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Homemade Hummus with Canned Chickpeas

The best homemade hummus with canned chickpeas! SO easy to make with just 6 ingredients and ready to devour in under 10 minutes!

The best homemade hummus with canned chickpeas! SO easy to make with just 6 ingredients and ready to devour in under 10 minutes!

This is my first post as a 27 year old! As John likes to point out, I’m officially in my late 20s (aka. old). And I never fail to remind him that he’s 2 years older than me and always will be.

This past week has been full of birthday celebrations including dinner at Wildcraft with my parents and John, a night out at Radius in Hamilton with friends where I had the Bailey’s martini of my dreams, an amazing birthday present, and lunch with my extended family on a beautiful sunny afternoon in my parents’ backyard.

The tradition for celebrations with my family is that the birthday honouree gets to choose the menu and their choice of birthday cake. I’ve been having crazy cravings for Mediterranean food lately so I spent the morning in the kitchen with my mom whipping up tabbouleh, Greek salad, souvlaki, falafels, and of course hummus.

Heck, you could just give me a bowl of hummus with fresh pita for dipping, and I’d be happy with just that! Especially now that I’ve finally come up with a homemade hummus recipe I love after years and years of tweaking. Now, let me preface this by saying that if you want the best homemade hummus of your life, you’ve got to use dried chickpeas. But I’ll be the first to admit that I’m lazy and straight up don’t have the time to babysit a boiling pot of chickpeas for 1.5 hours. So enter canned beans. With a few tips, they can be a totally acceptable substitute to dried!

The best homemade hummus with canned chickpeas! SO easy to make with just 6 ingredients and ready to devour in under 10 minutes!

Tips for the best homemade hummus with canned chickpeas

  1. Combine the garlic with lemon juice first because this helps to soften the sharp flavour of the garlic.
  2. Blend the tahini with the garlic and lemon juice before adding chickpeas. I swear this helps make the hummus so much smoother!
  3. Another tip for smoother hummus is to actually boil your canned chickpeas (rinse and drain them first) in water for 10-30 minutes. This helps to soften them so that they blend up way easier.
  4. For the creamiest, smoothest hummus of your life, remove the skins on the chickpeas. I know, I know – it’s crazy tedious so I often skip this step, but when I invest the time to do it, it’s always worth it.
  5. Don’t use olive oil to thin out your hummus – I find this weighs it down. Instead I add about 3-4 tbsp of olive oil per 2 cups of cooked chickpeas and good old water to thin it out.

The best homemade hummus with canned chickpeas! SO easy to make with just 6 ingredients and ready to devour in under 10 minutes!

Homemade Hummus with Canned Chickpeas
 
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Yield: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)
  • 2 small cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 19-oz can (about 2 cups) chickpeas, rinsed and drained*
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup water, or more to thin
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Combine the lemon juice and garlic in the bowl of your food processor and let sit for a few minutes.
  2. Add the tahini and process until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Add the chickpeas and run the food processor as you drizzle in the olive oil. Scrape down the sides of the food processor and then run it while adding the water until it reaches your desired consistency.
  4. Season to taste with salt.
Notes
*I like to use chickpeas canned with salt. Feel free to use a salt free version to cut down on sodium

 

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Strawberry Coconut Chia Pudding

This strawberry coconut chia pudding is an easy summer snack or dessert made with just 5 simple ingredients! Naturally gluten free, nut free, and easily made vegan.

This strawberry coconut chia pudding is an easy summer snack or dessert made with just 5 simple ingredients! Naturally gluten free, nut free, and easily made vegan.

Things I’ve learned about having a broken wrist:

I can use a can opener by using it to punch 50 holes along the rim of its lid.

My fingers on my cast hand really smell (TMI? I swear I’m not unhygienic… I think the cast material gives them a weird odour).

Sports bras are a (one handed) girl’s best friend.

My armpit makes an awesome grip in lieu of my left hand.

A girls shopping day with your mom sucks when you struggle to try anything on.

Meals and snacks that only require one hand are my go to right now.

Enter this strawberry coconut chia pudding. Is it just me or is pudding the ultimate I’m-sick/injured/sad-and-I-feel-sorry-for-myself food? It reminds me of that scene in The Devil Wears Prada when Emily Blunt is in the hospital and ranting while shoveling chocolate pudding in her face.

