Ever wondered how to make hummus without a blender? Well friends, you are in the right place! I show you how to whip up this tasty chickpea with no blender, food processor or even electricity required!
Hummus is one of the greatest camping foods.
It’s jam-packed full of protein, carbs and healthy fats.
It doesn’t require exact refrigeration.
Eating can be as easy as opening a bag of tortillas or slicing a cucumber.
Oh, and it tastes AWESOME!!!
Happily, tubs of ready-made hummus can be found in most stores these days.
However, if you like to control what goes into your hummus.
Or you need to whip up a batch whilst camping off grid, then this recipe is for you :)
To whip up your own hummus all you’ll need is:
- Can cooked chickpeas
- Light Tahini (this is a paste made from ground sesame seeds. You can buy light or dark tahini. I prefer light in hummus, but dark would work too – it just tastes stronger)
- Garlic (a fresh clove or the equivalent garlic powder)
- Olive Oil
- Lemon juice (from a fresh lemon or bottled lemon juice in a push)
- Smoked paprika (optional, but delicious!)
As you can see all these ingredients are easy to carry around in your camp kitchen, and are very shelf stable.
So this is the perfect recipe to make when fresh food stocks are dangerously low!
How to Make Hummus without a Blender
So, if you’re off grid, and don’t have access to a blender or food processor, the magic ingredient in your blender free hummus is…
Yep, a potato masher is your friend when you want to whip up a creamy fresh bowl of hummus!
OK, so it does take a little bit of elbow grease, but it’s such a fun way to get the whole family involved in making dinner.
I like to make it in a saucepan rather than a bowl. This way you can get the masher right down into the corners.
Avoid using a pan with a non-stick coating though, as you could end up damaging the pan and eating that non-stick coating.
Can you Mash Chickpeas with a Fork?
If you don’t have a potato masher, then a fork will also get the job done.
However, it will require a lot more effort mashing a whole can of beans with just a fork!
Can you Make Hummus with a Hand Blender?
Again, yes. A stick or hand blender is great for making hummus.
I would add the liquid first as you want to make sure the bottom of the bowl is wet.
This will help the hand blender to get all of the chickpeas smooth and creamy.
And you may need to scrape the blades and bowl down a few times, to ensure it doesn’t get ‘gummed up’ with chickpeas.
What is Tahini?
Tahini is an oily paste made from ground up sesame seeds. It’s a little bit like smooth peanut butter in texture, but more runny.
It is originally from the Middle East, but has become very common in whole food and plant-based community as it is so nutritious and flavourful.
Where in a Grocery Store is tahini?
Here in the UK, tahini can now be found in all major supermarkets.
You will most likely find it in the ethnic food section, along with the Moroccan or Cypress foods.
What Else do you Use Tahini For?
I love tahini and can actually eat it straight from the jar! #GuiltySecret
And my go-to salad dressing is this delicious Tahini Sauce. I pour it liberally over salads and grains. It’s so creamy and umami, and I can’t get enough of it!
And Baba Ganoush is another gorgeous Middle Easten dip that requires tahini to make it rich and creamy.
It is also used in a lot of dairy free and vegan desserts instead of dairy. Things like brownies and even ice cream.
And another of my guilty secrets is having tahini spread on toast with homemade strawberry jam. Yum!
Love Healthy Camping Food?
Me too! Check out the quick little video below of me knocking up a batch of this easy no blender hummus in my campervan, Myrtle!
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- 400 g chickpeas cooked can drained and chickpeas rinsed
- 1 tbsp light tahini
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp smoked paprika to serve
Tip the chickpeas into a straight sided pan, and mash really, really well with a potato masher until it is pretty smooth.
Add in the tahini, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and salt and mix together well.
Taste and add more of whichever seasoning you feel is lacking. Taste again and repeat as necessary.
Tip out onto a plate, smooth out a little them drizzle a little more oil, a little squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkle of smoked paprika.
Serve with crudites, toast, crackers, baguette or whatever else you fancy.