Put the garbanzo beans, olive oil, 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice, spices and 2 Tbsp of water in a food processor OR a high powered blender (I have a Blendtec Blender).
Process the beans until they are smooth. You may need to add water, 1 tablespoon at a time and up to 2 additional tablespoons, in order to achieve the right consistency.
Taste the hummus and add additional spices or lemon juice if desired. I almost always add a total of 1 tsp of cumin and ¾ tsp of cayenne pepper. Process again and taste again, adjusting the spices as needed.
Serve with raw vegetables or homemade pita bread!
If beans tend to make you gassy, you’ll want to cook your own beans. Those with super sensitive bellies can add a strip of kombu (seaweed) to the beans during the soaking process as well. That can also to help break down the enzymes that give you tummy troubles.
Adding a slice of ginger, some fennel seeds or cumin seeds can also help.
Be sure to remove them before you start cooking the beans. Using a metal tea ball or a silicone tea bag can help keep the small seeds together, and make it easier to remove them later on.