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This vegan, oil-free hummus recipe comes out super fluffy and so tasty!
An easy hummus is must have in your recipe arsenal. If you meal prep, hummus is a great dip to snack on for the week.
If I'm craving something crunchy or savory, hummus is my go-to because of the dipping possibilities! You can dip pita bread or crackers into it, or fresh crisp veggies like cucumbers and carrots. 🥕
Or, eat it by the fistful. I mean that's what my son used to do when he was 2. 😂
Traditional hummus contains a lot of olive oil. There are various you may want to avoid oil, such as dietary restrictions, or perhaps you just don't have any on hand.
Instead of oil, we will simply be using the liquid that comes in a can of chickpeas - otherwise known as aquafaba! Aquafaba is a versatile liquid that can act as an egg replacer in vegan recipes. For example, I used aquafaba as a binder in these meatballs and to help the breadcrumbs stick in my Asparagus Fries recipe.
Aquafaba, when blended or whipped, also becomes super fluffy. I LOVE a fluffy hummus. Zoe's Kitchen, one of my favorite places to eat, has the most divine fluffy hummus. While they probably use some kind of oil to get that texture, I was able to achieve the same light and airy mouth-feel using aquafaba.
So, when you strain out the chickpeas from the can, make sure you are reserving that precious liquid!
Fridge: Hummus is best stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-5 days.
Freezer: You can freeze hummus up to 3-4 months in an airtight container. Put it in the fridge to thaw, and mix well before eating!
Will Hummus Make Me Gassy?
Like other legumes, chickpeas (A.K.A. garbanzo beans) may cause gas if you are not used to eating them. 💨
If you find that hummus is making you gassy or bloated, try eating just a little at a time. Your stomach will adjust to accommodate your new favorite snack.
Can I Leave the Tahini Out?
Some people may want to skip the tahini if you are following a super low-fat diet or simply don't like the taste. This recipe will still be delicious if you don't add the tahini.
Adding Other Flavors
You can add spices to your preference. Cumin is a great addition to hummus. More ideas: everything bagel seasoning, chili powder, extra garlic, olives, spinach, etc.
You can even use half chickpeas, half black beans, and some taco seasoning to go for more of a southwest-style oil-free hummus.
- 1 (15.5-ounce) can chickpeas - drained, liquid (aquafaba) reserved
- ¼ cup aquafaba* - or more as needed
- 3-4 small cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp tahini
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- ¼ tsp paprika
- salt to taste
- In a blender or food processor, blend all ingredients until smooth and fluffy. This can take a few minutes. Add more salt to taste. If hummus isn't coming together, add a little more aquafaba.
- Store in the fridge for 4-5 days.