roasted garlic hummus.

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Light, simple and full of flavor. Roasted garlic hummus is a great healthy snack and easy to keep around!  roasted garlic hummus | a flavor journal food blog

I have an absolute, unhealthy, undeniable love for garlic.  I take any and every opportunity to add it to recipes, and I almost feel ashamed to admit that I had never actually ROASTED a head of garlic until today.  The reason I am so ashamed to admit this is because it is SO good, I know I should have made it a long time ago.

Luckily, it is almost the easiest thing ever, so making it more often will not be a problem.  I relied upon various recipes online, none of which varied much from the other.  This link is the one I ultimately ended up using from Simply Recipes.  It was great:  to the point and easy to follow with plenty of photos!

roasted garlic hummus | a flavor journalNow.  What you do with your roasted garlic is entirely up to you.  For starters, you can smear it atop crostinis with some tomato, cheese, meats, etc.  Once roasted, it loses a lot of the harsher flavors typically present in raw garlic.  The softer, milder taste makes it edible on its own!  What I chose to do with the majority of my roasted garlic was incorporate it into hummus.  Staying on track with my current ‘summertime’ mantra, hummus is light, easy, and not going to overload you with calories.  Perfect!

roasted garlic hummus | a flavor journalMaking roasted garlic hummus is really, really simple.  A food processor is the only tool you will need!  Simply combine your drained and rinsed can of garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon juice (fresh squeezed!), salt and cumin into the food processor.  Pulse these ingredients together for a couple of minutes, then add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 10-12 cloves of roasted garlic.  Pulse again for another couple of minutes, then finally add water.  Pulse for one more minute.

roasted garlic hummus | a flavor journalThe hummus is ready to eat straight out of the food processor, but feel free to doctor it up a little with crushed red pepper, more roasted garlic, and maybe some sriracha.  This will last for up to a week in your refrigerator, or you could freeze it for a couple of months if you make a lot of it!

>photos updated 9.10.2016

[my additional tips!]:

Actual Prep / cook time:  10 minutes

Clean-up difficulty:  1

Overall difficulty to make:  1 [really just pulsing the food processor!]

Overall satisfaction:  8 [pretty addicting stuff]

Price range?  This dish is under $5 

What I would change next time?  I wouldn’t change anything, but I am excited to make other flavors of hummus soon!

For your own version, I recommend:

  • Playing with the amount of tahini / lemon juice / water / roasted garlic you add.  Your palette may be completely different from mine, so add a little or take away some if you have different preferences!

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roasted garlic hummus.

Light, simple and full of flavor. Roasted garlic hummus is a great summertime snack and easy to keep around!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 4
Author: sara rose :


  • 1 15 oz can garbanzo beans
  • 1 head roasted garlic
  • 3 tbsp. tahini
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice fresh squeezed
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • crushed red pepper optional
  • dried parsley optional


  • Drain and rinse garbanzo beans.
  • Add garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon juice, salt and cumin to food processor. Pulse for two minutes. Stop occasionally and scrape the sides.
  • Add olive oil and 10-12 cloves roasted garlic, then pulse for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Scrape the sides of the food processor, add water, and pulse for one more minute. Be sure to still occasionally scrape the sides as you go.
  • Spoon hummus directly out of food processor and into a bowl. Top with remaining roasted garlic cloves, crushed red pepper (optional), and dried parsley (optional).
  • Serve immediately or store for up to one week in a refrigerated airtight container.


Feel free to play around with the amount of olive oil, tahini, and water you add. Make it the consistency you prefer!
Adapted from Cooking Classy

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    • Kim
    • October 5, 2015

    YUM…that roasted garlic looks amazing!!! Can’t wait to make it.

    1. Reply

      Thank you! I hope you love it!!

  1. Reply

    Yum, this looks great! I will have to make this for my bbq this weekend! Thank you for sharing such a yummy hummus recipe!

