Hummus is an Arabic word that means chickpeas.  Chickpeas date back some 10,000 years.  The basic ingredients to make hummus are chickpeas, sesame seed paste, lemon juice, and garlic.


1 1/2 cups drained canned chickpeas, 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 2 1/4 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, 1 teaspoon sea salt, 1/8 cup unsweetened creamy peanut butter, 1/8 cup sesame seed paste (tahini), 2 minced cloves garlic, 1/2 teaspoon sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cumin.

Get out the food processor.  Add the sesame seed paste, peanut butter and lemon juice and process until smooth and creamy.  Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour into a bowl and sprinkle a little paprika for color and add olive oil and chopped pine nuts.  Serve with toasted pita chips and fresh vegetables like sliced cucumbers, bell peppers, sugar snap peas, zucchini, grape tomatoes, broccoli and cauliflower florets.

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