139 CAL 10 MIN
Dessert hummus with chickpeas, cinnamon, maple syrup, almond butter, and dates blended and served with pretzels and graham crackers.
Still made with chickpeas, this hummus is sweetened with pure maple syrup and pitted dates. It is a Mediterranean dessert that you'll want to eat by the spoonfuls.

White Bean Hummus

137 CAL 10 MIN
White bean hummus served in a bowl with olive oil, paprika, and fresh herbs.
You will enjoy how creamy the white beans make this delicious hummus recipe. Plus, the coriander really spices things up - it's a high-protein snack that you'll create excuses to eat.

Avocado Hummus

191 CAL 15 MIN
Avocado hummus in a bowl with cilantro and sliced fresh avocado.
One of the best things about avocados is that they are high in healthy fats. This hummus has a different color and a very addicting taste. It's almost like hummus meats guacamole. It's even topped with fresh cilantro.

Cauliflower Hummus

111 CAL 35 MIN
Cauliflower hummus with roasted cauliflower, tahini, olive oil, and lemon served in a bowl with breadsticks on the side.
Is there anything you can't do with cauliflower? This versatile vegetable can be riched, smashed, and even pureed into hummus. The garlic, olive oil, and tahini all combine beautifully to cover up any trace of the cruciferous vegetable.

Edamame Hummus

119 CAL 7 MIN
Edamame hummus with frozen edamame, cilantro, avocado, and lime on a plate with vegetables and crackers.
This low-carb hummus has more than high-protein edamame in it. It also features high-fat avocados and sweet cilantro. It is ready in just 5 minutes and tastes amazing with any type of veggie you can dip into it. I also love to enjoy it on top of whole-grain crackers. Be careful because this dip is really easy to eat in one sitting!

Artichoke Hummus

81 CAL 10 MIN
Artichoke hummus with lemon and chickpeas in a bowl with a blue napkin.
Artichokes also hail from the Mediterranean region, so it only makes sense to use them in a hummus recipe. This creamy dip is full of fiber, minerals, and vitamins that will power your body to stay healthy and fight disease. I also cut some of the calories by using Greek yogurt instead of olive oil. Plus, the Greek yogurt makes it taste richer so it fills you up more than classic hummus does!
The colors and texture of black bean hummus will turn heads at your next party. Black beans are incredibly high in fiber and protein. When you puree them, they are just as creamy as chickpeas. They have a deeper and nuttier flavor that you'll really enjoy. This is a really easy recipe to change up. Add chipotle peppers or some salsa. This will make it spicier and be the perfect thing for tortilla chips!
This chocolately dessert hummus made with black beans is one of the best afterschool snacks with fresh fruit, pretzels, and graham crackers. This hummus is packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats but delicious enough to pass as a dessert.

Homemade Tahini

118 CAL 10 MIN
Homemade tahini with toasted sesame seeds and olive oil served in glass jars with spoons.
Although technically not humus, tahini is an essential ingredient to make delicious hummus! And just like hummus tastes better when you make it from scratch, so doesn't tahini and you can make it in under 10 minutes.

10 Ways To Serve Hummus

There are so many delicious and creative ways to serve and share hummus. Check out some of my favorite ways to enjoy hummus!

1. Dip or Appetizer

Almost every single hummus recipe in this list can be used as a fun dip. Serve a bowl of hummus with:

  • Raw veggies
  • Pita bread
  • Cheese crisps

Hummus dip is popular at parties. You can even create individual cups of hummus so that each guest can have their own.

This dip packs really well in a lunch box and is a delicious way to encourage yourself to eat more vegetables.

Hummus and vegetable wraps with tomato, lettuce, cucumbers, and balsamic vinegar.

2. Sandwich or Wrap

Hummus is a thick spread that also tastes incredible on your favorite bread and wraps. Fill your sandwich with other heart-healthy ingredients, like:

  • Bean sprouts
  • Tomato
  • Cucumber
  • Greens
  • Olives
  • Artichokes
  • Deli meat, tuna, grilled chicken, or rotisserie chicken

You'll be amazed at how much hummus can improve even the most reliable sandwich. Or try our favorite Hummus Vegetable Wrap.

3. Salad Dressing

The creamy texture of hummus also makes it the perfect thing to add to your favorite chopped salad. It is so thick that you don't need to add very much to really keep everything together.

If you really want to create an incredible salad, use vegetables from the same regions. Use sliced olives, feta cheese, carrots, and put it all on top of a bed of arugula.

Adding some kale, red onions, and fennel will also make your salad incredibly zesty and unforgettable!

