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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Credit to Tasty Ingredients for 10 servings ½ cup sugar (100 g) ¾ cup dark brown sugar, packed (165 g) 1 teaspoon salt ½ cup refined coconut oil, melted (100 g) ¼ cup non-dairy milk (60 mL) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 ½ cups flour […]

Vegan Pear Upside Down Cake

Vegan Pear Upside Down Cake

  Vegan Richa Recipe Pear Upside Down Cake. This amazing Vegan Upside Down Cake needs just 1 Bowl and 40 mins. Use other fruits for variation. Vegan Nutfree Soyfree Recipe. GF option Makes 8 or 9 inch cake pan Course: Dessert Cuisine: American, Vegan Keyword: […]

11 Best Vegan Hummus Brands You Can Get In-Stores


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Lilly’s Hummus

Lilly's Hummus - Hand-Made Small Batch, Classic Hummus, Gluten Free, Vegan, Kosher, Non-GMO, Made with Organic Chickpeas, 2 oz Cups, 16 Count

This small batch, handmade hummus is some good stuff.

It’s gluten free, non-GMO, and made with organic chickpeas and tahini.

It has a very small ingredient list, so no extra additive or preservatives.

And it comes in four different flavors, all of which are available on Amazon with Prime.

It comes in small snack size containers so it’s perfect for on the go, or in a lunchbox or desk.

You can store this in the pantry but once you open it does have to be refrigerated.

If you’re using it for a snack though that’s practically unnecessary. Plus it’s one of the only shelf stable hummus brands out there.

The ingredients are as follows:
Chickpeas*, Olive Oil, Sesame Tahini*, Lemon Juice, Salt, Garlic, Citric Acid.
* Organic Ingredient
*Ingredients may vary from flavor to flavor

Hummustir Organic Fresh Hummus

Organic Fresh Hummus, Garlic & Cumin (Pack of 6, 12oz)
Now this one isn’t handmade per se, but it might as well be.

This hummus is unique because the top portion of this snack-sized treat is actually the tahini and spices, while the bottom portion is the chickpea puree.

So technically it kind of is handmade because you have to stir it up yourself.

That’s really cool because it ensures that your tahini stays flavorful and doesn’t get lost in the chickpea sauce.

This hummus comes in four flavors: Classic, Habanero, garlic and Cumin, and Garlic and Lemon.

All of them equally good, and all of them available on Amazon with the subscribe and save option at the time of writing.

So, if you get hooked on it you can save yourself a little coin by just continuously getting it delivered.

The ingredients are as follows:
Water, Organic Chickpeas, Organic Tahini (sesame), Sea Salt, Citrtic Acid, Organic Garlic, Cumin, Baking Soda
*Ingredients may vary from flavor to flavor.

Veggicopia Dips

Veggicopia Dips, Original Hummus in 2.5oz Single Serving Cups (Pack of 12), No Refrigeration Required, Perfect for the Office or On the Go Snacking
This is another snack size, single serving hummus dip that doesn’t require any refrigeration.

These have all natural ingredients, are gluten free, dairy free, and completely vegan.

There are only 90 calories a cup so if you want a snack that’s got some protein and will fill you up without all extras, this will do the trick.

These are also spreadable, so if you want to slap this on some toast in the morning or afternoon, or whenever you can.

This is also made by a small, family-owned company based in Chicago, so if you’re about helping out the little guy, these dips are one way to play your part.

This dip comes in two flavors, original and red pepper if you’re looking for a little spice.

They’re also available on Amazon with subscribe and save to help keep your tummy and your wallet happy.

The ingredients are as follows:
Chickpeas, Water, Tahini (Sesame Paste), Roasted Garlic, Garlic Powder, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Citric Acid, Sea Salt, Cumin, Toasted Sesame Oil, Paprika
*Ingredients may vary from flavor to flavor

Wild Garden Hummus Dip

Wild Garden Hummus Dip Traditional -- 10.7 oz - 2 pc
This shelf-stable hummus comes in a cute little jar.

