Homemade Olive Hummus and Pita

Homemade Hummus

Homemade Hummus

This was one of my more ambitious projects. I made this hummus completely from scratch, even to the point of starting with dried beans that I soaked overnight. After that time-consuming process was through, I decided that I never wanted to wait overnight for my food again! (You know me – lazy and impatient! 😉 ) I’m definitely going to start with canned beans in the future. The one upside, though, is that I do have at least two more batches-worth of cooked beans in the freezer for the next time I want to make this hummus. Still not worth it.


  • 1 1/2 cups cooked garbanzo beans
    (you can start with dry or canned, but canned is WAY easier)
  • 2 oz. green olives
  • 2 garlic cloves
    (reduce to 1 clove if you aren’t fond of strong garlic flavor)
  • 2 1/2 Tb. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Tb lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp ground oregano
  • 1/8 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 Tb water as necessary

If you are starting with dry garbanzo beans, soak overnight. Then add them to a big pot of water, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour or until the beans are soft. If you’re starting with canned, open the can, and rinse the beans out in a strainer. (See? I told ya. WAY easier.) Dice garlic and olives. Add beans, olives, garlic, oil, spices, and lemon juice to blender. Blend, periodically opening top and stirring to make sure it all gets blended up. Add water as necessary to make the hummus the consistency you want it and to help it blend.

P90x Nutrition Plan Portions:

1 cup Hummus is 1 carb serving.

P.S. As I said, mine turned out WAY garlicky, but I still loved it. However I had to write-off getting kissed for the rest of the day every time I ate it! 😉

P.P.S. I ate this with homemade pita bread (that’s what I’ll call it, for lack of a better term)! Heat skillet over medium heat and spray with nonstick cooking spray. In a bowl, combine 1 cup whole wheat flour, 2 Tb. olive oil, dash of salt, and water as necessary (I think it was 4-6 Tb.) to make a stiff dough. Gather into a ball, divide into four smaller balls, then roll them each out on a lightly floured board. I picked them up and stretched them each out a bit more like pizza dough to make them a bit bigger. Cook in the skillet on each side until brown and toasty. 1 kind-of-pita is 1/2 carb serving, 1/2 fat serving.

P.P.P.S. Since hummus is included in the P90x list of foods as a carb serving, and most hummus has oil in it, I’m not counting the oil that I use in the hummus recipe toward your fat serving.

P.P.P.P.S. This is a great, flavorful way to eat your vegi servings. Try dipping raw baby carrots, celery, mushrooms, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, or broccoli. Or, use it deviled-egg style in Angela’s Angeled Eggs with Hummus!

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  1. Leslie

    Question? How many cups does one recipe make? Thanks!

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