Is Hummus Vegan?
So… is hummus vegan? Yes, hummus is 100% vegan if we are talking about “traditional” recipes here. Since going plant based a few weeks ago in an effort to heal from autoimmune disease, hummus has been something I’ve been making almost every day! That sounds like a lot of hummus, right? Well, we are a family of six and everyone loves it! Hummus has actually been a perfect go-to snack when I’m looking for extra protein.
I often eat it with a variety of veggie sticks- carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, and sometimes kalamata olives. It’s also great to have with a salad. Since I have celiac, I can’t eat it in a wrap, sandwich or with crackers but that is also very popular. My kids love to eat it with naan!
How Is Hummus Vegan?
So, how is hummus vegan? Here are the ingredients:
1-2 cloves of garlic
You’ve probably noticed a variety of flavored hummus at the grocery store. Flavored hummus has become really popular, and yes most of them are also vegan. (I can’t speak for all of them, so be sure to double check the ingredient label!) Most of them, however, have veggie or herb additions such as parsley and garlic, jalapeno, or red pepper. Personally, I love to sprinkle my own recipe with cilantro and/or parsley.
My Go-to Hummus Recipe
As I mentioned, hummus has become a staple of mine since becoming plant-based. If you’re thinking about going vegan, have just become vegan or are just looking for a great hummus recipe try mine below. YES, it’s 100% vegan and delicious. It’s also super simple, and inexpensive for the ingredients. I’ve already listed out the ingredients above, so all you really need to do is strain your chickpeas, give them a good rinse, and blend everything together in a food processor until smooth. If you have a Vitamix you can make hummus in that, though I do recommend a Cuisinart food processor. Using a Vitamix or blender does work, but it takes a lot longer. The blades get a bit stuck as the hummus is usually too thick, and you have to continually stop the blender, mix the hummus around with a spoon, and then turn on the blender again for just a few seconds. It’s a slow going “stop-stir-go” type of process which is tedious. It works and the hummus tastes great, but it does take more time and a bit of patience!
My Vegan Hummus Recipe
- 1 Food processor (or can work in a Vitamix blender)
- 2 15 oz Cans Chickpeas/garbanzo beans
- 1/3 Cup Tahini
- 1/4 Cup Warm water
- 1/4 Cup Olive oil
- 1 Tsp Salt
- 2 Cloves of garlic
- Juice from 1 lemon (2 lemons if you like it a bit more lemon-y!)
- Strain and rinse the chickpeas.
- Add all ingredients into your food processor or blender (see notes above if using a Vitamix blender), and mix until smooth, about 4-5 minutes.