Wild garden made a tasty hummus with a tiny ingredient list. It doesn’t contain any artificial preservatives, or any additives.

It does have to be refrigerated once you open it, but it’s so good you may just eat it all in one sitting.

It comes in four flavors: Traditional, Roasted Garlic, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Red Pepper if you’re feeling a little spicy.

This is pretty good quality for the price point and some of the flavors are even eligible for Amazon Prime, in case you just have to have it.

They also have this in a squeeze type tube that you can buy in bulk. So if you want a snack on this at your desk or wherever you don’t have to carry around the jar.

The ingredients are as follows:
Chickpeas, Tahini, Water, Sea Salt, Natural Spices, Citric Acid.
*Ingredients may vary from flavor to flavor

Sabra Classic Hummus

Sabra, Classic Hummus, 10 oz
This is a tried and true favorite.

You can get Sabra hummus almost everywhere so of all the brands on this list this would be the easiest to grab and go in the store if you’re looking for a quick snack.

It comes in loads of flavors, literally more than we can even count. And though they don’t broadcast their brand as being vegan they certainly are.

But it’s also gluten-free, and non-GMO, if those are important to you as well. These come in so many different sizes, ranging from snack to family.

They do have to be refrigerated so make sure you eat this fresh or store it in the fridge, not the pantry.

It does contain an additive to preserve freshness, but this is a large brand so that’s not surprising, as they need to keep the product fresh during transport.

The ingredients are as follows:
Cooked Chickpeas (Chick Peas (Garbanzos), Water), Tahini (Ground Sesame), Soybean and/or Canola Oil, Garlic, Salt, Citric Acid, Seasoning and Spices, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate Added to Maintain Freshness.
*Ingredients may vary from flavor to flavor

Majestic Garlic Sprouted Raw Garlic Hummus

Sprouted Raw Garlic Hummus, Majestic Garlic
This locally grown and made hummus comes from the hills out in California.

It has a cute little backstory that starts in a health cafe and ends with this delicious dip.

It comes in six different flavors, all of which are available on their website. It uses completely organic ingredients and has absolutely no preservatives or additives.

It comes in eight-ounce containers, which is fairly large for the price point.

It does have to be refrigerated so be careful not to ruin this goodness by leaving it out or accidentally putting it in the pantry.

And not for nothing, but this bad boy has won America’s Best Food Award six times, so they must be doing something right.

The ingredients are as follows:
Organic Garbanzo Beans, Organic Cold Pressed Olive Oil, Organic Safflower Oil, Organic Cold Milled Flaxseed, Organic Garlic, Organic Sea Salt, Milled Cumin, Lemon Juice
*Ingredients may vary from flavor to flavor

Roots Hummus Original

Roots Hummus, Original, 16 Oz
This hummus is one of the best out there.

It comes in a variety of flavors, nearly as many as Sabra, including an oil-free original in case you don’t want your hummus slipping and sliding all over the place because it’s too oily.

It also comes in different size tubes, but none of them are snack sized. Although, you’d probably eat 2 or 3 of the snack size so why not just buy the regular size anyway.

It averages about 60 calories per serving, which isn’t bad at all.

It is garbanzo bean based so it can be pretty thick as compared to chickpeas but that also means it has more flavor and a smoother texture.

The ingredients are as follows:
Garbanzo Beans, Safflower Oil, Tahini, Lemon Juice, Wheat-Free Tamari, Distilled White Vinegar, Cumin, Garlic, Black Pepper, Acacia, Celtic Sea Salt
*Ingredients may vary from flavor to flavor

Just Wholefoods Organic Hummus Mix

Just Wholefoods Organic Houmous Mix 125 g (Pack of 6)
This one is included because of its uniqueness.

It’s like a DIY hummus in a bag. All you have to do is add water, lemon juice, and vegetable oil and you’ve got yourself a hummus.

This is great if you really want the hummus in the go but also really fresh.

