H is for Hummus!

Dr. Maria here. Today we are making hummus! There are tons of hummus recipes out there but this is the one my Arabic husband makes that is traditional delicious hummus. Chickpeas are a great source of protein for kids. Hummus is great for dipping or as a spread. If you omit the salt in this recipe it is a great baby food. Best of all you can involve your kids! Have them help you measure out, pour in, and press buttons.

Hummus Recipe


  • Measuring Cups
  • Food Processor 


  • 1 can of chickpeas 
  • 1/3 cup of tahini 
  • 2 garlic cloves- chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp salt 


Wash hands

20+ seconds. Happy birthday twice.

Water and soap.


Add the chickpeas

First add the can of chickpeas (with the liquid drained) into the food processor. Your kid can just pour them in. My husband swears that adding each ingredient in order makes a difference, so start with chickpeas! Puree down. 

chickpeas in a food processor

Add the tahini

After you have pureed down the chickpeas, add the tahini. Puree again. 

Tip: Older kids can help measure out 1/3 cup. For the younger kids, measure it out for them and have them pour it in. 

Add the garlic

Again, order matters! Have your child add in the garlic, but only after the tahini! Puree some more. 

Finally add the lemon juice

The last thing to go in should be the lemon juice and salt. Add 1 tsp of salt (or more to taste). If you are making it for kids <12 months, omit the salt. Puree. 

Tip: some kids love pressing the button on the food processor on the pulse setting. Some get freaked out by the noise and run away (no? just my kid?). 

Serve with your favorite crunchy snack!

We love hummus as a dip for pretty much anything crunchy. Pita chips are an obvious choice but we will often serve it with plantain chips, carrot sticks, or cucumber sticks. Remember kids love dips!

hummus in a bowl