Maybe it’s the return of daily workouts at the gym. Or maybe it’s the frigid temps outside that make me want to hide in my house all day. But whatever it is – I’ve been really snacky lately. Snack, snack, snack – all day long.
When I go through my snack phases, I try my best to make sure there are good healthy snack options available in the house. Otherwise I find myself shaking the bag of chocolate chips into my palm.
For today’s recipe, I was craving hummus but wanted to kick it up a notch. Something kind of like…
Kalamata Olive Hummus Spread
- 1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup kalamata olives, rinsed and pitted
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp water
- 1 tsp minced garlic (or 2 cloves)
- salt, to taste
To Prepare: Start by lugging out the food processor – this recipe is as simple as dumping things in and pushing GO!
Chickpeas (or garbanzo beans) are the base for all hummus recipes. Their nuttiness and creaminess lend perfectly to the delicious spread – one of my favorite things to eat!
And speaking of favorite foods, and my go-to choices for every snack/meal/grocery trip – olives and avocados are always at the top of my list. Must be a healthy fats thing. If you put me on a desert island and told me I could only take one food, my head would explode before I could choose between the two. (Okay that may be a tad dramatic.)
Add the olives to the food processor, making sure all pits have been removed. You don’t want to take a hearty bite and chomp down on a rock hard pit – trust me, I’ve done it.
Add the garlic, lemon juice, water, and a pinch of salt. Go ahead and give it a WHIR!
You’ll want to scrape down the sides a few times, and process for about a minute or so each time. If you want your hummus a little creamier, add a little more water. If you let it process long enough, you should have delicious creamy hummus after a few minutes!
Perfect for SNACKING!
Hummus by itself is already delicious, and the kalamata olive addition just makes it so much more tasty.
Pair with crackers or fresh veggie sticks for a delicious snack or appetizer.
Or spread it onto some fluffy sandwich bread and top with avocado to make the greatest sandwich of all time. (Again, dramatic.)
If I was asked to only take ONE food with me on a desert island, can my answer be…this sandwich?
What would YOU take?