This Oil-Free Hummus makes such a creamy and delicious spread that you can serve with veggies or crackers. You only need four ingredients for this vegan and gluten-free recipe. 

hummus in a white bowl with lemon slices and carrots for serving

Hummus is one of those easy recipes that is great to have on hand. It’s perfect for serving as a dip for carrots, cucumber slices, or crackers. This recipe is oil-free, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, and high in fiber.

Chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, are one of my favorite ingredients. Chickpeas are a staple of Mediterranean cooking and have so many health benefits.

Recipe Steps

You won’t believe how easy it is to make homemade oil-free hummus. You literally just throw the ingredients in a food processor or a blender and serve it right away.

ingredients for hummus on a white cutting board

Step One

Rinse one can of chickpeas and place them in your food processor or blender.

Step Two

Add lemon juice, one garlic clove (or more if you love garlic), tahini, salt, and pepper.

ingredients for hummus in the base of a food processor

Step Three

Blend and serve! Or, you can chill the oil-free hummus until you’re ready to serve it. I like to eat hummus with carrot sticks, cucumber slices, celery sticks, or my favorite grain-free crackers.

hummus blended up in a food processor


What is the difference between chickpeas and garbanzo beans? 

Nothing, they are the same!

What is tahini?

Tahini is simply ground sesame seeds. You can buy it in the nut butter aisle of the grocery store, usually near the peanut butter.

Can I add olive oil to this recipe?

Yes, you sure can. But, I have had several request for an oil-free version. 

What does hummus taste like?

It has a distinctive flavor that is mild and pleasant. The texture of hummus is very creamy.

Other Healthy Side Dishes You Might Like

bowl of hummus with chopped fresh chives on top

Here’s the printable recipe:

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hummus in a white bowl with chopped chives on top

Oil Free Hummus


This Oil-Free Hummus makes such a creamy and delicious spread that you can serve with veggies or crackers. You only need four ingredients for this vegan and gluten-free recipe.


  • 1 15-ounce can garbanzo (or chickpea) beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/3 cup unsalted tahini
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. In the base of a food processor or high-speed blender, combine the garbanzo beans, lemon juice, garlic, tahini, salt, and pepper.
  2. Process on high for 45 seconds to a minute, or until the ingredients are combined and creamy.
  3. If you need help getting the mixture to blend, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of water to the mixture.
  4. Serve immediately, or refrigerate and serve chilled.


Store any leftovers in a tightly-sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Food processor
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: easy hummus made with no oil

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