Black Tahini Hummus

This creamy snack is perfect for dipping vegetables, pita bread, or even just spooning directly out of the bowl! 


I’ve recently discovered the beauty that is black tahini hummus! I was so excited to create this recipe because prior to this I had never used black tahini. Hummus has always been a favorite snack of mine and I was curious to see how the black tahini would change up the flavor. Needless to say, I’m definitely still a hummus lover! Once you make your own hummus, you’ll never want to go back to store-bought. 


What is hummus? 


Mostly everyone is aware of what hummus is. It’s a very popular Middle Eastern dip/spread made from chickpeas, tahini, lemon, and garlic. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also packed with vitamins and protein proving to be a great nutritional benefit. As a vegan, hummus provides a wonderful addition to my protein intake and is perfect to add to any vegetable based meal. You can also just eat it as a side, snack, or platter along with pita bread and veggie sticks such as celery and carrots. 


The chickpeas make it a creamy dip without having to add dairy or nuts. That’s right - for those of you who don’t know, hummus is naturally dairy, gluten, and nut free! It’s high in fiber, protein, and contains heart-healthy ingredients. 



What is Tahini?


Tahini is a smooth, creamy paste made from ground white sesame seeds. It is used to make sweets, dressings, salads, soups, dips, and most importantly: hummus. It’s nutty and creamy so you shouldn’t forget to add this to your hummus, as it’s an integral part of the recipe. 


What is Black Tahini? 


Black tahini is made from roasted, ground black sesame seeds. It looks like smooth, black tar, but don’t worry, it doesn’t taste like it! On its own, it tastes a bit burnt or bitter, but when you add it to different recipes, it makes all the difference. 


Hummus is a healthy snack, especially when you make it at home. Although it contains natural ingredients, you’ll want to be careful of store-bought brands that may contain preservatives or other ingredients. 


That’s why I’m going to give you the low down on making homemade hummus so that you’ll consider making it at home more often! 



Ingredients: 

  • 1 can chickpeas/1 cup 

  • ½ lemon (juiced) 

  • 2 & 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 

  • 1 & ½ tbsp black tahini 

  • 2 large garlic cloves 

  • 2 tbsp water (if using a blender) 

  • ½ tsp salt 

  • ½ tsp black pepper 

  • Optional toppings: pomegranate, chickpeas, sesame seeds, pinch of paprika, and any other toppings of your choice.

Instructions: 

  • Remove the skins from the chickpeas

  • Add chickpeas the chickpeas into the blender 

  • Peel garlic cloves then chop or leave as is and add to blender. 

  • Add the olive oil and lemon juice 

  • Add the water (if blending the ingredients) 

  • Add the black tahini 

  • Add in the dry ingredients (salt, black pepper) 

  • Top with toppings of your choice 



NOTES: 

  • To make your hummus much smoother, consider taking the time to remove the skins from the chickpeas. It’s a very time consuming process, but many agree it’s worth the hassle. Either way, your hummus will turn out creamy and delicious! 

  • You can use either a blender or a food processor, but some people don’t have food processors so it may be easier to use a blender. 

  • The water is added to make it easier to blend if using a blender. 

  • Serve with pita bread, celery sticks, carrot sticks, and more 

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