Hummus is a traditional middle eastern dip made from chickpeas and tahini that is now enjoyed globally all around the world. There have been many variations and creations of the beloved spread but the question we ask ourselves today is, is hummus vegan?
This is what we will be discussing in this article along with how hummus is traditionally made, the controversial vegan ingredients you may find in hummus, and which hummus brands are safe to trust when following a plant-based diet.
What Is Hummus?
The famous and ever-popular middle eastern dip is made from cooked garbanzo beans (chickpeas) and is usually mixed with a little extra virgin olive oil, tahini garlic, and salt. It is traditionally garnished with a drizzle of olive oil, parsley, and a few whole chickpeas, and sprinkled with paprika. For serving it is commonly enjoyed with warm homemade pita bread.
Hummus is without a doubt a vegan fridge staple, the creamy chickpea spread is protein-packed and can be used in so many different recipes. I don’t know about you but I love hummus with a passion and I’m not shy to admit that I can easily devour an entire pot of the stuff in one sitting.
Now that hummus is a product enjoyed globally and found in almost every single supermarket, there have of course been many variations of flavors concocted of the popular spread. Some of my personal favorites are:
- roasted red pepper
- caramelized onion
- black beans
Is Hummus Vegan?
Traditionally, yes! Hummus is made with 100% vegan ingredients.
For vegans, hummus is great for meals because it’s healthy, versatile, and easy to make from scratch if you desire. Chances are if you’re a beginner vegan, hummus is one of the first things you will turn to and grab to add to your basket.
But if you’re someone who has been vegan for a while now, I’m sure you’re familiar with getting caught out by certain brands adding in animal products when it’s clearly not needed and ruining it for us plant-based eaters.
Classic hummus will most likely always be vegan friendly but watch out for certain brands and different flavors that may require the addition of an animal product in the ever-popular spread.
There is a list of ingredients that have always been up for debate amongst the vegan community on whether they are vegan or not.
On the subject of hummus, you will want to look out for any palm oil or sugar added to the spread. With palm oil being the destroyer of the orangutan habitats, some vegans don’t go near it and animal bone char is used to refine white or brown sugar, these two ingredients are a deal-breaker for strict-vegans out there.
Is Raw Hummus Vegan?
Raw hummus is made from sprouted chickpeas and is prepared in a way that eliminates all the enzyme inhibitors making it a much more nutritious hummus to consume and enjoy, but is it still vegan?
Popular Hummus Brands
Sabra is a popular hummus brand with an extremely wide range of flavors, but is sabra hummus vegan we ask?
The answer is both yes and no, according to the Sabra website only some of their flavors are vegan and some are vegetarian such as caramelized onion, Greek-inspired, taco-inspired.
We definitely like this one.
If you would like an entirely vegan-friendly hummus brand then Hope is a great choice, as stated on their website all of their products are vegan and the same goes for Lantana as well.
Frequently Asked Questions
In a word, yes! Traditionally and generally as a food category hummus is considered vegan-friendly to consume.
It is not clear if all of Boar’s Head hummus flavors are vegan but their classic and red pepper hummus flavors are.
Most of the time yes it is, although it would be advised to always check the label to see if any dairy ingredients are used other than just cocoa powder to make it chocolaty.
Yes! According to their website, all of Hope’s hummus products are vegan. They have a great range of classic and flavored hummus spreads to enjoy.
Yes! According to their website, all of Lantana hummus products are vegan. They have a wide and colorful range of products to enjoy, they even have a vegan dark chocolate hummus which is to die for!
Yes, the pretzels that come with Sabra hummus are vegan and safe to consume on a plant-based diet. Just make sure the hummus that it’s paired with is vegan, as well as not all of their flavors, are vegan friendly.
Yes, Sabra red pepper hummus is vegan and safe to consume on a plant-based diet. Not all Sabra products are vegan friendly though so check the label when trying out new items from them.
Trader Joe’s has many vegan-friendly hummus flavors including their classic organic flavor and organic spicy avocado hummus. It is not certain whether all of the flavors are though so be sure to check labels when purchasing.
Yes, Aldi’s Simply Nature hummus is vegan-friendly and safe to consume on a plant-based diet. It is also organic and Non-GMO.
Yes! Sabra chocolate hummus is vegan and safe to consume on a plant-based diet.
Yes! Sabra roasted pine nut hummus is vegan and safe to consume on a plant-based diet but not all Sabra products are vegan friendly though so check the label when trying new items from them.