Hummus grain bowl with chickpeas, hummus, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, and greens.

4. Grain Bowls

Hummus makes a fabulous addition to grain bows like these easy Hummus Bowls, Greek Chicken Bowls, and Buddha Bowls.

Adding hummus to grain bowls is a really easy way to quickly add flavor, healthy fats, fiber, and protein. If you prefer a thinner hummus-style sauce for your grain bowl, thin it out with olive oil before adding.

Consider using different flavors of hummus to change the taste of a simple grain bowl. Adding a dollop of delicious hummus can enhance the flavor of the whole dish.

5. Drizzle on Roasted Vegetables

If you want to level up your roasted vegetables, consider drizzling some hummus on top. To make it thin enough to drizzle, simply add olive oil to the hummus until it is thin and pours easily.

Want to make your roasted vegetables extra special? Add fresh herbs to your hummus drizzle and finish the whole dish with sesame seeds and feta cheese.

6. Mayonnaise Substitute

Believe it or not, hummus is a great substitute for mayonnaise in chicken salad, tuna salad, salad dressing, and more. It tastes great plus it has the added benefit of being healthier.

So next time you plan on making a healthy chicken salad, swap in hummus for the mayo. Trust me, it is so good!

Beet hummus flatbread with cilantro, carrots, and feta cheese.

7. Pizzas and Flatbreads

If you haven’t made a hummus pizza or flatbread yet, you are missing out! Grab a premade flatbread from the grocery store. Add a layer of your favorite hummus and then pile on the toppings.

We like to add arugula, artichokes, sundried tomatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, and feta cheese.

8. Pasta and Pasta Salad

Just like you can substitute hummus for the mayo in chicken salad, you can also use hummus as the dressing for your favorite cold pasta salads.

You can even use hummus for hot pasta! Simply save ½ cup of the pasta cooking water and combine it with about 1 cup of hummus. Add that to your pasta with sauteed veggies, lemon, and olive oil.

9. Hummus Toast

Move over avocado toast, hummus toast is here to stay. Simply grab your favorite bread, add a hearty layer of hummus, and then finish with toppings like greens, avocado, tomatoes, cheese, seeds, nuts, and more.

10. Marinade

Add flavor to chicken and grilled meats by marinating the meat in a combination of hummus, garlic, olive oil, fresh herbs, spices, and salt.

It’s also delicious when combined with coconut milk and curry powder as a marinade for chicken.

How To Store Hummus

Whenever you make homemade hummus, it is important to store it in an airtight container. My favorite type of airtight container for hummus is a mason jar. Those lids really keep the air out and they are spill-proof too.

When you keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator, the hummus will last about a week. You might see the hummus separating a bit, just give it a good stir to mix it back together.

Note: Hummus does not freeze very well because it changes the texture too much.

Substitutions for Homemade Hummus

After you begin to break away from the base of classic hummus recipes, you can start to create some amazing dips!

Substitutions for Tahini

If you aren't a fan of tahini, there are a few substitutions although they all change the flavor of the hummus slightly.

  • Almond butter
  • Sunflower butter
  • Cashew butter
  • Greek yogurt
  • Leave it out and add extra olive oil

Substitutions for Chickpeas

The creamy base of hummus is made of chickpeas and tahini. You can replace chickpeas with:

  • Avocado
  • White beans
  • Black beans

I even have a recipe that uses pureed cauliflower!

Substitutions for Lemon Juice and Spices

Each hummus recipe also needs an acid. Most people use lemon juice, but you can substitute that with lime juice.

The spices in hummus are really fun to change up. If you want it to be smoky and slightly spicy, add paprika and a dash of cayenne pepper. Cumin is another spice from that part of the world that tastes delicious in this spread. Remember, the best way to enhance any dish is with a bit more salt.

Finally, you can choose to make sweet hummus too. Just add your favorite healthy sweetener! I like to use real maple syrup because it mixes well into the hummus.

Health Benefits of Hummus

Not only does hummus taste delicious, but it is so good for you too! Most people know that it is a low-calorie spread, but check out all these other health benefits of hummus too.


When you want to get your protein from somewhere other than animal meat, then beans and hummus are fantastic choices. In fact, there are 7.9 grams of protein in a 3.5-ounce (100 gram) serving of hummus. That's almost 2 teaspoons of protein - wow!

All that protein will help you build muscle, which helps your body increase its metabolism.


Inflammation in the body is one of the causes of arthritis and pain. There are anti-inflammatory properties in hummus that can help to combat chronic inflammation.

Olive oil has anti-inflammatory anti-oxidants that have been used in homeopathic medicine before.

