Low Calorie Healthy Hummus Recipe

  • Servings : 7
  • Prep Time : 5m
  • Cook Time : 0m
  • Ready In : 5m

Hummus (or houmous!) not only tastes great, but it’s packed with protein, healthy fats and soluble fibre – making it a superfood in my opinion!


Making your own hummus is a great way of not only saving money, but cutting calories too (handy if you’re trying to lose weight!). Swapping your regular hummus for this low calorie healthy hummus will save you over 100Kcal and 10g fat per 50g serving and it really is simple to make too!


And for more information about calories check out these stats (and by the way – I’m not demonising ‘calories’ in any way – it’s just that if you are able to save a few hundred here and there then it really does make weight loss easier OR it means you can eat twice the amount!!) .. Per 100g:

  • Shop-bought regular hummus = 332 calories
  • Shop-bought reduced fat hummus = 252 calories
  • Nic’s Nutrition’s hummus = 125 calories


Hummus is the perfect starter or dip/accompaniment for nibbles or falafel.. and here is my recipe!



  • 1 tin chickpeas* (240g drained)
  • 1 heaped tbsp (20g) tahini - creamed sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup (105g) low fat natural/plain yoghurt
  • 2 chopped/crushed garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt (essential!)

OPTIONAL: 1 tsp cumin or paprika or 1 tbsp olive oil

*Keep some of the chickpea water for a smoother consistency. You could also try swapping 1/2 of the chickpeas for white beans (cannellini beans) for a slightly different taste/texture.


Low calorie hummus recipe



Step 1

Put the chickpeas, tahini, yoghurt, garlic, salt, lemon juice and any optional extras such as roasted red pepper or cumin into a food processor or blender*

Step 2

Blend! And if you would like a smoother hummus then add 1-2 tbsp of the chickpea water at a time until you reach your desired consistency.

Step 3

Serve with raw carrot batons or toasted pitta bread and enjoy!

*I use [this blender] from Sage! 



Low calorie hummus recipe

Low calorie hummus recipe


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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Calories

    66 Kcal
  • Carbs

    5.9 g
  • Protein

    3.6 g
  • Fat

    2.7 g

Recipe Comments

Comments (20)

  1. posted by Yvette on May 10, 2013

    Would this recipe work with plain soya yoghurt, if we don’t want to use dairy yoghurt?

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on May 10, 2013

      Hello! Yes it would but it will taste differently of course 🙂 You could omit though and just use more tahini!

  2. posted by em on June 16, 2013

    throwing a birthday bbq this weekend and going to try this hummus recipe…i’ve never managed to make a hummus which wasn’t either too garlicky or too lemony or with too much tahini…been through a few tins of chickpeas!! so will give this a go 🙂

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on June 16, 2013

      OOOh you’ll love this one guarenteed 🙂 Enjoy!! xx

  3. posted by kagsema on July 6, 2013

    Yum! Yum! Yum! I love hummus but rarely eat it as it’s so calorific, so I was really interested to try this recipe and I made it using Alpro soya plain yogurt. I tasted it prior to the addition of salt, and yes, deffo needs salt! I found I only needed to add 1/2 tsp salt because after I had added ground cumin, it was just perfect! Next time I won’t blend it so much or add all the yogurt though, as it was a bit too smooth for my liking. Look forward to experimenting with different flavour combos – Big thumbs up Nic! x

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on July 6, 2013

      Hi Kagsema, thank you so much for your comment and fab suggestions – I really appreciate it! Yes I think the soya yoghurts are a little runnier than other yoghurts so good idea on using slightly less next time. The salt really helps to bring out the flavour hey! Enjoy your hummus!! xx

  4. posted by Jo Sharp on September 9, 2013

    So quick and easy to make! I added sundried tomato puree then at the end for serving I added a little chilli olive oil and walnuts and loved it! (tip: make sure to drain the chickpeas and add the water only if needed.. 😉

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on September 9, 2013

      Hehe thanks for your great comment Jo! And I love the pic – going to upload it now! xx

  5. posted by Lyndsey R on September 22, 2013

    Hi Nic

    Would you use greek yoghurt for the yoghurt or would it be too thick?
    Thanks! x

  6. posted by Juliet on July 14, 2014

    How much would a serving weigh in grams or in tbs?

  7. posted by Janet on August 21, 2014

    Hi Nic, I have struggled to find a healthy hummus recipe I like and now I have found one. Yippee! I do however think 1tsp of salt is too much for us as we gave up adding salt to food for health reasons a few years ago. The first batch I made as directed and found it far too salty. I have just made another batch and tasted it without salt and you are right you do need some salt. I tried 1/4 tsp but felt that was not enough but 1/2 tsp was just right. Thank you for this great recipe.

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on August 22, 2014

      Aw that’s great to hear – thank you for letting me know, I usually just add a pinch!

  8. posted by Sophie Heppell on March 9, 2015

    Can you replace the tahini with anything?

  9. posted by Maria on August 20, 2016

    What is the serving size? 1 tablespoon, 2? Please help!! Greetings from the US!

  10. posted by Debbie on January 15, 2017

    I made this with Greek yogurt and added some lemon juice and crushed cumin. Still wanted a little something more so added some freshly ground carroway seeds. Yum! Thank you for this healthful, tasty, low-cal hummous inspiration. Brilliant! Glad to have discovered you by reading my new favorite magazine: Superfoods.

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on January 16, 2017

      Aw that’s amazing to hear Debbie – love your additions and welcome!! xx


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