Zero Waste Hummus Recipe

Make your own hummus!? It’s easy! And it tastes WAY better from scratch. No plastic packaging required!

I bought my chickpeas from the bulk aisle at like $2.50 a pound or something insanely cheap.

Zero Waste snack time: homemade hummus, carrot sticks, celery sticks, apples and oranges. 🍊

Zero Waste snack time: homemade hummus, carrot sticks, celery sticks, apples and oranges. 🍊

For the hummus, I start by scooping 2 cups of dry chickpeas and soak them overnight in tap water.

I prefer to buy them dry because there’s no plastic bags or plastic lined aluminum cans involved. Even if you buy organic canned chickpeas (or garbanzo beans….or any bean for that matter) very few cans say they’re BPA free. What’s worse is the facade that other forms of plastics are safer.

Strain and rinse the chickpeas and pour them into a pot of fresh boiling water. Add a pinch of salt and turn the stove to low and simmer for 1 hour or until the chickpeas are squishy. Drain and allow to return to room temperature.


  • 1 cup chickpeas, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • teaspoons salt
  • 2-4 tablespoons water of water
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 lemon – juiced (Save peels for All-Purpose cleaner!)

Optional Toppings:

  • 1 roasted red pepper (optional)
  • fresh herbs
  • spices, chili flakes/powder

Blend the above ingredients in a food processor. Process until creamy, usually a little more than 5 minutes. Wipe down the sides, process again.

If the hummus is too thick, add  extra warm water, one tablespoon at a time, to get the desired consistency.

Pita, celery, carrots, bell peppers… the so many things go great with hummus, be creative! This will store for two weeks in the fridge, but never lasts that long! Top with olive oil and a pinch of salt before serving.

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