Sriracha Hummus & Ninja Blender Giveaway!

Kick up your hummus with a bit of sweet and spicy in this easy-to-prepare Sriracha Hummus.

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When my husband and I married, we did what most people did. We registered for plates, utensils and kitchen gizmos without knowing anything about what we wanted. Most of what we requested on the registry was based on looks. It looks pretty. It looks nice. Blah. Blah. Blah. That’s how we ended up with our retro stainless no-frills blender. After a few smoothies, I realized how pathetic my new blender was. Luckily, I didn’t use it much and I hidit in the cupboard.

Fast forward a few years and a few kids later and that pathetic blender is even more pathetic. Every time I made the kids a smoothie, the darn thing would get stuck and leak – from the bottom. I had to disassemble the pitcher and wash it after each use because the parts would get gross on me if I didn’t. It was a chore.

I got grumpy. I stopped using the blender. I started doing research on new ones. I published a cookbook. I forgot about the new blender I needed. Then last summer my  kids repeatedly asked for smoothies and I hauled out the crummy blender and cursed at it. Oh yeah, my blender sucks.

Repeat grumpy cycle.

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So you can imagine my enthusiasm when the folks at Ninja Blender asked me if I wanted to try out their blender. Perfect timing! I figured ANYTHING was better than my old one.

Now, I’m sure you are thinking, “Why didn’t you just buy a new blender?”

Enter obstacle #1: My husband. He’s a mechanical engineer. If you have an engineer in your life, you feel my pain. The rest of you, you just don’t understand the hell I go through every time I buy something – anything – new. My husband analyzes it and picks at it to death. As someone who designs machines, I am always hearing about design flaws in some gadget or small appliance I happen to own.

So when the Ninja Blender arrived, my husband pulled it out of the box. I closed my eyes and braced myself. Hubby was quietly mumbling to himself. We were both expecting him to immediately inspect and report what was wrong with this new blender, yet I was shocked by his silence. Visually, it passed inspection. Hubby was eager to find  flaw, so he quickly washed everything and put the blender to use.

We started simple, with a simple smoothie for the kids. Holy Crap! This sucker is super powerful! What would take my old blender 3-5 minutes to blend, took my Ninja less than 20 seconds.

Let me repeat: LESS THAN 20 SECONDS.

“This is so cool!” Hubby cried out. I breathed a sigh of relief.

The Ninja has a big pitcher with these crazy blades. Also included are various smoothie canisters of different sizes. The 32-ouncer is the perfect size for mixing up smoothies for my 3 kids. The power that this thing kicks out is mind-blowing. It chops up ice and frozen strawberries in seconds. It’s 1300 watts of power will make you a believer, too!

For the past month we have been enjoying smoothies, piña coladas and countless other blended treats. My husband is totally in love with our new blender and is still in awe of how well it is built. He still giggles with excitement when he watches it work. Boys and their toys.

I was inspired to go beyond the smoothie and made this Sriracha Hummus with it.

Sriracha Hummus

Take your hummus to a whole new level with a kicked up hummus spike with sweet and spicy Sriracha Sauce. Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice


  • 17 oz garbanzo beans, canned, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 TBS water
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cilantro, dried
  • 1 TBS sriracha sauce
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil


  1. Purée until smooth in a food processor or powerful blender:
    • 17 oz garbanzo beans, canned , drained and rinsed
    • 1/3 cup tahini
    • 1/3 cup lemon juice
    • 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
    • 2 TBS water
    • 2 garlic cloves
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp cilantro, dried
  2. Spread hummus into a shallow serving bowl and garnish with:
    • 1 TBS sriracha sauce
    • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/2 tsp cilantro, dried
  3. Serve chilled or at room temperature.


Serving Suggestions: Serve with tortilla chips, bread or vegetables. Adjust the heat level to your own personal taste.

Prep Time:

Yield: Serves 8

And, I love my new Ninja Blender so much that I am giving one away to one of you!

Giveaway Time!

One lucky reader will receive a Nutri Ninja Ninja Blender, like the one pictured here. It’s retail value is $199.99 and it’s cool factor is immeasurable.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Congratulations to Anette, my lucky winner!


To enter the giveaway:

1. Leave a comment below telling me what you would make with your free blender. (This is necessary for the contest)

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2. Subscribe to my blog here AND receive my FREE Saffron Ebook.