  2. Reply

    Ummm….yes, please! Looks delicious! Pinning 🙂

    • Tara
    • October 8, 2015

    That looks so good! I just tried hummus for the first time a few months ago and have wanted to make it myself. I must try this!!

    1. Reply

      Yes, you should! It’s amazingly simple and so fun to add your own flavors / ingredients to. I hope you enjoy it!

  3. Reply

    I love hummus and I LOVE roasted garlic. This is probably the best flavor of hummus I’ve ever had. Looks yummy!!

    1. Reply

      Me too! And it’s so easy – I love roasting garlic and enjoying the amazing aromas while it’s in the oven. Such a treat!

    • Tess
    • December 18, 2015

    This looks amazing!! I would kill for some of this right now 🙂 Great recipe!!

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much, Tess! I’m a HUGE fan of anything roasted garlic. I hope you get to try this hummus soon!!

  4. Reply

    Very nice info and right to the point

  5. Reply

    This looks fantastic!! 😀 Now I’m craving hummus.

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Nicole!

  6. Reply

    Looks delicious and a simple recipe. Going to give this a try!

    1. Reply

      So simple, Lisa! I hope you try it out!

  7. Reply

    I’m not a big fan of hummus but I might have to give this a go. I need to find a healthier dip than the ones I usually opt for! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Reply

      I’m so with you, Alexandria. My favorite dips of all time are: french onion, buffalo chicken, white cheese, etc. I do promise that roasted garlic hummus is at least worth a shot! I truly love it, too! And I always feel better after eating it that the others 🙂 (on a physical level, because real talk : those other dips make my soul super happy lol).

  8. this looks great! I love homemade hummus!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Christine! It’s one of my favorites!

    • Bree
    • August 5, 2016

    YUM! Hummus is something we eat regularly in our house, so this is definitely something I would try to make!

    1. Reply

      Yay! You should totally go for it, Bree!!

  9. Reply

    Yum! I hate a raw garlic taste in hummus – this looks divine!

    1. Reply

      It’s so much easier to eat roasted garlic! The mellow flavor is to die for!

  10. Reply

    Roasting the garlic brings hummus to a whole new taste adventure. Great and easy recipe

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Candy!!

  11. Reply

    We just finished our store-bought hummus last night. Perfect timing! I can’t wait to make this. Pinning.

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Maggie! It is NEVER a bad idea to have hummus on hand – especially when it’s hot outside!

  12. Reply

    I’d say your love for garlic is super healthy! It’s actually a holistic antibiotic (though normal antibiotics are perfectly good as well!!!!)

    1. Reply

      Brianna, you are seriously an angel for making me feel like I’ve made a fairly healthy decision! It is insane how much I love garlic – I’m so glad you approve and give me a reason to!! Thank you!!

  13. Reply

    Garlic is the greatest thing in food. I love this recipe! Hopefully I don’t smell too bad after i eat the whole tub of it! Haha 🙂

    1. Reply

      Haha, right? It’s worth hibernating for a day or two! 😀

  14. Reply

    I, too, share this unhealthy love of garlic. I will be making this soon!

    1. Reply

      Awesome, Taylor! A dinner is not complete without garlic. I think it just runs through my veins at this point 🙂

  15. Reply

    Wow! That looks so doable! I’ll have to give it a try.

    1. Reply

      It really is! I hope you do get to try it soon!!

  16. We love roasted garlic! And we make our own hummus too so this is perfect. And anything with a clean-up difficulty of 1 is a win in my books 🙂

    1. Reply

      Haha. Hey, it’s rinsing out a food processor and calling it a day! 😀

  17. Reply

    Hummus is one of my healthy go to items, but I’ve never made it because I don’t have a food processor. Can I use my Ninja blender?

    1. Reply

      I’m sure you could! I use my Nutri Bullet for a ton of things I shouldn’t – you should be absolutely fine using your Ninja blender!! (Yours is so much more useful than mine!)

  18. Reply

    haha same here! I LOVE garlic! I also have never roasted a head, maybe it’s time? YUM!