I’ve done chocolate chia pudding before, but I wanted to go a more fruity route with this strawberry coconut chia pudding, Made with creamy coconut milk and fresh strawberries, it’s a luscious treat that tastes just like summer! It’s also nut free and gluten free, and easily made vegan with a few swaps. And lucky for me, it’s easy to whip up too… once I’ve gotten through punching 50 holes on the rim of the coconut milk can, that is.

This strawberry coconut chia pudding is an easy summer snack or dessert made with just 5 simple ingredients! Naturally gluten free, nut free, and easily made vegan.

Strawberry Coconut Chia Pudding
 
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This strawberry coconut chia pudding is an easy summer snack or dessert made with just a 5 simple ingredients! Naturally gluten free, nut free, and easily made vegan.
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Yield: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup full fat canned coconut milk
  • ½ cup milk or non-dairy milk of your choice
  • ¾ cup sliced fresh ripe strawberries
  • 2 tsp honey (sub maple syrup if vegan)
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • Strawberries, shredded coconut, and cacao nibs for topping
Instructions
  1. In a blender combine the coconut milk, milk, strawberries, and honey. Blend until combined then transfer to a container with a lid.
  2. Stir in the chia seeds then let sit in the fridge for at least 6 hours until it is thickened up.
  3. After 6 hours, remove from the fridge and add more milk if needed. Divide among 4 bowls and add toppings before serving.

This strawberry coconut chia pudding is an easy summer snack or dessert made with just 5 simple ingredients! Naturally gluten free, nut free, and easily made vegan.

Have you ever struggled in the kitchen due to an injury?

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Tropical Mango Coconut Energy Balls

These tropical mango coconut energy balls are a fast, healthy snack bursting with tropical flavour! They are also dairy free, egg free, peanut free, and refined sugar free.

These tropical mango coconut energy balls are a fast, healthy snack bursting with tropical flavour! Just 6 ingredients required and easily made vegan and gluten free!

Life has a funny way of handing you what you need.

Earlier this week I had a little accident. While I was brushing the snow off my car (yes, SNOW – in April!!), I slipped and broke my wrist. And the first thing I thought when I realized I’d hurt it was: “This is so inconvenient!” Followed of course by a string of relentless cursing at the pain.

And inconvenient, is it ever. I had my whole week planned out before it happened: my social plans, my workouts, our meals… And at first I stubbornly tried to stick to them. An hour after I got out of the hospital I went out to lunch with my friend as planned (mind you I was still feeling A+ from the hospital pain meds at that point). Then I was determined to still make the dinner on our menu plan for that night: apricot citrus quinoa salad with BBQ pork chops and roasted carrots. I surprisingly did it, although it took me about 2x as long as usual! I even planned on going to work the next day as usual. But then the meds wore off and the pain set in… along with a sleepless night. So with sigh I gave in to the circumstances and took a sick day.

These tropical mango coconut energy balls are a fast, healthy snack bursting with tropical flavour! Just 6 ingredients required and easily made vegan and gluten free!

As for my other plans for dinners this week, workouts, blog posts… I’m starting to accept that those may need to be put on hold too. And that’s okay. Or at least I’m trying to believe that. I’ve always been a planner – it’s like a security blanket for me – but sometimes we just need to give in and be flexible. I’ve always wished I could be a more go-with-the-flow kind of person and, well, maybe here’s my chance.

But I’ll still always be prepared with some handy snacks!

The day before my slip, I made these tropical mango coconut energy balls and luckily photographed them while I still had 2 working hands! With only 6 ingredients, they whip up quickly in a food processor (or by hand) to make a healthy grab-and-go snack that’s easily made gluten free or vegan – and best of all, only takes one hand to eat!

These tropical mango coconut energy balls are a fast, healthy snack bursting with tropical flavour! Just 6 ingredients required and easily made vegan and gluten free!

Tropical Mango Coconut Energy Balls
 
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These tropical mango coconut energy balls are a fast, healthy snack bursting with tropical flavour!
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Yield: 12-15 balls
Ingredients
  • ½ cup dried mango, chopped into small pieces
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¾ cup quick oats
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • ¼ cup natural almond butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until it is well mixed but still chunky.
  2. Use wet hands to roll into about 12-15 balls.
  3. Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Notes
Use certified gluten free oats to make the balls gluten free. Use agave instead of honey to make them vegan.

Are you a planner? Have you ever broken any bones?

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Blueberry vanilla energy balls

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Orange cranberry energy balls

Orange cranberry energy balls

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