Difficulty Easy Prep 5m Serves 1 Cost € 0.67

It's super quick and easy to make hummus from scratch. Here's a delicious lunch time recipe that'll cost just 67 cent per meal.

Hummus is a brilliant snack for the whole family to enjoy. It's has a beautiful smooth texture which makes it suitable for babies, toddlers and older children too. Making a big batch of homemade hummus takes very little time and you can substitute some of the ingredients to give the hummus a new flavour. For example, you can add a little beetroot to make a beet hummus or some avocado to make an avocado hummus. The ingredient and flavour combinations are limitless. 

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We love having healthy snacks to hand and hummus works brilliantly in this way. The chickpeas give it great filling power as they are packed with protein. This is especially helpful for children who do not have a love of meat (or for vegetarian families). It can be served in a variety of different ways too. Why not substitute your regular butter or mayonnaise for a much healthier hummus spread alternative? It works really well as a dinner condiment too. Salmon, roast vegetables and a big dollop of hummus is a favourite in our house!


Time needed: 5 minutes.

  1. Create the hummus.

    In a blender; put in ½ can of chickpeas, 1 clove of garlic, 2 tbsp of natural yoghurt, 1 tbsp of olive oil, 1 squeeze of lemon juice, 1 pinch of salt, and 1 pinch of smoked paprika.

  2. Blend it.

    Blitz your mixture until it turns to thick hummus.

  3. Create your dipping sticks.

    Slice up pitta bread, carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers into dipping sticks.

  4. Enjoy!

    Dip them into your homemade hummus and enjoy!

Recipe Video

All the ingredients you need for this cheap, easy, quick, healthy family lunch time recipe.
All the ingredients you need for this cheap, easy, quick, healthy family lunch time recipe.
Photograph: Family Friendly HQ

As adults, we eat with our eyes. Seeing a vibrant bright plate of food is a great way to encourage us to eat more fruits and vegetables. When hummus is the focal point of a dish we are more likely to reach for healthy snacks such as cucumber sticks and crunchy slices of peppers. They are the perfect accompaniment. 

Our school lunchbox recipe: Homemade Hummus with Veggies & Pitta for Dipping
This hummus recipe is perfect for a packed lunch too!
Photograph: Family Friendly HQ

This dish is super easy to make. You can use your hand blender, smoothie maker or nutri-bullet for example. It is a simple case of adding everything in to the mix and giving it a blitz. This gives the recipe a whole other level of appeal for parents because there is minimal washing up after. It's also incredibly inexpensive and a great way to use up a store cupboard staple.

The nutritional figures were obtained by the FFHQ team using the information stated on the food products plus multiple online tools. These figures represent findings to the best of our knowledge at the time of writing, however, may differ between products used.