Need an easy low carb snack? This Lemon Hummus is delicious and there is no tahini in it!
I have just recently started liking hummus. Kayla and I love making this delicious Cilantro Jalapeno hummus that is our go-to recipe, but now that I have this lemon one, I love it just as much.
This post was originally published on January 9, 2019 and been updated with new photos and more info.
I love when I can find a snack that truly suits every taste bud I have and this lemon hummus fits the bill. I am not a huge fan of tahini, so I played around with this recipe until I could get it just right. And the best part? It is tahini free!
This snack is a very low carb snack and it is full of protein thanks to the chickpeas (you may also know them as garbanzo beans). Like other legumes, such as beans, peas, and lentils, chickpeas are high in fiber and protein and contain several key vitamins and minerals.
How to Make Lemon Hummus
Making this hummus is as simple as dumping everything into your food processor and blending it up. I serve mine with these delicious low carb crackers I found at ALDI.
With your first bite of this lemon hummus, your taste buds will come alive! I always add two whole lemons as well as the zest to really get the full flavor. I mean, it's called LEMON hummus for a reason, right?
I topped this hummus with a sprinkling of paprika, but you can totally top it with some homemade everything bagel seasoning mix.
You can take chickpeas and turn them into anything — including a crunchy snack like my Spicy Garlic Chickpeas. I use them on salads for a crunch and as a snack (it's almost like eating peanuts!)
Is Hummus Good for You?
My answer in short is YES! The reason for that is because it is packed full of delicious vitamins and minerals that our bodies need.
If you aren't sure what hummus is –it's a popular Middle Eastern dip and spread that is packed with vitamins and minerals.
And — research has linked the ingredients to a variety of impressive health benefits, including helping fight inflammation, improving blood sugar control, better digestive health, lower heart disease risk, and weight loss.
Which is Better for you — store bought or homemade?
When it comes to hummus, I prefer homemade because like everything else, I can control the ingredients and what goes into it.
The hummus as the store is full of preservatives and a lot of sodium which you might be trying to avoid.
It is not hard to make at all and it is A LOT cheaper doing it on your own.
Other Hummus Recipes You Might Enjoy
- Plain Hummus with Homemade Pita Chips
- Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus
- Sriracha Hummus
- 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and juiced reserved
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 whole lemons, juiced and zested
- 5 Tbsp good olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- Paprika, for garnish
- salt and pepper to taste
- Combine all ingredients (except chickpea juice) in a food processor and pulse until smooth.
- Starting with 1/4 cup of the reserved juice, add in with the puree and pulse until smooth. If it is too thick, add a little more juice until you get the consistency you are wanting.
- Place in a bowl and sprinkle with paprika and a drizzle of olive oil.
- Serve immediately or place in the fridge. Serve with crackers, tortilla chips, veggies, or whole wheat pita chips.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 89Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 262mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g