I've Tried Every Brand of Hummus and These 5 Are Out of This World
If you looked in my fridge at any given moment, you’d find about three different types of hummus stacked in the center. And while I enjoy snacking on hummus and veggies before the gym or as a pre-dinner nibble, I’ve also realized that it's a very resourceful product to have on hand each week—the options are endless! Lately, I’ve been adding a scoop or two to my Greek salads for extra protein and flavor. I’ve also experimented by schmearing a nice thick layer on some crusty toast with sliced avocados, a spritz of lemon, and a touch of red pepper flakes.
When I have the time (and enough ambition to clean the food processor), I like to make my own hummus using fresh herbs, garlic, lemon, and good quality olive oil. But even though mastering homemade hummus is fairly simple, I find that it never hurts to grab a container from the store.
Finding a delicious store-bought hummus with minimal additives isn’t always easy. Many brands include different types of oils and preservatives to extend the shelf life, which defeats the purpose of choosing hummus as a healthy snack in the first place. That’s why I set out to find some of the best hummus brands based on taste and whole ingredients. From using cold-crafting methods to farm-fresh vegetables, these few store-bought brands are just as appetizing as they are nutritious.
Treat your taste buds to organic traditional hummus or innovative flavors like Smoked Chipotle, Black Bean, and even Spicy Buffalo. There’s even such a thing as dessert hummus that tastes like brownie batter and cookie dough, and we are here for it.
Using nothing but fresh, raw ingredients, Ithaca Cold-Crafted tastes just as delicious as homemade hummus—you may even be able to trick your friends into thinking you made it from scratch. While I usually tend to gravitate towards more popular flavors like Fresh Lemon Garlic and Roasted Red Pepper, I’ve recently fallen in love with Ithaca’s more adventurous options like Fresh Lemon Beet and Smoked Chipotle hummus. Who doesn’t love a pretty pink treat or a bold, smoky snack? Ithaca Cold-Crafted also prides itself on using only the best ingredients possible, so you never have to worry about any artificial flavors or preservatives. They’re even soy- and canola-free!
Sourced from local farmers and vendors, Roots uses only the freshest produce and ingredients to make its perfectly creamy hummus. In fact, you can find all of the natural ingredients displayed right on top of the container. If you’re looking for something more basic, The Roasted Garlic Hummus—or “The Vampire Killer” as they call it—is rich and savory but not overpowering. The Black Bean Hummus has the perfect kick and is a great addition to tacos or a Mexican-inspired salad. And the Spinach Hummus might just be the easiest way to get some extra greens into your day. You can even choose from a variety of oil-free flavors if you’re interested in a lighter taste and fewer calories.
If you’ve ever grabbed a quick lunch at Cava, you already know how delicious and nourishing its products are. But did you know you can enjoy Cava hummus and dips in the comfort of your own home? Crafted in small batches in Washington, DC, and Culver City, Calif., Cava has created a line of mouth-watering hummus and spreads like Tzatziki, Crazy Feta, and Eggplant and Roasted Red Pepper. Want something mellow and tangy? Try the Caramelized Onion Hummus. Looking for a bit of a kick? The Spicy Hummus made with mild spices of harissa is a game changer. Even the Traditional Hummus is something to write home about.
Tired of eating boring, flavorless hummus? Well, Trader Joe’s has about two dozen options that are anything but ordinary. If you’re craving something light and refreshing, the White Bean and Basil Hummus is a must. It’s smooth and creamy, but bold in flavor. If you love something spicy, the Organic Buffalo Style Hummus is perfect for dipping carrots and celery. But my absolute favorite TJ’s hummus has to be the Spicy Avocado since it tastes so good with literally everything. The combination of mashed-up chickpeas and avocado with just a hint of lime is perfect on toast, in salads, and with sliced veggies and crackers. You might want to pick up a container of each kind to test out for yourself!
Delighted By Desserts
If you’ve never had dessert hummus, you should get your hands on a tub as soon as humanly possible. Who knew healthy, protein-packed chickpeas could disguise themselves as a Snickerdoodle Cookie or Edible Brownie Batter? Made with minimal natural ingredients, Delighted By perfected a guilt-free yet indulgent dessert hummus that’s perfect for any age. They’re also non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, and kosher. From pumpkin pie to red velvet, and even mint chocolate fudge, Delighted By Desserts is a great solution for a sweet but nutritious treat.
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This article originally appeared on RealSimple.com