If you don’t regularly make your own hummus…..well, that’s your #1 assignment in Healthy and Cheap Snacking 101. You might think that hummus is expensive to make because you have to buy that $11 jar of tahini. Well, I don’t. I just leave it out and don’t notice a difference, it’s still delicious. That leaves you with one very cheap recipe of hummus. Compare a big batch for probably under $3 compared to the little containers you buy for $4 or $5 (and eat in 4 or 5 minutes).
I usually make regular hummus using garbanzo beans, but my mom gave me a ton of dried white navy beans, and this white bean version turned out DELICIOUS. Cooking dried beans is much cheaper than buying canned beans. Cook up a whole pot full when you’re home for a few hours, and freeze them in zip loc bags to pull out and thaw quickly in hot water when you’re in a pinch. Just as fast as opening a can.
White Bean Hummus
2 cans (or 3 cups cooked) white beans (navy or canellini)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 tsp garlic powder, or 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cumin
dash of red pepper flakes
Blend all together in a food processor, with 1-2 tablespoons water, until it’s your desired consistency. Season with more cumin and red pepper flakes to taste. Serve with carrot sticks, cucumber slices, whole wheat crackers, tortilla chips, or homemade pita bread. Also makes a great spread on veggie sandwiches.