Smoky Hummus

This tasty hummus recipe makes it easy to ditch the oil-based, store-bought version forever.  The secret for getting it creamy is in the baking soda so don't skip this step! It's also amazing what just a few drops of liquid smoke can do for the flavour. Whip up a batch and enjoy it with crudites, on toast, in burgers, soups, salads and more.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine Global
Servings 6
Calories 176 kcal


  • 420 g chickpeas canned
  • 1/3 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup hulled tahini
  • 4 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 6 drops liquid smoke


  • fresh parsley
  • sweet smoked paprika
  • lemon juice


  • Rinse and drain the chickpeas and add to a medium sized saucepan (see notes).
  • Add the baking soda to the saucepan and enough water to completely cover the chickpeas by a few centimetres. Bring to a boil over high heat for 15 minutes.
  • Using a strainer, drain the cooked chickpeas and rinse with cold water - it may smell a bit unpleasant at this stage, and that's totally ok! Keep going, it will end up being totally delicious. Once completely cool, add to a blender or food processor.
  • Add all remaining ingredients and process for several minutes until very smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as needed. You may wish to add a bit of water to reach your desired consistency.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking. Top with garnish and serve. Enjoy!


Use a larger pot or saucepan than you think - the baking soda can cause the mixture to foam up significantly when boiling!
Keyword plant-based, wfpb

Photos by Amber Asakura

Gabrielle is an evidence-based vegan coach who believes that health transformation begins when you switch to a plant-based diet. Her mission is to help midlife women eat in alignment with who they are and what they value so that they can lead a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life.

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