Hey you guys! I’m so excited to have my friend Aubri share a guest post today. We used to work together and everyone took turns bringing a treat on Fridays. She would always bring something healthy. I mean, I love sweet baked goods, but I would feel so guilty having that stuff all day and we were all struggling to keep the LB’s off so her treat day was refreshing. She brought this black bean hummus once that I crave all the time now, so I asked her if she would share the recipe with us. She is new to the blog world, so make sure you go over and check out her blog & leave her some comment love! And of course try this hummus, you are going to die. It’s so good. (Not literally die, obviously.)
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Hi! My name is Aubri from The Scent of Oranges
. I hope to help others develop an improved sense of self and self-image. Society has taught us to compare ourselves to the images that grace the media, but I hope to retrain our focus toward the signals our body sends. Instead of having a goal weight or pair of pants we want to fit into we should have a goal to simply be healthy and to take care of our body. In my attempts to do this in my own life, I have found that what I eat, how much I eat and my level of physical activity determines how happy my body feels. My motto is “live healthy and happy:-)” In order to help with this effort I share recipes that make my body happy and incorporate the occasional fitness post as well. Enjoy!
I have always loved garbanzo beans. In fact, one year for Christmas my brother and sister-in-law gave me a few cans… and I was thrilled :-) I mostly eat them on my salads, but sometimes, to my husband’s dismay, I eat them straight out of the can. I didn’t discover hummus until I was in college and like many new things that I discover I became obsessed. I put it on sandwiches, dipped vegetables and chips and sometimes just ate it plain. Recently, I have branched out from the generic hummus and experimented with different flavors. I stumbled across some great dessert hummus that pairs well with fruit, but that will come later…
Today we are spotlighting black bean hummus! This is a great alternative to traditional hummus, whether you aren’t fond of garbanzo beans or you simply want a little variety, black bean hummus is a great addition to your menu. When I first started making hummus, I discovered that tahini is a key component. I was appalled when I found out how much a small jar of tahini costs at the grocery store — approximately $8! Even though it would not be a regular purchase I am not willing to fit that into my grocery budget. However, it only costs a few dollars and about 20 minutes to make your own :) I found this particular tahini recipe in my Blendtec recipe book. As long as you have a powerful enough blender to handle thick substances then all you need is sesame seeds and some olive oil. After toasting the seeds in the oven, simply blend them until they become a thick paste and then the texture of smooth (runny) natural peanut butter.
From here, your hummus is simply a mixing game. Mix your beans, tahini and myriad of spices and create a hummus tailored to your liking:-)
3 C sesame seeds
¼ C olive oil
Set oven to 350 F. Toast sesame seeds in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Halfway through stir the seeds around to prevent them from burning.
Place sesame seeds and olive oil into your blender, blend on medium, scrape sides of the blender with a spatula and pull everything back to the center before blending on high.
*This recipe is designed for high-speed blenders. Please be careful not to give your blender a heart attack.
Black Bean Hummus
2 cans of black beans
1 T + 1 t tahini
2 ½ T lemon juice
1 t cumin
1 t chili powder
1 t garlic powder (optional)
¾ t salt
1 t pepper
Empty beans into food processor; add tahini, lemon juice, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper into food processor and pulse until the hummus is well blended.
* Add spices slowly, a little at a time and taste as you go. There is nothing worse then overdoing the salt and then scrambling to counteract it by adding other ingredients to balance it out. If this does happen I would try adding more lemon juice and even a little agave to balance out the excess of salt. Getting the correct balance of spices can be tricky and will vary from person to person.
Yum! who is about to go get the ingredients for this stuff? I am. Thanks Aubri!
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