Raw Hummus

I’ve gotta say, after a few days of practice from my raw food challenge, I’ve really gotten into all the things you can actually do with just raw foods!

Sometimes, it’s just the prep work that kills me.

Like for this recipe for raw hummus.

I had to soak dried chickpeas over night

Then let them soak at room temperature for another 3 days.

I wanted my hummus to be bursting with flavor so I thought I’d spice it up, literally

Olive oil is a must, I love garlic, and Cumin may just be the best spice ever.

Seriously.

My boyfriend, Matt, swears by it and pretty much puts it on everything.

Broken down, the recipe looks like this:

3 cups soaked Chickpeas

1/4 cup of soaking water

1/2 cup of Cold Pressed Olive Oil

2 handfuls of peeled garlic cloves (or as much or as little as you like)

1 Tbs. Ground Cumin

Salt to taste

Pop that all in your food processor and let it blend everything for a few minutes

Voila!

I’ll be honest, soaked raw chickpeas and cooked chickpeas taste WAY different. I admit I much prefer them cooked, but hey, raw is better for you, and the raw version is pretty delicious once you stop trying to compare it to the cooked version. Just a little crunchier and almost nuttier tasting. The garlic and the cumin were excellent flavor partners and the olive oil helped to smooth everything out.

Raw Tahini Sauce

As I mentioned in my RAW Food Challenge post one of the things I knew I was gonna miss when I started eating raw foods was sauce. Therefore, I have made a point to start preparing the ingredients I’ll need for raw sauces.

Today’s sauce of choice: Tahini

Last night I soaked

1 cup of sesame seeds in

2 cups of water

for 4 hours

Then, I drained out that water, rinsed the seeds and put them in the fridge to sprout overnight.

This morning I simply put the sprouted seeds and 1/2 a cup of cold-pressed Olive Oil in my trusty food processor and let it grind for about 4 minutes.

I also added the juice of 1/2 a lemon

And a pinch of salt

Because I don’t have the coveted Vitamix that all rawists talk about, my Tahini didn’t blend to a silky smooth paste.

So what, who cares?

Not me. That’s who.

I tested it, adjusted the lemon flavor (by adding a little more juice) and then deemed it good enough to top my Fruit and Veggie Salad, my lunch on Day 1 of the Raw Food Challenge, as dressing.

Want a closer look at this delicious stuff up close?

Yea, you do.

YUM