Easy Vegan Oil-Free Hummus Recipe

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Making your own hummus is quick, easy, and will save you loads of money over time (especially if you eat hummus as frequently as I do). I’ve stopped buying tubs of hummus at the store for the most part and instead will whip up a batch in my food processor whenever I need more. This homemade hummus recipe will truly change your mind about buying pre-made packages.

Hummus is traditionally made with a huge amount of olive oil—something like a ¼ cup! Today I’m excited to share a classic hummus recipe that is just as good but without any added olive oil. (If chickpeas are not your thing, make sure to check out this white bean hummus recipe!)

Perfect Pairings For This Homemade Hummus Recipe

In all honesty, we think hummus is delicious with everything! But, if you’re rushing around and out of ideas, here are our all-time favorites. They’re all temptingly tasty and fun.

  • Break Out the Bread: Super soft pita bread, sliced seeded bread, and breadsticks are the best. Any or all of these would work well with this mouthwatering hummus. This vegan bread guide is a great resource!
  • Tons of Tortillas: You don’t have to stick with flour tortillas to go with this recipe. Try corn tortillas or tortilla chips of all shapes and sizes. So satisfying!
  • Vats of Veggies: Pretty much any bite-sized vegetable would be yummy with this beany dip. You can choose traditional choices like baby carrots, broccoli, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and peppers, but how about out-of-the-box vegetables such as thinly sliced radishes, chunks of red onion, or cool jicama as well?
  • Don’t Forget the Fruits!: Yes, it may seem like a slightly strange to include fruits, but some types actually go great with this savory recipe. Try strawberries, pear or peach slices, dates, dried apricots, or apples?

Oil-Free Hummus Recipe

Author: Michelle Cehn
5 from 8 votes
This oil-free hummus recipe is delicious with pita chips, on toasted bread, in wraps, or scooped up with carrots and other chopped veggies. Enjoy!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6


  • ½ cup tahini
  • juice of one lime
  • 2 cans chickpeas, aka garbanzo beans
  • ¼ cup chickpea brine
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • salt to taste, about 1 teaspoon
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • olive oil, paprika, and chopped parsley for garnish (optional)


  • In a food processor (ideal) or high-powered blender (such as a Vitamix), add the tahini and lime juice and blend together for one minute.
  • Add the remaining ingredients (chickpeas, chickpea brine, garlic, salt, and cumin) and blend until creamy (at least one full minute).
  • Plate in a serving bowl and using a spoon, spread some waves in the hummus. Drizzle with olive oil (optional) and garnish with paprika and chopped parsley. Enjoy!


  • This recipe is made without added oil in the hummus, although of course there is some oil in the tahini, even though it’s just ground up sesame seeds!


Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 100mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.03g | Vitamin A: 16IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Side
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Keyword oil-free hummus, oil-free hummus recipe

My dad has been making homemade hummus since I was a little kid, so he joined me to make a video showing how to make it! Enjoy! 

Homemade oil-free vegan hummus with pita chips

Many thanks to my dad, Joel Cehn, for joining me in this video! If you want to see more videos with my dad, you can check out our “Dad Makes His First Tofu Scramble” recipe video here

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Vegan Oil-Free Hummus recipe and photos by Michelle Cehn. Recipe and photographs copyright of World of Vegan™, all rights reserved. Article edited by Amanda Meth. Please note that this article contains affiliate links which support our work at World of Vegan!  

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Recipe Rating

  1. Tonya Perry says:

    Thank you so much I have been having so much trouble trying to figure out what to eat but you got me and I thank you

  2. Sarah Koller says:

    5 stars
    I have tried other oil-free hummus recipes, and I don’t usually like them as much as the typical oil-laden versions. This one is perfect and my new go-to for homemade hummus.

  3. 5 stars
    Hummus is super easy to make, I used to buy it until I made it once and realized how much I could save in amount made and money 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Love it!!!! This hummus looks sooo good!!

  5. Beatriz Buono-Core says:

    5 stars
    This oil-free hummus is a staple in our house! The perfect snack for three hungry boys 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    The best hummus you’ll ever try! I always wondered why you needed to add oil in (and, sometimes, on top) of hummus. Without the oil, it tastes just as good…or even better! The tahini and garlic gives the recipe juts the right flavor, texture and richness. SOOOO good. Don’t just take my word for it. Make it today! 😀

  7. 5 stars
    I have made this many times and it is delicious. No oil needed, at all, and it is not missed. This hummus is creamy and rich and is so much better than any I have ever purchased. I like to sprinkle parsley and smoked paprika on the top for a colorful presentation and some added flavor. I am a big garlic lover and the 2 cloves of raw garlic works for me!!

  8. 5 stars
    This made me wonder why I ever dumped so much oil in my hummus before! This is JUST as good! Yum.

  9. 5 stars
    This hummus recipe is so easy and delicious! I’m big on adding a bit of roasted garlic to mine.

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