Fresh homemade hummus is almost a weekly occurrence in our house. Our homemade version always turns out so creamy and we love using it as a dip or as a spread on our sandwiches and wraps.
Did you know that adding beans and lentils like chickpeas into your family’s diet actually counts towards their serves of vegetables AND protein for the day? This is because they’re loaded with both fibre and protein, making them a healthy and filling addition to the diet.
Our most favourite way to serve up our hummus each week is on a savoury snack plate to share. I always try to make sure either our morning or afternoon snack is a savoury choice so that my kids have more chances throughout each day to be exposed to more vegetables and savoury tastes. If your child/ren aren’t too keen on savoury snacks or vegetables just yet, there are a few things you can do to help make your savoury snack plate a success.
Firstly, have a think about your child’s food preferences and choose a selection of foods that fit into the following categories
– some that they love
– some that they like and
– some that they’re still learning about
Choosing foods this way will reduce the amount of stress your child feels when presented with new foods. If they see something they know they love and like presented to them they won’t feel so intimidated by the new foods presented. They may not even touch the new foods but they’ve been exposed to them and have the opportunity to touch, smell or taste them if they prefer.
As an example here is how I made the choices for the above platter with my kids.
– they love the hummus, rice crackers and veggie straws
– they like the cucumber, corn and eggs
– they’re learning to like the raw carrot and capsicum
When I served this platter to my kids they both had a nibble on some carrot sticks (my youngest spat them back out) and neither of them touched the capsicum. This wasn’t their first exposure to these foods but they’re still learning about them.
Below I’ve listed some simple ideas for foods you can add to your savoury snack plates
– Peanut Butter or other nut butters
– Cashew Cheese (you can grab that recipe here)
– Sliced Cheese
– Corn Cobs
– Baby corn spears
– Snow Peas*
– Green Beans*
– Celery Sticks*
– Boiled Eggs
– Toast Fingers
* If serving these up to children under 2 remember to lightly steam them so they’re soft enough for little ones to handle to prevent choking.
You’ll find the recipe to our creamy homemade hummus below. The secret ingredient that makes it so smooth and creamy is using the liquid from the chickpea can, also know as aqua faba. It’s the water that the chickpeas have been cooked in and it will seriously take your homemade hummus to the next level.
I’d love to know if you make it and if your savoury snack plate is a success.
- 400g can of chickpeas (no-added salt if you can)
- 1/3 cup of liquid from can (also known as aqua faba)
- 1 1/2 tbs hulled tahini
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/4 tsp ground cumin
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1/2 tsp sea salt (don't use if you are using chickpeas with salt added)
- Drain chickpeas, reserving 1/3 cup of liquid from the can.
- Place all ingredients into a food processor or high powered blender and blend until smooth.
- Place into air-tight container. Will keep in the fridge for 5-7 days.