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Disclosure and details: I received a Ninja Blender to review on my blog and to give away to one lucky reader. This giveaway is open to anyone who has a mailing address in either USA or Canada. One winner will be randomly selected via and will receive one Nutri Ninja Ninja Blender (value: $199.99). This giveaway ends on Friday, December 12th. The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. I was not compensated in any other way to write this post. All of the opinions I expressed here are my own. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t blog about it.

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77 Responses to Sriracha Hummus & Ninja Blender Giveaway!

  1. I was once married to an engineer and I never needed anything new because he would fix it. My washer had industrial controls on it as he was an instrumentation geek. He was clever but I wanted a new washer. 🙂

    Your new blender sounds really cool. 20 seconds isn’t a long time to make kids healthy in the morning.

  2. Eha at #

    Lovely hummus [which I eat by the bucketload] which I’ll unfortunately have to make in a far simpler blender than the Ninja residing on the wrong side of the Pond as I do!

  3. My father was an engingeer and so is my brother. I totally, completely, 100% get it.

  4. Holly W at #

    hahaha, I can TOTALLY imagine your husband doing that!

  5. Great story! My brother is an engineer, but I don’t have to live with him 🙂 I’m sold on the Ninja and am so happy to hear it’s engineer approved!

  6. My husband of many decades is a retired engineer and self-appointed kitchen analyst. I too deal with a slow, puny blender that frequently leaks from the bottom and have been put off by the cost of replacing it with a Vitamix. It sounds like I should investigate the Ninja line of products.

  7. I am married to an artist. Forget how things works, it better look good. LOL

    • ha ha! That’s hilarious! It’s broken but damn it looks good! I think that’s why I got my first blender. It was retro and cool looking.

  8. Soooo want to win a Ninja blender and make the hummus. P.s. Having trouble with your submit buttons. Already follow you on Twitter. Following Family Spice and Food Styling on Pinterest. Also already following Ninja Blender System on Twitter =)

    • Thanks for letting me know. I was wondering if this new widget was worth it or not. Going back to old-fashion comments. You are entered – thanks!

  9. shaunie at #

    I would have to say that I would love to make potato soup in it .

  10. shaunie at #

    Subscribed by email

  11. Adriana at #

    Our old blender can’t make ‘real’ frozen drinks – if we were to receive this Ninja blender the absolute first thing we would whip is batch of margaritas!

  12. Kat at #

    I would make a smoothie first. Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. Karissa at #

    I would make lots of soups! I’ve been living without a good blender for too long!

  14. Karissa at #

    I subscribed! Thank you!

  15. Dan at #

    I would make fruit and veggie smoothies!

  16. I would work on making more delicious recipes from scratch – your hummus looks amazing! crossing fingers!

  17. Natalie at #

    I would make a strawberry banana smoothie.

  18. Well, of course I want to make your Siracha hummus! And it would be great to have this to make green smoothies in the morning to help replace my morning caffeinated beverage…. you know the whole getting healthy thing!

  19. Tava at #

    Well there are no engineers in the house but the blender hasn’t worked in months because “we can just order a part for it” not even certain that the part is the issue since it doesn’t turn on to test the theory but alas I have had to leave blenders behind at the till on more than a few occasions because it gets spotted… argh – the very first thing I’d blend up is the most amazing chocolate mousse recipe that I’ve been craving since the exact moment the blender died since it was what I had planned to make when the blender made it’s horrible I’m sick of blending death sounds.

  20. Deb D at #

    My daughter is converting me to a more healthy/organic eating habit….so it would be smoothies for me for a start….this blender would help kickstart my conversion!

  21. Debbie Harkness at #

    Smoothies yum

  22. Kathleen at #

    I found your site while looking for the red velvet cake recipe using beets. I’m trying to incorporate healthier fare to aid my (and my husband’s) aging physique(s), attempting to please without sugar. I also can appreciate your engineering husband stories, but I must say, I love my husband’s wide skill set that comes with his engineering mind – so many solutions for so little cost. Being frugal as we may try, I love new things, but often find the sales pitch promises disappointing upon experience. However, the Ninja reviews I have researched do encourage me. Hence, I would love to use such a machine to again make my yogurt breakfast smoothies (using banana instead of sugar/honey), to incorporate veggies and grains for healthier smoothies recently seen on infomercials, to quickly purée beans and veggies to thicken soups, to make impromptu relishes and salsas to top panfried filets or to dip chips, and to quickly chop my onions, celery, and bell peppers for my pasta salads, tuna salads, chicken salads, egg frittatas, okay, everything I eat! Thx, Laura!

