Hummus made with Sesame Seeds and Homemade Chickpeas

by Mary on June 12, 2012

hummus with a topping of olive oil and pine nuts

hummus topped with olive oil and pine nuts

Everyone has a hummus recipe; mine’s at least a little different. It starts with whole sesame seeds and homemade chickpeas. The chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) are cooked with bay leaves after an overnight soak, making them very digestible. I blend the sesame seeds with lemon juice, garlic, scallion or yellow onion, and a cup of the bean cooking water. Between using homemade beans and starting with whole sesame seeds instead of store-bought tahini, this is the most economical and fresh recipe for hummus you’re going to find.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. If you try it, please let me know how you like it in the comments.

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Recipe type: dip or spread
  • ¾ cup hulled white sesame seeds
  • ½ cup cooking water from homemade chickpeas
  • juice 1 large lemon, 3-4 Tbsp.
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • several scallions (white and most of green part) or ⅛ large yellow onion (2 oz. onion)
  • 2 cups cooked homemade chickpeas (see my basic chickpeas post for recipe).
  • 2 large cloves garlic, about 1 Tbsp. chopped
  • pinch cayenne
  • ¼ tsp. cumin
  • several grinds of black pepper
  • scant ½ tsp. salt or to taste
  1. Combine the first 5 ingredients in your blender or food processor. Process until smooth.
  2. Add chickpeas, process until smooth.
  3. Add and blend remaining ingredients.
  4. Vitamix specific directions: begin on low speed, increase to highest variable speed, mixing vigorously with tamper.
  5. Adjust salt and pepper as needed, blend in.
Yield: 2.25 cups about 1# 6 oz. Nutrition information: Calories: 131, Fat 6.8 g., Sat. fat 0.9 g., protein 5.5 g., sodium 133 mg., carbohydrate 13.8 mg., fiber 4.3 g., sugar 2.0 g., calcium 139 mg.


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Reeni June 13, 2012 at 1:08 am

I love how you use sesame seeds rather than tahini! Very unique. My favorite hummus always includes pine nuts! This sounds wonderful. Thanks for stopping by today and commenting!
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mary June 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm

I always like to stop by your blog, Reeni! I printed out that brownie recipe of yours, and I like your latest of the Asian style green beans, too.


the wicked noodle June 15, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Love the idea of making your own garbanzo beans!!
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mary June 15, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Thanks, Kristi! It just works out better for me to have a pot of cooked beans on hand.


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