I created this recipe because I had too much basil left over from another recipe. It turned out fantastic and now it's on my list of favorites. You can substitute the tahini (roasted sesame paste) for almond butter, it will give it a nice, full nutty flavor. I serve it as an appetizer with oven roasted vegetables. To make the chickpeas easier to digest, I soak them in water for about 10 minutes and then remove their little skin. It takes a while but really is worth it if you have a sensitive stomach.