I am a huge lover of houmous, I absolutely love it. A few crudités or a cheeky packet of crisps and I am in heaven. My favourites are red pepper or jalapeno. However, on Slimming World the syns are just so high!

Co-op Roasted Red Pepper Houmous, 1 level tbsp. – 2 syns on all plans

Waitrose Roasted Red Pepper Houmous, 1 level tbsp. – 2 syns on all plans

Sainsbury’s Roasted Red Pepper Houmous, chilled, 1 level tbsp. – 2 syns on all plans


So… I came up with a plan…. I would make my own houmous, then I would know exactly what went into it and would be able to make sure it wasn’t so high in syns! My first attempt ended up in the bin as I used raw garlic cloves and the taste was just too strong and bitter and left a horrible after taste but with a little bit of trial and error I came up with this beauty:



1 Large can of chickpeas (in water/brine)

2 sweet red peppers, cut in half and deseeded

3 cloves of garlic, peeled

salt, pepper, paprika

1 tsp. Quark

1 tsp. Lemon juice



Preheat the oven to 200C, spray a baking tray with Fry Light, place the sweet red peppers and garlic cloves on the baking tray and place in the oven for 12-15 minutes until soft.

Drain the chickpeas and place in a bowl with the quark, lemon juice and seasoning. Add the now slightly roasted garlic and peppers and then using a hand mixer blitz into a smooth paste. Taste and then if necessary add a little more seasoning to personal taste.

Really simple, really easy and even better it’s syn free on Green and Extra Easy! Kept in a sealed container it should last at least a week in the fridge although in reality it will probably only last me a day or two!