This Hibiscus Hummus has a classic hummus taste with subtle tangy hibiscus flavor and a pink hue. The additional flowers on top add a nice pop of color as well.
About a month ago, our friend Beto reserved a campsite for 2 nights at the campground that is right next to where we live. I was so excited because no one has stayed there ever since we have lived here. They showed up this past Wednesday afternoon along with Jill’s long time friend Maili. After they had set up the tents and pulled out all the cooking supplies, our friends Erin, Leif and Taj showed up for a potluck BBQ. We sat around the picnic table chatting while sipping on wine and watching Jill the master griller at work. She cooked up a huge BBQ feast.
Maili had brought a whole lot of homemade sushi and a clam dip. Erin brought a salad, chips and guacamole and I brought this hummus with baked pita chips. Everyone also brought wine, of course. It’s pretty cool when all your friends are really good cooks because the spread is always abundant and delicious. As always, there was a lot of great conversations and laughter.
The next day, our friend Jean showed up around lunchtime and Leif and Taj returned for round two. The kids had the best time playing together. It was another fun day of beach, food, wine and great conversation.
I enjoyed this hummus with my hibiscus tea and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. It’s also great with a nice Rose.
Hibiscus Hummus Recipe:
- 1 Cup Dried (2 Cups Cooked) Garbanzo Beans – soaked – cooked
- 1 Cup Filtered Water
- 1/2 Cup Dried Hibiscus Flowers
- 1 Large Garlic
- 1/2 Cup Tahini
- 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Lemon
- 1 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 8 Pita – cut into 6 to 12 wedges for each pita
- Drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt – or to taste
Preparing garbanzo beans
Place them in a large bowl with 1 tablespoon of baking soda and cover with filtered water. They will expand to over double their size, make sure you cover by several inches of water to allow for expansion. Soak overnight for at least 12 hours then drain and rinse.
Remove from the heat and let the beans soak in the warm water for 1 hour then drain the water and rinse. Follow cooking the beans instructions below.
Cooking the beans
Put the beans back in the pot and cover with several inches of filtered water.
Baked Pita Chips
Cut each pita into 8 triangles and place on one side of a parchment lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and salt and gently toss. Bake for 11 – 12 minutes or until crispy.
Garbanzo beans are super high in protein and extremely high in fiber, just one cup provides 50% of the Daily Value. Because of the fiber, they are great for your heart, lowering blood cholesterol levels and the risk of heart attack, as well as help, prevent constipation and digestive disorders. Just one cup provides 84.5% of the daily value of manganese, which is an antioxidant that acts as a monitor of the free radicals in the body. If you are low in energy the high iron content will help and will transport oxygen from the lungs to all the cells in the body. They also help to balance blood sugar levels while providing steady, slow-burning energy. Garbanzo beans are helpful for weight loss as they keep you full longer.