Ellen’s Italian Chickpea Spread

Italian Chickpea Spread

I ate this on crusty bread with fresh tomato. I am super into fermented breads lately and into topping them with simple delicious spreads and salads. I sat at the counter and ate so much of this, it is SO delicious and has a taste that is so comforting and round.

It’s a good simple one.

Ellen’s Italian Chickpea Spread

2c chickpeas, cooked, drained

2 cloves garlic

1/4c extra virgin olive oil

2-3T lemon juice

1/4c pignoli nuts (pine nuts), toasted

1/4c fresh basil

Pinch smoked chipotle powder

1/2t pink salt

2-3T filtered water if needed

In a food processor or blender, process all ingredients except the water and run until smooth. Add the water 1 tablespoon at a time as and if needed.

Serve with anything!!! Crusty bread, crackers, pasta!!!

Spicy Chickpea Hummus

*spicy chickpea hummus

I make this all the time…so good to have in the house as a quick source of veggie protein for sandwiches, salads, fresh vegetable dipping. It takes less than 5 minutes to make and is a vegan staple. The addition of the fresh chili pepper gives it an unbelievable amount of kick without being overwhelming. I also use RAW tahini, and fresh lemon juice (NEVER bottled) in this recipe- I take the RAW nutrition wherever I possibly can…..YUM.

Spicy Chickpea Hummus 

2c Cooked chickpeas

2t ground cumin

1/2t Hungarian paprika

1/2c extra virgin olive oil

2T sesame tahini

1 lemon, juiced

1/4t black pepper

2 cloves garlic, smashed

1t pink salt

1 fresh chili pepper, seeds and all

Place all ingredients into a food processor.

If needed, add a few teaspoons of water to help turn the mixture and help it along. Adjust seasoning to taste

** can be made raw with 2c sprouted chick peas