The Best Hummus

The Best Hummus

I am seriously obsessed with hummus. It’s a pretty new obsession but a very intense one – I have literally been eating it every day with everything for the last month! I simply can’t get enough. I’ve found my all time favourite hummus from a stall in Borough Market, but since they’re only open three days a week I decided I needed to perfect my own recipe and become self-sufficient. I played with so many different flavours and decided that this batch was my favourite – I love the subtle blend of spicy cumin, tangy lemon, sweet basil leaves and creamy tahini blended with chickpeas, olive oil and water until perfectly smooth. I was caught eating the majority of the batch straight out of the food processor before it could even get to the table! I love how much it complements almost every other flavour too, I’ve been loving it mixed into asparagus salads; used as a dip for sweet potato wedges and crudités; as a creamy sauce for wild rice, pumpkin seed and rocket bowls; and of course eaten straight out of the bowl with a spoon! I hope you love this recipe as much as I do, it’s a great kitchen staple and so easy to make! It’s super healthy too, especially as chickpeas are such a great source of plant protein and fibre.

 Makes one bowl

– 480g of chickpeas (2x 400g tins, drained)

– 5 tablespoons of olive oil

– 4-6 tablespoons of water (depending on how creamy you like it)

– about 10 basil leaves

– The juice of 1 and 1/2 juicy lemons

– 2 teaspoons of tahini

– 1 teaspoon of cumin

– salt (to taste)

Simple place all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth, it’s really that easy! Then, if it lasts long enough to have left-overs,  store in an air-tight container in the fridge! Enjoy!


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  • Andy

    Hi Ella! Your site looks amazing!! I’m a hummus addict as well – will try yours asap! Thanks again.

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much Andy! I’m so glad that you love the site! Enjoy the hummus! :)

    • Ross Hales

      I just came across your website and love it and love all your recipes as well and will begin using them as soon as I get the proper ingredients; I will buy your book and APP as well. BTW you look so healthy and are proof positive that proper nutrition is the key to living well. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  • Pure Ella

    Oh Wow! Beautiful new look my dear!
    Love it to pieces and I always loved that photo of you at the market – so happy to see that as your bio photo!
    Everything is so bright and happy!
    Including this recipe of course 😉 Yummy!
    I LOVE hummus – and all your dishes there look just delicious! 😉


    • ellawoodward

      Thanks Ella! I’m so glad that you love the new site so much, thank you!! Hope you love the hummus too, I’m so addicted! Have a wonderful weekend :) xxx

  • Donna

    This looks delicious! I have an abundance of chickpeas in at the moment too so it’s a must!

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you, so glad you love the look of it and what a perfect way to use up your chickpeas! Hope you love it and have a lovely weekend! :)

  • Barbara

    wow this looks delicious … its a must try!!

  • Marissa

    Hi Ella,
    I am just posting to say that I love the new groovy look of your site. I have not posted before, but as a final year nutrition student, I can empathise with the difficulties of trying to maintain a healthy diet when faced with a hectic routine of work and peer pressures. Although I am in a less common situation of trying to gain weight at the moment, I find that your recipes are very exciting to follow, and also quick, simple, and ultimately deliciously nutritious. I can’t wait to try the new hummus (Definitely high up on my favourite food list), and have been meaning to try the sweet potato brownies for a while too! Currently, I am a bit out of pocket with spending money on more natural based cereal bars (Such as NAKD), so it would be great to try to devise something similar. Fortunately your recipes are helping me to gain new insights into ways of doing this, so hopefully I might be able to find a magical recipe soon :)

    Hope you have a lovely weekend (I know its strange to say, but I am actually already looking forward to tomorrows breakfast…)

    Best wishes

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Marissa. Thank you so much for your message, I’m so glad that you’re enjoying my blog and I hope it helps you find cheaper ways of snacking rather than cereal bards – I love those NAKD bars so much too! Good luck with gaining weight too! :)

  • Charlotte

    Hi Ella!

    Delicious recipes as always (: I was wondering, would the omission of tahini make a huge difference?

    Thank you!

    Best wishes,

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Charlotte. I’m so glad that you like this recipe! Skipping the tahini will change the flavour slightly, but I’ve tried it without and it does still taste great – maybe add a squeeze more lemon to replace it. Hope that helps :)

  • Emily

    This is amazing! The yummiest hommus i’ve ever had! I had actually run out of olive oil and only had a lime infused olive oil which added a bit of extra tang to it! I also mixed a tablespoon of black chia seeds through mine. Amazing!! How long do you think it keeps for in the fridge? I think next time i’ll halve the ingredients it makes heaps!

    Love your blog!!!

