A ridiculously easy recipe for super-smooth hummus without using electrical appliances. A wonderful treat from ingredients that don't have to be refrigerated.

Easy Way to Make Smooth Hummus

Hummus makes a great snack on the boat. I’ve often made it in remote places — the ingredients don’t require refrigeration!

However, basic hummus is made from chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans) and if you don’t have a blender, it’s a real pain to get it smooth. For years, we just had chunky hummus. It tasted great but just wasn’t the texture we wanted.

One day I had an A-HA moment. What if I started with ground chickpeas . . . garbanzo flour? I had my answer! Perfectly smooth hummus that was dead easy and fast to make.

The trick is in the way you mix and add the ingredients. My first few attempts, using the recipe on the back of Bob’s Red Mill garbanzo flour, were lumpy. Then I discovered this technique and no more lumps.

Ingredients (with links to buy on Amazon if not sold where you are — that’s where I get mine)

2-1/2 cups water (divided)

1 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 tablespoon garlic paste (you can use minced garlic but it won’t be quite as smooth)

1/2 teaspoon cumin (adjust to taste)

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoon lemon or lime juice (can substitute 1 tablespoon white vinegar plus 1 tablespoon water)

1/3 cup tahini (sesame paste — buy on Amazon – can substitute smooth peanut butter)

3/4 cup garbanzo flour (buy on Amazon)

olive oil


Mix 1/2 cup of the water, garlic, cumin, salt, lemon/lime juice and tahini in a saucepan. Slowly add the garbanzo flour, mixing as you go. Then slowly add the remaining water, again mixing as you go. Adding slowly and mixing well so there are no lumps is key.

Bring the mixture to a boil while stirring and turn down to a simmer immediately when it begins to boil. Keep stirring (it can scorch if you don’t stir) and let it simmer for 3 minutes.

Remove from the stove, pour into a lidded plastic bowl, cover with a thin coating of olive oil and either eat immediately or refrigerate.

Serve with veggies, crackers or pita wedges.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 12 February 2018 Reply

    Great idea! Another trick, ’cause I never had tahini, was to use toasted sesame oil instead of olive oil for the nice sesame taste.

  • Victor Raymond
    Posted at 13 February 2018 Reply

    Great idea. Thank you Carolyn.

  • Paul L Schroder
    Posted at 13 February 2018 Reply

    That’s brilliant!! I’ve been making my own hummus for years with a food processor and this eliminates the need for one when I move aboard.

  • michelle ihnot
    Posted at 14 February 2018 Reply

    Great article! While my food processor and Blend-Tec blender made the cut to live aboard with me, not having cans/dried beans is great for this recipe as the flour takes up less space/saves time. As you noted, you HAVE to cook it!! I did this without cooking it, (my flour was in a different language, so no recipe there- I think) and it was so bitter I threw the whole bag away only to learn about cooking it later. The toasted sesame oil is also one of my signature tricks, with sesame seeds.

  • Judith Adams
    Posted at 18 February 2018 Reply

    Sesame flour and sesame oil! Thanks!

  • Judith Adams
    Posted at 18 February 2018 Reply

    Oops garbanzo flour!

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