Hiking Food : Dehydrating Hummus

Of all the meals that I plan for the bush, the one that I always struggle to feel inspired by is lunch.

For the times when I’ve been busy in the week and can’t be bothered to plan too hard, I’ll go for my ‘standard’ of a small foil packet of salmon or tuna, some rice crackers and cheese. After 10 years, this gets pretty boring, especially if you’re on an extended walk of 4 days or more.

Recently, (after being inspired by reader Bernie Boo in a comment) I decided to experiment with making my own hummus at home and dehydrating it. All I can say is, “yum”! Sure, you can buy commercially made dehydrated hummus, but why bother when it’s so cheap, tasty, quick and easy to make your own.

Staples in my pantry

Staples in my pantry


  • 400g can chickpeas (drain & rinse)
  • 2-3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 tbs tahini
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp lemon rind
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup fresh coriander
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Sprinkle of smoky paprika
  • 60ml water (or enough for good consistency)
  • 100ml olive oil
Wizz until consistency right

Wizz until consistency right

Basically, I just chucked everything except the oil and water into the blender and wizzed it until the consistency was good, then just drizzled in the oil/water until it was smooth and lump free.

Then it was simply a matter of spreading out the dip on the dehydrator flat tray (or use aluminium foil to make your own inlays for the ‘holey’ trays) and dry until crumbly like kitty litter.

The time it takes will depend on a variety of factors like the power of your dehydrator and the humidity in the air. Mine took about 8 hours during a Sydney Winter’s day.

Spread out thinly on inlay trays

Spread out thinly on inlay trays

Don’t forget to use the other trays for drying other savoury items at the same time. I dried some red capsicum (peppers) to go with the dip!

Dehydrating Hummus Dips

Rehydrated Dip – Ready to go!

When it’s finished, pop into portion sized ziploc bags, label and store in the freezer for your next outdoor adventure.

Then at camp, simply add water to the bag and squish/squeeze it around to rehydrate and enjoy with crackers or whatever takes your fancy!

I’m so excited by the outcome that I’m now going to experiment with dehydrating some babaganoush (eggplant dip) and a few other combo’s to keep the variety up.

TIP: Before putting into the ziploc bags, put the dehydrated hummus through the blender again to reduce it to a fine powder. This will help it to rehydrate quicker with a smoother consistency.

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  1. Bernadette says

    Well I can certainly agree that dehydrated hommus is an absolute winner out on the track. It makes lunches so much more interesting. I have a few friends that have adopted this wonderful treat. Just a reminder where the idea came from for your blog (see comments from your first dehydrating blog). Although I must admit that I got the hommus idea from a fellow bushwalking friend Michelle who is the absolute queen of dehydrating and has the most creative ideas I have ever seen.

    • says

      ABSOLUTELY Bernie! Oh, I am so sorry, I couldn’t remember when I did the post who had suggested this and it didn’t even dawn on me to check back. All glory to Bernie! Thanks again, it really was delicious and totally made me look even more forward to lunch than ever before… If that was possible.

      • Bernadette says

        Thanks for the correction, I will use your recipe though, sounds good. I love baba ganoush and will be interested in how it turns out for you. I created more work with the hummus as I am using dried chick peas. Soaked overnight and into the pressure cooker for about 15 minutes (1.5 cups water to 1 cup soaked chick peas and a half teaspoon of salt). Normally cooking chick peas can take hours to cook in the normal way, the pressure cooker is brilliant. Going to Green Gully in two weeks and I think everyone is bringing dehydrated hummus!

  2. Mary says

    After you dehydrate the hummus and you put it in the blender to the next stage……………………how long can you store it in zip lock bags? Can you store it in seal a meal bags and if so how long for this. I read something about the finished product having to go into the freezer? Hop you can help me. Mary

    • says

      Thanks for visiting the blog Mary! After I’ve turned the hummus to powder in the blender, I’ve chosen to put the whole lot into one airtight plastic container in the fridge. Then each trip, I simply scoop out single serves into individual ziploc bags and put them in my pack. I’ve had dried dips stored for up to 6 months in the fridge without any issues.

      If I’m dehydrating meals, especially those with meat proteins in them, then I will put them into the freezer in their ziploc bags.

      Hope that helps! Please come back and share your experience with the hummus.

  3. Taizo Murakami says

    Can you give an estimate of how many people this particular recipe could serve?
    I’m am wanting “camping” and “active lifestyle” portions for adults. Is the picture with the hummus in the plastic bag the final results?

    • says

      Hmmm, gosh, it was a while ago Taizo and all I can remember is that there was quite a lot!

      What I can tell you, is that recently I bought a 200g commercial tub of hummus and just dehydrated that. It made enough portions for 2 lunches for 1 adult (2 x 20g = 40g) lunch zip loc bags.

      The picture in the plastic bag is the final result, however please note that I added way too much water so you can see that it is quite liquid-ey. Best to add water slowly, smooshing the bag with your fingers, until you get a normal hummus consistency again. The picture above is a little more like hummus soup! 😉

  4. May says

    I am currently dehydrating hummus but I’m not sure how to tell if it is ready…any tips?? BTW, thanks for the post!!

    • says

      Great to hear that you’re giving it a go! I rub/crumble the dried hummus between my thumb and fingers and it should feel dry and crumbly all over. Sometimes, I have to remove the bits from the dryer that dry first and give it another burst until the last parts are also dried. Then, when you put it into the blender, it should turn into a fine dry powder. Good luck!

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