No More Stinky Breath Hummus

by HEAB on July 6, 2015

Our kids like hummus, and they also like to crawl in bed with us first thing in the morning.  I love the early cuddles, but I do not love smelling garlic breath at 5:30 AM.  No thank you.  So, we stopped buying hummus in bulk at Costco and started making our own garlic-free version.  That breath was bad, y’all!  I developed the recipe below about 15 years ago and dug out my old recipe notebook to find it.  Does anyone feel like their recipes were more organized pre-Pinterest, or is that just me?  Anyway, it’s pretty simple and super yummy, even without any garlic.

Homemade Black Bean Hummus




  • 1 can chickpeas (or any canned bean)*
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon (2 TBSP)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 clove crushed garlic (omit if trying to avoid early morning garlic breath)
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup drained liquid from canned beans for thinning


  • Drain and rinse beans, saving the canned liquid drained from the beans.
  • Combine all ingredients except for the canned liquid in a food processor and process until well combined. While your food processor is still running, slowly add the liquid until your hummus reaches desired consistency.


*We normally cook our own dried beans, and I hope to try this recipe soon with homemade beans or chickpeas using the cooking liquid to thin out the hummus.  Just might need to add a bit more salt.

And speaking of salty dips, I’ve been making a lot of cashew cheese sauce lately…

Back in my vegetarian days, I lived on this stuff, and after sampling some vegan nachos on a recent trip to California, I started making it again as soon as I returned home to Nashville.  It makes a wonderful dip or sauce.  LOVE LOVE LOVE.

From the Country Life Vegetarian Cookbook (my most used cookbook!)



  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup raw cashews (I use a cup of cashews, because I prefer a thicker sauce)
  • 1 TBSP tahini
  • 3 TBSP nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 oz jar pimentos
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon (2 TBSP)


  • Combine all ingredients in high speed blender until creamy


And last but not least, let’s revisit my love of guacamole…

My brother’s delicious guacamole he brought over for dinner last night.  Avocado, lime juice, red onion, serrano chile, salt, and cilantro.

Ina Garten’s guacamole has been my go-to recipe for the past couple of years (it’s yummy!), but after recently sampling a friend’s homemade guacamole with minimal ingredients, I’ve been thinking that sometimes simple is better.  This of course is coming from the girl who loves eating avocados straight from the peel with nothing but a spoon, but sometimes, all you really need is a perfectly ripened avocado and a little salt.  Add a squeeze of lemon or lime juice and perhaps a little hot sauce, and you’re good to go.

Favorite dip????



Deadra August 3, 2015 at 10:07 pm

Oh, I’ve been not checking frequently enough and such a lovely surprise that I come here and there are lots of posts!
Also non garlic or garlic lite hummus is the best. My big girlie doesn’t like it, but won’t eat a lot of protein sources, and hummus is a good option for her.

HEAB August 4, 2015 at 8:01 pm

Hi Deadra, thanks for checking in. Yeah, the older I get, the less garlic I want. I blame it on some bruschetta I had a couple of years ago that was drenched in garlic. I like garlic but just a little these days. Do y’all eat dairy? My kids love yogurt and cottage cheese. Definitely Hannah’s main source of protein, and you can put both in a smoothie. Also big fans of PB over here. Sometimes my kids like meat and other times not, but I can always count on them eating yogurt or peanut butter.

Marty July 8, 2015 at 8:16 pm

Love without garlic too! No heartburn! It can be overpowering. Btw, still in ID. Will email when I can, maybe snail mail inst ad!

HEAB July 19, 2015 at 1:34 pm

Hi Marty,
Non-garlic recipes are my favorite these days. I really do love garlic but for some reason, I’m not digging it lately. It’s so overpowering. I think that extra garlicy hummus burnt me out – I’m sure I’ll enjoy it again someday, but for now, I can only handle it in small doses. Hope all is well in ID – I bet the summers are beautiful!

Diana July 8, 2015 at 12:44 am

I feel like the cashew cheese sauce has my name written all over it.

i’ve added this to my to try list (which is growing by the minute!). thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

HEAB July 19, 2015 at 1:35 pm

Hey Diana,
Hope you enjoyed the cashew cheese sauce. I’m dipping everything in it these days! 🙂

lindsay July 7, 2015 at 6:00 pm

look at you! i love this! you make the best dips, and i want them all! can i come over now? with chips?

HEAB July 19, 2015 at 1:37 pm

Yes please! I bet you guys have a great chip collection. Still haven’t tried those gluten free pita chips yet. 🙂

Tracy July 7, 2015 at 11:58 am

Hi Heather! 🙂

I make my hummus very similar to your recipe but I use traditional garbanzos and also NO GARLIC. Unfortunately I was cursed with a dislike of garlic. Unfortunate because it is in soooo many recipes and dominates most restaurant menus. While I can tolerate the taste while eating it (although not pref), it’s the after breath that I can’t handle! So I feel your morning breath pain!! I love adding back the can liquid. It adds a lot of flavor and creaminess. A great trick!

The other 2 recipes sound delicious as well! Hope you all had a festive 4th!