The sesame seeds in the tahini are also known to help reduce markers of inflammation too. Plus, legumes (like chickpeas) help with this inflammation too.

Please seek the advice of a doctor - these are just some of the health benefits of hummus, not a treatment suggestion.

Fiber Feeds Gut Bacteria

Have you ever had a gassy reaction to eating too many beans? This is because legumes are high in fiber. This fiber is really good for you! Hummus has 6 grams of dietary fiber, which helps to feed the healthy gut bacteria in your gut.

When you have good bacteria in your gut, you might decrease your risk of colon cancer and even experience feeling better overall.

This dietary fiber also helps people who struggle with irregularity or loose stools.

Low Glycemic Index

This next health benefit is fantastic news for anyone that struggles to control their blood sugar levels.

Chickpeas have a low glycemic index (GI). That means that your body digests them slowly, which keeps your blood sugar more level. It prevents your blood sugar from spiking and plummeting immediately afterward.

The protein and resistant starch of chickpeas slow down the digestion of carbs. This is what helps your blood sugar remain steady!

In addition to the protein, the healthy fats in hummus help to slow down how fast your body absorbs the carbs. That means your body provides a slower release of sugar into your bloodstream.

Fantastic For Sensitive Stomachs

When you make hummus with a basic recipe, it is naturally gluten-free, nut-free, and dairy-free!

This is a great dip or spread to share at parties when you don't know if anyone has any food intolerances. Almost everyone can enjoy a basic hummus!

There is one caveat to this. Chickpeas are high in a type of FODMAP called raffinose. People who have irritable bowel syndrome (or are sensitive to FODMAPs) should be careful with how much hummus they eat.

Final Thoughts

I can't wait to hear which of these best hummus recipes is your favorite! Will you make a dessert hummus? Or maybe you'll break out of the ordinary and try a black bean hummus. Of course, there is nothing wrong with making classic hummus from chickpeas, tahini, and garlic.

No matter how you make it, hummus is a healthy dip or spread that is full of nutrients that your body craves. Hummus is a safe and dependable choice when you need a fun way to eat healthier.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the most common questions about hummus.

At its most basic, hummus is made of a combination of chickpeas, garlic, tahini, and olive oil. You can create an unending amount of different varieties of hummus from that base.

Yes, when you pair hummus with a healthy diet and an active lifestyle, it can really help people burn fat. This is because hummus is an excellent source of fiber and protein. The fiber will help you feel full for longer (and avoid unhealthy snacking). The protein builds muscles and burns fat.

Sure, you can eat hummus every day! In fact, there are so many different ways to prepare it, that when you make any of the best hummus recipes on this list, you'll enjoy a diet that has a variety of nutrients and minerals in it.

The best thing about hummus is that there are endless ways to eat and serve it. If you want to use it as a dip, enjoy it with some cheese crisps, red pepper strips, or cucumber slices.

Spread it on top of your favorite chopped salad as a salad dressing. Or, mix it together with hard-boiled egg yolks and make hummus deviled eggs.

It is neither a fat nor a carb, since it is a creamy dip that has a bunch of ingredients mixed together. Hummus is high in protein and fat and is low-carb (if you use low-carb ingredients).

Yes, hummus is a healthy alternative to peanut butter. One tablespoon of hummus has 1/3 of the calories as the same amount of peanut butter. Plus, hummus has more protein in it too.

Yes, if you want to make homemade hummus, you will need a high-powered blender or food processor. The quality of your blender will either make the hummus smooth or slightly textured. 

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Easy Hummus

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  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 lemon, juice (about ¼ cup)
  • 1 garlic clove (small)
  • 15 oz canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed (or 1.5 cups cooked chickpeas)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt (more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (more as needed)
  • 2 tbsp ice cold water (more if needed to get a smooth consistency)

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Add the tahini, lemon juice, and garlic to the food processor. Process for about 1 minute until the mixture is slightly fluffy and appears whipped.


Add the chickpeas, salt, and cumin to the food processor. Begin to process, scraping down the mixture as needed.


As the food processor is running, drizzle in the olive oil. If you are adding additional ingredients like roasted garlic, roasted red peppers, herbs, or spices, add them now. Check the texture and then add ice water one tablespoon at a time until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Taste and season with salt as needed


Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of paprika, fresh herbs, pine nuts, etc. Serve with baked pita chips, pita bread, pretzels, crackers, or fresh veggies.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 2 tbsp
Amount Per Serving
Calories 100
Calories from Fat 53
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
Saturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 192mg
Total Carbohydrate 9g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 0g
Protein 3g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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