I really like this Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus! One, it has cilantro, the best herb ever. Two, it has a little kick and three, hummus has to be one of the easiest, healthy dips to make.
Hummus is an excellent source of plant-based protein & it is high in fiber, both of which can help you feel full longer. Chickpeas are also considered a complex carb which takes a little longer to break down in your body providing almost a “time-released” energy effect. Plus they do not spike your blood sugar.
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In this recipe, I chose not to use tahini because I think it is an unnecessary expense but you can definitely add a couple of tablespoons to this recipe if you have it on hand or you really like it. there are certainly health benefits to tahini as well.
Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus
- 1 can chickpeas, rinsed & drained
- 1 small jalapeno, seeds removed
- 2-4 garlic cloves
- 1 Tbsp lime or lemon juice
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/3 cup cilantro
- pinch of salt, to taste
- 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 Tbsp – 1/3 cup water
Blend everything together except for the water and olive oil in a food processor or blender. While the food processor is running add 1- 2 Tbsp olive oil and slowly start adding water until you get to the desired consistency. I prefer mine with a little texture so I don’t add a lot of water. The more water you add the thinner and smoother the hummus will be.
Put your hummus in a small serving bowl drizzle with a little olive oil and top with some fresh cilantro and red pepper flakes if you like. Serve with some fresh veggies, multigrain chips or pita chips are tasty too.
*I tried making this hummus with whole jalapenos (seeds & all) and I didn’t care much for it. There was too much of a raw jalapeno flavor and the heat wasn’t a good heat. If you want this hummus spicier I would recommend adding more red pepper flakes or maybe a dash or two of your favorite hot sauce.
I really want to get this bowl for my hummus! Isn’t it so cute, it would be great as a gift too. You could totally make this Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus and give it to a neighbor in this bowl for Christmas or a housewarming gift!
An added bonus about hummus … Did you know that it is actually a natural stress-reducing food too? You can read more about it and my top 5 Stress Relieving Foods here.
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