    • ellawoodward

      I’m so glad that you loved this so much! I’m so addicted to it too – which is probably why I don’t know exactly how long it lasts in the fridge as I seem to eat it all within the first 48 hours! I would imagine though that if stored in an air-tight container it would keep for about 5 days. Hope that helps! Love the idea of adding chia seeds to it too, I must try that – thanks for the great idea :)

  • Carol

    I’m new to your site and am so intrigued! I need everything spelled out for me, so sorry. You soak the chickpeas overnight, and then add the rest of the ingredients in a blender? I don’t need to cook the chickpeas first? Thank you for helping a beginner!

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Carol. Yes you can either buy pre-soaked chickpeas in jars/cans from any supermarket (which I would recommend as it’s easier as you just need to drain them) or you can soak your own overnight. Either way they don’t need cooking. Hope this helps! Enjoy :)

  • Serena

    This is literally the ONLY hummus recipie for me that turns out right! Perfect consistency and love the touch of cumin seeds! Thank you :)

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much Serena! I’m so glad that you love it so much, I’m so obsessed with it too! :)

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  • Ellü

    I really like your instagram account! and this salat bowl looks so delicious (as always:D ) did you cook the chickpeas or did you only soak them (and how long?) have a nice day! (:

    • ellawoodward

      Hi. Thank you so much, I’m so glad that you love my instagram! I didn’t cook the chickpeas, I used a can of ready-soaked ones but otherwise you can just soak them yourself overnight, so for 6-8 hours. Hope you love the recipe! Have a wonderful weekend :)

  • Sunny

    Just made this – absolutely delish! I did add organic garlic granules and cracked black pepper to suit my taste. Basil out of the windowsill is an EXCELLENT addition. It makes a ton and I’m already thinking of how it will make its way into different meals this week. Thanks Ella!

    • ellawoodward

      My pleasure, I’m so glad that you loved it!

  • Alex

    This hummus is THE BEST! I had to make more the day after making the first batch because it was so good. The lemon taste makes the hummus so fresh and tasty! Thank you for the recipie!

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it so much! I get through my batches so quickly too, it’s just so delicious :)

  • Helen

    Hi Ella,
    I just found your blog and feel really excited to try some of your wonderful, healthy, colourful and delicious-looking vegan recipes! I bookmarked your page almost immediately! …But I was a bit confused to find this hummus recipe as I really don’t think you can eat raw chick peas. The chick peas that you buy in cans are almost certainly already soaked and cooked, not just soaked overnight as you suggest here. Using canned chick peas like this is absolutely fine, as they are pre-cooked and as you say they are simple and easy to use from a can, but I don’t think it is correct to recommend eating non-cooked chick peas (unless they have been sprouted over a number of days which makes them super healthy, delicious and safe to eat, but that is different from simply soaking them). I am not an expert but just wanted to mention this.
    Best wishes

  • Carly

    I just made this recipe along with your guacamole for a family gathering later! I love both, although I did add a clove of garlic to this as I do love garlic. I’ve never made either of these myself and it’s so easy and tasty, and I love how you can adjust the recipe to make more or less depending on what you need. I also love your description of the taste and ingredients before getting down to the cooking!! My blender had hardly been used before I found your instagram and blog, now it’s really earning its keep :) thank you again Ella! I’m having a deliciously Ella weekend indeed x

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  • Beth

    I never heard of celiarac but I made it and put the avocado creme on the side and now I am addicted . Thanks for all the great recipes .

    • ellawoodward

      That’s awesome, so glad that you now love celeriac!

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  • Fanny

    no garlic??? how??!??!

    • ellawoodward

      Sadly my stomach really doesn’t like garlic, but you’re so welcome to add it in!

  • Niki

    Great recipe Ella! Unfortunately I didn’t have any fresh lemon, herbs or tahini so used lemon juice (from concentrate), dried mixed herbs and sesame oil – turned out really well, will definitely try with fresh ingredients next time :)

    Merci beaucoup for all these amazing recipes Ella


  • alicja

    Hi Ella
    What tahini would you recommend as I have seen so many and I have no idea which one to choose.
    Thank you

    • ellawoodward

      I use lots of different ones, there’s not much difference in flavour between them to be honest!

      • alicja

        Thank you Ella, now my order list is completed and soon I will try lots of yours healthy recipes. Can’t wait.
        Thank you for opening my eyes, healthy doesn’t mean complicated!

  • Kasia

    Lovely hummus recipe…
    Just wondering… What’s the recipe for that salad with butternut squash and asparagus (I think?) on the picture?
    Looks amazing like all your pictures and the recipes are absolutely heaven!
    Thank you for inspiration! :-)

  • Rosie

    Just made this and it is delicious!! Thanks for sharing (:

    • ellawoodward

      My pleasure, I’m so glad that you loved it!

