Chickpeas are an ideal first food for baby thanks to their creamy consistency and mild flavour. This creamy dip is not only a crowd-pleaser but also a fantastic source of iron and protein. Hummus is THE go-to meal at my home, especially for those “I don’t feel like cooking”, “I don’t have time to cook”, “I don’t know what to cook” days!
I also like to stray from the traditional recipe every once in a while by adding some tart Greek yogurt for an extra kick of flavour as well as some extra creaminess, and not to mention a healthy dose of calcium!
Here are some other tasty variations of the traditional recipe:
My son can’t get enough of hummus…here’s the proof:
Here are some serving suggestions for baby:
(Yields about 2 cups)
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 heaping tbsp. tahini (sesame) paste
2 heaping tbsp. plain Greek yogurt (optional)
juice of one lemon
1 garlic clove (or more, if desired)
1 tsp. ground cumin powder
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. water
salt to taste
* This recipe is recommended for 8+ months because chickpeas tend to cause gas and might be difficult for smaller babies to digest. However, in my home it is served (with tahini) from 6 months on.
Drain and rinse chickpeas thoroughly then remove the skins, if desired. To learn how to quickly remove the outer coating of chickpeas take a look here: “Sweet Potato Hummus“.
Thinly slice garlic then juice the lemon.
*TIP: To get the most (juice) out of the lemon, roll back and forth on a cutting board before cutting-this softens the lemon and releases the juice!
Place all the ingredients in a large food processor.
Blend on high until smooth and creamy. Be sure to taste if the hummus needs more seasoning. If the hummus is too thick add more water, lemon juice, or olive oil, as desired.
Serve at room temperature with baby’s favourite dipping “tool!”
Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 4-5 days. I also freeze portions in air-tight containers for a
lazy rainy day.
Hummus freezes well although it does tend to have a slightly grainy texture once defrosted. Simply add more lemon juice or olive oil and blend it in a small food processor until creamy and smooth.
What’s your favourite hummus recipe?