Hummus, A Food Group.


Hello there.

We finally picked up a few groceries and what is the first thing I do?

Make homemade hummus!

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As you may know, hummus is a food group for me. Other foods are just ways to get more hummus into my belly.


I present to you the Hummus Crackwich.

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I felt bad for all those baby chicks I was eating…

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Hardy-har-har. Lame joke, I know.

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It has been wayyyyy too long since I made hummus. After tasting this, I wanted to kick myself for getting out of the habit.

Sweet + Sour Homemade Hummus


  • 1 large can (540 ml/2 cups) organic chickpeas
  • Approx 1 tsp Apple Cider vinegar (regular vinegar also works)
  • 1-1.5 tsp Mr. Spice Sweet and Sour Sauce (the secret ingredient revealed!)
  • 1.5 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced or chopped fine
  • Pinch of sea salt (to taste)
  • A bit of water to thin out, if you think it is necessary


Directions: Drain and rinse chickpeas. Add all ingredients into the food processor and process until smooth scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add a bit of water if you want to thin it out more.


[I spy Eric in the background!]

I love Mr. Spice. The products are salt free, but they taste incredible! I don’t know how he does it. :happy: I think I picked up this bottle in the organic/natural food section in Loblaws.


The hummus was deelish! You could make this recipe without the S+S sauce or perhaps put another kind of sauce into the mix! I was wondering what a BBQ hummus might taste like? Perhaps using roasted chickpeas? Might be worth trying next time…

Did you know there is such a thing as DESSERT hummus!? I must try to make this. What flavour should I attempt? Do you think it would taste good?

New food creations make me all warm inside. :blush:

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1 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is May 20, 2010

Just have discovered a love affair with hummus. Sweet and sour sounds sooo good. I think anything pb + chocolate would be pretty amazing.


2 Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 20, 2010

Yumm.. can’t believe I’ve never made hummus before! I love it but my food processor is not the best thing ever.. not sure it can take it!
And chocolate mousse hummus?! Oh my my my…


3 Brittany May 20, 2010

Ahhh hummus. It totally does need it’s own food group!!


4 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies May 20, 2010

LOVE homemade hummus – your mix of stuff sounds so good!


5 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg May 20, 2010

Mmmm….sweet + sour hummus is brilliant! As are crack sammies with Mary’s + hummus! :-)


6 Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks May 20, 2010

Bbut . . . no tahini! Ya gotta have some tahini in there!


7 Sarah for Real May 20, 2010

I was wondering about that too! No tahini???

I don’t really like tahini much myself, but I always use it in hummus because I thought it was like, sacrilegious or something not to, haha.


8 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin May 20, 2010

Wow I’ve never heard of dessert hummus but would be curious! I saw a post about PB hummus today and that kind of weirds me out but I won’t knock it til I try it!


9 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) May 20, 2010

I haven’t had hummus in so long…you know why? Because it’s so so easy to make at home that I never buy it in the store. I haven’t made it in forever though!!


10 cassie May 20, 2010

hummus crackwich love it :-) i have a love hate relationship with hummus, sometimes i like and others i’m not so sure, but i am always open to giving it a shot..


11 Tina May 20, 2010

I have never heard of dessert hummus. I probably would like it though. Hummus + dessert. Nothing wrong with that. Yours sounds excellent.


12 Chloe (Naturally Frugal) May 20, 2010

I love hummus but never seem to re-create my favorite store bought varieties at home. Maybe I need to use fresh chick peas?
It’s definitely a food group all on its own, so versatile and yummy!
I predict a crackwich blog takeover in the near future….


13 Ashley May 20, 2010

Oh my dear. Yes, homemade hummus is amazing and it’s definitely a food group. That is one of the foods that used to be on my “hate” list! Insane. Your recipe sounds really yummy. Also, I definitely have those little sorbet cups from C+B. So adorable. AND you must must must try my curry honey hummus recipe [subbing brown rice syrup would work instead of honey I’m sure]. Dessert hummus? Sounds weird, but I’ll try it! LMAO to “crackwich”


14 Radha May 20, 2010

Yum! A great food group! Crackwich sounds good! Thanks for the recipe.


15 Tay May 20, 2010

I actually just got some of the Crazy Camel dessert hummus and it’s pretty good! It really doesn’t taste like true hummus and it’s not as creamy. I think because it’s missing tahini maybe? But it’s definitely tasty!


