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Healthy Homemade Hummus (Oil-Free)

Our quick and easy version of this classic middle-eastern dip contains no added oil. We've also listed our four favorite flavor variations, in case you get bored!

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 0 Minutes
Yield: Makes 2 Cups


You can use this as a dip for vegetables and wholewheat pita bread, or as a spread for sandwiches and wraps.

Prepared hummus will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

To make this suitable for The McDougall Maximum Weight Loss Program, omit the tahini from the recipe.


  • 2 x 15oz. (425g) cans no-salt added chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 4-5 tbsp. fresh lemon juice (adjust to taste)
  • 4-5 tbsp. water
  • 2 tbsp tahini (*see note)


Place all ingredients in a blender and blend or pulse until smooth. (You may need to adjust the amount of water you use to reach the desired consistency.) Transfer hummus to an airtight container and keep refrigerated until using.

* Note: For an even lower fat version, simply omit the tahini, or replace it with 2 tbsp of plain unsweetened soy yogurt. (If you do this, please note that the recipe will no longer be soy-free.) 


  • Lightly Spiced Hummus: Add 1/4 tsp. each of chili powder, cumin and paprika before blending.
  • Smoky Jalapeno Hummus: After blending, transfer to a bowl and stir through 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika, 2 tbsp. chopped jalapenos and 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro.
  • Herby Hummus: After blending, transfer to a bowl and stir through 2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley, 1 tbsp. chopped fresh dill and 1 tbsp. chopped fresh chives.
  • Roasted Red Pepper Hummus: Roast one whole red pepper in a 230°C / 450°F oven until tender (10-15 minutes.) Allow to cool before slicing and adding to the blender with remaining ingredients.