Just like Hummustir. It’s really inexpensive and one package makes about 18 tablespoons which is certainly a lot to snack on.

This way you can have hummus from scratch without all the mess and handiwork. It does only come in one flavor, but it’s tasty so that can be forgiven.

The ingredients are as follows:
Organic chickpea flour, organic toasted sesame flour, organic onion powder, sea salt, organic paprika, organic garlic powder, organic parsley, organic ground black pepper

Hope Spicy Avocado Hummus

Hope Foods, Spicy Avacado Hummus, 8 oz
If you want hummus but want to try a different flavor or texture, Hope has made the hummus for you.

Hope teamed up avocados and garbanzo beans to make this spicy avocado dream.

It has a smooth creamy texture and has the faint taste of avocados, and who doesn’t love that? It gets the spice from jalapenos, so it can linger a bit, and if you’re sensitive to spice I would suggest having a drink handy.

Hope also makes plenty of other flavors of hummus as well, including classic if that’s your cup of tea.

The ingredients are as follows:
Organic Garbanzo Beans, Water, Organic Avocado (Avocado, Citric Acid), Organic Tahini (Sesame Seeds), Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Jalapeños, Sea Salt, Organic Spices, Organic Garlic Powder
*Ingredients may vary from flavor to flavor

Eat Well Embrace Life Edamame Hummus

Eat Well Embrace Life Hummus Edamame with Red Pepper, 10 oz
Another really unique blend of hummus flavors.

This completely kicks chickpeas and garbanzos to the curb and uses edamame at its base.

This makes it smooth and provides a more refreshing taste that isn’t as heavy as chickpea and garbanzo hummus can be.

It has a little red pepper in there for spice.

The mix of the refreshing edamame and spicy red pepper makes this a light flavorful snack.

It doesn’t come in a snack size and does have to be refrigerated but the more the merrier in this case.

The ingredients are as follows:
edamame, non-GMO canola and extra virgin olive oil blend, water, sesame tahini, lemon juice concentrate, sea salt, garlic, citric acid, onion, spices, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate to maintain freshness.
*Ingredients may vary from flavor to flavor

Delighted By Brownie Batter Hummus

Delighted by Hummus Brownie Batter, 8 Ounce
This list would not be comprehensive without a dessert hummus and this is one to rival them all. Delighted By make four flavors of dessert hummus: Vanilla Bean, Snickerdoodle, Choc-O-Mint, and Brownie Batter.

How could you not be in love?

All of them are vegan, gluten free and non-GMO.

When you need your sweet fix and want something quick, a little snack and maybe not the whole cookie jar, Delighted by is here for you, times four.

The ingredients are as follows:
Garbanzo beans (chickpeas), coconut oil, water, coconut milk, organic turbinado sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, pure vanilla extract, cultured dextrose (all natural digestive enzyme), sea salt, nisin (all natural vegan culture)
*Ingredients may vary from flavor to flavor
Vegan Ricotta Cheese

Vegan Ricotta Cheese

Credit to Pasta Based Ingredients 1 cup slivered almonds 3.5 ounces extra-firm tofu (1/4 of a 14 oz block – pressed) 1/4 cup unsweetened soy milk 4 tablespoons unsweetened non-dairy yogurt (we used So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk Yogurt) 1 clove fresh garlic 2 […]

WHITE CASTLE LAUNCHES NEW VEGAN SLIDERS AT 377 LOCATIONS

WHITE CASTLE LAUNCHES NEW VEGAN SLIDERS AT 377 LOCATIONS

According to Livekindly , The “new new” vegan Impossible Burger Slider is now being offered at all 377 White Castle restaurants across the country, the chain announced today. The new patty, made by Bay Area startup Impossible Foods, is gluten-free and holds up better in restaurant preparations, according […]

Ditching Dairy? The Lowdown on Non-Dairy Milk — Plus a Look at 10 Popular Plant Milks

Ditching Dairy? The Lowdown on Non-Dairy Milk — Plus a Look at 10 Popular Plant Milks

 

According to SoulS Spring  Non-dairy milk comes from plants — like soynuts, seeds, or grains like oats or rice — instead of cows. And with dairy in decline, the popularity of milk alternatives is at an all-time high.

