Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

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Hey everyone! So Summer has begun and what better way to celebrate summer than with a nice bowl of hummus and pita?

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This is more of an upgrade to my previous hummus recipe, but better nonetheless, if I do say so myself. 😉

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This hummus is so creamy thanks to all the liquids of course. The key to making hummus taste sort of like store-bought, I recently found out, is adding a ton of citric acid, in this case, lemon.
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I upped the amount of lemon in this recipe as well as adding a bit mroe salt and less tahini. IMG_3066

Roasted Red Bell Pepper Hummus

  • 1 15-oz can of garbanzo beans/chickpeas
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1/2 head garlic
  • 1/4 cup lemon
  • 2-3 tbsp tahini
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • a few pinches of salt, to taste
  • optional: herbs for the top

First, roast the red bell pepper. One way to do this is by roasting it in a 400 degree oven, 10 minutes each side.

I roasted the bell pepper by holding it over the stove and rotating it with a fork.
After, when the bell pepper is blackened, place it in a plastic bag and once it is cooled, gently peel off the blackened skin. Chop into small pieces.

Drain and rinse the chickpeas well. Blend the chickpeas and garlic in a food processor and wipe down the sides until most of the chickpeas are cut up. Add the liquids, water, tahini, lemon, and oil. Then blend in the salt and bell pepper. Pour into a bowl or container and add the optional red pepper and oregano topping and drizzle some more olive oil. Set in the fridge so all the flavors can mingle. Enjoy!

 

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How to make your own oat flour

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So this is more of a how-to post than an actual recipe, but you know… whatevs. Instead of spending $13 on pre-made oat flour, you can make your own oat flour at home! It’s incredibly easy and you just need oats and a food processor. IMG_2746

If you’re crazy, like me, you can sift the oats after blending to get a fine flour, but that of course requires at least TRIPLE the time and energy. If you’re bored, then doing that is a great way to use up time.
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I like to use oat flour in place of flours in many baked goods, I love it in this cookie recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie.  The oat flour gives a more fudge-y and cakey texture. 

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And because I am terrible at making oatmeal with real oats, I use oat flour to make porridge. Makes me feel like I live in the Oliver Twist times, eating gruel and porridge.
IMG_2751Oat flour makes anything more delicious and cakey, not to mention its high fiber content. And because its oats, you can basically call anything you make with it breakfast. Like cookies. 😉

Oat Flour Recipe

For about 2 cups you will need

  • 2 cups oats (about 300 g)

Just blend it in your food processor, blender, or Magic Bullet. If you don’t want to spend time sifting the flour, blend a little longer. Blend for at least 30 seconds or until you have your desired flour consistency. Happy baking!

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Almond Joys!

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How many of you went Trick or Treating on Thursday (or just bought a whole bag of candy and ate it by yourself)? Me: Neither. No candy in the house… oh well. So I decided to make my own. Yesterday after seeing everyone eating candy I needed a fix.

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Classic & Chipotle Hummus + Variations

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Here is what you will need:
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First, rinse and drain the chickpeas. IMG_0920

Put them into the food processor.
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Blend it just by itself first. IMG_0922

Mince up a clove of garlic.
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Minced!
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Classic Hummus Recipe

  • 1 1 lb & 15 oz can of chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (plus more for the top)
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • lime or lemon juice
  • salt to taste
  • cayenne pepper to taste and/or for topping

Blend the chickpeas by themselves first, then blend them with water. Mince a clove of garlic and add in to the chickpeas. Add the lime juice, a really easy way to juice them (as shown above) is by using tongs. It seriously makes juicing limes a thousand times easier. Add in the tahini, extra virgin olive oil, salt, and cayenne pepper and blend. Then pour into a container or bowl and drizzle on some extra oil and pepper, leave in the fridge to set.

Chipotle Hummus Recipe

  • 1 classic hummus recipe
  • 1 chipotle pepper with liquid

Variations:

-Avocado: Blend in1/4-1/2 of an avocado to the hummus

-Roasted Red Bell Pepper: Roast a bell pepper in a 400 degree oven for 40 minutes, rotating a fourth of the way every 10 minutes, or until skin is black, then let cool for a little bit and peel off the skin and blend with the hummus

Garlic: Blend in more garlic or blend in some garlic sauce by blending garlic,oil, and salt to a paste

-Roasted Tomato: Same method as the roasted red bell pepper

-Sun Dried Tomato: Blend in 3 sun-dried tomatoes

-Roasted Garlic (This is really delicious): Roast a head (or clove, depending on how garlicy you want it) in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes. Wrap in foil before roasting.

-Sriracha, if that’s how you roll: You know what do to ;D

Enjoy this hummus with pita bread, pita chips, carrots, cucumbers, fresh bell peppers, as a spread in sandwiches, there are literally endless possibilites.

Enjoy!

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