Homemade Hummus and Pita Chips

If you are looking to make a little healthy homemade snack, try making hummus. I made a batch today for my family, and it was delicious! A little too delicious as I had a hard time stopping myself from eating it. This recipe makes a lot, which was great because I was able to freeze half of it for another time. If you would rather make less, just divide the recipe in half.

I also decided to make my own pita chips, which was very easy. Today I used eight grain pita pockets to be a little healthier and that recipe follows the hummus recipe.

Here is what you need to make hummus:

2 – 15oz. cans of chick peas (save the liquid)

1/2 cup tahini

Juice of two lemons

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tsp. minced garlic

1 tsp. cumin

The best way to make a creamy hummus is to peel the skin off of the chicken peas, which I just didn’t feel like doing. You can tell the difference because the hummus is a little chunkier with the skins, but still just as delicious.

Make sure to keep the liquid from the chick peas when you drain them as you will need to add some if your hummus is too thick.

Today I realized my Cumin had expired quite some time ago so I decided to go without. It was delicious as is, so if you don’t have any Cumin, don’t fret.

One of these days I must accept the fact that I can’t find my food processor and buy another one. Hummus was not easy to make in my little chopper. It took multiple batches and much longer than necessary.

If you have a food processor, just add all of the ingredients and really let it mix until it is smooth. If the hummus is too thick, which it most likely will be, add a little bit of the liquid from the chick peas until you get it to the consistency you desire.

If you would also like to make your own pita chips you only need pita bread, olive oil, and some salt. As I mentioned I used eight grain pita bread, but you can use whichever kind of pita bread you prefer.

To make pita chips, cut the bread into eight triangular pieces.

Then separate the triangles into two pieces and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Brush each piece with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt. You can also season with other spices if you would like.

Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until crispy.

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