Today I was trying to reorganize and clean out the pantry when I decided to make some hummus since we had all the ingredients. As a person who has spent a lot of money on hummus, I understand the allure of store-bought hummus. Easy! Fast! Sometimes tasty! But, when I actually take the..umm.. 3 minutes to make my own, it is hard to remember why I would buy when it is so easy to make. Plus, after trying all those different types of hummus, I end up only really loving a fraction of the hummus that I buy.
I realized when I was uploading the pictures that I didn’t take any “before” pictures, but it isn’t technical or interesting really, so just imagine 2 cans of garbanzo beans, about 2 tbsp of tahini + garlic (I use a lot. I love garlicy hummus) + 1 tbsp lemon juice (you can use more or omit depending on your taste.)
Blend blend blend, and then thats it. So easy, and I always like how my homemade hummus turns out. No surprises. No bad, surprising flavors (Carlton said the last flavor we bought tasted like “arm pit.”). And minimal clean up.
And after I finished that I found a jar of roasted, unsalted almonds we’ve had for a while. Neither of us really likes almonds, so how we end up with so many I’m not sure. Anyway, I naively thought back to all the natural nut butter ingredients lists I’d read.. Nuts, maybe oil, maybe salt. Ok, I have all those things.
But, alas, an ingredients list is not a recipe.
Almonds, looking so pretty and healthy and unassuming. But then…
I added oil and blended until my blender started to smell like burnt plastic. And then I gave up. It doesn’t taste bad, it just doesn’t taste like almond butter.
And the moral of this story is, sometimes you should read recipes. There is a really good how-to at Heather Eats Almond Butter and the end result looks buttery and delicious instead of lumpy and tolerable. Oh, and the other moral of the story is, a blender is NOT a food processor no matter how much I wish that it was.
VERDICT: Hummus from home is the best hummus & will not burn out my blender. Almond butter from home is doable, just not in my kitchen.