This simple to make, tasty Hummus is Zero SmartPoints on the Weight Watchers Blue and Purple plans and 2 SmartPoints per serving on the Green plan.
It makes a healthy, filling and delicious hummus that can be used as a dip, as a spread in sandwiches or, my favourite, as a topping for a low point burger!
Chickpeas (garbanzo beans) really are a Weight Watchers friend as they are zero SmartPoints if you follow the Blue and Purple plans.
They do need to be pointed if you follow the Green plan, but they are good for you, filling and are packed full of protein!
So, traditional Hummus (or Houmous if you'd prefer) contains tahini (sesame seed paste) and olive oil, both of which are quite high in SmartPoints.
My favourite supermarket hummus works out at 3 SmartPoints per tablespoon (& that's not a nice, big heaped tablespoon - that's one of those annoying small level tablespoons ? ).
And if I'm eating hummus I want a good couple of tablespoons worth to use as a dip or spread on my toasted pitta bread.
So I've been making this hummus since I started my WW journey and it's a recipe that I make and eat on a regular basis.
I wanted to make a hummus that was low (or even zero) SmartPoints that I could eat guilt free, that would taste as close to 'traditional' hummus as could be and that was easy to make.
I did try messing around with adding small amounts of tahini to get the sesame taste but without the SmartPoints, but I felt that you needed a good dollop of tahini for that and then, obviously, that increases the SmartPoints!
So, this is the recipe that I came up with!
It doesn't include tahini paste (although you could add some if you'd prefer - for additional SmartPoints) but it does taste good ...
.. and did I mention it is Zero SmartPoints on Blue and Purple!
Do I really need to cook the canned chickpeas first?
Now, one thing that you will notice from this recipe is that I simmer the canned chickpeas for 15 - 20 minutes before I place them in the food processor.
This isn't strictly necessary .... BUT ... I have found that (especially with some of the brands of canned chickpeas) simmering them for 15 - 20 minutes softens them & leads to a smoother hummus.
If you are in a real rush for your Hummus, just leave this step out and just get on and blitz those chickpeas!
How long does it keep?
It should keep for a week in the fridge - just don't keep it any longer than the 'Best Before' date of the yogurt that you have used in the recipe.
- Use as a dip for crudités
- Smother on toasted pitta bread
- Use as a spread in sandwiches or wraps
- Use as a topping on your Turkey Burger!
How I worked out the SmartPoints
- Freestyle Plan - 0 SmartPoint per serving
- myWW Blue Plan - 0 SmartPoint per serving
- myWW Purple Plan - 0 SmartPoint per serving
- myWW Green Plan - 2 SmartPoints per serving
I calculated the Weight Watchers SmartPoints for this Hummus using the official WW recipe builder.
The nutritional information in the recipe card below has been automatically generated and will give you an inaccurate SmartPoint value.
This is because it does not account for ingredients, such as the chickpeas, being zero SmartPoints on the Blue & Purple plans.
Use the recipe builder on your WW App and you will see that the SmartPoint values that I have given are correct ?
- 1 x 15.5 oz can chickpeas / garbanzo beans
- 2 tbsp fat free natural yogurt
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 cloves garlic (minced)
- ½ tsp ground sea salt
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- ¼ tsp paprika
- ½ tsp olive oil (optional)
- Place the chickpeas in their water into a saucepan and bring to a simmer.
- Simmer for 15 - 20 minutes.
- Once they have simmered for 15 - 20 minutes, remove them from the heat and remove the chickpeas from the saucepan using a slotted spoon.
- Make sure to retain the left over water as you will use this later.
- Place the chickpeas, yogurt, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt and cumin into the bowl of a food processor.
- Blitz until the mixture is smooth.
- Add chickpea water tablespoon by tablespoon, blitzing between each addition until you have reached the hummus consistency that you prefer ( I usually add 2 - 3 tablespoons)
- Serve sprinkled with the paprika and a drizzle of olive oil.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: ¼ cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 233Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 570mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 10gSugar: 7gProtein: 12g
Please be aware that the nutritional information above has been automatically generated. It should therefore be considered as an estimate. The above nutritional information does not account for variations in product brands and types, weights of individual ingredients etc and does not account for many ingredients being zero SmartPoints on the WW plan. Therefore, using these numbers in your WW calculator will often give you an INACCURATE SmartPoint value! PointedKitchen.com has calculated Weight Watchers Smart Points based on the individual ingredients used to make this recipe and not from the following nutritional information. PointedKitchen.com is not responsible for any loss or damage relating to your reliance on this nutritional information.
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