I love it when weelicious moms email me to ask if I can figure out how to recreate a pre-made food they love from the grocery.

Not too long ago, a mother wrote that her daughter adored Trader Joe’s White Bean Basil Hummus and could I help her figure out how to make it homemade. Hummus is very easy to make, but figuring out the exact flavor proportions of a particular recipe can be tricky. I played around with this one for a while, adding a little of this and a little of that, until I thought I came up with the perfect balance. Then, I ran around the house with a handful of spoons making my whole family do a blind taste test to decide which one was better. It was unanimous_ the homemade version won hands down.

Sure, it may be a lot easier to simply buy a tub of your favorite hummus at the grocery, but after tasting this smooth and creamy version I bet you’ll agree it’s worth the time (and money!) to make it on your own. Thanks for your requests, readers!


White Bean Basil Hummus

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Author: Catherine McCord
Total Time 2 minutes


  • 1 Can Cannelini or Northern White Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 Cup fresh basil
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp tahini
  • 1/2 Tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 Cup olive oil



    Sodium: 150mg | Fiber: 3g | Calories: 140kcal | Fat: 9g | Protein: 5g | Carbohydrates: 13g
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    About the Author

    Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


    1. A quick version I made is:
      Puree 1 lg. can white beans and 1/3c. Kirkland (COSTCO) Pesto (in the jar).. Add 1t.. lemon juice. Yummmm.
      PS: you can freeze the pesto sauce in ice cube trays and freeze them in a zip-lock bag for future use!

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    5. I can no longer get this hummus at Trader Joe’s and it was my favorite. I looked for recipes and came across this one. I just made it and it’s delicious! It’s better than Trader Joe’s. Thank you!!!

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