Better Than Store Bought Houmous (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Prep: 15 minutesCook: 0 minutesTotal: 15 minutes
Yield: serves 2Category: Soups/Sides
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A delicious easy to make houmous recipe that is packed full of lovely flavours. You can throw this houmous together in fifteen minutes and it is so much better than shop bought versions. Once you realise how quickly and easily you can make houmous at home you will wonder why you didn’t make it yourself sooner.

This recipe will not take very long to make, however, if you really are in a rush you could whittle the preparation time down even further. I like to soak the chickpeas for ten minutes to ensure the houmous is really smooth, however you could always skip this step if need be. To soak them, just place the chickpeas in a bowl or a jug and cover in boiling water for ten minutes before draining.

I find that blending the lemon and the tahini together first helps achieve the smooth texture of the houmous. Simply whip the lemon juice and tahini together for a few minutes before adding the rest of the ingredients until smooth, stop and scrape down the sides of the blender when needed to ensure all the smaller pieces of chickpeas are blitzed. I use five tablespoons of the aquafaba in this recipe in place of olive oil or other liquid to give this a really creamy finish, however, you could use more or less depending on your personal preference.

This is a great way to help reduce waste as the recipe uses the aquafaba from the can of chickpeas rather than discarding it. Any leftover liquid can be saved in the fridge and used up in other recipes such as my Spinach Pancakes which you can find here.

I use two garlic cloves and the juice and zest of half a lemon in this recipe, however, you can amend the amounts used to suit your own personal preference. This recipe could be used as a base and you could add additional ingredients to flavour this, for example, you could add sundried tomatoes, roasted red peppers or jalapenos to this to put your own spin on it. I love to keep this houmous simple and finish it with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of smoked paprika.

If you like my houmous recipe you may want to try some of my other dips including my Roasted Red Pepper & Feta dip which you can find here, my Creamy Jalapeno Dressing or my Easy Guacamole recipe which you can find here.

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  • 70g 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 5 tbsp aquafaba
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 lemon
  • big pinch sea salt
  • big pinch smoked paprika
  • drizzle olive oil


  1. Drain the chickpeas and set the aquafaba to one side to use later in the recipe
  2. Pour boiling water over the chickpeas and allow to soak for ten minutes in order to soften
  3. While the chickpeas are soaking, grate the lemon and set to the side
  4. Squeeze the juice of the lemon in a blender and add the tahini. Blitz well for a few minutes, stopping to scrape the sides down, until smooth
  5. Once soft, drain the chickpeas and add to the blender along with the aquafaba. Blitz until smooth, stopping to scrape the sides down a few times if need be
  6. Peel the garlic cloves and add to the blender along with the lemon zest and sea salt. Blitz until smooth
  7. Scrape into a bowl and top with a drizzle of olive oil and the paprika before serving


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