16 Hayley May 20, 2010

The hummus with the spoon totally looks like ice cream. It’s as good as ice cream, too.


17 emptynut May 20, 2010

wow wow wow
love hummus SO much

how about an almond butter-chocolate chip hummus //



18 Mary @ It's Bliss May 20, 2010

Hmmm..strawberry hummus?? or ohhhh..maple hummus! I bet either would be yummy :)


19 Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches May 20, 2010

Dessert hummus! Why, I’ve never heard of such a thing! You must make it, and report the findings back to your faithful readers. Pleeeeeeeeease. :)


20 Danielle (Coffee Run) May 20, 2010

Ohh I love homemade hummus :D I made dessert hummus once! My advice: Lots of sweetner lol. It was good, but I still detected a bean-y flavor


21 Megan @ maintainingthathealthybalance May 20, 2010

I love hummus it seems to go with everything! I have never thought of Dessert hummus but I am sure willing to try it. Keep up the great work!


22 Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 20, 2010

oooh I would never have thought to add in the apple cider vinegar or sweet and sour sauce – but what a GREAT idea!!!!


23 Stephanie May 20, 2010

I’ve been looking for a good hummus recipe. I think I’ll try this tonight. Thanks!

On a completely different note, your photographs are wonderful! What type of camera/lens do you use? It’s hard photographing food and making it look appetizing, but you make it look so easy. Good job!


24 Emily May 20, 2010

I went to a gourmet food show and tried two amazing hummus flavours – chocolate and curry! sounds weird but sooooo good.


25 Gillian May 20, 2010

I love it! I always make spicy cajun hummus at home :)


26 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 20, 2010

I love hummus! I’m super lazy and I just buy it from the store, but yours looks incredible with its secret ingredient.


27 Kilee May 20, 2010

Very interesting about the dessert hummus! I would have never thought of that. Your recipe looks delish. Have a great night!


28 Amber K May 20, 2010

I have never heard of such a thing as a dessert hummus. Sounds interesting!

I love just a good garlic hummus.


29 Ilana May 20, 2010

Just in case you were wondering, this post made me race to the kitchen, tear open a new tub of hummus, and stick a Food Should Taste Good chip right into it. I much prefer the homemade kind myself. I’ve been thinking about experimenting with a dessert-y hummus and one of the ideas I’ve had is to use coconut oil in place of olive oil, but I’m still thinking about what kind of flavor profile I want to go for. What about Mexican Hot Chocolate hummus? Oooooohhhhhhhh….


30 Allison @ Food For Healing May 20, 2010

hummus rocks!

Dessert hummus!? thats ballin’


31 jenny (Green Food Diaries) May 20, 2010

sweet and sour hummus sounds downright AMAZING… i wish loblaws was closer to my house!!


32 Julie @savvyeats May 20, 2010

I would have never thought of Sweet and Sour hummus… so creative! I made a Cinnamon PB Hummus on my blog a few months back… but I haven’t made any hummus at all in what now feels like forever. Will need to remedy that soon!


33 Julie @savvyeats May 22, 2010

Scratch that, I just made one that is SO MUCH better (in both texture and taste) than my first attempt at dessert hummus… Maple Peanut Dessert Hummus! Yummmm


34 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write May 20, 2010

Your “lame joke” reminds me of when I was little eating at Long John Silvers. They had these breaded balls called hushpuppies (basically bread balls, deep fried). I loved them. One day, I turned to my mom and said, “Mom, these are so good, but isn’t it sad that they’re made of puppies?” he he…

Also, hummus is a food group for me, as well. Specifically red pepper hummus.


35 Camille May 21, 2010

Oh my gosh! Dessert hummus!? What a great idea!
Maybe Maple Syrup? Or cinnamon and dried fruit… perhaps apricot?
Good luck!


36 Sasha May 21, 2010


Just wondering since I’ve never made hummus myself and plan to do so soon.
Aren’t the chickpeas supposed to be cooked? At least that’s what all the recipes I googled for last week told me. Also did you intentionally leave out tahini. I thought it was one of the ‘must’ ingredients. In fact, that’s what kept me from making hummus all along – I couldn’t find tahini in stores near me until now.

Love your recipes!
Have a good day.



37 jessica May 21, 2010

If the chickpeas are from a can, they are already cooked.


