Instant Pot: Garlic Hummus

Who else is looking for healthy snacks? After the holidays (and the previous year of snacking more than usual), I'm slowing getting back into a healthier groove. My favorite snack lately has been fresh veggies dipped into garlic hummus. The best part? I've made the garlic hummus in the Instant Pot, saving me some money from buying pre-packaged hummus. 

This recipe calls for dried garbanzo beans. The garbanzo beans do not need to be soaked before cooking. However, if you prefer soaking the beans, you'll want to reduce the pressure-cooking time to 30 minutes.

Instant Pot Garlic Hummus


Makes 12 servings

Cook time: 40 minutes, plus 30 minutes for pressure release

Prep time: 10 minutes


1 ¼ cup dry garbanzo beans

6 cups water

4 cloves garlic, divided (2 just peeled, 2 peeled and minced) - add more for heavier, stronger flavor

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

½ cup tahini paste

1/3 cup olive oil -  good quality adds a lot of flavor 

1 ½ teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon cumin

Optional topping ideas: chopped roasted red peppers, caramelized onions, pesto, crumbled feta cheese


Pour the beans, water, and two of the garlic cloves (peeled) into the Instant Pot. Cover with the lid and set the vent to sealing. Set to high pressure for 40 minutes.

Once the garbanzo beans are finished pressure cooking,  allow the pressure to release naturally for 30 minutes; the beans will continue to cook during this time.

After all the pressure has released, open the Instant Pot. 

Reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid to add to the hummus later. 

Remove the cooked garbanzo beans and garlic from the Instant Pot and strain off the excess water.

To a blender or food processor, add tahini paste, two cloves of garlic (peeled and minced), and the lemon juice; puree until smooth.

Add half of the cooked beans, 1 tablespoon of the reserved cooking liquid, and about half of the olive oil; blend until smooth.

Add salt, cumin, remaining beans and the remaining olive oil; blend until smooth.

Top with optional toppings before serving if desired.

Taste the hummus and adjust the seasonings. If the hummus is too thick, continue adding more of the cooking liquid until your desired consistency is reached.

Pour the hummus into a serving bowl and top with olive oil and smoked paprika as garnish if desired.


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