  23. Alice at #

    I’d love to have something to make smoothies (and perfect pina coladas!) in!!

  24. Alice at #

    subscribed via email!

  25. Sydney at #

    I think that Siracha Hummus might be first on my list to make!

  26. Taylor Closet at #

    I would make a veggie smoothie.

  27. Eileen Ford at #

    Ohhh I have been dying to upgrade with a Ninja! I have been making smoothies with my old Oster blender and attempted with another brand a friend gave to me – not that I am hiding the name – I just have no memory of what it was. But each time I make a healthy smoothie for my 8 year old or husband – they play the “Well, I tasted it” game. But when visiting the local small cafe shop that uses the Ninja – Always my 8 year old maked sure that smoothie is finished! Same exact ingredients: kale, banana, peanut butter & almond milk. It really makes a difference! The texture issue is very real for my child (yes he also has special needs). Please please please pick me! 😉 So I can make my child eat more of his fruits & veggie. He eats so very few, this would be such a great assist in balancing the diet of a child!

  28. Debbie G at #

    Well…obviously I’d make your Sriracha Hummus!

  29. Megan Funk at #

    I would use the blender to make so much PESTO!

  30. Megan Funk at #

    I would use it to make so much PESTO!

  31. Julianna V at #

    Hi Laura, I have a blender story too. My first blender was a Kitchenaid, which I purchased in the early 1990’s. It was a great blender until the motor burned up! The model was discontinued, so Kitchenaid didn’t repair or replace it. I purchased other blenders through the years, but haven’t met a “keeper” yet.

    I have heard great things about the Ninja and I have been considering it as my next blender (and hopefully, a keeper!). I happened to stumble across your blog today, so here I write. If I were to be so lucky to win a Ninja, the first recipe I would make is my favorite salsa, which is a delicious blend of tomatillos, lots of cilantro, garlic, onions, and spices. The second recipe I would make is your Sriracha hummus, because I love spicy hummus.

    I am looking forward to trying more of your recipes! Cheers to a beautiful holiday season!

  32. Lisa at #

    I would start with smoothies, but then the sky would be the limit with new recipes! I’d love to try a hummus recipe like yours! I’ve tried making hummus before. I went through the whole process starting with dry garbanzo beans. I’d definitely try again with a ninja blender!!

  33. Amanda Sakovitz at #

    I want to make chocolate smoothies!

  34. Amanda Sakovitz at #

    email subscriber

  35. Keegan at #

    Hi! I am also an engineer, and this blender was one I was considering saving up and purchasing. I am vegan, so to make vegan cheese sauce, or hummus (which is many vegans’ lifeblood), or a nice pesto, or smoothies, or vegan milkshakes, I need a blender, and the $10 mini-blender my roommate brought isn’t cutting it anymore. I think the first think I’d make is a simple smoothie to see the magic in it, but I’d definitely be making a vegan cheese sauce as soon as I can with it!

  36. Trish at #

    I would make green smoothies in this blender!

  37. Roya at #

    I agree with you Laura — the cool factor is 100%. I would love the Ninja! I would make the Hummus, smoothies, fresh gazpacho …. and I really, really, want to make my own chocolate-cashew butter!

  38. Annette at #

    I’d love to have this powerful blender and I’d make smoothies with it.

  39. Annette at #

    I subscribed via email.

  40. Annette at #

    I shared via Pinterest

  41. Keegan at #

    Also an email subscriber

  42. Trish at #

    I would absolutely love to win because I work long shifts and I always like to bring a soup or smoothie to hold me over until I get home! 🙂

  43. Trish at #

    I subscribed via e-mail!

  44. Thomas Murphy at #

    I would make a milkshake.

  45. Thomas Murphy at #

    I Subscribe to your email as rounder9834

  46. ceecee at #

    I’d make soup in the Ninja!

  47. Anne at #

    I would make a lot of soups for my grand-daughters!

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