Small Batch Hummus

This rockin’ roasted red pepper small batch hummus is a great speedy (and healthy!) snack to serve with pita and veggies.

small batch hummus snack plate with roasted red peppers, pita bread, and vegetables

Small Batch Hummus

I don’t always need a large party-sized mountain of hummus. Especially when I just want a little bowl to serve with a mezze style grazing board for the three of us or if my other half is travelling and it’s just me snacking on the hummus.

So today let’s make some snack-sized small-batch hummus!

You’ll need one can of chickpeas and some other hummus essentials like jarred roasted red peppers, olive oil, tahini, cumin, sea salt, a small lemon, and a clove of garlic.

For an optional topping and flavor boost, you can add sweet paprika, smoked paprika, or cayenne pepper for a spicy twist!

I love that this recipe uses mostly pantry staples. Instead of shelling out $4 for a tub of hummus I can make it for less at home, exactly when I need/want it, and with ingredients I already keep on hand.

If you’re new to making hummus tahini may be the only ingredient you need to pick up special, but you can also make it at home using sunflower seeds, salt, and oil. Tahini is totally on my list of things to try making this summer. I’m excited!

Hummus Dippers

One of the best parts about making hummus is serving it with a mountain of healthy dippers! Here are some tasty options for you to choose from. Mix and match your favorites!

  • carrot sticks
  • cucumber sticks or slices
  • fluffy pita bread or pita chips
  • sweet mini peppers or bell pepper slices
  • celery sticks
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower

So what are you waiting for?! Grab your ingredients and dippers and meet me in the kitchen to make this easy peasy small batch hummus!

bowl of small batch roasted red pepper hummus with cucumber, pita, carrots, and sweet mini pepper dippers

Small Batch Hummus

This rockin' roasted red pepper small batch hummus is a great speedy (and healthy!) snack to serve with pita and veggies. Recipe yields 4 snack-sized servings.
5 from 2 votes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Small Batch Hummus
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons


  • 15 oz (1 can) chickpeas drained with liquid reserved
  • 2 TBSP reserved chickpea liquid (aquafaba) plus extra 1-2 TBSP as needed
  • 1 clove fresh garlic
  • ½ cup roasted red pepper strips (approx. 3.5-4 oz)
  • 1 small lemon juiced to yield 2 TBSP lemon juice
  • 3 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ½ tsp ground cumin plus extra to taste
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp sweet paprika, smoked paprika, or cayenne for topping


  • Drain the liquid from one can of chickpeas into a bowl, we will use the aquafaba to thin the hummus. Set aside.
  • Peel, smash, then mince one clove of fresh garlic.
  • Measure out 1/2 cup or 3.5-4 ounces of roasted red pepper strips. Finely chop and set aside 2 TBSP of chopped red pepper for topping the hummus.
  • Measure out all remaining ingredients for speedy hummus assembly.
  • Using a high-powered blender or small food processor, add lemon juice, olive oil, tahini and 2 TBSP of aquafaba. Add drained chickpeas, garlic, roasted red pepper, cumin, and sea salt.
  • Secure the lid of your blender/processor and blend until smooth. Press down or scrape down ingredients as needed. If the hummus is too thick, add extra aquafaba or plain water (1 TBSP at a time) blending between spoonfuls until desired creaminess is reached.
  • If you'd like to taste test at this point, you can opt to add extra lemon juice as well for more lemon flavor. Additional cumin and salt may be added if you would like to amp up the flavors even more.
  • Spoon into a bowl and top with chopped roasted red pepper. Drizzle with a little extra olive oil (optional) and sprinkle with choice of seasoning: sweet paprika, smoked paprika, or (spicy) cayenne pepper.
  • Enjoy with all your favorite dippers!


Serve with your favorite hummus dippers! Some of my favorites are carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, pita wedges, sweet mini peppers or pepper slices, celery sticks, broccoli, and cauliflower.
Hummus Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed based on choice of dippers and enjoy!


Calories: 202kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Sodium: 266mg, Potassium: 301mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 134IU, Vitamin C: 16mg, Calcium: 61mg, Iron: 3mg
meal prep hummus snack containers with roasted red pepper hummus, sweet mini peppers, cucumber sticks, and carrot sticks

This tasty hummus is dairy-free, vegetarian, vegan, and ready in under 15 minutes! Skip the optional pita dippers and you have a snack that is gluten-free and grain-free too. This healthy snack checks a lot of boxes and is totally meal prep friendly. Woot!

Q: How long is homemade hummus good for?

Much like other leftovers and prepared foods, hummus will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days. Since this is just a small batch, it’s enough for a single snack session for a few people (6 small servings total) or to prepare a 2-3 larger or 4-6 smaller “meal prep style” snack boxes that you can store in the fridge for grab and go snacking.

Q: What else can I serve with hummus?

The options are endless! I love adding a dollop of hummus to a veggie-packed grain bowl like my Vegetarian Power Bowls or Greek Quinoa Bowls.

It’s also a fantastic addition to a Mezze style grazing board like my Hummus Platter or as the star of a Veggie Tray. This easy roasted red pepper hummus makes a wonderful spread for sandwiches like my Garden Veggie Chickpea Salad Sandwich or even on top of veggie burgers!

T-Rex options include adding this flavorful hummus to a Greek Style Chicken Gyro or to a big bowl of Chicken Shawarma Quinoa.

Jenn Laughlin Peas and Crayons Author
About The Author:

Jenn Laughlin

Hi! I’m Jenn and I’m here to help you eat your veggies! It’ll be fun, painless, and pretty darn delicious as I teach you to plan your meals around fresh, seasonal produce with a little help from healthy freezer and pantry staples.

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  1. 5 stars
    This was perfect! I am the only one who eats hummus and so I didn’t want a huge batch. Glad I found this recipe.