This easy oil free hummus recipe is delicious with crunchy veggies, toasted pita, or falafel. It’s so smooth and creamy, you’d never guess there is no added oil!
I have quite a few hummus recipes on my blog, but I got a request from a couple of readers for an oil-free version. While I don’t follow a rigid whole foods, plant-based diet, lately I’ve been researching the overall idea. I’ve specifically been interested in the impact it can have on cardiovascular health. I won’t get into all the details in this post, but a strict plant-based diet doesn’t use any processed food including oils since they are technically processed.
Whether you’re avoiding oil or you just want a lighter hummus, you won’t miss it in this recipe! It’s light, smooth, fluffy, and delicious. Alex actually said this was the best hummus I’ve ever made, so clearly you won’t miss the oil! The za’atar seasoning gives it a uniquely savory flavor.
Believe it or not, warm chickpeas are the secret to getting super creamy hummus without oil. They’re easier to blend when they’re warm, so your hummus ends up velvety and creamy rather than grainy or lumpy. Trust me, it works!Print
- 1 15oz can chickpeas
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ¼ cup tahini
- 1 clove garlic, peeled
- ¼ tsp salt (or to taste)
- ¼ tsp za’atar, plus more for garnish
- Rinse and drain the chickpeas and transfer them to a microwave safe bowl.
- Microwave for 30 seconds until warm.
- Transfer to a blender or food processor.
- Add the water, lemon juice, tahini, and garlic and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides of the blender or food processor every 30 seconds.
- Add salt and za’atar seasoning then blend until mixed.
- Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle with additional za’atar seasoning.
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I had this hummus with a few pieces of naan, some roasted chickpeas, and a little bit of red lentil masala. It was delicious!
I highly recommend the za’atar seasoning but if you don’t have any, you can add a little extra garlic. Za’atar is usually made with dried thyme, sesame seeds, and sumac. The flavor is hard to describe but it adds a bright, savory, almost lemony flavor. It’s delicious sprinkled on pita bread or roasted chickpeas and I love it in this hummus!
Once your hummus is prepared, you can store it in the fridge for up to 5 days. It’s delicious served with veggies or pita but it also makes an awesome sandwich spread. Sometimes I’ll even add a scoop on top of my salads, rather than using dressing.