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Stef, if you are reading this, please don’t have a heart attack! I know it is sacrilege to make any self respecting hummus out of a can! AND with garlic! I know there are fabulous hummus recipes the world over that use a truck load of garlic and tahini. But my friends Rod and Stef, (who in my opinion make the best hummus in the world) would never be caught dead making hummus with garlic!

The secret for them? They swear that it is really good quality fresh chickpeas cooked slowly with love, NO garlic, and loads of lemon juice. My fellow hummus aficionados and girlfriends agree. At many a girly lunch feast, Stef has come laden with her famous hummus, and we are all madly licking the last smear at the bottom of the bowl. Her fridge is never without a bowl of hummus, and there is always a healthy stash of Lebanese flat bread in the bread bin. The first thing I always say as I arrive at her house wetting my snout with excited anticipation is, “Please tell me you have made your hummus!" So it begs the question: why am I not posting this fabulous recipe today? Well, as phenomenal as Stef's recipe is (I will certainly post it at a later date) it is definitely for those of you with the patience to cook fresh chickpeas.

Today, I am sharing the quick easy hummus that has saved my life when I have had to make a quick appetizer platter in under 5 minutes when people drop over at the last minute. Sometimes we're not prepared to wait while I soak chickpeas for 24 hours, then rinse, then boil and simmer, skimming the whole time. Whilst I will admit that this patience will yield more impressive results than this recipe; in the interests of time, and celebrating the mandate of this entire blog, which is “simple, fun, healthy and happy”, I present this sub-standard, but nonetheless satisfying, consolation prize.

This super easy hummus is a fantastic solution to a last minute munchie attack, and is always a crowd pleaser no matter how many times it is served. Just keep pulsing and tasting until you achieve your perfect blend. You know how heavy handed I like to be with the garlic, lemon juice and salt! Depending on the day, I can be known to add in some more tahini too.

I know we're being lazy today (by Stef’s standards), but this quick, albeit, inferior version, is a far cry from the ubiquitous store bought varieties we have all been served at parties.

You won’t be disappointed. Despite my underwhelming recommendation!

Quick Easy Hummus Dip

Easy 5 Minute Hummus

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus more to taste
  • 1 15oz/425g tin garbanzo beans/chickpeas thoroughly rinsed and drained
  • 3 tablespoons hulled tahini, plus more to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic minced, plus more to taste
  • pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
  • pinch sweet paprika (optional, for garnish)
  1. In a food processor fitted with the S blade or a high-speed blender puree the olive oil, lemon juice, chickpeas, tahini, salt, garlic, and pepper for 30 to 60 seconds until creamy. A blender will produce a smoother, finer-textured dip. If you prefer a more rustic, chunky texture use a food processor. Tweak flavors to taste. You may like more garlic and salt. 
  2. Transfer to a serving bowl, and sprinkle with paprika. Serve with corn chips, flat bread, or veggie sticks.

Makes 1 1/2 cups 

Tip: a quick easy way to clean this “cling-on” pieces out of your garlic press

If you are using a garlic press to mince your garlic you will know how hard they can to clean sometimes. There are always a few little stubborn bits that refuse to let go of the garlic party. Next time you are replacing your toothbrush (I replace mine about once a month) recycle it and then wash it. Keep it under the sink to scrub out your garlic press under running water to help remove those little cling on pieces.

I tried this one except I had time to soak the chickpeas - really loved it!  So smooth and creamy…


This was also a hit at my super bowl party. I have to admit though, I was too cheap to spring for the tahini. I don’t use it alot, so I couldn’t justify spending the money. SO, instead I used Naturally More peanut butter. Not a whole lot, but it worked brilliantly. All my snouts insisted that it was good stuff and still had nice kick. So if you’re in a pinch - turn to the peanut. :D


Awesome. Thanks for sharing your experience. I am going to try that!

made this hummus tonight and had one big problem with it… it was WAY too good!  i couldn’t stop eating it!! yummy!


I made this last night and it certainly brought out the piggy in me! Yummmmmm! Thank you for helping me rediscover chickpeas :)


I had to write and tell you that I loved this recipe. Thank you it was so simple too. have you thought of doing a different flavour hummus at all Blender girl? Your site is looking great too.


Yes. There are some other flavours under the dips section of the recipe search feature. Enjoy :)

“Easy 5 MInute Hummus” is very easy as recipe. Occasionally I make this quick y recipe to receive my friends. Last night it was fantastic! Oh :)(:


Wonderful. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Add Sriracha, you won’t regret it!


Awesome tip! Thanks for sharing :)

Do you have the nutritional breakdown for this? I made it and loved it but want to know calories and fat in a serving. Thanks for the recipie


Sorry Sean, I don’t have nutritional stats for the recipes on the site at the moment. I will add them gradually over the course of this year, as I get asked so often. Until then, please plug the recipe into third party software like nutrition data.

I haven’t tried this yet (but I’m GOING TO!) - I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the ‘underwhelming’ recommendataion!


LOL! I know. I read that now, and go, “Why did I write that?!”

Can’t find tahini in Costa Rica so I use spicy sesame oil. Have also put in fresh cilantro and/or black olives. Anything goes folks. Get imaginative.  Pura Vida


Love your tweaks! Thanks for sharing.

Looking forward to trying this. Thank you


Enjoy! This is a good little staple.

I just made this according to the measurements and it turned out so disgusting. I even added more garlic and olive oil and it was still gross. I’m not sure what went wrong but I know that I followed the directions to a T.

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