Prep Time

15 minutes - unless you are cooking the beans

Prep Notes

I've tried this recipe with both canned beans, and prepared from dry beans - and frankly, its pretty hard to tell the difference.


Approximately 3 Cups Prepared


  • I package dry garbanzo beans; soaked all night & cooked until soft. (Quick soak directions below)
  • Or two 15 oz. cans organic garbanzo beans; rinsed and drained
  • Approximately 1 cup fresh lemon juice; juice oftwo to three lemons – add to your own taste. Add ½ cup into food processor –then add according to taste if you prefer more lemon flavor. I use 1 full cup
  • ¼ olive oil
  • ½ cup tahini (sesame seed butter; looks like peanut butter; use about one part tahini to garbanzo beans)
  • 3 tablespoons cumin (season according to taste)
  • Loads of fresh minced garlic; approx. 2 tablespoons – or more according to your taste
  • Salt & pepper; approximately 1 ½ tsp kosher salt & ½ tsp black pepper (flavor to taste)


Additional olive oil for drizzle on top.

Sprinkle lightly with favorite seeds - toasted sesame or chia for extra Omega-3's

And / or sprinkle lightly with paprika


  1. Cook beans if using raw.
  2. Add beans, ½ cup lemon juice, garlic, tahini, olive oil and salt & pepper to food processor and process until smooth.
  3. Adjust according to your taste – more lemon juice, garlic & salt & pepper can be added.

 Dried beans – quick soak method:

  • Rinse and drain beans.
  • Using a large pot cover with cold water, add 1 teaspoon salt, and bring to a boil (optional)
  • Boil for one full minute.
  • Turn off heat, cover pot and let sit for one hour.
  • Rinse & drain beans.
  • Cook beans by adding them back into the pot,cover with cold water and cook for approximately 2 hours – or until beans are very soft and ready to mush into hummus.

For some added flavor to cooking beans try adding a chopped onion and some minced garlic.

This is not a  'classic' hummus add;  but If you would like to add a slight sweet 'accent' to beans - you can add one chopped & peeled carrot to cooking beans. Personally, I always add onions, garlic and carrots to beans when I cook them, I like the flavor it adds.


I got this recipe from my awesome Israeli friend Naomi. Enjoy!