One of the first American advocates for soy milk was Henry Ford, who opened a soy milk plant in his Michigan research center in 1934.

Humans are the only species on earth that drinks milk after infancy, and we’re also the only one drinking milk from another species.

Soy milk didn’t really catch on, except for hippies, until near the end of the 20th century. That’s when headlines began announcing its benefits for preventing heart disease and cancer.

But an anti-soy movement quickly followed. People were convinced that soy stimulated hormones that cause breast cancer, which continues to be a misconception. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, “studies show that a lifelong diet rich in soy foods reduces the risk of breast cancer in women.”

The anti-soy folks made much of the fact that 90% of the soy grown in the US is genetically engineered and sprayed with toxic herbicides. That is a problem, of course. But GMO soy is primarily fed to livestock, and soy milk that’s certified non-GMO or that’s certified organic doesn’t have this problem.

The fear of soy, whether it was warranted or not, boosted the creation of other milk substitutes, which are now in nearly every grocery store and many coffee shops and restaurants. Plant-based cheeses, plant-based butter alternatives, and plant-based yogurt and probiotic drinks are now available as well.

4 Benefits of Non-Dairy Milk

1) It’s Cruelty-Free

Non-dairy milk comes from plants, not animals. No sentient being is harmed to make them, and no babies are taken from their mothers and turned into veal, either.

In contrast, industrialized dairy cows often lead miserable lives. Many never see a blade of grass. Most are impregnated yearly — and their babies are taken away until they’re around four years old, at which point they can no longer keep up with the demand and are killed to become hamburgers.

2) It’s Better for the Environment

The dairy industry has become an ecological disaster. Animal agriculture is responsible for 83% of total global agricultural land, yet produces only 18% of the world’s calories. It’s a leading driver behind the destruction of tropical rainforests. And cows are huge contributors to climate change. The methane they release is 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide in warming the atmosphere.

Dairy also uses a lot of water. Factoring in the amount needed to feed and raise cows, it takes 976 gallons of water to produce one gallon of milk.

3) It’s Healthier

Advertising for dairy touts it as a great source of calcium, protein, and vitamin D. And it does have these and other nutrients. But it also supplies an abundance of artery-clogging saturated fat, as well as hormones and antibiotics that are linked to an increase in disease.

Non-dairy milks have no reason to contain these. And when you choose organic, you avoid pesticides, too.

Cow’s milk is often fortified with vitamin D, but so are many non-dairy milks. Some non-dairy are fortified with additional nutrients too, such as essential minerals or Omega-3 fatty acids. Soy and almond milk are often fortified to match the nutrient content found in cow’s milk, without the hormones, antibiotics, cruelty, and ecological damage.

4) It’s Lactose-Free

Around 65% of adults worldwide have some degree of lactose intolerance. You become lactose intolerant when your body stops making lactase, the enzyme you need to digest the milk sugar lactose.

Is it possible that your body does this because you’re a grown-up, and you weren’t designed to be drinking milk anymore?

Among the first options developed for lactose intolerant consumers was Lactaid, which has lactase added. Today, non-dairy milks are naturally lactose-free options for people who don’t want to try to trick their body into digesting a food it wasn’t designed to consume after infancy.

10 Popular Dairy Milk Substitutes — And Considerations for Your Health

It’s wonderful that we have so many milk substitutes. And non-dairy milk offers a lot of benefits! But there are a few problems to watch out for.

Other than soy milk, many of the other plant-based milks have a common issue. To save money, manufacturers often skimp on the “base” product and use thickeners to keep the result from being overly watery. Then, they add “natural flavors,” synthetic vitamins, and sugar.

When choosing milk substitutes, remember that not all products are created equal. Things like the nutrition profile, ingredients, environmental impact, added sugars, and best uses differ significantly between varieties, as you shall soon see.