HEAB July 19, 2015 at 1:42 pm

You’re right – garlic is in everything. The other day, I was looking up a bean recipe, and it called for 10 cloves of garlic or something crazy like that. Oh my gosh, how could you even be in the same room with someone who ate that? They would reek! Reminds me of the time I ate a bunch of roasted garlic at the Whole Foods hot bar and then went into work (massage therapist). I was MORTIFIED when I got home, and Chris told me he could smell the garlic from the other side of the room. My poor clients! None of them said anything, but I’m surprised I made any tips that day. Ha!

Em July 7, 2015 at 11:48 am

This hummus sounds wonderful – I’ve still yet to try out a homemade version!! My favorite dip is very, very sinful. It’s my mom’s “poolside dip.” I don’t know all that’s in it, but I know there is cream cheese, corn, chopped jalapenos – I’m sure there’s more… it’s great with fritos! And it’s so addicting!!

HEAB July 19, 2015 at 1:43 pm

I know that dip – it’s a favorite summertime potluck dish around here. Good stuff! I love Fritos. 🙂

Celeste July 7, 2015 at 10:17 am

Yay! You posted recipes! I’ve missed those 🙂 But I’ve still been following when you blog for several years now, and I love reading about your beautiful family and healthy perspective on food and life.


HEAB July 19, 2015 at 1:44 pm

Thanks Celeste, I wish I had more recipes to post. I miss my downtime in the kitchen. Hope to be back in there someday! 🙂

Marcia July 7, 2015 at 10:16 am

Ha! My toddler (3 today) LOVES hummus so much he eats it with a spoon. I cannot have it without garlic. I’ll deal with the stinky breath. We mow through homemade hummus pretty fast though.

I’ve wanted to try making cashew cheese sauce for awhile. Need to do it!

HEAB July 19, 2015 at 1:47 pm

Yes, I give my kids carrots or chips to dip in the hummus, but they often end up just using their fingers. Nice, huh? We’re working on table manners. Hope you try the cashew cheese sauce soon. Addicting stuff! 🙂

Ana July 7, 2015 at 9:39 am

I love, love hummus too!! But I like the garlic in it 😉
Aaand, guacamole is by far my favorite!! Gosh I love it and eat dollops of it with a spoon/fork in my salads, so good!! Along with a good fresh salsa/pico de galo… yum!!
Another dip I like? White bean dip, have u tried that Heather? It is sooo creamy and delicious! I make it pretty much like hummus, blending white beans with a clove of garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper, and a touch fresh rosemary or another herb of choice (basil and thyme are also delicious in this), it is really yummy! I like using mostly extra virgin olive oil for this one as I like the flavor it adds, but usually I also add a touch of tahini for added creaminess, everything tastes delicious with tahini, right?!
Lovely post and recipes!! I love all that u posted, yum!!

HEAB July 19, 2015 at 1:49 pm

Hi Ana,
I love white bean dip, but I don’t think I’ve ever made my own. I bet it’s delicious with fresh basil. My basil plant is still alive and kicking (I have one every summer, and it’s usually dead by now), and perhaps I’ll try this soon. We just made pesto today, and so I need to wait for some more leaves to sprout. And I’ll be sure to add tahini. 🙂

Cherie July 7, 2015 at 8:47 am

Love the recipes, thanks! My fav is still my chunky homemade guacamole, but Lori reminded me about how much I used to love French onion dip too. That was before I had to go dairy-free.

HEAB July 19, 2015 at 1:54 pm

Yes, I remember that French Onion dip quite well – and always with Ruffles potato chips. It was quite popular at our house growing up. That being said, nothing beats chunky guac in my opinion – the best! We weren’t a guacamole family growing up, but I embraced it in my 20’s and never looked back. 🙂

Liz S. July 6, 2015 at 11:18 pm

Delicious hummus recipe! My favorite dip is guacamole (can’t go wrong with that Ina Garten recipe, especially; though I too could just eat a plain avocado and be happy, and call it guacamole, haha).

HEAB July 19, 2015 at 1:54 pm

Someday we will meet in person and share an avocado and then get Jeni’s ice-cream. 🙂

Liz S. July 19, 2015 at 2:40 pm

YAY! 🙂

Lori July 6, 2015 at 8:45 pm

Opened this post expecting just one recipe, and I get 3? Score!

I do love guacamole, but childhood favorite is that classic French onion dip. I could demolish a whole thing of that.

For a dessert dip, I recently discovered a S’more dip, melt chocolate and marshmallows, pop in broil proof bowl, layer on more marshmallows and broil til golden brown. Use graham crackers or, my personal favorite, apple slices. Not my invention, so I’ll send you the link to it some time when I’m not on my iPhone.

HEAB July 19, 2015 at 1:57 pm

Yes, I remember that dip well. Another commenter mentioned it, and I was reminiscing about eating it with Ruffles potato chips. We used to eat that all the time growing up. And that s’mores dip sounds amazing. I’ve been making s’mores cookie bars as they’re CD’s favorite these days, and so we would love to try your dip soon. Please send me the link if you get a chance. I’d love to serve it at our next dinner get-together for dessert. 🙂

Susan July 6, 2015 at 8:06 pm

Thanks for the recipes. We do a super easy guacamole, too. I love simple. Hard to pick a favorite dip but would probably go with hummus. Then again, carrots dipped in peanut butter happens daily at my house.

HEAB July 19, 2015 at 1:58 pm

Carrots + PB is my go-to afternoon snack these days. Simple, quick, filling, and delicious! 🙂

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