This Sprouted Meyer Lemon Basil Hummus is the perfect summer appetizer with its fresh Meyer lemon and floral basil essence. I sprouted the garbanzo beans, which creates a very digestible and healthy dish. I served this hummus with cucumber, carrots, bread and white wine but the possibilities are endless.
Robby and I have had a few days of jam-packed fun. It all started with our friend’s son Taj’s fourth birthday camping trip at Costanoa in Pescadero, CA. We spent the evening prior to the party in one of the tiny tent bungalows and it was great! Erin and Leif set up their trailer while some of our other friends pitched tents in the campground. Our friend Jason and his family were able to join us, which was really nice because I haven’t seen him since we were teenagers. Robby and Jason didn’t remember each other but they hit it off right away. This tends to happen with people who grew up in the same place with the same mutual friends. It was so nice to see Jason after all these years and to meet his wonderful family.
Taj’s party was your classic kids birthday with a Spiderman cake and a piñata. All the kids had a blast! After the party, Robby and I went home to relax and recover. Beto and clan came to our house the next day to spend the night. We had a mellow evening with a nice dinner out at Palapas Mexican Restaurant.
I served this hummus along with some pita chips at Taj’s birthday party and I received a big thumbs up from the crowd.
This hummus pairs wonderfully with a Prosecco or a Soave.
Sprouted Meyer Lemon Basil Hummus Recipe:
Approx. 2 1/2 Cups
- 1 Cup Dried (2 Cups Cooked) Garbanzo Beans – soaked – cooked
- 1/2 Cup Basil
- 1/4 + 2 Tablespoons Cup Tahini
- 3 Tablespoons Filtered Water
- 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
- 1 Meyer Lemon – segments
- 1 Large Garlic
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- Meyer Lemon Zest
- Basil Leaves
- Cucumber – small cubes
Preparing garbanzo beans
Cooking the beans – optional
This part is optional. If you want to keep it raw then use the sprouted beans as they are or you can cook them.
Add all the remaining ingredients to a food processor and puree until smooth. Scrape the sides and bottom at least once. Scoop into a large bowl and then drizzle some olive oil and garnish with basil, Meyer lemon zest and cucumber.
Garbanzo beans are super high in protein and 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 monitors 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.