38 Triathlonbabe May 21, 2010

When I discovered Hummus, I was in love for life. I eat almost daily. Yummy to my tastebuds and my tummy!!! I just had hummus w/kashi multi grain crackers for dinner with green olives….quite good and easy to carry on a road trip.

Hmmmm…dessert hummus, I’m thinking organic dark chocolate something. :)


39 Katie May 21, 2010

You seem to be missing the most crucial ingredient – tahini!!! It makes hummus so much richer and creamier.

I make hummus weekly. It is definitely a food group for me.


40 Jocelyn @ Peace.Love.Nutrition May 21, 2010

How fun! Would LOVE to make my own hummus!


41 Little Aspects May 21, 2010

I often add a squeeze of fresh lemon to mine, as well as the tahini.
Love hummus so much! I usually cook up a huge batch of chickpeas, freeze most of them, and make small batches of hummus as needed.


42 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] May 21, 2010

I think you’d like this broccoli hummus recipe:


43 Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete May 21, 2010

I hear you on the hummus! I just made some a couple of days ago, and it is already gone! I need to make some more!


44 Emmanuelle May 21, 2010

I.LOVE.HUMMUS. ’nuff said :-)


45 Rachel @ Suburban Yogini May 21, 2010

Hummus is the food of life. Seriously!

I have never tried to make a sweet hummus but I do like it with orange slices. Sounds weird but it works!!!


46 lindsay May 21, 2010

Dessert hummus? Now thats a fun recipe to work with. Maybe a spiced vanilla or cinammon? Are you going to make some? Ohhhh….can’t wait to see whatcha come up with. FUN and YUM!


47 Debbi Does Dinner Healthy May 21, 2010

I just made a black bean hummus that was awesome! I so love hummus!! I agree, it does need its own food group!


48 Wei-Wei May 21, 2010

If I scrolled down without reading, I might have thought that was ice cream. Yummmm.

I’ve attempted to make hummus before, but the reaction wasn’t good, and I made too much so I ended up throwing it out. D: I hated wasting it! I like a stronger tahini flavour in my hummus, I’ve found, so I guess I’ll grind up more sesame next time. (Yeah, I ground my own tahini. No, I don’t think it was especially effective.) I’ll try again next time… :S



49 Kristin (Cook, Bake and NIbble) May 21, 2010

OBVIOUSLY hummus is a food group! ;)

I love the idea of sweet & sour hummus, yum!

And YES I knew there was dessert hummus but have yet to try it!!! Though I think I need to, seeing as they are two of my favorite things!



50 Sarah May 21, 2010

Dessert hummus?!
I think peanut butter would really lend itself well to chickpeas. Ooh, I may just have to attempt a peanut butter hummus recipe myself. I’m salivating just thinking about it!


51 Veggielady4life May 21, 2010

Dessert hummus? What a wonderful idea! And what flavor….

Hmm…mm…. Fluffernutter?? (Like a fluffernutter sandwich… nutella and marshmallow!!!)

Could gourmet it up… use real hazelnuts… and not sure about the marshmallows… might just have to use plain ole ones…


52 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday May 21, 2010

I find getting the consistency of hummus perfect is tough. I make some pretty great baba ghanoush though!


53 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 21, 2010

I love getting creative with making spreads. The sweet & sour hummus is a great idea! :) I’ve been thinking about trying to make an avacado hummus. There’s no way you can go wrong with that flavour combo!


54 Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman May 21, 2010

My favorite hummus is Trader Joe’s horseradish hummus. I can eat an entire tub in a sitting. It’s sooo good!


55 kalli@fitandfortysomething May 21, 2010

i agree hummus should be it’s own food group!


56 Paige (Running Around Normal) May 21, 2010

There should definitely be an added food group for hummus! And I agree…veggies/chips/crackers are just vehicles to get the hummus in mah belly!


57 Tracey May 21, 2010

I totally agree!! All other foods are just a vessel to eat my hummus! I love it so much, it is a staple in my house and I eat it on a daily basis pretty much. I have made my own, but I cheat a lot and buy it from the store because I go through it so fast. Your mixture sounds good though, I’ll have to give it a try :)


58 Emily B May 21, 2010

Hummus is a food group!!!! And my favorite hummus so far is Trader Joe’s jalapeno and cilantro. Try recreating that – if it’s anything like TJ’s, you’ll fall in love!


59 Lauren May 21, 2010

I feel like hummus I make at home is never that good at all, especially compared to the stuff I can get in a Greek restaurant. Maybe I just haven’t found the right recipe yet?


