Why Vegans Love Hummus (And You Should Too)

black bean hummus and carrots
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When you go vegan, learning what staple foods go well with your diet is essential to maintaining a nutritionally-balanced diet. Hummus is one vegan staple that allows some versatility in your diet that is healthy for you. Because hummus is available in so many flavors and can be used in a variety of ways, it has become a very popular food among vegans. Here are just a few reasons why vegans love hummus and you may too.

1. Cost

Hummus is cheap and easy to make at home. If you've got some garlic, a blender and a can of chickpeas (or any kind of white beans, really) you're halfway there. What's more, it is readily available in most grocery stores, in a variety of flavors, and comparatively speaking, is very reasonably priced in most cases.

2. Convenience

Hummus is not only mobile, it's convenient. You can eat hummus on the run, and it doesn't necessarily need refrigeration. Many a vegan road trip has been sustained by veggies, pita bread and hummus picked up in Mayberry towns across the midwest where little else may exist that's vegan. Also, you can turn it into a vegetarian sandwich or wrap pretty easily. And of course, you can eat hummus with a spoon.

3. Easy to Eat 

Hummus can be eaten with your hands. Just grab a cracker, pita bread, a carrot stick or bell pepper strip and you're ready to eat hummus. Ok, so maybe this isn't a benefit for everyone, but for foodies who enjoy the sensual aspect of eating, dipping pita bread into hummus using your hands is a lovely experience. Also, this is a bonus if you're eating on the run.

4. Nutritional Value

Because hummus is largely made up of chickpeas, it's a great source of protein. By now, most vegetarians and vegans should know that they don't really need to be concerned with getting enough protein, but still, hummus has got it.

5. It's Vegan Safe

All forms of hummus are vegan, and in some cases, even raw. This means hummus requires no label reading. Hummus is one of the few guaranteed-vegan things you can find just about anywhere.

6. An Array of Flavors

Hummus comes in a variety of different flavors! At the grocery store, you can find everything from garlic, black olive, artichoke, thyme, and spicy jalapeno hummus just to name a few. Homemade, the flavors are endless! Roasted red pepper is my current favorite.

If you are up to making your own hummus, here are more than a dozen varieties of hummus recipes to completely blow your mind and your tastebuds. Enjoy!