Aquafaba Hummus (The BEST Hummus That You've Ever Had. In Your Entire Life.)

January 5, 2021     Updated April 3, 2022    Jump to Recipe

The secret to the BEST homemade hummus is aquafaba. Make my Aquafaba Hummus to find out why. You'll never buy hummus again.

Want to know the secret to the best hummus ever?

It’s aquafaba.

Aquafaba Hummus

What is Aquafaba?

So…what is aquafaba?  You may already know.

Aquafaba is the water you cook white beans—like garbanzo beans—in.  After cooking the beans, the water ends up thick and gel-like, very similiar to egg whites.  (Which makes it a great egg replacer.)

If you’re like me and don’t regularly cook beans from scratch, whenever you buy a can of garbanzo beans at the grocery store, they’re packed in aquafaba. 

Which is very convenient for making my hummus recipe.

Aquafaba Hummus

Aquafaba Hummus

Aquafaba adds great texture and flavor to hummus.

Just save the aquafaba as you drain the garbanzo beans, and you’ve got two critical components of this recipe from one can.

Tabbouleh

Make Aquafaba Hummus a Meal

My Aquafaba Hummus is vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free.  It’s packed with protein, and makes an incredibly healthy, quick, and easy meal when paired with my Greek Tabbouleh.  

You could also go all out and make my addicting homemade falafel.

So next time you’ve got a craving for hummus, don’t buy it at the store.  Make my easy Aquafaba Hummus, and enjoy the best hummus that you’ve ever had.  In your entire life. 😄

Aquafaba Hummus

A Few Things!

Simple recipes like hummus rely on quality ingredients.  Be sure to use a good tahini.  I prefer Trader Joe’s brand.

Even more important, use a good olive oil. 

My recipe only calls for 2 Tbsp of olive oil, but the flavor of the olive oil you use matters.  My favorite olive oil is PJ KABOS.  You can find it here on Amazon [aff. link].  PJ KABOS is a family-run company, and all their olive oil is pressed straight from the family olive groves in Greece.

You can also find PJ KABOS olive oil in my Amazon store here.

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Aquafaba Hummus (The BEST Hummus Secret)

The secret to the BEST homemade hummus is aquafaba. Make my Aquafaba Hummus to find out why. You'll never buy hummus again.
Prep Time12 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time12 mins
Servings: 6
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Ingredients

  • 2 15 oz cans garbanzo beans, drained (reserve the aquafaba!)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¾ tsp sea salt
  • 3 Tbsp aquafaba, the liquid from the garbanzo beans
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp tahini
  • ½-¾ cup water
  • 1-2 Tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed

Instructions

Start with the garbanzo beans, garlic, and salt

  • To your food processor/favorite blending apparatus, add the drained garbanzo beans, garlic, and sea salt. Pulse a few times, then process until the garbanzo beans break down to medium-sized chunks.

Add everything else

  • Now add the aquafaba, olive oil, tahini, ½ cup of the water, and 1 Tbsp lemon juice to the food processor. Pulse a few times, then process until very smooth. If the hummus is still very thick, add the remaining ¼ cup water, and process again until incorporated.
  • Taste, and add the additional Tbsp of lemon juice, if desired.

Serve and Enjoy!

  • Enjoy this hummus as a dip for veggies, pita bread, etc., or make it a meal with my Greek tabbouleh or falafel.

Notes

This Aquafaba Hummus is vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free.
Make it a meal with my Greek Tabbouleh.

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This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. David @ Spiced

    5 stars
    Ah, I love hummus! You’re right that we’re trying to be a bit healthier here to start the new year, and a batch of homemade hummus sounds quite delightful. I’m familiar with aquafaba, but I’ll be honest in saying that I’ve never actually used it. I’m intrigued! I do love hummus, and this would make for some great weekday lunches now that we’re getting back into the routine.

    1. Shannon

      Isn’t hummus the best?? So easy and healthy, I can’t get enough. 😋. Aquafaba is such an amazing ingredient, I know you’ll love using it!

  2. Chef Mimi

    I’ve heard of using aquafaba for a while now, and it’s always a surprise to me, because I’ve spent decades pouring off the stuff from canned beans! I guess I always did it because of the salt content, but never knew of this until recently being an actual ingredient. It’s pretty amazing! Your photos are pretty!

    1. Shannon

      Haha same here Mimi! I remember the first time I heard aquafaba could be used. Such a surprise after so many years of dumping it! Aww thank you so much! ♥️

  3. Jeff the Chef

    I hadn’t heard of the word “aquafaba,” but now that you explain it, I can see that it probably translates as “bean water.” Or let’s just say “bean juice,” because I think that sounds like more fun. I hate wasting food, so this is exactly the kind of recipe that I’d like – since it involves using that liquid rather than throwing it away. I do usually cook my own beans – I’m weird that way – but I nonetheless don’t throw out the cooking water. I’ll save it – often I’ll freeze it – and use it as a soup base or in any recipe where vegetable or chicken stock is called for. Thanks for the info, and for the recipe!

    1. Shannon

      You’re right on Jeff! And I need to follow your lead and take the time to make beans from scratch more often. They are so much better that way, I just get too lazy unfortunately! That’s an excellent idea to save the liquid for a soup base, I am so doing that!

  4. Jessica

    5 stars
    This hummus was so good. I had never used aquafaba before. It makes such a difference!

    1. Shannon

      Thanks Jessica! So glad you enjoyed it.

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