I love, love, love hummus!
I used to eat it on crackers, tortillas, and pita bread all the time. Of course, being gluten free means that I don’t eat those things as much anymore. Sure, there are gluten free versions, but I have found it’s easier to give those items up completely for now.
I just eat a small bowl of it with a spoon now, and it’s just as wonderful as always. I make it much healthier by sprouting the garbanzo beans first, to make them a “living food”. Here’s how I do it…
Begin by adding approximately 3 cups of dried beans to a sprouting jar.
You want to make sure to leave enough room for the beans to expand. Soak them overnight. After 12-18 hours, the beans will have expanded to fill the jar like this:
Drain the beans, rinse and drain again.
Set the jar at an angle to completely drain the water from the jar. This could take about 10 minutes, but I leave it at an angle for up to 30 minutes. Lay the jar on it’s side to allow the beans to begin to sprout. Repeat this process 2 times a day for 2-3 days, until you see “tails” on the beans.
Rinse the beans a final time.
Then, place the beans in a pot large enough to cover with at least 6 inches of water over the beans. Gently simmer the beans for an hour, until tender. Drain completely. In a blender, add 3 cloves garlic, 2 cups of the cooked beans, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1 tsp salt. 1/2 tsp black pepper, and 1 tsp lemon juice.
Blend until smooth and enjoy!
Sprouted Bean Hummus
- 2 cups sprouted garbanzo beans
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 black pepper
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
- paprika (optional)
- Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
- Sprinkle with a bit of paprika, if desired.
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Heather’s homesteading journey started in 2006, with baby steps: first, she got a few raised beds, some chickens, and rabbits. Over the years, she amassed a wealth of homesteading knowledge, knowledge that you can find in the articles of this blog.