Hummus Recipe – Optional Ingredients for Added Variety

Basic Hummus Recipe

During our online Rosemary conversation, Mark asked for a basic hummus recipe and ideas for optional ingredients, which of course include essential oils 🙂

I wrote up the recipe and sent it, but then decided to share it with with everyone.  So, here it is

Basic Hummus Recipe Including a Variety of Optional Ingredients

(Gluten Free of course)


1 can chickpeas (do not drain)

Minced garlic to taste

Sea salt to taste

Lemon juice (about 2-3 Tablespoons — to taste)

About 1/4 cup Tahini

About 3 tbs Olive oil

In a sauce pan, heat chickpeas, garlic, salt, (if using cayenne, add it now). Let the chickpeas come to a boil, then turn down and simmer for about 10 min.

After the chickpeas are done simmering, pour the chickpea mix into a food processor.

Add olive oil, tahini, & lemon juice. You can add any optional ingredients at this time.

Process until smooth. Taste and if needed add ingredients, process again & repeat.

When done pour into serving dish & drizzle olive oil on top. Add your choice of garnish (I like kalamata olives 🙂

For variety try adding one or more of these during the food processing stage:

1-2 drops Rosemary Oil

1-2 drops Basil oil

1-2 drops Ginger oil

1-2 drops cilantro oil

1-2 oregano oil

Black olives

Green olives

Kalamata olives

Diced red, green, orange or yellow peppers


Roasted red peppers

Crushed nuts


Pine nuts

Sunflower seeds

Crushed nuts

Cayenne pepper to taste

Black truffle olive oil

Green chile olive oil

Substitute white beans or black beans for chickpeas to change it up

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