We recently demonstrated how easy it is to make your own CBD-infused olive oil so it only seems appropriate that we offer you recipes calling for olive oil; that way you can see your final product in action while reaping the benefits that could be realized from a healthy concoction of olive oil and cannabinoids.
And speaking of health, hummus is not only a trendy and popular side dish for lunches and dinners, it is brimful of benefits that can aid you in your wellness journey, such as:
- Allergy-Free – hummus is one of those rare dishes that is dairy-, gluten-, and nut-free, making it the perfect appetizer or side dish for nearly everyone
- Bone Health – two main ingredients, chickpeas and tahini, are famous for their calcium-rich profiles that contribute to healthy bones
- Cancer Prevention – most beans, including chickpeas, have three compounds (phytic acid, protease inhibitors, and saponins) that can protect cells against cancer damage
- Fights Anemia – both chickpeas and tahini are excellent sources of iron, which is known for delivering oxygen to red blood cells and alleviating anemia
- High Fiber – not only can it help prevent heart disease but the fiber is excellent in aiding digestive tract regularity
- Lots of Protein – an essential building block for the human body, proteins can benefit blood, bones, muscles, and skin
- Lowered Cholesterol – beans are known for offering our body a variety of nutrients, all of which can lower cholesterol
- Rich in Antioxidants – only cave-dwellers these days are unaware of the importance of consuming foods rich in antioxidants
- Weight Loss – the tahini included in hummus is actually a sesame seed butter that is teeming with monounsaturated fats that promote weight loss and eliminate belly fat
Enhancing a classic hummus recipe by incorporating both CBD and kief is a natural and sensible way to further boost the potential wellness benefits this Middle East spread already delivers, so let’s not spend time debating the merits of such an approach and instead learn how to make homemade CBD-Infused and Kief-y Hummus.
CBD-Infused and Kief-y Hummus
With hummus, you are working with a classic vegan dish that most people love regardless of their dietary leanings. And you have surely seen plenty of variations on the classic recipe, such as roasted garlic, roasted red pepper, extra spicy, ad infinitum, so no one should raise a fuss about a new taste sensation that also brings its own therapeutic value. Actually, everyone should raise a fuss, a very excited and happy fuss, about this enhanced hummus recipe.
Please note we recommend you use a small blender for the creamiest results. Also, keep in mind that you can determine the texture of your own hummus recipe; some people like it thicker than others and that aspect is easily managed by the amount of olive oil used in your version. Obviously, you are advised to start with less olive oil and gradually add more until it reaches your desired texture.
You can keep it covered in the fridge for a few days, but it will lose some of its moisture; that can be easily remedied by adding a little more olive oil and manually stir it into the remaining hummus spread until it returns to its preferred consistency.
- ½ cup of dry garbanzo beans OR 1 can (15.5 oz) garbanzo beans
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 tablespoon of garlic (chopped or minced)
- 1 squeezed lemon
- 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
- 2 tablespoons of tahini
- 1 teaspoon of decarboxylated Fern Valley Farms kief
- 3 tablespoons (or more) of CBD- and Kief-Infused olive oil
Preparing Garbanzo Beans
There are two common methods of preparing your garbanzo beans for this hummus recipe, which we call traditional and fast. In either case, the goal is to have softened garbanzo beans with their skin removed for the smoothest and creamiest hummus texture possible.
Soak ½ cup of dry garbanzo beans in a bowl overnight (between 8 and 14 hours). Be sure to add enough water that they are fully immersed; they will triple in size as they soak up all that moisture.
Once fully soaked and engorged with water, drain and rinse the beans. Then add them to a large pot with the beans covered with water (between 2-3 inches), bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer for 1 to 1½ hours (depending upon desired softness).
To save time, some people use a pressure cooker, InstantPot, or microwave for the final cooking process. Times will differ depending upon the method you select, so be to consult Google for more specific guidelines.
Open a 15.5 oz. can of organic garbanzo beans and pour into a strainer. Rinse the beans clean of the juices from the can.
For either method, you will have a smoother and creamier texture by removing the skin from the garbanzo beans. One skin-removal shortcut is to place a handful of garbanzo beans between two damp paper towels and gently roll the top towel back and forth; this loosens most of the skins but care must be taken not to crush the beans in the process.
- Place rinsed and skinned garbanzo beans into a small blender (3-quart capacity recommended).
- Sprinkle the salt, garlic, and cumin over the top of the garbanzo beans, then pour the lemon juice over it to soak everything into the beans.
- Next spoon the tahini over the top of the beans.
- Finally, in a small bowl, whisk together the kief and olive oil until it is a smooth consistency. Pour over the mixture in the blender and cover it.
- Start with a high-speed blend; you will soon see how thickly the hummus is forming and can add more if you want to thin it out.
- After about a minute, move to low-speed; it should be diluted enough that the unblended remnants of the garbanzo beans are not sticking to the sides of the blender but are instead slowly swirling towards the center and being pulled down to the blade. This is also an excellent time to check the consistency of your hummus; if it’s too thick, keep adding squirts of olive oil, letting it absorb, and then observe the change in texture for about 15 seconds. Remember, you can always thin out your hummus but it’s impossible to thicken it back up without adding unwanted extra ingredients, so be patient.
