(Serves 2 to 4)
1 cup soaked and sprouted garbanzo beans *
1 garlic clove, chopped
1/4 cup raw tahini
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Juice from 1/2 small lemon
1/4 cup chopped kalamata olives
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
1. Combine beans, garlic, tahini, olive oil and lemon juice in a food processor. Process for 1 to 2 minutes, or until smooth. Add olives and basil, and pulse to mix well.
2. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, and cayenne pepper, if desired. Serve with carrot and jicama sticks, strips of red bell pepper, and raw flax crackers for dipping.
*To sprout garbanzo beans, place in a large glass jar, cover with filtered water, and soak for 24 hours. Drain, rinse and return to jar. Place the jar on its side and let stand overnight. Rinse beans once more and refrigerate.