Weight Watchers Hummus without oil is a healthy alternative to traditional regular hummus recipes. This lightened up version of the traditional Middle Eastern dish is great for guilty free dipping.
We love hummus in our house. I’ve found that hummus is a filling and satisfying snack that keeps me from craving unhealthy treats. I also love to include hummus in many Weight Watchers-friendly recipes.
Hummus is a great swap for mayonnaise, sour cream and other high fat ingredients that you are trying to replace. I’ve found hummus to be the best alternative because it still packs all the flavor without the fat from the tahini and oil.
Weight Watchers Points for Hummus
Hummus is 2-3 points per serving of 2 Tablespoons on WW Green, Blue, and Purple Plans.
Our fat free WW hummus is:
WW Green – 1 point
WW Blue – 0 points
WW Purple – 0 points
What is Hummus?
Hummus is a traditional middle eastern spread that is made of mashed chickpeas, olive oil, tahini, and lemon juice. The consistency can vary depending on how much oil you add or how long you let the mixture sit for. Weight Watchers Hummus is similar to regular hummus but has no oil added to it.
What Ingredients Do I Need to Make this Recipe?
One of my favorite things about making this homemade hummus is that it requires simple ingredients that are most likely already in your pantry.
To make this Weight Watchers hummus you will need
- can of garbanzo beans
- lemon juice
- garlic powder
- smoked paprika
This recipe is also…
- naturally gluten-free
- Whole Food, Plant Based (WFPB)
- Vegetarian and vegan
- great for WW Blue, Green, and Purple plans
What Should I Eat with Weight Watchers Hummus?
The options are endless when it comes to serving this hummus. I like to dip fresh vegetables like carrots and celery sticks. Sometimes, I dip pita chips or baked pretzels. I have even been known to use this hummus without tahini recipe as a spread for my favorite sandwiches and wraps at lunch or dinner time. (Click here for a list of the lowest point WW crackers.)
I also liked to use hummus as an oil-free salad dressing by thinning it with a little water, and I also enjoy spreading hummus on a baked potato. (Try air-frying slices of baked potato and spreading with hummus for a delicious healthy appetizer.)
How Long Does Weight Watchers Hummus Without Tahini Last?
In order to keep your hummus fresh, you will need to store it in the fridge. As, with all fridge storage, make sure to keep your hummus in an airtight container. Hummus will last in the refrigerator for up to a week as long as it’s stored properly.
Can I Freeze This Oil-Free Hummus?
Yes, hummus can be frozen. Frozen hummus will keep its original flavor for up to three months if kept in a tightly sealed container.
Just a side note about freezing hummus. I find that hummus that has been frozen will change textures slightly. If you do not mind texture changes then freezing your hummus will work well for you. Giving the hummus a strong stir before serving and after thawing will help with these texture changes.
What is Aquafaba?
Aquafaba is the name of the cooking liquid that comes in a can of chickpeas. Many plant-based recipes use aquafaba to replace oil or eggs. In my experience, aquafaba is a great alternative to oil and it’s a good sub for eggs in Weight Watchers shakes and smoothies, too.
Click here for 50 plant-based recipes for weight loss to find more recipes that use aquafaba.
Are Chickpeas Healthy?
Yes, chickpeas are very healthy for you. They provide a source of protein and fiber to help keep you fuller longer. Weight Watchers Hummus is low in calories, but provides much needed nutrients and protein. This leaves you with a healthy but filling dip or spread.
Do I Really Need to Heat the Chickpeas First?
Yes, it is best to heat the chickpeas before putting them in your immersion blender. This softens the outer skin of the bean and makes for easier blending. By heating your garbanzo beans first, you will get a smoother hummus.
Are Chickpeas and Garbanzo Beans the Same Thing?
Yes, chickpeas and garbanzo beans are the same thing. Garbanzo beans is the most common name used and that’s what I’ll be using in this Weight Watchers hummus recipe.
This is the perfect dip for Weight Watcher friendly snacks. It has such great flavor with very few Weight Watchers Smart Points. I hope you love this Weight Watchers Hummus as much as I do.
How to Make Hummus
Gather all the ingredients needed to make your Weight Watchers hummus.
Then, drain your garbanzo beans. Be sure to keep the liquid that you remove from your beans (called aquafaba) because you will need it.
Add all ingredients to a blender or use an immersion blender and blend until desired texture is reached. If necessary, add more aquafaba.
Heat beans and aquafaba for 3 minutes in microwave. Stir. (Heating is the secret to a fat-free hummus that is creamy and smooth!)
Taste the hummus and adjust seasonings as needed. Then, cover and refrigerate for one hour or more to allow flavors to blend.
Serve as a dip for pita chips or raw vegetables. Hummus is also delicious as a sandwich spread. Thin with a bit of water and use as a salad dressing or topping for cooked whole grains or baked potatoes.
Most of all, enjoy this hummus guilt-free as part of your weight loss diet.
Weight Watchers Hummus without Tahini or Oil
- 1 can garbanzo beans 15 oz, do not drain
- 6 T aquafaba (reserved liquid from can of beans)
- 3 T lemon juice fresh if possible
- 1/2 T garlic powder
- 1/2 T cumin
- 1/2 T paprika smoked, if possible
- 1 tsp salt optional
- 1/2 T turmeric
- Drain garbanzo beans, keeping liquid to use in recipe.
- Heat beans and aquafaba for 3 minutes in microwave. Stir. (Heating is the secret to a fat-free hummus that is creamy and smooth!)
- Add all ingredients to a blender or use an immersion blender and blend until desired texture is reached. If necessary, add more aquafaba.
- Taste the hummus and adjust seasonings as needed.
- Cover and refrigerate for one hour or more to allow flavors to blend.
- Serve as a dip for pita chips or raw vegetables. Also delicious as a sandwich spread. Thin with a bit of water and use as a salad dressing or topping for cooked whole grains or baked potatoes.