My hummus addiction is certainly not breaking news. In fact, it has been around for years. However, since recently acquiring a Certified Reconditioned Standard Vitamix High Performance Blender, I’ve started experimenting with making my own. I’ve been working on fine-tuning my hummus experimentations, playing with all sorts of peculiar combinations with the notion that I would eventually stumble on the desired outcome. This weekend, it happened. Naturally it was at a time that I wasn’t measuring anything out (which is pretty typical). I’ve learned that while the whimsical method of guess-timation works wonders for me, it’s not ideal for sharing the recipe love, and so I’ve gradually been adjusting my madness to become more methodical. Tonight I slowed down a minute, measured things out, wrote them down, and arrived at what I am calling my “Holy Spiced Citrus Hummus.” I finished up just in time to sit and enjoy it outside while basking in the sunlight, thanks to the return of daylight saving time.
- 1 can organic garbanzo beans (15.5 ounce can)
- 1 Tbsp. ground cumin seed
- 1 Tbsp. Bodacious Olive Blood Orange extra virgin olive oil*
- 2 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter
- 3 small orange slices (for juicing)
- 1 – 2 Tbsp. Sriracha
- 1/2 cup water
*Ingredient Note: Although I prefer this particular olive oil purchased from a local epicurean market for its light citrus zest, this can certainly be substituted with another oil of choice.
Drain can of garbanzo beans (chickpeas) and pour beans into blender. Add cumin, olive oil, and peanut butter. Squeeze juice from your orange slices into blender, avoiding letting any seeds sneak in (meaning, if need be, squeeze into another vessel first). Add 1/4 cup water and blend on low/variable speed, slowly increasing blending power. Add the remaining 1/4 cup water and blend on high.
Note: Depending on your blender’s power, the amount of water may need to increase. Additional experimentation may also be needed to determine the power of your specific machine. In high speed blender world, this hummus can be blended to perfection in 1-2 minutes tops. In Vitamix land, use tamper to help the hummus along while blending (if needed).
After blending to desired level of creaminess, add Sriracha. If 1 Tbsp. doesn’t seem to be enough after a taste test, add another, and even another if you wish. For comparison purposes, 1 Tbsp. results in a mild spiced blend, while 2 Tbsp. gives it an extra kick, says this Sriracha enthusiast.
Serve with crackers, chips or an array of fruit and veggies. Spread on your sandwich, or use atop your salad. Take on a picnic. Share with a friend (if you are feeling generous).
Fun fact: Increased consumption of hummus has been known to make you smarter. Well, sort of. Garbanzo beans are a prime source of magnesium, a key ingredient in keeping your brain cell receptors functioning and sending messages timely. Plus it relaxes your vessels, allowing increased blood flow to your brain. In short, a hummus addiction is a smart addiction to have. Bring on the holy hummus.