Spicy Sriracha Lime Hummus & Baked Pita Chips

Sriracha Lime Hummus and Baked Pita Chips

One of the quickest and most satisfying snacks I can make is hummus. Seriously, I could (and sometimes do) eat hummus with a spoon. It’s just the perfect dip. Chickpeas/garbanzo beans have numerous health benefits which make them great to snack on over, say, most processed/prepackaged snacks. They’re nutrient dense, full of insoluble fiber, and are a great source of protein. The protein content, about 6-7g per 1/2 cup in the Trader Joe’s canned garbanzo beans, if you’re a herbivore or just have difficulty incorporating protein into your diet. Here are some links that rave about the greatness of garbanzo beans if you’re interested: World’s Healthiest Foods, Medical News Today, HuffPo, and Heal With Food. There are so many things you can do with chickpeas but I especially love making hummus.

Ingredients for Hummus and Pita Chips

There’s something great about a spicy hummus. It gives raw vegetables, sandwiches, salads, buddha bowls, and pita bread a little extra kick and flavor. Pita chips are my favorite and I could probably eat an entire bag in one sitting, with or without dip. I find that, personally, buying pita bread and cutting it into a size I like and baking them to my preferred crispiness is not only cheaper than buying chips (sometimes), but a lot more satisfying. I like them best when they’re sort of soft in the middle and crispier around the edges. I think this makes them feel more melty than crunchy which is what I prefer. There’s a restaurant we have here in the DC Metro area (I know there are some in CA as well but I don’t know where else) called Cava Grill and, I swear, they have the best pita chips. Not too crispy, not too soft. While my pita chips are not like theirs at all, they bake theirs in house and I just do not have the time, the satisfaction of spicy hummus on warm pita is all I need.

Sriracha Hummus and Baked Pita Chips

Sriracha Hummus and Baked Pita Chips

This hummus is incredibly simple. You can omit the tahini if you don’t have it and I don’t think it would make much of a difference. Before Trader Joe’s began selling tahini, it was either too difficult to find or too expensive for me to buy. You can make your own tahini (recipe from TheKitchn) but I find it’s much more time efficient for me to buy instead. Of course, tahini (sesame paste or sauce) has numerous nutritional benefits as well, including being another source of protein. I won’t bore you with the nutritional facts but here’s an article from Mind Body Green with the highlights. 

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Quick and easy spicy sriracha lime hummus with warm baked pita chips. Perfect for snacking or for lunch!
Spicy Sriracha Lime Hummus & Baked Pita Chips
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings
Ingredients
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings
Ingredients
Spicy Sriracha Lime Hummus & Baked Pita Chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Rinse Chickpeas, reserve some of the liquid. Pour everything into a food processor or blender and blend/pulse until desired texture.
  3. Brush olive oil, basil, salt, and pepper mixture onto pita bread (top and bottom, inside as well if using pita pockets). Cut into triangles.
  4. Bake for 5-8 minutes until desired texture
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