Raw Cayenne Hummus

Garbanzo beans (also known as chickpeas) have a nutlike taste and buttery texture. They provide a concentrated source of protein and can be enjoyed year-round.  They are available either dried or canned for easy accessibility.

Garbanzo beans (and legumes in general) offer many health benefits.  They provide digestive tract support, a unique supply of antioxidants and increase one’s chances for satiety and decreased caloric intake.  In addition they decrease cardiovascular risks and help to better regulate blood sugar.

A great way to eat garbanzo beans is in hummus!  Hummus is an easy pairing with veggies and crackers. If hummus seems boring and you want some spice in the mix, then try this recipe!

Raw Cayenne Hummus

Ingredients:

3 cups sprouted garbanzos

½ cup olive oil

¼ cup lemon juice

¼ cup water (maybe more)

2 garlic cloves

3 TBS. ground flaxseed

2 tsp. cumin

2 tsp. cayenne

½ tsp. salt

Instructions:

Soak 1 1/2 cups dry garbanzos overnight in a covered container. Drain and rinse well. Place in container that continues to get good drainage and allow to germinate another 18-24 hours. Keep them in a dark place or cover the container with a towel. Be sure to rinse the beans under cold water whenever you think of it – every few hours (especially crucial in warm – hot weather). The beans are ready to make into hummus when they are just beginning to get a tip of growth, and bean still tastes sweet.

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth!

Serve with raw veggies or as a spread on a wrap or sandwich.

Sources:

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=58

Raw Cayenne Hummus

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