One of the issues that we’ve been dealing with lately is the rising cost of nut butters. I had no clue how fortunate I was to have found a huge, 80oz container of Adams 100% All Natural Peanut Butter at Costco for only $9.99 last September.
Nowadays my local Costco is carrying the hydrogenated version of Skippy and selling 64 ounces of this plastic-like substance for just under $9.
My only other choice is an organic version that is in the 25-30 ounce range but costs as much as the big tub of Adams! This explains why I jump for glee when Grocery Outlet has the Skippy All-Natural on the shelf for $6.99 (52 ounces total).
With nut butters getting more expensive by the week and two growing kids who both adore peanut buttery goodness, I had to come up with a different alternative.
Ok, so I know that hummus isn’t made of peanuts and in fact doesn’t taste ANYTHING like peanut butter. But it spreads. And you can change the flavor. And you can dip stuff in it.
That’s three “yes mommy may I please have some more” votes from the kids.
And it’s made of beans. And beans are frugal. 🙂
And that’s two votes from Mommy (and since Mommy’s votes always count twice) making it a landslide winner in the Crumbs kitchen!
On top of that, a dear reader requested last week that I share my recipe. Considering we eat Greek nearly twice a month, it would be unfair of me not to!
My dear friend Desire once made this version of hummus for one of our ladies bible studies. Hands down, the best hummus I’ve ever had. She’s given me permission to share the recipe with you guys and believe me, you’ll be thanking her too!
- 1 can of garbanzo beans (aka chick peas), drained and rinsed
- 1 tbsp Tahini (sesame seed paste)
- ¼ cup water
- 1 tbsp granulated garlic
- 1 tsp salt
- ¼ fresh jalapeño, or ¼ cup canned or jarred
- Combine all ingredients in a blender, food processor or in a bowl with an immersion blender. Blend until smooth and chill in the fridge for about one hour to allow flavors to blend.
Pretty easy, right? Well it gets even better!
You can easily manipulate the flavors based on what you have and the flavor you’re wanting to achieve.
Here’s 10 variations to suit nearly every palate!
Authentic: increase Tahini to 3 tbsp, substitute 1/3 cup lemon juice and 1 tbsp olive oil for water, add finely chopped fresh parsley
Lemon: substitute lemon juice for water
Roasted Garlic: omit granulated garlic add cloves from one roasted garlic bulb, plus 1-2 Tbsp olive oil as needed for consistency
Sun-Dried Tomato: prepare as directed and add 2-3 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, plus 1 tbsp oil as needed for consistency
Lime-Cilantro: substitute lime juice for water, add 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves plus 1 tbsp olive oil as needed for consistency
Peanut Butter: prepare as directed and add 2-3 tbsp peanut butter, plus 1 tbsp olive oil as needed for consistency (consider a sprinkle of cinnamon or a small squeeze of honey too!)
Orange: substitute orange juice for water
Ranch: replace half the water with lemon juice and add 2 tbsp of homemade ranch seasoning mix
Chili Verde: replace water with chili verde sauce and add 1/2 tsp cumin
Black Bean: replace garbanzo beans with black beans, add 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/4 tsp paprika and a dash of cayenne pepper
Hummus is a frugal condiment as it is, but you can prepare it for even less by soaking and cooking 3/4 cup dry garbanzo beans instead of using canned, and even making your own Tahini paste.
What to do with all that hummus?!
My kids LOVE our “healthy homemade lunchables“. Their plates are filled with all sorts of dippers:
- carrot sticks
- celery sticks
- cheese sticks (yes, they dip their cheese)
- apple slices
- dried cranberries
- sunflower seeds
My favorite dipper is the pita chip, especially when they’re on sale at Costco (which they are through March 31!).
You can make also make whatever variety you choose, smear it over homemade tortillas or pitas, top with sliced bananas and roll up (another favorite of theirs). If you’re out of ideas and low on ingredients, give them a spoon and tell them to have at it! It is made with beans after all!