60 Heather @ Side of Sneakers May 21, 2010

I agree- hummus should definitely be a food group!! I love the idea of the sweet & sour sauce mixed in-mmmm!


61 Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy May 21, 2010

Okay — I have to try to make dessert hummus at some point! It makes me think of a much healthier version of “cheesecake dip”. The possibilities are endless!


62 Jen May 21, 2010

I made chocolate/peanut butter dessert hummus. It was super good. My husband thought I was crazy, but once he tried it he realized I wasn’t. I definitely recommend trying it out.


63 Annie@stronghealthyfit May 21, 2010

Dessert hummus??? I don’t know about that…. :-)


64 Shelly May 21, 2010

It never turns out right when I try to make it (something about the texture is always off) but I love other people’s artichoke hummus. I also like garlic hummus.
I think BBQ sauce in hummus would be really good b/c I actually like to combine 1/2 spicy bbq sauce and 1/2 hummus and eat it on wraps (it’s so good with spinach!).
I don’t really like the store bought hummus that much anymore (though my fiance eats a jar a week), but I would like to try the Sabra lemon hummus (sadly, fiance does not share my love for all things lemon so we stick to plain).


65 Lauren @ Health on the Run May 21, 2010

haha I totally agree with this! My love affair with hummus goes way back, but it wasn’t until relatively recently that I actually started making my own (and of course once I did, I wondered why I ever spent all that money on store bought!)

And no, I did NOT know there was dessert hummus. I guess I never thought about making it sweet. But pumpkin pie or maple walnut hummus?? That sounds amazing :)


66 Heather (Heather's Dish) May 21, 2010

sign me up for some of that dessert hummus! i’ll be blogstalking OSG til you make it :)


67 Corinne (breathe and savor) May 21, 2010

oh i just dont know how i feel about dessert hummus! someone (hint hint) needs to make it! ha. sorry i wont be the guinea pig on that one ;)


68 Jill@MySoCalledHealthLife May 21, 2010

You’re a genius. I am going to attempt BBQ hummus later today!! I’ll keep you posted ;-)


69 Lizz @ Leading the Good Life May 21, 2010

A friend of mine asked me yesterday what I eat with hummus. He couldn’t think of anything besides pita chips! I told him any kind of veggies, any kind of cracker/bread, or straight off a spoon. :)


70 Chez May 21, 2010

I made chocolate hummus a while back and it was amazing. Too amazing. I ate the whole batch in a day and a half!!


71 Cristy @ May 21, 2010

Dessert hummus?! Hmm… I think I have a hard time with things that are normally one way being another…like your savory oats! I’m sure they are awesome, though. Dessert hummus…maybe some sort of lemon confection? I’m sure you’ll whip up something stellar!


72 Gertrude May 21, 2010

I actually just made chocolate hummus a couple of days ago. chickpeas, unsweetened chocolate powder, and some kind of sweetener (i used dark brown molasses sugar). i definitely like it better after it’s been chilled in the fridge. kind of reminds me of chocolate cheese cake.
TRY IT! :D it’s now my favourite kind of hummus =p


73 Franziska ( May 21, 2010

I love hummus. We used to make homemade hummus all the time when I was growing up. I have not made in years – will have to get back in the habit. mmmm – definately will have to make soon :)


74 Alison May 21, 2010

Hummus is DELICIOUS. Not to mention it’s a huge part of the Mediterranean Diet, and May is Mediterranean Month, so what a perfect post!


75 Michal May 21, 2010

Ohhhh my. I can have hummus for dessert? You have made my day! I’ve been wanting to try Pioneer Woman’s homemade babaganoush recipe, but…. I love hummus even more. This goes to the top of the “to make” list :-)


76 Susan May 21, 2010

I’ve seen apple hummus at Sobeys!! I haven’t bought it yet though because really, I just eat hummus to ingest obscene amounts of garlic. It takes a full day for my breath to get back to normal after ;)

Must keep my eyes peeled for Mr. Spice!


77 Alicia May 21, 2010

You should really try dried beans! they make such a flavor difference!


78 Iris May 22, 2010

Hummus is yummus! I make my own, too. :)


79 Jolene ( May 24, 2010

Desert hummus!!!?? I would be very interested in hearing what that tastes like!!


80 Jolene ( May 24, 2010

And by “desert” I meant “dessert.” :-)


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