How to Make 'Fancy' Hummus and Still Get Everything on Your To-Do List, Done!

July 27, 2021

Easy hummus hacks for BarreBabes in a hurry!

Easy hacks for BarreBabes in a hurry…..

In college I brought a tub of original hummus and Stacy’s plain pita chips to just about every house party I attended. Decades later, I still love the combo, but need an elevated, ‘adult’ version to feel just a little more fancy! Below are my pro tips and quick hacks to ensure that you don’t show up empty handed to your next socially-distanced hangout.

Step 1: The Hummus

Okay, so I have definitely just scooped a store-bought tub into a pretty bowl and called it good, but if you have an extra 5-minutes in your day (maybe take a 45-min. Barre Express class rather than the full-length option), then it really is oh-so-simply to go homemade!

Let’s get Blend-y:

Mix 1 can of drained garbanzo beans, also called chick peas, with the juice of 1 large lemon (*pro tip – if you notice your neighbor just happens to have citrus trees in their yard, bring over a cup of sugar and ask to exchange it for a couple lemons). Next, add 1 tbs olive oil, 1 clove of minced garlic, ½ tsp cumin, ½ tsp salt, and ¼ cup of tahini in a food processor. If the resulting dip is thicker than you would like, incorporate a bit of the bean liquid until you are happy as this Barre Tender during a bridge set! *Pro tip – while blender is doing its thing, get some quick toning in using your kitchen counter for stability. Calf raises, anyone?

Step 2: The Fancy

Pouring a ¼ cup of olive oil over the top of the hummus makes it easier to stir and enhances the overall look of the dish.

*Pro tip - Feeling spicy? We recommend any of Gainesville small business @Saporito olive oils, but if your tastebuds can handle the extra kick, snag the green chili flavor, and your mouth will sing like Beyoncé during booty work!

Finally, it’s as easy as this: look in your veggie drawer for a selection of fresh veggies to chop up and add color, crunch, and extra nutrition to every bit of your dip. This weekend I took the fam to the Liberty Lake Farmer’s Market to check out what was in season. We got a great deal on lots of beautiful cucumbers (and no beautiful does not mean uniform in color or shape), fresh crunchy carrots (great for dipping), bell peppers (can also be used to dip, and more! Then, we headed to my sister-in-law’s urban garden for vine-ripened tomatoes. Just cut everything up small enough to scoop. Place everything in the middle of the hummus, drizzle a bit more olive oil on top, and give yourself a tricep-stretch pat-on-the-back. You did it!

A bowl of homemade hummus full of freshly-cut veggies!

Need an extra 15-minutes in your day to party prep but don’t want to sacrifice on sweating? Try out one of Brinn’s 45-min. BarreBata workouts On-Demand.