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Hummus Recipe (The Best Hummus in 3 Minutes!)

Hummus is a healthy vegetarian appetizer that’s not only fast and easy, it’s super creamy and delicious. Made from a handful of fresh ingredients, including chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, cumin and garlic, it comes together in less than 3 minutes in your Vitamix.

Of course, you can make hummus in a food processor as well, but it’s ultra creamy when made in your Vitamix (and that’s my preferred method).

The best hummus recipe that's made from fresh ingredients. It's easy to make in your Vitamix blender.

Hummus is a Healthy Dip and Snack

My three favorite dips are hummus, guacamole and spinach artichoke. They’re veggie heavy and fulfill all my munchie tendencies (in a healthy way) during get-togethers, parties and barbecues. You might say that I love them equally, though hummus inches ahead just a bit due to its versatility.

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Not only can hummus be used as a spread inside sandwiches and wraps, but it’s a blank canvas for dozens of different flavors – roasted garlic, roasted red pepper, artichoke, sun-dried tomatoes, basil pesto, roasted beet – you name it.

The Health Benefits of Hummus

Chickpeas are wonderful for gut health as they’re loaded with fiber and keep things moving through your digestive system (in other words, they help with constipation). But here’s the really good part. The type of fiber they’re loaded with is insoluble fiber – the kind that helps to lower “bad” cholesterol while feeding the “good” gut bugs in your microbiome.

That’s because insoluble fiber doesn’t break down until it hits the large intestine. And when it does hit the large intestine, those good gut bugs feed off the insoluble fiber, creating short-chain-fatty-acids – giving you energy and protecting the health of your colon.

The best hummus recipe that's made from fresh ingredients. It's easy to make in your Vitamix blender.

Fresh Chickpeas vs Canned Chickpeas

When it comes to hummus you’ll have purists say that properly soaked chickpeas should be used over canned for the best, most traditional flavor. And they may be right. But I’ve tried this recipe both ways and the difference was negligible. Therefore, I tend to opt for canned as it’s easier.

Should You Make Hummus in a Food Processor or Blender?

You can make hummus in either a food processor or high-powered blender, but I find that homemade hummus in my Vitamix comes out faster and smoother than a food processor.

The high power of a Vitamix blender also means that you don’t have to remove the skins of the chickpeas as they’re easily pulverized. That makes it my preferred method. Who can beat 3 minutes, right?

The best hummus recipe that's made from fresh ingredients. It's easy to make in your Vitamix blender.

How to Make the Best Hummus Recipe

Add the chickpeas to your blender and make sure to reserve the liquid. This liquid is called aquafaba and it’s liquid gold to vegans and folks who have egg allergies as it can be used as an egg replacer. It’s a unique liquid composition of protein and starch. I’ve had aquafaba on my recipe development to-do list (vegan meringues, anyone?), so I’m sure more will be coming on that soon.

But the reason you want to save the aquafaba is that you’ll add some of it back into the hummus. If you forget and accidentally toss it, no worries, just use water.

Then, add the tahini (which I also make in my Vitamix), olive oil, fresh lemons, garlic, cumin and salt to the blender. Use two garlic cloves for your basic hummus, but if you’re a garlic lover like me, feel free to add more. Roasted garlic is also divine.

A healthy, homemade hummus recipe that's super easy - it comes together in less than 3-minutes! It also tastes better than anything you can buy in the store.

Once you’ve turned your Vitamix on, use the tamper as you would when making almond butter to push the ingredients into the blades. The hummus comes together quickly – and you’ll be done in about 30 seconds.

At this stage, your hummus will be thick, creamy and smooth. If you’d like a thinner consistency, just add a bit more aquafaba or water until it’s your desired consistency.

To serve, add a few large, heaping spoonfuls to a plate or bowl and give it a swish depression on top. This creates a little divot for your olive oil to stay in. Then sprinkle some paprika and add fresh parsley. Beautiful, easy, healthy hummus that’s fresher and tastier than store-bought. Enjoy!

The best hummus recipe that's made from fresh ingredients. It's easy to make in your Vitamix blender.

The best hummus recipe that's made from fresh ingredients. It's easy to make in your Vitamix blender.

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3-Minute Hummus

This healthy, homemade hummus is super easy and tastes better than anything store-bought. Watch my video above to see how quickly this hummus recipe comes together!

