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Are Hummus Shakes The Next Big Vegan Dessert?

Any vegetarian or vegan will tell you that hummus is their go-to snack. It’s hearty, it’s plant-based, it tastes great on basically everything. But as a dessert? That’s some serious side-eye propaganda. Or is it?

Foodbeast dispatches news that NYC’s Hummus & Pita Co. is now offering a Hummus Shake. The milkshake alternative made its debut on Mother’s Day, otherwise known as International Hummus Day (you couldn’t have picked another day, guys?).

The shake is made of simple ingredients: chickpeas, tahini, frozen bananas, dates, almond milk, pure vanilla, and cinnamon. And according to this guy, “Throw in some aromatic spices and what is created is a shake that is great-tasting with satisfying, guilt-free mental benefits and equally impressive health benefits.”

If you don’t do dairy, you probably already know the magic that is a a frozen banana. Whipped up, it has the consistency of soft-serve. Add some chickpeas and tahini, and that there is some serious texture and micronutrients. Of course, for those with a keen eye, you’ll notice that garlic and lemon juice are not in the ingredients list, so stop wondering if this stuff will taste like Sabra. It doesn’t.

The fast-casual restaurant already offers chocolate, cake batter and cookie dough flavored hummus (each served with cinnamon toast pita chips), so a shake wasn’t much of a stretch. While each 2 oz. serving of dessert hummus clocks in around 100 calories, the 12 oz. shake runs about 340 calories.

The great thing about a hummus shake, besides telling everyone you’ve tried one, is that it’s full of fiber, which, unlike a dairy-based milkshake, will satisfy you without giving you a case of the bloats.

Hummus & Pita Co. founder Dave Pesso told INSIDER that he spent a year tweaking the recipe until it was just right. He also described his creation as “OMFG delicious.”


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