1) Soy Milk

Soy milk offers one of the biggest protein bangs for your buck, coming in at seven to 12 grams per cup. Some brands use highly processed soy protein isolate to achieve this, while others use whole soybeans. I prefer less processed foods, so favor the brands made from whole organic beans.

Soy milk is also often fortified with calcium and vitamin B12. Current research indicates that soy isoflavones lower cancer risk.

How to use it? Soy is great for baking, cooking, or drinking plain.

Note: If you want to avoid glyphosate contamination or GMOs foods, make sure to go organic with all soy products.

2) Almond Milk

Almond milk has less than a gram of protein per cup, but it boasts 50% more calcium than a cup of cow milk. Almonds are rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant good for your brain, blood, and skin.

Many commercial almond milks are pretty watery, only containing around 2% almonds, so I prefer making my own. And it’s great in smoothies!

Some people have raised concerns about the amount of water it takes to grow almonds. And this is a real concern, especially because water-stressed California grows most of the world’s almonds. It takes about 920 gallons of water to make one gallon of almond milk. That’s more than other varieties of non-dairy milks — but still, it’s no more than it takes to produce cow milk.

3) Cashew Milk

Cashew milk has unsaturated fats that are good for your heart, as well as anacardic acid, which may have anti-cancer effects. Cashews also contain lutein and zeaxanthin which benefit your eyes.

Cashew milk is creamy and makes a great base for soups, sauces, and oatmeal. Cashews use fewer resources than almonds and are grown in areas that are less stressed for water.

4) Coconut Milk

Coconut milk in a carton is a watered down beverage, different from the thick cream you find in cans for making many Asian dishes.

While coconut milk is rich in saturated fat, these are mostly medium chain triglycerides, which have mixed evidence when it comes to impacts on heart health. Coconut milk contains very little protein.

As for the environmental impact, coconuts can sequester carbon in soil, which is a very good thing. They don’t require much water, but for many of us, they may have to be transported from far-away tropical places.

5) Hemp Milk

Hemp milk has a buttery, nutty flavor. Hemp naturally contains calcium, so it doesn’t require the fortification that other milk substitutes might. However, many commercial varieties contain added thickeners and flavoring agents.

Hemp is fast-growing, resistant to many diseases, and needs little water. Hemp milk doesn’t fare so well in coffee, but it can be used in cooking, baking, over cereal, or in smoothies.

6) Quinoa Milk

Quinoa offers more protein and fiber than most other grains, is naturally gluten-free, and contains all the essential amino acids.

It’s also rich in iron, magnesium, and zinc.

Milk made from quinoa has a distinct flavor and is a bit nutty — good for cereal and warm oatmeal. It doesn’t have a whole lot of quinoa in it, however, so the nutritional value it provides is limited, and it usually comes with thickeners, sweeteners, and flavors.

7) Oat Milk

It can be difficult to find low-sugar oat milk. Many brands use gums and oils to enhance texture.

Oats are high in soluble fiber like beta-glucan, which benefits blood sugar, as well as digestive and heart health. Oat milk froths well and makes a nice latte, and it works well in both sweet and savory dishes.

8) Rice Milk

One of the original milk substitutes, rice milk is non-allergenic, but it doesn’t offer much in the way of nutrients.

Some brands contain a lot of sugar, and rice has a high glycemic index. Rice is also at risk for containing arsenic. Rice milk is thin, so you may need thickeners if using in recipes.

9) Pea Milk

This one sounds strange, but don’t worry, the milk isn’t green like peas.

Pea milk contains a comparable amount of protein to soy, though isolated pea protein is used to create a non-pea flavor. It has a slight aftertaste, and some pea milks have added oils.

Pea milk has a third of the saturated fat and 50% more calcium than cow’s milk.

It’s also more eco-friendly, as peas use little water or fertilizer compared to almonds, dairy, or soy.