    1. Reply

      Yes! You should do it! You’ll be so surprised by how easy it is … and you’re going to looooove the way it makes your kitchen smell!

  19. Reply

    Hummus is one of my favorite go-to dishes and as a garlic fanatic I must try this! I can almost smell it through the pictures!

    1. Reply

      Yes!! That makes me super happy! I hope you try it soon!

  20. Reply

    Roasting the garlic makes such a huge difference in flavor! I do the same thing with tinfoil… and sometimes just it the garlic straight up like that! Lovely recipe.

    1. Reply

      It is amazing how different the flavor is! I’ll have to try it with the garlic just straight in the oven soon. Thank you for stopping by!

  21. Reply

    I love hummus, but have never made my own. I’ll definitely have to try this.

    • Shane
    • August 6, 2016

    I’ve never made homemade but this looks delectable! Pinning for our next gathering!

  22. Hummus is one of my faves! So good, and this looks amazing!

    • Angelle
    • August 6, 2016

    I am definitely trying this. You make it look so simple.Thanks!!


  23. Reply

    Roasted hummus is what I was looking for. It looks amazing from the photos , I really want to try your recipe.


    1. Reply

      Thank you!! It’s super easy, too. I hope you get to try it!

  24. Reply

    YUM! Anything with garlic is good with me 🙂

  25. Reply

    Wow! Amazing pics and amazing post. Gotta try this soon.

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Aish!! I actually made this again yesterday (trying to make a video). It was just as good as I remembered! Hope you get to try it!

    • Sara
    • August 11, 2016

    Looks Delicious!! Will have to try!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Sara! I hope you do!

  26. Reply

    I am a huge fan of roasted garlic hummus ! Thank you for sharing this recipe with us.

  27. Roasted garlic hummus is my favorite, I make it all the time. Try throwing in a 1/2 an avocado, makes it creamy with a delicious taste, like a guacamole garlic hummus 🙂

    1. Reply

      This sounds AMAZING. I absolutely have to try this soon. Thank you for the tip, Kari!! <3

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  29. Reply

    This is right up my alley! Easy and includes garlic! Thanks for sharing!

    • candy
    • September 12, 2016

    Tahini really puts this over the top, need to make this soon.

  30. Reply

    Mmm… I love roasting garlic and adding it to mashed potatoes, but never thought to make my own hummus (which I LOVE!). Thanks for this recipe – I can’t wait to give it a try!

  31. Reply

    YUMMM! I can’t get enough of garlic either! Homemade hummus is better than store bought, I swear. There’s just something about it. Definitely pinning this recipe for later! 🙂

    x Kathryn

    1. Reply

      I totally agree! Homemade hummus is absolutely awesome. And it’s pretty easy to make, too. Thanks for stopping by!

  32. Reply

    I’ve only tried tried hummus once and it was the store bought kind. I loved it though so I can’t wait to try this homemade recipe and see if it tastes better;)

  33. Reply

    I love hummus and can’t wait to try this one! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    1. Reply

      My pleasure, Flavia! Thank you for checking it out!

  34. Reply

    Roasted garlic is the BEST! I always use some in my hummus, but I love the idea of just loading one up with a ton of it!

    1. Reply

      Right? What could possibly go wrong?? lol!

  35. You had me at roasted garlic but I’m excited that it’s incorporated with hummus makes me super excited to throw a party – for one! All for me!

    1. Reply

      Hahaha. That sounds like an AWESOME party! That’s what I did the last time I made this… :\ Like, really. It was wonderful.

  36. Reply

    I love hummus! This looks awesome and will be a great idea for a party with pita chips.

    1. Reply

      My favorite food to eat with hummus! I love pita chips!

  37. Reply

    This looks like it is packed with flavor!!

    Jenna from

  38. Reply

    I’m with you – I could eat a whole head of roasted garlic spread on toast, I love it so much. I love your hummus recipe – yum!

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