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Monday, January 13, 2014

Getting My Hummus On ... Black Bean Avocado Hummus

Since I had good like with a white bean avocado hummus, I thought why not try my hand at black bean!  Well of course I couldn't do the simple way (but don't worry it does work with canned if you want).  I hit up my bulk section at Winco for some dried black beans.

First on my mission was to make my dry beans into beans ready to use. I found on Pea's and Crayon's a way to make Crockpot Black Beans. Which is simple and easy ... JUST remember the beans will expand so don't over fill your crockpot like I did with the dried beans. YUP had to do an emergency transfer to my smaller crockpot to give some room for the beans to expand.  (YUP I'm human and I will share my human / Blonde moments).

First I did the black beans (you can skip this step and just do canned if you would like).

step 1  grab a bag of black beans - rinse with water and pluck out any broken ones
step 2  pour into crock pot
step 3  fill with water to about 2 inches above the beans
step 4  turn on to HIGH and set a timer for 3.5 hours

Come back drain the liquid, use the beans then or freeze them!  I did a combo of both.  I made a HUGE batch of hummus (since I eat it every day), some for dinner (Chicken Chili, recipe to come) and then put the rest in the freezer for future recipes!

Now onto the hummus, I found this recipe on Intuitive Cooking for Black Bean Avocado Hummus.

-One 15 oz. can of black beans (drain most of the liquid)
-3-6 cloves of garlic (to taste- how much do you like garlic?)
-1/2 an avocado or one small avocado
-small handful of cilantro (or to taste)
-lime juice (1/2 lime)
-1 tsp of each of the following: cumin, paprika, seasoned salt
-1/2 tsp chili powder
-1/4 cup of olive oil

-Throw all of your ingredients (minus the oil) into the food processor
-Begin blending the ingredients; while blending, slowly add your olive oil to the mix
-While you are blending your ingredients, stop and take a taste: is it smooth enough? spiced enough? If it's too thick and not creamy enough, add small amounts of olive oil while you blend until it is the right texture (more lime juice can help thin it out too)

ALEXIS NOTES: I used my crockpot beans instead of canned.  I used my Ninja to blend up all the ingredients.  I also added some tahini since I keep seeing most hummus recipes having it.  I'm not sure if I'm a fan of it, but it was darn expensive so I will have to use it up ... lol.

Give it a try, I promise you won't buy store bought again!

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