Ingredients

  • 2 (15 oz) cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained with liquid reserved
  • 1/3 cup chickpea liquid (or more, as needed)
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt

garnish

  • olive oil
  • paprika
  • fresh parsley

Directions

  1. Add all the ingredients to your Vitamix or high-powered blender and secure the lid. Remove the lid cap and insert the tamper.
  2. Turn the blender on high for 30 seconds (or more for creamier) and use the tamper to push the hummus into the blades. Add more chickpea liquid, if desired, for a softer hummus.
  3. Add the hummus to a serving plate and garnish with olive oil, paprika and fresh parsley.

Lisa's Tips

  • The hummus will last for up to a week in the fridge, if kept in a sealed container. You can also freeze the hummus in sealed containers for future use. And it’s actually one of the most common foods I meal prep.
  • Don’t forget that you can also make tahini yourself (rather than buying in the store). Just follow my tahini recipe.
  • The Vitamix blender I use is the Vitamix Ascent 3500 – and I love it!

Nutrition Information

Yield: Approx 2 cups, Serving Size: 2 tbsp

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 151.5
  • Total Fat: 8.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.1g
  • Sodium: 195.5mg
  • Carbohydrates: 14.3g
  • Fiber: 4.1g
  • Sugar: 2.5g
  • Protein: 5.1g
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This post was created in partnership with Vitamix (a brand I’ve loved and used for years). All thoughts and opinions are my own. The original recipe was posted June 2017, but recently updated with new photos and information. 

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82 comments on “Hummus Recipe (The Best Hummus in 3 Minutes!)”

  1. Best hommus that I’ve ever tested 
    Even my husband who didn’t like hommus that much told that he really likes this one 
    Thank u Lisa for being such an inspiration 
    Much love ❤️ 

  2. Lisa, I just made your hummus recipe for the first time. YUM!! It’s a winner! It has just the right amount of lemon and cumin, both of which I love. I followed your recipe to make my own tahini and it was very easy. Hummus with crunchy veggies just might be my new favorite snack. Thanks for sharing this recipe! :-) Do you have other sauces, salad dressings, and healthy snack ideas?

  3. This hummus is to die for… so yummy!!!! I make it every week.

  4. I have made many recipes for hummus before but have never been satisfied with the result. This is THE PERFECT recipe. Full of flavor, creamy, and absolutely delicious! I add 1 extra clove of garlic because I love garlic, and Lisa even suggested it. Also, sometimes I will heat it up a tiny bit before serving as I’ve had at restaurants. It’s a lovely change. I will happily share this recipe and Lisa’s videos with anyone who will listen. Thank you!

  5. Wow! This recipe is truly fast and amazing! I had been using another well rated recipe that used the food processor and no matter how long I mixed it or how much more water or lemon I added to it, it was NEVER smooth! It always had bumps in it.

    Finally, I decided to look for something faster and easier as the other recipe was so much work, plus the clean up-messy. Your recipe was so much faster, easier and better in every way! Talk about smooth and delicious, as it should be.

    I think the key might be in keeping and using the chickpea juice to thin, as the other recipe called for water.

    So, Thank you for an Excellent recipe, so glad you posted it! :)

  6. Hi Lisa,
    I bought a Vitamix because I discovered your channel.  I was so tired of buying blender after blender and this one is the real deal.  I made your hummus recipe today (& I have made many other recipes), it came out so perfect.  Thank you so much for sharing.  

  7. I finally made this, including the from scratch Tahini and my taste buds are in heaven!! The only hiccup was that my not so high-powered blender barely made it thru the Tahini production and then died during the hummus part (food processor had to finish it up-gasp!) Great reason to get a Vitamix, but unfortunately my budget only allows for a refurbished one at this point, is there a way you can still get affiliate credit for that? I so appreciate all your recipes and lifestyle content and want to support you as much as possible!
    Thank you!

    • Congrats on making it all from scratch Annette! That’s awesome. And you’re so sweet for wanting me to get the credit. If you click on the Vitamix from my shop page, but then swap it and put a refurbished one in your cart on Amazon, I’ll still get the credit. Thanks so much! :) x

  8. Interested in making this recipe but I have dried chickpeas that I boiled and ready for use. How do I know how many cups to use to equate two 15 oz. cans?

  9. I loved it. I followed the directions exactly and it turned out perfect.

    Rating: 5
  10. This is my all-time favorite hummus and a staple in my diet now! Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with us.

