Gluten Free Hummus Recipe

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by Carol Kicinski on December 9, 2008

It’s Holiday time! Tis the season to be jolly. To eat, drink and be merry. To gain 10 pounds, do serious damage to your waist line and quite possibly your liver.

Don’t get me wrong. I love Holiday Parties. Houses twinkle, guests glitter and drinks clink. But all that partying can take its toll on our health. It is hard to navigate all the drinking and eating and still maintain the good health that you need to maintain the energy required to be truly merry.

Gluten is just lurking around every corner. And even if you manage to find gluten free goodies to munch on the sugar and fat can kill ya!

I have decided to add some healthy appetizers to my holiday party this year. Which brings me to the lowly hummus.

Hummus gets a bad wrap sometimes. It can be bland and may have a hippie connotation but really there is a lot to like about hummus. When seasoned properly it is delicious, it is packed with fiber, good fat and when served with fresh veggies it actual is very healing to your liver, which let’s face it can use a break this time of year.

I know you can buy fairly decent hummus almost anywhere these days but you make it yourself you can ensure it is packed with flavor and is indeed a healthful snack. And it is a snap to make.

To boost the healthy factor I use organic garbanzo beans and add some flax seed oil. Flax seed oil is amazingly good for you and it gives the hummus a great nutty undertone.

Skip the pita, serve with fresh veggies or even apples (don’t cringe, it is actually quite yummy) and if you want to elevate it to high status, pipe it onto the veggies for a pretty presentation. This hummus is definitely not hippie food!

Gluten Free Hummus Recipe


2 cans organic garbanzo beans, liquid drained and reserved
1 ½ teaspoons course sea salt
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup tahini (sesame paste)
Juice of 2 lemons
10 dashes Tabasco sauce
2 tablespoons flax seed oil
½ cup liquid from garbanzo beans
½ cup extra virgin olive oil


Put all the ingredients except olive oil in a strong blender or food processor and process until pureed. Add olive oil and process until smooth. Taste for seasoning, add more salt or Tabasco if necessary.


Serves 6 as a gluten free dip with fresh vegetables or pipe onto veggies.

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  • Peter G

    I love this version Carol…with the added goodness of the flaxseed oil and the spiciness of the tabasco!

  • Carrie

    oh i simply LOVE hummus. Of course I must confess and say that generally I just buy the fantastic foods boxed version! lolol… this looks so good!!

  • anudivya

    What a lovely presentation! One of the best I have seen today.

  • Travis Ingersoll

    Great recipe and beautiful photo! I love this time of year, but I completely agree that all the sweets and drinks are not so good for our bodies. I plan on making a lot of healthy food this holiday, but it’s hard getting family to choose a good quinoa or hummus dish over fudge bars and chocolate chip cookies:)

  • gfcanadian

    That photo is fabulous! I’m trying to eat well this holiday season, and hummus and veggies sounds like the perfect thing to take to the work potluck.

  • H.Peter

    Hummus, Hummus, Hummus.
    I can see Eddie Murphy here.

    We have a large Middle eastern population in Calgary, hence some great, great specialty shops around town.

    I must be hoest, it took a while to grow on me, but now, I love it!

  • Cynthia

    Hummus a favourite and your food styling is exceptional!

  • Katie

    I’d still eat it, even if it was hippie food!

  • Helene

    We love hummus in my house. The boys will grad this for snack instead of junk food. It’s so good.

  • taste memory

    that is the prettiest photo! i love hummus + find it so easy to make. Agree about over indulgence so bad for the body + mind. the tough part is revising what + how we used to eat as youngsters to now/today ~ digestion is just not the same! Flax seed oil is the best, thanks for including that in your recipe. I use daily as well as ground flax seeds in my guacamole

  • Malar Gandhi

    Gorgeous presentation!:) Like your pictures…

    Thanks for stopping by at my blog and those lovely words at my diet blog’. I hardly keep a track of it…

    Wish you bumped into my food blog tho’

  • James

    Wow !! This pics looks awesome. I like it. Yummy recipe. I would like to eat now.

  • EsseceMuchZem

    Interestingly written!

  • Aaron Johns

    Thank you so very much for posting this… Absolutely LOVE it!! Wish there was a way to “fav” individual posts on WordPress, would definitely favor this post.

    BR, Aaron

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  • Donna

    I will definitely be doing this,but I am not understanding the negetative way of saying this is not hippie etc. I was and still am considered a hippie. Thoroughly embraced the generation, living off of the land etc. I am proud of lots of aspects of the ‘hippie’ life style. Yes there was the neg side,but is that not true of any walk of life! (by the way,I was totally against the drug part and trained and nursed for many years!) I remember my daughter coming home from school crying devastated ,as her teacher referred to hippies as all dirty and lazy drug users. (my daughter knew we were ‘hippies’ because of how we lived off of the land and I made most everything etc)

    • Carol Kicinski

      Sorry maybe that was a wrong way to put it – I mearly meant this is an updated version. I am against the drug culture, not the living off the land, peace loving way of life! There is nothing lazy about that!!!

  • Shelley

    What liquid could I sub for the liquid from the beans? Would the water from soaking the beans work? Or should I use something else? My daughter is extremely allergic to nickel which eliminates all canned foods from our diet.

    • Carol Kicinski

      Yes the soaking liquid would work or you can just use water. Enjoy!

  • Veronica

    Where oh where is the Pin button on these recipes?

    • Carol Kicinski

      Hi Veronica – I am going to have to figure that out!!!

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