  • Katie Therese

    Hi Ella,

    You’re blog is so inspiring. Just wondering do you buy the chickpeas precooked or do you cook them yourself?
    Thank you!:)

  • Cath

    Hi Ella, Firstly I’m so glad your health is better with healthy eating!!I’ve had ME/CFS for 13 years and have tried various food ‘diets’ but none have helped. Your idea of eating wholesome nutritious n no rubbish added food sounds great and I’m busy printing out recipes to give it all a try. I was just wondering what tinned chickpeas you use? Only because the one’s I’ve found contain lots of preservatives or sugar and salt. Thanks for trying to help others by posting your recipes and finds. Can’t wait to get trying it all.PS- thanks for making it so simple by posting links to spiralizers etc too.X

    • ellawoodward

      I buy them from waitrose or buy dried ones and then soak them myself overnight and boil them for an hour x

  • Amanda

    Just made your delicious hummus!! Your app says 2 tablespoons tahini and website says 2 teaspoons. I think maybe the app is wrong? The 2 teaspoons were plenty. Thanks for your delicious recipes!!!!

  • Klara Takas

    Thank you for the inspiration Ella! This hummus recipe looks amazing and we will try to make it tonight!

    It is too easy to get wrapped up in the stress of every day life but eating healthy is so important and such a great way to get the energy you need to keep going. We love your blog and Facebook page!

    Klara from Omeio

  • Veromca

    Hi , Beautiful !

    I just made my hummus done by following your recipe , and it tastes great !
    May I know the way to preserve them as I cant finish them in one day ?

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  • Margot

    Hi Ella!

    I love your website! I’ve been trying to eat healthier and have been using many of your delicious recipes. I was wondering if you could maybe post a shopping list so it is easier to just buy in batches what one might need for the week? I’m a sophomore in high school so my mum and I don’t have much time to go during the week.

    Margot :)

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Margot,

      I like to vary what I eat from week to week so I don’t have a set shopping list. You can find some plans on the app though and I definitely recommend making big batches of grains and roasted vegetables at the weekend ready for the week.

      Ella x

  • Natasha Griffiths

    Hi Ella,

    Definitely share your obsession with hummus! Made my own today for the first time ever- slightly different recipe to yours (see but definitely better than store bought! Will be trying yours soon I’m sure!

    N x

  • Hannah

    This looks great in this weather feeling all summery and basil-y
    If you used 2 tins of chickpeas does that mean you want 3cups in this recipe? (That’s what I find they normally yield) or 4 cups ( what I think cooking 2 cups of dried beans would come to).

  • Tina

    Dear all,
    Today I tried to make this hummus! And it was really easy! and soooooooooo delicious! :)
    thank you!
    I did not have enough lemon at home and I can say they are really essential for this recipe! And I think I put too much cumin but anyway it was really great!!!!!!!!!! :)

  • Heather


    I made this for the first time today and it is delicious and so easy to make. I have some left over and was wondering how long it will last in the fridge in an airtight container? Thanks!


    • ellawoodward

      It should last up to a week!

  • Sabores de una Vida

    I did your wonderful hummus, but instead of basil, I used coriander and it was awesome! I am writing an article about you in my blog Thanks for your recipes! :)

  • Poppy

    If you’re making with dried, soaked chickpeas please make sure you cook them before blending!!!
    Just made my first big batch and then realised my mistake :-(

  • Karen

    Hello! Just made a big batch for this for my lunch box. It is very nice but I couldn’t help notice that there was no garlic. Is that intentional?

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Karen, I decided not to use garlic in this recipe as I think it may be too overpowering but you could always try it if you prefer. X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Karen, I decided not to use garlic in this recipe as I think it may be too overpowering but you could always try it if you prefer. X

  • Pollianna Deller

    Hello ! Made this recipe this afternoon, really tasty, thank you. Good luck with your book, an inspiration and well needed addition to the whole foods, healthy living world. X

  • Fanny

    Hello :) Is tahini essential? Is there an alternative?

    • Avila

      Hi Fanny, I’m sensitive to all nuts and seeds, and have to avoid tahini too; I tend to just leave it out, and use (goat’s milk) yoghurt in stead fro creamyness. No nutty flavour though…

  • ellawoodward

    Yes I’m afraid so! You could try it without but I’m not sure how it would turn out! X

  • M S

    Just made this and must confess, it’s hard not to eat the entire batch by the spoonful! Love it!

