Of all the foods in all the world, the one thing I’ll never be without is a tin of chickpeas. They’re the perfect store cupboard ingredient for anybody making a conscious effort to eat and cook more sustainably by avoiding meat!
Packed with fibre, iron and plant-based protein, chickpeas are a wonderfully nutty and filling addition to any stew, soup, salad, veggie burger, pizza topping or even just by roasted by themselves. However, hummus is probably the most enjoyable way to eat the little nuggets of wholesomeness.
Hummus usually consists of 5 essential ingredients; chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, oil, and salt.
I recently was faced with the conundrum of making hummus without tahini, which gives hummus its distinctive nutty taste. Tahini is a sesame seed paste, like how peanut butter is made but a little more liquidy. Thankfully, the challenge was quickly embraced due to a trusty jar of Peanut Rayu, created by the ever-innovative Irish brand White Mausu.
And so, with a slight kick and dangerously addictive flavour, I leave you the recipe for quite simply, the best (tahini-less) hummus ever!
- 1 small tin of chickpeas
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 heaped tbsp White Mausu Peanut Rayu
- Sprinkle of sea salt
- 4-5 tbsp Irish rapeseed oil
- Place all of the ingredients (apart from the oil) in a food processor and blend on a medium speed
- Gradually add the oil until the hummus is smooth.
- Taste for seasoning and add more salt or lemon juice if desired. I had a little leftover sesame seeds from another recipe so used that up here too.
This recipe makes for one small bowl of hummus and will keep in the fridge for two days if well sealed. However, you will probably eat it all before then!
Hummus is obviously a fantastic dip just for snacking on. To make some homemade tortilla chips, just cut triangles from a wholewheat wrap, drizzle with oil, sprinkle with salt and bake at 200°C for 6 minutes.
I used the hummus as a spread to make some delicious veggie wraps, filled with spinach, cous cous and apple!
Hummus is also great on toast, as a pasta sauce or stirred into stir-fried veggies. The possibilities are endless so make sure to give this a go!
White Mausu are in no way affiliated with this post, their Peanut Rayu is just an amazing product by a wonderful Irish company which you should definitely check out! https://www.whitemausu.com/