10) Flax Milk

A new kid on the block, flax milk is made by mixing Omega-3-rich, cold-pressed flaxseed oil with water.

It’s free from the top eight allergens for those who cannot consume lactose, soy, or nuts.

The downside is that flax milk naturally contains no protein and has poor flavor (so it’s usually sold with a lot of natural flavors added).

If you find a protein-rich variety, it’s because of the addition of pea protein. Flax milk can work well for cereal, baking, or adding to your coffee and tea. But it’s really just flax oil, water, and the addition of thickeners, flavorings, or proteins. I love flaxseeds, but the commercial flax milk offerings on the market so far have not impressed me.

3 Ingredients to Watch Out for When Choosing a Milk Substitute

Though some brands take a minimalistic approach, many commercial varieties use more ingredients than you may like. Below are some you might want to avoid:

  • Cane Sugar — Many milk substitutes contain added sugar, and it’s often the second listed ingredient (ingredients are listed in the order of most to least amounts in a product). To avoid upwards of six grams of sugar per cup, choose unsweetened.
  • Carrageenan — Carrageenan is derived from red seaweed and added to foods like yogurt, soymilk, and ice cream to thicken them and prevent separation. Some studies have linkedcarrageenan to inflammation, gut irritation, and even cancer. Some brands have started removing this ingredient per consumer request, but many still use it.
  • GMOs — Most genetically engineered foods have been created by Monsanto (now Bayer) to withstand Roundup, a widely-used glyphosate-based herbicide they manufacture. Glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen. And it’s not just used on GMO crops, like soy. It’s also increasingly being used as a desiccant on non-organic oats, barley, and other cereals to dry the crop out before harvest. The good news is that foods grown organically are GMO and glyphosate-free.

Note: Choose certified organic non-dairy milks to ensure that you’re not getting a dose of unwanted chemicals or GMOs.

How to Use (and Make!) Non-Dairy Milk

Instead of buying milk substitutes at the store, you can also make your own plant milk. It will contain far fewer ingredients than many store-bought varieties. And it will be free from additives, like oil and thickeners.

How do you make non-dairy milk?

The process involves soaking, draining, blending with water (and flavorings or sweeteners), and straining out the solids through a cheesecloth or nut milk bag.

Homemade milks will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Check out the following video for help making almond milk:

You can also get a useful machine to make the process even easier. The Almond Cow is a plant-based milk maker that allows you to create milk from any nut, seed, or grain in minutes with easier cleanup and no nut milk bags required. The machine uses a cold blending process to protect the nutrients, so no heat is applied. You can check it out here. (Use the code FOODREVOLUTION for a special discount.)

You can use milk substitutes in place of anything you would make or eat using dairy. That includes creamer for coffee, buttermilk (by mixing with some lemon juice) in recipes, in cereal, and even to add creaminess to soups and sauces.

Though very versatile, milk substitutes should never replace breastmilk (or infant formula).

These products are not designed to sustain a developing baby, and they should only be introducedafter one year along with other solid foods. (You should never use cow milk as a replacement for breastmilk or infant formula. The nutritional needs of human babies and cow babies are profoundly different.)

The Future of Milk Is Plants

The consumer marketplace is changing fast, so much so that plants are replacing the fading dairy industry. The option to buy milk substitutes could save billions of animals, help save our planet, and greatly benefit your health.

All you need to do is pay attention to a few details when choosing the right milk for your household — or make your own — and you’ve got a great alternative.

  1. Cruelty-free, earth-friendly, and nutritious milk made with the help of Mother Nature herself? I can’t think of a better way to replace dairy.
Vanilla Bean Almond Milk Pudding

Vanilla Bean Almond Milk Pudding

Credit to yup its vegan Ingredients 2 and 1/2 cups plain almond milk divided (cold) 3 tbsp cornstarch 1 tbsp tapioca starch 1/2 cup maple syrup 1/2 tbsp coconut oil (use refined unless you don’t mind a mild coconut flavor) 1 tsp vanilla bean paste […]