Easy Homemade Hummus (plant-based, gluten-free)

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Now that I've learned to make my own hummus, I can't get myself to buy it from the store anymore.
It tastes fresher at home, it's less expensive, and I can flavor it with any spices I want.
All it takes is tossing 7 ingredients in a food processor and blending it up. Ready in less than 10 minutes for a quick kid snack with carrots or as part of lunch.
Today I learned a fascinating Buddhist approach to trauma therapy. Plum Village monk Brother Phap Linh explained in an inspirational talk that:
"All we need to do is generate joy and take care of pain"
In Zen Buddhist training, we generate joy by focusing on all the wonderful moments and little experiences in everyday life. On my morning walk today, I noticed the sparkle of sunlight on the snow and I broke into a happy grin!
And we take care of pain by recognizing it, allowing it to be there, and seeing what lesson it has to teach us, so that it can go back to sleep. My head is starting to ache, so I realize that I haven't had enough water to drink today, and I rehydrate myself.
If that's all we need to do, find small happinesses and listen gently to suffering, that seems like a very manageable way to heal and a wonderful way to live.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Vegan
Keyword gluten-free, plant-based


  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas, drained
  • cup tahini
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lemon, squeezed
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt (or more to taste)
  • ½ tsp spices like oregano, paprika, basil, cumin (optional)
  • 1-3 Tbsp water as needed for blending to happen


  • Put the chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, and any optional spices in a food processor.
  • Blend until smooth, adding in 1 Tbsp water at a time if needed to make a nice, creamy hummus.
  • Serve fresh with carrots, tortilla chips, or any other vegetables or dippable things you like.
Did you make this? Please let me know by tagging @maitricooks on Instagram and leave a rating in the comments below. Happy cooking, and lots of love! 
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