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Published in Recipes, Snacks Author: CentraCare


  • 1 lemon
  • 1 can (15-ounces) garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 1/8 teaspoons ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • Paprika


  1. From lemon, grate 1 teaspoon peel and squeeze 2 tablespoons juice.
  2. In a food processor, with knife blade attached, combine lemon peel and juice, beans, oil, water, garlic, basil, ground red pepper.
  3. Puree until smooth.
  4. Transfer hummus to serving bowl.
  5. If not serving right away, cover and refrigerate up to 3 days.
  6. To serve, sprinkle hummus with paprika.
  7. Serve with pita wedges, carrot sticks, or any fresh vegetables.

Yield: 1-1/2 cups (1 serving = 1 tablespoon)

Nutritional Information Per Serving
  • Calories: 30
  • Fat: 2 g.
  • Sat. Fat: 0 g.
  • Trans Fat: 0 g.
  • Sodium: 42 mg
  • Carbs: 4 g.
  • Fiber: 1 g.
  • Protein: 1 g.