Creamy hummus, with minced garlic, is an easy to make from scratch dip to serve as an appetizer with pita chips, pita bread or fresh vegetables.
You can also purchase dried chickpeas (garbanzo beans) to use- I do this all the time. Put the equivalent of 2 cans of beans (yeah, I "guess-timate") in a bowl of water and let sit overnight (this slightly rehydrates them and begins softening them). Then place them in a saucepan filled with water and cook them for approx. one hour on medium-high, till tender. Then add to recipe and proceed with directions.
Recipe can also be processed in a blender, if a food processor is not available.