  • Ella Beau

    What tahini do people use, I got confused which was right and brought ‘whole tahini’ rather than ‘light tahini’. Will this be okay?

  • ellawoodward

    I use light tahini which uses toasted hulled sesame seeds. Meridian do a great one which you can find in most health food stores. X

    • Ella Beau

      Thanks for the reply! Would it work with whole tahini or do you recommend buying light tahini?
      Are there any other recipes whole tahini would work in?
      Also I recently brought your cookbook and love it! X

    • Ella Beau

      Would whole tahini work do you think? Or would it only work with light tahini?
      Is there any other recipes that whole tahini can be used in?
      Also I love your cookbook, so looking forward to trying out all the recipes! x

      • ellawoodward

        Hi Ella, yes I think whole tahini should work fine too! I’m so glad you love the book! X

  • ellawoodward

    I’m sorry it hasn’t turned out well. It’s best to used canned chickpeas in water which have already been cooked. It also helps to have a powerful food processor like a magimix to be able to break it down. Have a lovely day! X

  • Vanessa Trudell

    Home made Hummus is amazing, Ive made the same thing with oregano olives and sundried tomato for a greek inspired version.

  • Sam Cowie

    Hi Ella,

    Do you drain the chickpeas first?


    • ellawoodward

      Yes drain and rinse the chickpeas first before mixing them. Hope you love the recipes! X

      • Sam Cowie

        Thank you!

        Have a great day!


  • Tamara

    Hi Ella,

    I have some questions on this recipe:
    – how long do you soak the chickpeas for?
    – do you cook the chickpeas before using them in the recipe?
    – is it 2 cups of cooked chickpeas or 2 cups of pre-soaked chickpeas? or will it be the same quantity regardless of whether you measure it before or after cooking them?


    PS> just cooked the sweat potato brownies (with pumpkin instead) and they taste amazing!

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Tamara, I use organic tinned chickpeas which have been cooked and already been soaking in water. The 2 cups is for the cooked and soaked chickpeas. You can buy organic tinned chickpeas more most health food stores or Amazon. So happy you love the brownies x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Mia, yes cooked chickpeas. I buy organic cooked chickpeas which come in a tin with water, often from my local health food store or Amazon! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Michael, yes lime would work really well too! Hope you love it x

  • Christelle Donaldson

    Just did my first batch, thanks, it’s really yummy!!

  • Holly Ferris

    I love this recipe, I’ll never buy hummus in the shops again. I make it every week and eat it pretty much every lunch time! I also add a little paprika and only use one lemon and it turns out great every time. I timed myself prepping it, making it and washing up afterwards and it only took 10 minutes- anyone who says making their own hummus from scratch is time consuming are totally wrong!

  • Hattie

    Hi Ella, I am really interested in changing the way I eat and your post about changing the small things first such as smoothies for breakfast has really inspired me. I have one question which may sound stupid, but do you drink alcohol ever? I only ask because I am currently at university and while I don’t drink excessively, it’s sort of a way of life for a student! I was wondering what your stance is on drinks? Are there even any alcoholic drinks that can be deemed ‘healthy’ in moderation without damaging the body? Thanks xx

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Hattie. I’m really happy to hear that you’re thinking about changing your food lifestyle! Starting with small things is absolutely the best way to do it, and I’m sure you’ll love the smoothies and the way that they make you feel! Your alcohol question isn’t stupid at all! I just graduated from university and it was really hard there as no I don’t really drink, mainly because with my illness it just makes me feel so awful! Saying that though I really don’t think we should never drink, instead I just save it for occasions where it will be really fun instead of drinking at every occasion, if that makes sense? I also would advice sticking to really pure alcohol, I always drink good, ice-cold vodka on the rocks with fresh lemon juice – it’s actually delicious and since it doesn’t contain all the sugar of most other alcohols it is so much better for you! Hope that helps! xxx

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  • Lauren

    Just made this…got to say, it’s the best hummus I’ve made!!! Such a delicate flavor…I can see this being made every week here in my kitchen. Going to make your salad with hummus dressing today- cant wait!

  • ellawoodward

    I’m so happy to hear that! I’m so obsessed with this hummus too! Hope you enjoyed the salad :)

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  • Alex

    I like what you’ve done with the additional spices; basil is an interesting touch.
    HOWEVER… One cannot simply leave out garlic!
    You don’t need to use much and it boosts the flavour ten-fold. If you’re worried about bad breath, you can find low scented varieties.
    Not to mention all of the fantastic things garlic can do for your health…

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Alex. You’re so welcome to add garlic to this if you like, I’m just not a huge garlic fan and it doesn’t make me feel especially well so I leave it out but you absolutely don’t have to!