- Once you’re satisfied with the consistency of your hummus, transfer it to an attractive serving dish and luxuriate in a healthy appetizer spread!
Preparation Tip: By planning ahead, you can let the bare garbanzo beans absorb the rich flavors from the cumin and kief, along with the earthy tang from the CBD-infused olive oil by soaking them together for an hour or two in advance of the final preparation. When you’re ready to complete your hummus, throw this soaked mixture into your blender and add the remaining ingredients (salt, garlic, lemon juice, and tahini). Then jump to Step 6 and finish up the recipe.
Creative Culinary Note: Feel free to vary the quantity of some of the ingredients in this recipe to better please your individual palate. For instance, you can double the garlic (or more!), increase the amount of tahini, and boost the cumin for sharper, more distinct flavors. If you want more lemon flavor, try some zest from the lemon peel to avoid adding too much moisture to your recipe. Of course, you can always add pepper and other noticeable spices during the blending process.
Snazz Up Your Hummus!
You already have an awesome and unique hummus spread before you, but there’s no reason to stop there. A popular embellishment for your already delicious hummus is the hummus snobar, which tops your spread with toasted pine nuts and other tidbits, along with a liberal slathering of CBD-infused olive oil. In the classic version, a shallow bowl is used and the hummus is spread about the bowl so there is an indention in the center; it mimics the bowl shape with a broad rim of hummus that is populated with roasted pine nuts and can be further garnished with paprika, sliced cucumbers, avocado pieces, carrot strips, and other delightful flavor additions. The indented center holds a liberal amount of CBD-infused olive oil which can be soaked up by bread pieces dipped in the hummus.
Of course, you can always roast red peppers, garlic, or onions to add extra pizzazz to your taste buds.
Finally, this hummus makes an amazing spread for sandwiches; instead of mayonnaise, use hummus and really make your sandwich come live with new and healthy flavors. Here is one of our favorite, ultra-healthy, extra-filling, and totally vegan sandwiches you can make in a snap:
- Pita (or other pocket-type) Bread
- Sliced Cucumbers
- Shredded Carrots
- Pine Nuts
- Avocado (mashed is best)
Simply slice your pocket bread in half and open them up. Spread your hummus generously inside both halves of the bread slices; then add your sprouts, cucumbers, carrots, and pine nuts. Finally, spread the mashed avocado across everything to hold it all in.
Then, open wide!
Of course, you can accomplish the same thing with two slices of any nice wheat bread, but pocket bread is just so cool and always seems to hold more than your standard open-air sandwiches where it seems to so readily ooze out the sides.
We think you get the point. Hummus is versatile and now even healthier, thanks to its new and intimate relationship with CBD or CBG!
Measuring the Cannabinoid Potency of Your Hummus
As always, we want to offer you a rough measure of how many cannabinoids will be included in your CBD-infused and kief-y hummus creation. There are two ingredients being used that need to be measured: your decarboxylated kief and CBD-infused olive oil, so we will tackle them one at a time.
Gauging Decarboxylated Kief Potency
Our in-depth article, Decarboxylation Demystified, can run you through the process of calculating decarboxylated kief potency in greater detail, but for this article, we’ll give you a quick and rough estimate. For our example, we selected Super Sour Space Candy kief, with a 20% CBD content before decarboxylation.
After decarboxylation, there would be about the same amount of activated CBD content, 20.11% per gram. We are using 1 teaspoon of decarboxylated kief in this recipe which weighs roughly ½ gram. Therefore, we have added about 100mg of CBD to our hummus recipe (20.11% of 1 gram equals 201.1mg; we used half that amount – 100mg) with our decarboxylated kief.
Gauging CBD-Infused Olive Oil Potency
Next. let’s calculate our CBD-infused olive oil potency. As you already see from the recipe, the amount of olive oil called for in the recipe varies depending upon the consistency you want for your hummus. However, since our recipe recommends at least 3 tablespoons of olive oil, we will calculate that amount. This will establish the minimum CBD provided to your recipe through olive oil.
We will again refer to Decarboxylation Demystified to jump to a rough but fair (likely within 10%) estimate of the CBD content of your CBD-infused olive oil. In the simplified example that we offered when performing the calculation, we used ½ ounce of Super Sour Space Candy shake/trim which resulted in an estimated potency of 50mg per teaspoon.
Since there are 3 teaspoons per tablespoon and you are working with a minimum of 3 tablespoons, you have at least 450mg of CBD from the olive oil used in your hummus recipe.
Now add that other 100mg of CBD from the kief and that super-healthy hummus concoction is teeming with more than 550mg of CBD!
Do keep in mind that you have about 1½ cups of hummus when all is said and done, an amount you are not likely to consume in one sitting. However, if you have three friends over for hors d’oeuvres and libations, each person would get over 130mg of CBD while they are gobbling down the most unusual and delicious hummus they have ever experienced.
If ever there was the perfect refinement to the longstanding and popular trend of providing hummus at any significant social event, it is offering a CBD-infused and kief-y hummus for those culinary adventurers seeking more ways to improve their health while exploring savory new territories.