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homemade hummus and pita chips.

If you don’t like hummus, raise your hand.


That’s what I thought…

A great, nutritious snack or quick appetizer, there are only 4 ingredients in this recipe:  garbanzo beans (chickpeas), tahini (kind of a sesame butter, usually in the refrigerated section or with ethnic foods at the grocery store), lemon juice and garlic.  And, if you’re in the mood, you can add extra flavors like sun dried tomatoes, pesto, cilantro and jalapenos, roasted peppers, etc.

Just stick everything in a food processor and whip it up…

Now for the pita chips.  I get the whole wheat pita bread, slice them into little wedges, toss them with olive oil and sea salt, and bake them until they are nice and crunchy.  It’s easy, nutritious, and is sure to save over buying pre-made.

Homemade Hummus

(serves 8 – makes about 2 cups)

What You’ll Need:

1 can garbanzo beans, drained ($.89 per can)

3 cloves minced garlic (or more if you are really into garlic.  just have gum on hand) ($.09 at $.03 per clove)

juice from 1 lemon (free if you grow your own!..or about $.40 per)

4 tablespoons tahini sauce ($.62 at $2.49/16 ounce tub at TJs)

Additional add-ins such as sun dried tomatoes, roasted bell peppers or eggplant, cumin, cilantro, jalapeno peppers, etc.


Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.  Top with a little olive oil, fresh parsley and pine nuts (if you’re feeling extra fancy) when serving.

TOTAL:  $2.00 or $.25 per serving.  Compare with pre-made hummus…you’ll save a bundle!


136 calories per serving

5.5 grams of fat

17 carbs

6 grams protein

Homemade Seasoned Pita Chips

(serves 12 – about 6-8 chips)

What You’ll Need:

1 bag pita bread (whole wheat at TJs is $1.69)

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil ($.24 at $.08 per tablespoon)

sea salt


Preheat oven to 350.

Slice up pita into wedges.  Toss with olive oil and sea salt.  Place on cookie sheet and bake about 30 minutes or until lightly brown and no longer soft, turning once or twice for even cooking.

TOTAL:  $1.93 or $.16 per serving.


125 calories per serving

5 grams of fat

18 carbs

3 grams protein

2 grams fiber

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Yum! I have a can of garbanzo beans that have been sitting in the pantry for a while… now I know a great way I can use them up! Those pita chips look great too.

    July 8, 2011
  2. Jen Wheeler #

    glad to find your blog! so many recipes look so tasty! can’t wait to try some.

    July 11, 2011
  3. Sher Ansley #

    do you drain the garbanzo beans?

    March 17, 2012
    • Yes I did! Perhaps I need to clarify…

      March 17, 2012

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