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Houmous (tahini-free)

A delicious sesame seed-free houmous recipe, ideal for using as a dipping sauce for finger foods.

Many babies love the strong flavour of hummus - but many hummus recipes contain tahini, which is made from ground sesame seeds. Sesame can be highly allergenic and many parents prefer to avoid it altogether for the first year at least - so here's a tahini-free recipe to help you create hummus for baby!
This recipe is suitable for babies happily feeding themselves, as it makes an ideal dip for vegetables or pitta bread. Chickpeas (or Garbanzo beans) are legumes, with the potential to cause gas/wind in babies, so you may wish to wait until your baby is a little older before giving him hummus if he has a delicate tummy.

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4 oz of chickpeas dried (or Garbanzo beans)  
a pinch of ground cumin   
1 clove garlic, crushed   
2 tsp of lemon juice  (optional)  
1 tsp of olive oil   

Cover the chickpeas in cold water and soak overnight.
Drain, then place in a saucepan and cover with fresh water. Cook until tender (1- 1 1/2 hours)
Drain, reserving the cooking water.
Place the chickpeas in a food processor along with the other ingredients and puree well. Slowly add a little of the reserved cooking water and continue to puree until you reach the desired consistency.