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Sneaky Snack Attack: Ranch Meets Hummus

Got a kid who won't eat their beans? They'll find this dip irresistible. (Just don't tell them what's in it.)

mixed dried beans close-up

Photo: Roger Smith (Flickr)

What's not to like about these little guys?

Easy And Sneaky

Confession: I don’t always tell my oldest what’s in the food he’s eating. See, he detests legumes of all shapes and colors. In his mind beans are evil!

So when I serve up this healthy and flavorful dip, I keep the garbanzos secret. He doesn’t need to know — it’s not like it’s hurting him.

It shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes and a trip to pantry to put this one together.

Ranch Hummus


  • 2 15 ounce cans of garbanzo or white beans, mostly drained
  • 1 tablespoon tahini paste
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground pepper

Cooking Directions

  1. Put everything in a food processor and pulse until desired consistency is achieved.
  2. Refrigerate for a few hours so the flavors have time to mingle.
  3. Serve with veggies or pita.

Heather Tallman

Heather Tallman is a Bloomington native, freelance writer and mother to 2 busy boys. She is also a food writer for her local newspaper as well as the creator of Basilmomma, a cooking blog. She writes about her culinary hits and misses and all of the life that goes along with it. Her goal is to create fast, fresh and family-friendly meals that teach her children and others that creating meals from farm to table is not only attainable but easier than you think.

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