This is an easy recipe to make at home with kids because there is no measuring
Making fresh hummus using dried garbanzo beans at home is a very easy recipe that can be done children of all ages because there is no need for measuring, and it is a lot of fun to make. The hardest part of the recipe is cooking the garbanzo beans, and that can be done before hand.
Before you make this hummus recipe, I recommend taking your children on a trip to your local farmer’s market to shop for fresh ingredients first. Then they can be part of the entire process for the recipe. In addition, they will learn about where the food comes from.
Fresh hummus can be made with frozen or canned ingredients, but it tastes best with fresh ingredients. If a farmer’s market is not available, then shop at your local whole foods store, or organic market.
The one ingredient that you must have to make this fresh hummus recipe is garbanzo beans. These can be bought canned, but the hummus will taste much better if you use dried garbanzo beans. If you cannot find these locally, I recommend buying them dry online from Amazon. Amazon carries several brands of organic dried garbanzo beans that you can have shipped to you.
To Make Fresh Hummus You Will Need a Stockpot and a Cuisinart Food Processor
While this fresh hummus recipe is easy, it is much, much easier with a proper stock pot and a Cuisinart. Here are two models that I recommend:
This stock pot is expensive but you can often find great deals on Amazon, so click through to the Amazon page to see if it is on sale. I have one of these stock pots that has lasted for years and is still good. It is totally worth the price.
One of the keys to this fresh hummus recipe is a Cuisinart food processor. If you don’t already have one, they last forever. I have an older version of this one, and I have had it since I got married (and I won’t tell you how long ago that was). This will puree the ingredients and is so much fun for kids to watch.
The video following shows a slightly different recipe, but you can see how the food processor is used. I personally don’t like cumin and salt added, but you can try it this way and see if you do. As you can see they are trying to make it as smooth as possible. Sometimes, I like it much chunkier.
A personal note: In my opinion, even the best canned garbanzo/chickpeas are not even close to as good as using dried ones and cooking them yourself. Plus it adds more salt which I don’t want.
Fresh hummus is traditionally a dip for pita bread, but it also tastes great as a vegetable dip, or a side for meat or fish. It is a healthy snack for kids and adults, and is usually a healthy snack that kids love.
You can also use hummus as a spread for sandwiches or added to a salad dressing for flavor. The list of uses is literally endless.