Old Bay Hummus

I love hummus, but have you heard about all of the recent recalls of grocery store brands? Scary stuff! Thats why homemade is best- you can control the ingredients and ensure that they are of the highest quality. Plus, making your own hummus gives you a chance to be creative with different flavors and spices!

Hummus is good, but its over-the-top-amaaaazing with Old Bay! Being the Chesapeake Bay lovers that we are, Old Bay is always on hand in our house (we buy it by the gallon- no joke). So it only seemed natural to add it to hummus and create this healthy, tasty snack that our whole family enjoys. Old Bay adds a spicy boost of flavor to the rich and earthy chickpeas. This hummus has a nice balance of flavors and is not over-powering, which made it a hit, even with our kiddos. We served it with slices of organic red bell pepper and gluten free crackers, a perfect afternoon snack!

Old Bay Hummus from www.BlueCrabMartini.com

On another note, I am so excited to announce that I will be serving this Old Bay Hummus (and a few other tasty treats) at an upcoming event at Well & Good (an amazing nutrition and wellness studio). Im so excited to attend my first event as a blogger! Later this month Ill be making the drive over to Leesburg, Virginia (its a bit of a hike from Annapolis, but its worth it). Well & Good offers organic beauty products, wellness coaching, and eco spa services- all things that appeal to my health-conscious side! I will share more about the event later this month, but until then, I hope you enjoy this delicious Old Bay Hummus (and check out Well & Good too)!

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Old Bay Hummus

INGREDIENTS:
15oz organic chickpeas (garbanzo beans), shelled
1/4 cup tahini
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp + 1/2 tsp Old Bay seasoning
1 clove garlic, chopped
3 Tbsp water

DIRECTIONS:
1. In a food processor, mix together the tahini and lemon juice for 1 minute. Stop and scrape the sides of the bowl and mix again for an additional 30 seconds. This will make your hummus extra smooth and creamy.
2. Add the olive oil, Old Bay seasoning, and garlic to the food processor. Mix until well combined and all ingredients are smoothly pureed, about 1-2 minutes.
3. Next, carefully add about 1/2 of the shelled chickpeas to the food processor, and mix together for 1 minute, or until the chickpeas are pureed. Then after scraping the sides of the bowl, add the remaining chickpeas and mix for about 2 minutes, making sure that all ingredients are well incorporated and the hummus is smooth (lumpy hummus would not be so tasty)!
4. If your hummus is thick, you may need to add water. With the food processor on, carefully pour in the water, 1 Tbsp at a time, until your desired consistency is reached.
5. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator and serve with crackers, pita chips, sliced veggies, or on a sandwich. Enjoy!