Homemade Hummus without Tahini – Healthy Snack for Picky Eaters!

Hummus is such a simple, versatile dish, and it’s loaded with plant-based protein and fiber! But, some folks (especially kids and toddlers) just aren’t fans of the traditional hummus ingredient: tahini. Luckily, you can make this kid friendly homemade hummus WITHOUT tahini!

I know, some hummus purists will say that ‘it’s not truly a hummus without tahini.’ And, that’s just fine—I’ll still call it homemade hummus without tahini. But, you can call it a chickpea dip, or whatever you like!

Either way, it’s an awesome healthy snack for kids—especially picky eaters—and a great way to fit more nutrition and protein into their day. And, you can serve this homemade hummus without tahini in SO many ways, whether it’s a dip for veggies, spread onto a sandwich, or used in a salad dressing!

Why Skip the Tahini?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m personally a big fan of tahini. Similar to a nut butter, tahini is just sesame seeds blended into a paste. It’s creamy, salty, and actually loaded with wholesome fats, protein, and other nutrients!

But, not everyone is a fan, and it isn’t the most kid friendly ingredient. Often, kids and picky eaters are more sensitive to bitter tastes, and tahini does have a hint of bitterness. So, this homemade hummus without tahini can be an awesome option for those more sensitive taste buds!

And, chickpeas on their own have a very mild, neutral, savory taste. Perfect for blending into a creamy dip that kids can enjoy! Plus, chickpeas are loaded with plenty of protein, so this homemade hummus without tahini is still a nutritious spread for sandwiches or at snack time. Just without the hint of bitterness!

Homemade Hummus without Tahini

Homemade Hummus without Tahini

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  • 1 can garbanzo beans, 15 oz, drained/rinsed
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste


  • In a food processor, add drained and rinsed garbanzo beans, olive oil, lemon juice, cumin, salt, and pepper.
  • Blend until smooth and creamy, adding water to adjust consistency, if desired.
  • Transfer to a jar to store and refrigerate.
  • Serve with raw veggies, crackers, or your favorite dippers!
  • Yields ~1½ cups homemade hummus without tahini.
Serving: 2Tbsp, Calories: 75kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 5g, Fiber: 2g
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