The first time I tasted peas and basil together was when my friend, Nikita, made a pea pesto for her little super-eater, Charlie. The combination tasted lovely, and I thought putting it into hummus would be a great way to make it even more filling! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
I start out by cooking my chick peas (not included in prep time). You can soak dried chick peas overnight and then pressure cook them before you make this hummus. I also cook my peas by boiling them for a few minutes. I use frozen peas, as I have not been able to find peas in the store… I can’t wait until I have a garden!!Once the peas and chick peas are cooked then it’s a simple matter of adding them + basil + nutritional yeast + garlic powder + salt into the food processor. The next step is to drizzle the olive oil into the food processor while it’s blending to get it nicely incorporated into the hummus and also to smooth everything out. Finally, drizzle in ice water (yep!) to smooth/fluff and thin the hummus further.If you have a lot of time on your hands you can remove the skin of the chick peas and/or peas for a super smooth hummus. I ain’t got time for that, but it really would make a difference in texture! Maybe you can get your toddler to help… they like that kind of stuff before they realize it’s work. My daughter’s favorite way to enjoy this hummus is with carrot sticks or on crackers, but don’t you dare put it on her tomatoes! Enjoy!
- ½ cup green peas, cooked
- 1 cup chickpeas, cooked (1/2 cup dry makes 1 cup cooked)*
- ½ cup packed fresh basil leaves
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp salt (or per your taste)
- ⅛ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 4 tbsp ice water
- Add green peas, chickpeas, basil, garlic powder, nutritional yeast, and salt to food processor (everything but the oil and water), and process until everything breaks down. Scrape down the sides as needed to make sure everything is getting blended.
- While the food processor is running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil, making sure the oil is getting on the hummus and not going straight to the bottom of the food processor. The hummus should get noticeably smoother. Keep processing and scraping down the sides until the texture really smooths out.
- Finally drizzle in the ice water (just the water, not the ice) the same way as the oil. This helps to fluff up the hummus. Drizzle in more water to thin further.
- Taste and adjust flavors.