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 plant-based recipe. 

bowl of oil-free hummus served with crackers

Hummus is one of those easy recipes that is great to have on hand for a protein-rich plant-based snack. 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.

Classic hummus recipes usually include a lot of olive oil. In this recipe, we use mostly fresh lemon juice to help thin out the blended spread. I also offer the option to add up to 1/4 cup of the liquid found in a can of chickpeas (called aquafaba).

Either way, this oil-free recipe is perfect for my whole foods, plant-based friends who have requested this version.

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 oil-free hummus on a cutting board

Step One

Rinse one can of chickpeas and place them in your food processor or blender. If you like the texture of a thin hummus, reserve 1/2 cup of the liquid from the can of chickpeas, known as aquafaba.

Otherwise, if you like a thick hummus like I do, you won’t need any of the aquafaba.

Step Two

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

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

chickpeas, tahini, garlic, and lemon juice in 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

FAQs

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. If you want to add oil, start with 1-2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.

What does hummus taste like?

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

Can I make this recipe in a blender?

You can make this in a high speed blender like a Vitamix, but you may need to add a few tablespoons of water or aquafaba to help get the mixture started.

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oil-free chickpea hummus served in bowl with chives on top

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hummus in a white bowl with chopped chives on top

Oil-Free Hummus


Description

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 plant-based recipe. 


Ingredients

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  • 1 15-ounce can garbanzo (chickpea) beans, rinsed and drained (reserve 1/4 cup of the liquid if you like a thinner texture to your hummus)
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/3 cup unsalted tahini
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • chopped fresh chives (optional, for topping)

Instructions

  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.

Notes

  1. Store any leftovers in a tightly-sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  2. You can make this in a high speed blender like a Vitamix, but you may need to add a few tablespoons of water to help get the mixture started.
  3. If you prefer the texture of a thin hummus, you can also include 1/4 cup of the liquid from the can of chickpeas, known as aquafaba. Otherwise, if you like a thick hummus like I do, you won’t need any of the aquafaba.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Food processor
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: clean eating hummus, hummus with no olive oil

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