Kalamata (Sesame free) Hummus

I got a new toy, a food processor. I broke my old food processor, which has been a huge bummer. I didn’t realize how much I used it! And, it kept me from exploring Ricki’s fantastic e-book, Desserts without Compromise. But now, no excuses, and I’m eager to get playing.
I love hummus, but oh, hummus has not loved me. Or more specifically, tahini and I don’t mix well. Since I come from a Middle Eastern family, this was pretty much a travesty. It didn’t matter for years because beans bothered my stomach, but fortunately, now they don’t. And it became clear after experimenting that there were plenty of good substitutes for tahini! I usually either use Brazil nut butter or Sunbutter (brazil nut butter has a richer taste). And I use Kalamatas rather than olive oil because my innards tend to be sensitive to the amount of fat I eat…even good fats…and this was a way to get great flavor without a tummyache.

1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed well and drained
2 cloves garlic
1-2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup Brazil nut butter or Sunbutter
pinch salt
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne

18-20 Kalamata olives with a little of the brine included

Combine the first group of ingredients in the food processor until smooth. Add in Kalamatas and pulse. Adjust seasonings as desired and enjoy with red peppers, on a bed of greens or whatever works best!

About Cheryl Harris

Life played a funny trick on me. I've studied nutrition for years, and much to my surprise, found out that I could manage many of my health issues via diet. I've been GF for years, and I've got a bunch of allergies and sensitivities. But it definitely doesn't keep me from cooking, baking and enjoying my food. Thanks for stopping by.
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10 Responses to Kalamata (Sesame free) Hummus

  1. Ricki says:

    This sounds like SUCH a great variation on hummus! I love the olives instead of the oil–perfect. And hope you enjoy the ebook 🙂

  2. This looks great, Cheryl. I’ll have to give it a try. I’ve got a jar of kalamata olives just waiting for me in the pantry.

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  4. I have been wanting to try making hummus. We always buy it, but it looks so easy to make. Thanks for the recipe!

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  8. Wanted to share with you we tried this recipe and the Hummus was fantastic! The olives added a great taste, now a family favorite. Thank you.

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