Classic hummus (oil-free)

This recipe can be made from pantry staples! You don’t even need to have tahini (sesame seed paste) on hand, as long as you have sesame seeds and a powerful bullet blender (like Nutribullet). This makes the recipe much cheaper, as tahini tends to be quite pricey in most cases… If you have tahini at home, fabulous, you can use it instead of the first step (grinding sesame seeds in water).

Hummus really does not need oil – the tahini (or sesame seeds) typically added already provides a substantial amount of healthy fats. Plus, you can get a smooth, moist hummus by replacing the oil with water, the liquid from the chickpea can, milk or yoghurt. The exception is of course if you are trying to gain weight, in which case adding oil will help to push up the calories… But for those aiming to maintain a healthy weight or lose some, give this recipe a go.

Hummus (oil-free)

Smooth and creamy traditional hummus without the oil.
5 from 2 votes
Total Time 5 mins
Course Appetizer, light meal, sauce
Cuisine Middle East
Servings 4
Calories 110 kcal


  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds or sub with 2 tbsp tahini
  • 3 – 6 tbsp liquid from the chickpea can The chickpea can liquid has a thickness which works well, but any water will do the trick
  • 1 400g can chickpeas
  • 1/2 clove garlic
  • 1/2 lemon or lime juiced
  • 1/2 tsp cumin optional
  • salt to taste (start with 1/2 tsp)
  • more water or chickpea can liquid add as needed to achieve desired thickness
  • paprika for garnish optional


  • Place the sesame seeds and 3 tbsp chickpea can liquid (or just water) in your bullet blender and blend until completely smooth. Add a bit more liquid if necessary if the mix won't blend. P.S. if you have tahini, you can skip this step and instead just add tahini to the blender.
  • Add the chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, cumin, and about 3 tbsp of liquid (chicpea can liquid, water, milk or yoghurt would work).
  • Blend until smooth, then add more liquid and blend until desired consistency is achieved.
  • Taste, and adjust the seasoning, adding more salt, cumin or lemon juice if needed.
  • Garnish with paprika (optional) and enjoy!


Nutritional info per portion (1/4 of recipe): 110 kcal; 4 g fat; 15.2 g carbohydrate; 3.4 g fiber; 4.2 g protein.
Keyword chickpeas,, hummus, oil-free, sesame seeds

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