Oil-Free, Tahini-Free Low-Fat Hummus

Low-fat hummus in a bowl with crackers and cucumbers on a plate
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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
202 Calories
3g Fat
35g Carbs
11g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 202
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 134mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 7g 23%
Protein 11g
Calcium 75mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Hummus can be found in nearly every grocery store, whether prepared in-house or from a large, well-known brand. So many permutations are available, with avocado, caramelized onion, kalamata olive, roasted garlic, or everything seasoning—the list goes on and on. It's a beloved vegan and vegetarian staple, but it's rare, however, to find a hummus that's low in fat if that's what you're looking for. It's not difficult to make hummus that way at home.

You can indeed skip the olive oil and tahini that's in most hummus recipes with this nearly fat-free version. This recipe comes from Rip Esselstyn, the author of The Engine 2 Diet. He suggests you make a batch of this on Sunday that will last you the week. Fresh hummus tastes great, and it's a snap to prepare.

Hummus is high in protein and fiber, and makes a fantastic snack—it's quick and portable. Use it as a dip for crisp carrots, celery sticks, sliced sweet peppers or radishes. It's a tasty addition to a sandwich or wrap, adding flavor and creaminess while holding vegetables together. Of course, it's great with pita bread and other Middle Eastern specialties such as tabbouleh. It's also a great base to use to add other ingredients and change the flavor. See all six reasons why all vegans should love hummus.


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  • 1 (15-ounce) can of chickpeas (rinsed and drained)
  • 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Bragg Liquid Aminos (or low-sodium tamari)
  • 3 tablespoons water (or vegetable broth)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Low-fat hummus ingredients
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  2. Using a high-speed blender or food processor, blend all the ingredients into a thick paste. Use a small amount of water as necessary to achieve desired consistency.

    Ingredients blended together for hummus

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  3. Serve chilled or at room temperature. Enjoy.

    Low-fat hummus in a marble bowl
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  • Instead of using a can of chickpeas, you can start with dried chickpeas, using 1/3 pound of dried beans to produce 15 ounces of cooked chickpeas.
  • Store your homemade hummus covered in the refrigerator. It should keep for three to five days. 
  • You can also freeze hummus for up to 6 months. As it's already blended, you shouldn't notice much change in texture after thawing it. Give it a good mixing and add a little water if it seems to be too thick after thawing.

Recipe Variations

  • Customize your low-fat vegan hummus by adding one or more of the following: 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds, 1 fresh jalapeño (seeded and chopped), 1 red bell pepper (roasted, seeded, and chopped), 1 cup Kalamata olives.
  • If you're following a keto or low-carb diet, try this one made with cauliflower instead of chickpeas.