A genuine hummus recipe does not have wheat or gluten. Do not assume all commercial brands are wheat free – check ingredients first. Home-made hummus should of course be without gluten, the same with from a restaurant.
However, some people make hummus in the blender, which required added water. They then thicken it with wheat flour. This is cheating, and is totally nasty if you have a gluten allergy or celiac disease.Hummus is very easy to make yourself. I already have a traditional recipe for it on this website. But after a recent allergy test showing I was allergic to sesame (super-annoying!) I had to come up with something new.
So here it is, hummus without tahini (which is simply ground sesame).
Hummus Without Gluten or Sesame
- 1 can chick peas. You can cook 1 cup of chickpeas if you prefer.
- ½ cup cashew butter or macadamia butter
- ½ large lemon or 1 lime
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 3 tbs tamari sauce (make sure it is wheat-free, e.g. San-J)
Optional hummus ingredients
- 1 – 2 cloves garlic, preferably roasted
- 1 tsp (or more!) curry powder
- ½ tsp chili powder
- Drain chickpeas. Add to a flat-bottomed pot.
- Juice lemon or lime into pot
- Add all other ingredients to pot
- Using a potato masher, mash ingredients into a smooth paste
That’s it, super-easy!
I suppose you could grind the nuts yourself, I’ve never tried it. Commercial nut butter seems more convenient, although freshly ground would certainly taste better and be more healthy.
The taste with macadamia vs. cashew butter is quite different. Try both and see which you prefer!
Let me know what you think of this gluten-free recipe: leave a comment!