    Rating: 5
  11. The recipe mixed together well in my VitaMix; though, I did add about 1/2 cup more of the chick pea juice, for more creamier texture, one more garlic glove and about 1/4 tsp garlic powder. Very good!!

    Rating: 5
  12. This hummus tastes great! What I really love is that it’s a big recipe so it blends very easily in my processor!

    Rating: 5
  13. Hi, Lisa, I’m from Brazil, here it’s not a common recipe, but once i tried, I can’t get rid of make it every week for my husband and I. It’s absolutely amazing. Thank you for sharing this with the world. Cheers from Brazil.

    Rating: 5
  14. I made this, I love it! It was quite easy in my Vitamix, and I’ll pack the hummus in a couple work lunches this week then will freeze the rest. Flavor is very yummy!!!

  15. Thank you for this recipe. I’ve tried it and it’s delicious.

    Rating: 4
  16. shopping for ingredients now and i have dry beans. question: 1. do i cook them for a more nutrient-rich aquafaba or will a soak overnite give the same result? thank you!

  17. I’ve tried a few hummus recipes but this is my favourite! It’s an added bonus that it’s super easy and quick :)

    Rating: 5
  18. I live for years near TelAviv, and after trying different recipies over and over again, finally I found one that tastes similar to the ones I used to love over there.

    Thank you for this great recipie

  19. Really great recipe and so easy! I’ve made it several times and I won’t buy pre-made again!

    Rating: 5
  20. I made it.my family and I love these recipe is so good. Thank you so much❤❤

  21. Hey I was wondering how long it can be in the freezer for? 

    Rating: 5
  22. Just made your hummus and yummy! First time I have ever made it! Thank you for all the details in your video and blog posts! Love!!

    Rating: 5
  23. What can I say…except yummy.Thank you. Lou

    Rating: 5
  24. This recipe is sweet, simple, and amazingly good. Made it twice this week now and will continue doing so. I love its natural, fresh flavor over the store bought stuff. Thank you!

    Rating: 5
  25. Quick, easy and delicious! I halved the cumin for my family, but it still tasted wonderful! Made it in my high-power blender and food processor…both worked great. Thanks for this yummy treat!

    Rating: 5
  26. Yummy! Perfect!

    Rating: 5
  27. I am absolutely a disaster in the kitchen so was wondering what are your ideas I could use the hummus for as a meal?

    Rating: 5
  28. Could I use any basic blender? I don’t have a vitamix. BTW I’m glad I found you on YouTube you have so many awesome recipes!

    • I’m not sure if this recipe would work in other blenders (as you need the tamper to push the ingredients into the blade). If you don’t have a Vitamix, I’d recommend using a food processor instead. And I’m thrilled to hear you love my recipes and videos. Yay! :) x

  29. I halved the recipe and it came out great! Super simple and quick to make, plus it’s extremely yummy!

  30. Loved the Hummus Recipe. Thank you.

    Rating: 5
  31. Lisa, thank you for all these good recipes, I can’t find your recipe for tahini,can I have it please.

    Rating: 5
  32. I make this recipe at least twice a month. Everyone, especially me, loves this!! Better than any store bought.

  33. This hummus is by far the best I have ever had and so easy and quick to make in my Vitamix!

    Rating: 5
  34. Oh my gosh, this is the prettiest hummus I’ve ever seen and it’s so quick. I’m blown away. So gorgeous. I bet it tastes incredible.

  35. Yummy! I love homemade hummus. This recipe looks super easy and very delicious! Can’t wait to try it.

  36. There’s nothing better than homemade hummus! It looks gorgeous.

  37. I just love hummus and this looks beautiful! I could eat this all up!

  38. We share the same favorites when it comes to dips! Love how easy it is to make hummus at home! This one looks so creamy and delicious! Perfect to make for a healthy snack to enjoy during the week or when you need a quick appetizer for guests!

  39. I have been wanting to perfect my hummus-making technique, so I can’t wait to give your recipe a try! It just seems that I can never get my hummus as creamy and smooth as store brand, but I really prefer to make it from scratch!

  40. Check out hummustir! It’s simple and so easy to stir up a fresh batch of hummus! Organic, No preservatives, Non-GMO, Vegan, Gluten Free and fresh hummus anytime and anywhere. I just love it.

  41. Awesome, simple hummus recipe! Guacamole will always be my #1 favorite dip though, for sure ;)